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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 3:30pm

BARRY B. POWELL, the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison, returns to Inquiry to talk about his new dynamic translation of one of the greatest epics in the world: HOMER’S THE ODYSSEY. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 2:30pm

Adolescence is typically portrayed as a time of out of control emotions, fed by hormones, that is, at best, survived. In the last two decades, there has been a tremendous “growth in the scientific study of adolescence” and this has enabled researchers and parents to better understand what is really happening in the teen brain. It turns out that adolescence is a time of heightened neuroplasticity and it is an exciting time when the teenager learns some of the most important strategies for success in adulthood. Tune in tonight for an exciting conversation with LAURENCE STEINBERG, Ph. D. author of AGE OF OPPORTUNITY: LESSONS FROM THE NEW SCIENCE OF ADOLESCENCE. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 6:00pm

Writer/Director/Actor Christopher Guest equates his movie-making process with jazz performance. Mockumentarys are his claim to fame, such as Best In Show and This Is Spinal Tap, both of which he stars in. Join host Judy Carmichael this week and be sure to turn up this week's episode to 11!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 4:00pm

Vocalist Roseanna Vitro will be speaking with host Chet Williamson today. In 2011, Vitro's album The Music of Randy Newman was nominated for a Grammy in Vocal Jazz.

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates the music of one of the most soulful artists America music has ever produced, Donny Hathaway. His combination of jazz, soul, blues & gospel still sounds fresh 40 years later. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 6:00pm

Guest host Wynton Marsalis features the music of Willie Nelson this week. What is this country artist doing at the house of swing, you might ask? Tune in at 6pm to find out!

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 4:00pm

Today on Jazz Matinee, host Chet Williamson will be speaking with pianist Marcus Roberts. You can catch the Marcus Roberts Trio at 8pm on Saturday October 18th at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, MA. Click here for more information.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 10:30pm

Beginning in January 1692, Salem Village in colonial Massachusetts witnessed the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft in early America. Villagers—mainly young women—suffered from unseen torments that caused them to writhe, shriek, and contort their bodies, complaining of pins stuck into their flesh and of being haunted by specters. Believing that they suffered from assaults by an invisible spirit, the community began a hunt to track down those responsible for the demonic work. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Salem State University professor and author Emerson Baker about his new book, A Storm of Witchcraft. Hear how this period in Bay State history still haunts us to this day.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic Partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb,  interviews Jeffrey Chin, CEO, Daniel Mastrototaro, vice chair of the Board of Directors, and Rebecca Joseph, co-chair the Alumni & Friends Association of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Massachusetts/Metrowest. This episode aired originally on May 4, 2014.

Big Brothers Big Sisters maintains that it is "as old as friendship and as new as today." The Worcester-and-Framingham-based organization was founded in 1963 as Big Brothers of Worcester County. Initially, it serves seven needy boys by matching them in supportive mentoring relationships with community volunteers.

The demand for Big Sisters made it clear that the time had come to extend services to girls, and a Big Sisters chapter was added to the agency in 1974. The president of the Board of Directors told a local reporter at the time, “To turn our heads from the needs of young girls, would not permit us to fulfill our responsibility as a social service agency.” The name of the organization changed to reflect the newest program addition: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Worcester County.

By the late 1990s, more than 2,500 matches had been made over the history of the organization. In 2002, the organization agreed to manage Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Middlesex and, in 2004, the Board of Directors of both agencies voted to merge. In 2005, the organization name was changed to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 9:00pm

Tonight Inquiry has a lively conversation with Kelli Russell Agodon, prize-winning port, writer and editor. She talks about her amazing new published collection Hourglass Museum as well as the many other projects she is involved in. She also does a reading from a work in Hourglass Museum.

The elementary particle the neutrino may hold the key to some of the deep mysteries of the universe like why the universe contains matter at all. But the neutrino is unlike any other matter particle (matter particle). Neutrinos are electrically neutral, have very little mass and may be its own anti-particle! And that’s just the beginning. Tune in tonight when Inquiry welcomes Heinrich Päs, professor of Theoretical Particle Physics at the Technische Universität in Dortmund, Germany. His new book, The Perfect Wave: with Neutrinos at the Boundary of Space and Time is a wonderful summary of all the exciting research that has shown that the neutrino may be the key to understanding the structure space and time.

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