New research tells us that our relationships are critical to our survival. Chatting with friends over a meal or taking a morning walk with a neighbor serve important biological functions. Our era of constant digital connection is also one of increasing social isolation - Facebook depression. Research shows that without sustained social interaction, the human brain may become as impaired as one that has incurred a traumatic head injury. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30pm when Al speaks with developmental psychologist and author Susan Pinker. Her new book, The Village Effect affirms the importance of a real social network and provides principles for creating your own village.
In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Russ Davis, executive director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, which partners with Raise Up Massachusetts. They talk about providing an increased minimum wage and earned sick time to Bay State workers. This episode aired originally on December 15, 2013.
In 1912, Massachusetts passed the first minimum-wage law in the U.S. – after workers in Lawrence went on strike and won higher wages. In 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act, establishing a national minimum wage and guaranteeing basic rights to workers.
The Bay State’s minimum wage has been stuck at $8 an hour since 2008, yet costs keep rising – and workers are long overdue for a raise. For nearly 1 million workers in Massachusetts, staying home to care for themselves or a sick child could mean losing their job.
A 2012 Economic Policy Institute report analyzed three federal-minimum-wage proposals: $10.10, $9.00, and $9.80 an hour. The EPI report concluded that by increasing the minimum wage in Mass. to $10 per hour, more than half a million Bay State workers would benefit from the raise, and create thousands of new jobs.
Singer, song writer Dale Lepage drops by Inquiry to talk about the release of his latest recording made with his band The Manhattans: Poet in the Dark. Tune in and listen to Dale’s wild and unexpected story of how he got to be where he is today, how he writes his songs and how the band creates the arrangements. Tune in and hear a bit of the new CD too.
Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with artist, illustrator and cartoonist for The New Yorker (and other publications) Roz Chast. Her latest book is Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? This is an illustrated memoir of her parents declining health and eventual deaths. It is a book that is funny, touching, frightening and brutally honest about ageing and death as well as a wonderful remembrance of George and Elizabeth, her parents. Don’t miss this interview!
Join us at 4pm for a live broadcast from the WICN performance studio on this special edition of Colors of Jazz.
Singer/songwriter and poet, Offiong Bassey brings her African soul, jazz, and gospel flavor to the airwaves with her band. Offiong will talk with host Bonnie Johnson about her latest projects and upcoming concert at Scullers Jazz Club, Wednesday, September 24th at 8pm.
International jazz pianist, composer, and educator Hey Rim Jeon will also perform in this live studio session with her "unique brand of Korean influenced jazz-fusion". Hey Rim is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and currently serving as assistant professor in the Piano Department.
Following in the footsteps of a proud folk tradition: four hours of songs celebrating labor and the labor movement, with special guest co-host Tom Beardsley
Join host Julie Lavender as she turns our attention toward 7-string jazz guitarist Gerry Beaudoin who has appeared on over fifty records, one of which was even with rock-guitarist J. Geils.
Certain fortunate people have had their heart stopped but are later revived and live to talk about it. A very few have been non-responsive for what seems to be a very long time, even more than an hour, and then came back to life. What is going on? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with DAVID CASARETT, MD, physician, researcher and tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His latest book explores what we know no about resuscitation and some wild research that is exploring the possibilities of extending the time the heart can be stopped: SHOCKED: ADVENTURES IN BRINGING BACK THE RECENTLY DEAD. Tune in and learn about why AEDIs are the new hope for people with heart failure away from a hospital and why the BeeGees are critical to know when giving someone CPR.
Quantum theory and quantum mechanics revolutionized physics in the Twentieth Century, but to the non-physicist this science seems to consist of crazy concepts and impossible notions. Despite this, terms, phrases and concepts from quantum theory have crept into our culture in films, names of companies, literature and jokes. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ALFRED SCHARFF GOLDHABER, professor of Physics at Stony Brook University. Together with Robert P. Crease, a Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook, they have written a book that explores the fascinating cultural impact of the quantum: THE QUANTUM MOMENT: HOW PLANCK, BOHR, EINSTEIN AND HEISENBERG TAUGHT US TO LOVE UNCERTAINTY.
The featured artist this week is jazz pianist and bandleader Bill O'Connell, who has worked with highly acclaimed artists such as Sonny Rollins and Chet Baker.
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