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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 6:00pm

American jazz bassist, cellist and singer Esperanza Spalding draws upon many genres in her own compositions.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson interviews torch singer Jillian Parsons.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 3:30pm

Tonight Inquiry welcomes writer, physicist and physics professor at M.I.T. MAX TEGMARK who talks about his amazing new book OUR MATHEMATICAL UNIVERSE: MY QUEST FOR THE ULTIMATE NATURE OF REALITY. Is it possible that the ultimate foundations of the universe are mathematical structures? Is time an illusion? Could we be living in a simulation like in the Matrix? All this and more on tonight’s conversation with one of the most original theorists of cosmology. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 2:30pm

On the tiny island of São Tomé well off the coast of West Africa, there lives several species of amphibians, including the bizarre legless amphisbaenid known locally as the Cobra Bobo (pictured). Amphibians cannot tolerate sea water and these island were not once connected to the mainland, so how did they get there? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with ALAN DE QUEIROZ, evolutionary biologist and adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno.  His new book THE MONEKEY’S VOYAGE: HOW IMPROBABLE JOURNEYS SHAPED THE HISTORY OF LIFE suggests that these creatures perhaps floated across the sea on islands of vegetation. If that sounds improbable, tune in and find out why it’s not and why the distribution of many species on the planet may be due to these very unlikely journeys.  

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 6:00pm

Pianist/singer Champian Fulton talks about the advantages of starting a music career outside of L.A. or NY and how her father’s taste in music has influenced her since before her birth. Hint: He held headphones up to her mama’s baby bump. Baby Bud Powell, anyone?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson interviews pianist Helen Sung and filmmaker Henry Ferrini.

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 7:00pm

Where were you when the Beatles first appeared on The Ed Sullivan show? It was 50 years ago this week that Beatlemania hit America. Get your Beatles lunch box and join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate this occasion with soul artists covering the Fab Four's music. It all starts at 7pm!!

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 6:00pm

Two vocalists defy category - Catherine Russell, who nurtured a career as a backup singer with Al Green, Michael Feinstein and David Bowie, and has cultivated her own strong solo voice. Nancy Wilson, the perennial song stylist whose five-decade career started with Cannonball Adderley, seamlessly crosses the jazz-blues-pop divide.

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson interviews guitarist Joshua Breakstone.

Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Patricia Davidson, chair, and Janelle Wilson, executive director of Jeremiah's Inn. They talk about the mission and business of helping men to battle substance abuse. This episode aired originally on March 3, 2013.

Founded in 1982 at 1059 Main St. at Webster Square in Worcester's Main South neighborhood, Jeremiah's Inn is a social-model residential-recovery program for men. It also operates an emergency-food pantry.

For more than three decades, Jeremiah's Inn has helped men to battle substance abuse through work, participating in intensive counseling, contributing to household responsibilities, and assisting each other through the challenges of recovery.

Jeremiah's Inn has 28 transitional beds. The majority of these beds are used for the social-model recovery program. Participants contribute $10 per day towards the cost of the program.

Jeremiah's Inn also has two emergency-shelter beds, which are available to the community to meet emergency-shelter needs for adult homeless men. Emergency stays are one to seven days. Those using this service receive shelter, meals, access to clothing, case management and referral services, as appropriate. Emergency beds are determined on an individual basis and are dependent on availability.

The food pantry at Jeremiah's Inn provides hunger relief to hundreds of people in the Main South/Webster Square communities. Food comes primarily from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program, direct donations, and salvaged goods that are acquired through the Worcester County Food Bank. Private and group donations are always needed and appreciated.

On April 27, 2013, Jeremiah's Inn held its second annual Comedy Night, to raise funds for the charitable, non-profit program.

Patricia Davidson is also a partner at the Worcester law firm Mirick O'Connell.

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