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Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 11:00am

As soon as the first extra-solar planets were discovered, the race was on to find planets around other suns that could support life. Tonight on Inquiry, we have a conversation with DIMITAR SASSELOV, Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University and Founder and Director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative. Professor Sasselov is on the forefront of this exciting search for “super earths”: giant earth-like planets orbiting distant stars. So how do you find these planets when they are so distant from earth? How can we tell what these planets are like and whether there is water on them? This amazing search for a twin earth has also led some scientists to a profound re-thinking of the role of life in the universe. Maybe life is not a rare phenomena. Perhaps life is just another typical cosmic process. Earth is not the “cradle of life” but the planet and life are one. Professor Sasselov’s thought-provoking book is titled: THE LIFE OF THE SUPER-EARTHS: HOW THE HUNT FOR ALIEN WORLDS AND ARTIFICIAL CELLS WILL REVOLUTIONIZE LIFE ON OUR PLANET. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 8:00am

Tonight, Inquiry welcomes back JEFFREY BENNETT. He served as the first director of the Program in Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Sills at the University of Colorado. He holds a PhD in astrophysics and is the author of several books. His latest children’s book is titled THE WIZARD WHO SAVED THE WORLD is a wonderful science-based book that encourages young readers to get involved in mathematics, science and to help solve the world’s large scale problems. MATH FOR LIFE: CRUCIAL IDEAS YOU DIDN’T LEARN IN SCHOOL is a book for adult math phobics and math loathers. It is Bennett’s contention that we are simply not taught the math we actually need to know to get by as adults: how to figure taxes, understanding statistics we read about in newspapers, how to plan a budget and how to understand the national debt. All these topics involve mathematics, and we need to understand them in adult everyday life, but typically all we are taught in school is about quadratic equations and trigonometry. Tune in tonight and learn about what math we need not the math we are taught. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 6:00pm

The late Blossom Dearie delighted audiences with her tasty piano playing, hip vocal interpretations and sly humor. Blossom talks about her inspirations and favorite younger musicians.

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 7:00pm

Looking to dance away those Monday blues? WICN's northern soul connoisseur, Steve Moysey brings in a playlist that will be sure to get you moving this Monday night! Join host Tom Shaker at 7pm!!!

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 6:00pm

Three modern masters of the mallet take the stage at Dizzy's for one solid hour of good vibes. Hear three vibraphonists who span the generations -- Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Locke and Stefon Harris.

Monday, January 30, 2012 - 2:00pm

Another familiar face visits Monday on Jazz New England. WICN listeners have heard Matt Savage on the airwaves and seen him at the Brown Bag Series since he was ten years old. The young jazzman is all grown up now and marching on with his career. Join us Monday at 2 pm when we visit with this amazing musician.

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 10:30pm

It could happen to any of us. You wake up one morning with slight weakness in your left leg and by the end of the day you're in your local hospital's ICU with tubes running into your arms,nose and down your throat. You've lost your ability to speak and move. You say "yes" or "no" by blinking your eyes. It seems like the ultimate nightmare but it's the terrifying reality of mismanaged medical care. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Robert Samuels as he recounts his horrifying treatment in one of America's top hospitals. This is one segment the medical community hopes you never hear.

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 10:00pm

The definition of "homelessness" is not as black-and-white as you might think. Ask Worcester attorney Raymond Bilodeau, who is homeless.

In 2006, the Home Again collaborative identified 120 individuals in Worcester who had been homeless for an extended period of time. Home Again asked the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts to support a new way to address their homelessness through Home Again.

Armed with Health Foundation funding, Home Again applied the Housing First model, which had been successful in other cities across the country. With the Housing First approach, people who are homeless are helped to secure housing and provided with case management and support services necessary for them to function at their highest capacity and remain housed.

In August 2009, the City Manager’s office issued a news release headlined Worcester Nears Goal of Ending Adult Chronic Homelessness. Steve D'Agostino, on Facebook, congratulated those in the Worcester community who have been working for many years to achieve such a goal. Raymond responded to the post, describing himself as homeless.

Raymond took strong exception to claims that Worcester was about to eradicate adult chronic homelessness. He responded, among other things, that living with relatives, for example, does not mean you’re no longer homeless. On his own Facebook page at the time, he described himself a "semi-retired lawyer, homeless but trying to keep a practice going. Besides helping people with legal problems, I enjoy politics, real science fiction, arguing, people with a sense of humor, and puns.”

In this encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve interviews Raymond about the definition of homelessness and how the local business community can help to end homelessness in Greater Worcester.

Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we have a lively discussion with visual artists LISA BARTHELSON, ROSE LEBEAU and CARRIE CRANE. They are three of the four artists featured in the exhibition ILLUMINATIONS at the Krikorian Gallery at the Worcester Center for Crafts. (The fourth artist Nina Fletcher was unable to be here for the interview). Each artist has interpreted the idea of “illuminations” differently and each is showing new work. Tune in tonight to learn about the visions and work of these three very different and visually compelling artists. (NB: pictured is a section of “Bolton Orchards” by Crane)

“At its most basic level, a pseudonym is a prank” declares anthologist, writer and critic CARMELA CIURARU. By what some of the most famous authors of the last one hundred years chose to write under another name is often a more complex and entertaining story. Having a pseudonym can be practical, or offer the writer the license to be more honest, or even lie. Each author’s relationship with his or her alter ego over time is unique, sometimes troubling, and therein lays some juicy literary history. Join us tonight for a peak behind the mask of writers like George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, James Tiptree Jr., and Pauline Réage. Carmela Ciuraru’s entertaining book is titled NOM DE PLUME: A (SECRET) HISTORY OF PSEUDONYMS.

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 7:00pm

NPR Music cites Mark Turner's "floating chromaticism, rhythmic mindfulness and lightness of tone." He's the tenor saxophonist in last week's Abbey Lincoln tribute on JazzSet, leading his wide age-range quartet with newcomer pianist David Virelles from Cuba, Ben Street on bass, and Vanguard veteran drummer Paul Motian on this edition of JazzSet. 

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