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Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 9:00pm

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.

In the 17th Century both England and Italy were recovering from a period of political and social chaos. The Catholic Church had lost a lot of ground to the new Protestant movement and Britain was still reeling from the Interregnum and revolution. Powers in both countries railed against a modern mathematical idea, and condemned those who used it. In Italy, this mathematical notion was banned for all eternity. What was this rather simple and abstract mathematical idea and why did those who believed in order and authority hate it so much? Tune in and find out when we talk to writer, historian, teacher and mathematician AMIR ALEXANDER about his new book INFINITESIMAL: HOW A DANGEROUS MATHEMATICAL THEORY SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD.

Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 12:00pm

 

Jazz vocalist/guitarist Allan Harris talks with Bonnie Johnson about his new CD Black Bar Jukebox. The Harlem-based composer, bandleader and jazz advocate is celebrating this melodic chart topper all over the world. Harris reminisces on "growing up in the 70's [when] every black bar had a jukebox" and successfully captures what he describes as "the feeling you could listen to anybody as long as it had a groove and was getting down musically". Allan Harris is an advocate of jazz and co-leads an annual presentation of jazz musician showcases at the annual APAP-NYC Conference. With eight covers and five originals, his versatility shines through an array of tunes; from a rhythmic twist on John Mayer's Daughters to a hip and soulful My Funny Valentine.

The Allan Harris Band celebrates Black History Month with the CD release at Scullers Jazz Club on Friday, February 27th at 8 & 10 pm. Catch his Colors of Jazz on Sunday at noon.

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 7:00pm

Four hours of songs featuring names… Perhaps you’ll hear yours? Also featuring as special live in-studio guests a talented pair that is making a name for themselves—Lori Diamond & Fred Abatelli.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome JP JOFRE, bandoneon player and composer. His pieces combine new conceptions of traditional forms including tangos. Also in the studio is KRISTA BUCKLAND REISNER, General manager and Principal Violinist for the Worcester Chamber Music Society. They are presenting two wonderful concerts that feature JP Jofre. For more information on those concerts, go to: http://worcesterchambermusic.org/
To visit JP Jofre’s site, go to: http://www.jpjofre.com/

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER, Los Angeles based poet and photographer. The latest collection of her poetry is HOW I LOST MY VIRGINITY TO MICHAEL COHEN AND OTHER HEART-STAB POEMS. Her powerful poetry is about power, sex, and passion. Alexis’ photography includes an ongoing project photographing the poets of LA and places like Venice Beach. Tune in and listen to Alexis read two of her poems. To read and hear more of Alexis’ poetry and see examples of her photography, go to her website at: http://www.alexisrhonefancher.com/

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz pianist/vocalist Larry King discusses his many musical influences from Bill Evans to Ella Fitzgerald and how living and working in Paris has enhanced his creativity.

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Smokey Robinson's 75th birthday. Between hits with the Miracles and his solo career, Smokey's voice and songwriting epitomize Motown and soul music! It all starts at 7pm.

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 6:00pm

Pianist Eric Reed celebrates 110th birthday of saxophone master Coleman Hawkins. Reed brings Tivon Pennicott, tenor saxophone; Warren Vache, trumpet; Dezron Douglas, bass; Willie Jones II to honor his legacy.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 9:30pm

Movie musicals lead a “preposterous existence”. They are “crass, not respected, and several times almost extinct”. But they are also wildly popular and beloved. Movie musicals are wonderful, but musicals can also be trash! Tonight on Inquiry we talk with film historian RICHARD BARRIOS about his history of the movie musical DANGEROUS RHYTHM: WHY MOVIE MUSICALS MATTER. Tune in and find out why Cabaret worked but Paint Your Wagon failed miserably.

In the 1960s and early 70s, rock music took a surprising turn in West Germany. Bands wanted to create something particularly “German” yet apart from their country’s horrific past. But they also wanted something not American. What resulted has been called “Krautrock” by journalists from outside Germany and involved bands like Can, Faust, Neu! And Kraftwerk. Without their music hip hop, techno, electropop, ambient and post rock may never have happened. Tune in tonight for a part of music history you may not be familiar with when Inquiry talks with British author and music journalist DAVID STUBBS about his cultural history FUTURE DAYS: KRAUTROCK AND THE BUILDING OF MODERN GERMANY.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

The show’s theme speaks for itself. Cuddle up with someone special and tune in!

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