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Sunday, July 10, 2011 - 9:00pm

Today we often talk about the exhaustion, the surfeit and the pressure from the vast amount of electronic and digital information that is always swirling around us. But it is important to keep in mind that this has all been seen before when inventions like the telegraph and telephone threatened to eliminate time and space in their ages. Tonight on Inquiry we welcome the leading chronicler of science and technology JAMES GLEICK. His new book THE INFORMATION: A HISTORY. A THEORY. A FLOOD is an amazing account of the evolution of information technology, from talking drums to print to computers and Twitter and Facebook. Tonight we focus on one small part of that history, but a critical one.
Claude Shannon worked at Bell Labs in the 1940s as a cryptologist. From those studies he developed “a mathematical theory of communication” and was the first to use the term “a bit” to describe a piece of information. His ideas changed communications technology forever.

“The world doesn’t matter to us the way it used to.” So begins one of the most unique and thought provoking books on literature and philosophy: ALL THINGS SHINING: READING THE WESTERN CLASSICS TO FIND MEANING IN A SECULAR AGE. Authors HUBERT DREYFUS, a leading interpreter of existential philosophy and SEAN DORRANCE KELLY, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Harvard, believe that we no longer lead the intense meaningful lives like the Greeks did at Homer’s time or the Italians did at the time of Dante. They believe that the Enlightenment’s metaphysical embrace of the individual leads not just to a boring life, but inevitably to a nearly unlivable one. Can we once again find meaning in the secular 21st Century by looking to the history of Western literature? Is the answer to today’s nihilism to be found in
Homer, Dante or Melville? Tune in tonight for the first part of a intense and lively discussion of philosophy and literature.

Saturday, July 9, 2011 - 4:00pm

Join us this week as host Bonnie Johnson chats with Brian McKnight about his current "JUST ME" Tour.

Brian has 13 multi-platinum albums to date and has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. He is also a recipient of several Grammy nominations, American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster Awards, and Billboard Songwriter of The Year.

On the “JUST ME” Tour, Brian takes the stage first welcoming the audience and introducing his sons; Brian Jr., & Niko to the stage as BRKN RBTZ [bro-ken ro-botz]. The boys will join their father on stage for a set which is a mix of BRKN RBTZ newest material blended with some of their dad’s classic hits. Later in the show, Brian will also be joined on stage by his brother Claude McKnight (Take 6), for an unbelievable performance of vocal mastery.

The 2011 “Just Me” 50 market tour is the brain child of legendary singer, songwriter, producer and television host Brian McKnight, one of the most noted musicians of all time. Anticipated to be one of the greatest unplugged live concert of the decade, the show will feature an intimate acoustic celebration of R&B, Pop, Gospel and Hip-Hop narrated and performed by one of music’s most talented families. The “JUST ME” Tour is an up close and personal family affair featuring Brian McKnight, his sons BRKN RBTZ and brother Claude McKnight (Take 6) who will all share the stage on a tour destined to go down in music history.

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Brian's sons BJ (21) and Niko (19) aka BRKN RBTZ [bro-ken ro-botz] have clearly followed in their family's footsteps. Accomplished musicians in their own right, they write all their own songs, play their own instruments, and even produced their fathers last album. With a hybrid mix of Rock, Rap and R&B, BRKN RBTZ have been entertaining audiences on the road with their father for the past 5 years. BRKN RBTZ, continue a family legacy of brilliant songs, exceptional musicianship, and an uncanny ability to connect with the audience.

As part of the “JUST ME” Tour, BRKN RBTZ will truly make this a night to be enjoyed by music fans of all ages.

As a founding member of Take 6, Claude McKnight has garnered a dizzying list of accomplishments that include winning more Grammys than any vocal group in history. In addition, he has performed for four Presidents, at The Oscars, The Grammys and has collaborated with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Don Henley and Queen Latifah. With his blend of jazz & gospel influences, Claude will enthrall the audience of the "Just Me" tour with an unforgettable performance. Claude will join Brian on stage to perform some of their favorite Take 6 and other classic R&B songs.

"JUST ME" Tour
Event Date: Friday, July 15, 2011 - 7:30pm
Venue: Providence Performing Arts Center

For more information on tickets please click here : http://www.wicn.org/events/brian-mcknight-just-me-tour

Friday, July 8, 2011 - 6:00pm

"Cat has the voice, beat and interpretation that are spot on for the blues". Saxophonist Virginia explores the more modern sounds, which can be sampled on her new album Mary Lou Williams - The Next Hundred Years.

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 7:00pm

This week's show will feature songs from the likes of the Fiske Jubilee Singers, the Almanac Singers, the Weavers, the Tarriers, the Gateway Singers, the Easy Riders, the Kingston Trio, the Limeliters, the Brothers Four, the Cumberland Three, the Chad Mitchell Trio, the Highwaymen, the New Christy Minstrels, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, the Cumberland Trio, the Rooftop Singers, the Brandywine Singers, the Serendipity Singers, the Hillside Singers, the Pozo-Seco Singers, Schooner Fare and MORE!

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 6:00pm

Tune in to Jazz Rhythm this week to hear one of the most important jazz figures of the 20th Century, a master of the tenor sax, Coleman Hawkins.  Nicknamed both ''Hawk'' and ''Bean,'' he was also one of the few musicians of the golden jazz age to make the transition to be-bop. His unusual sense of improvisation allowed him to reach heights of expressionism that few other artists of his era had reached.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist Frank Morgan led a life compellingenough for the big screen. A protégé of CharlieParker, Morgan's budding career as a jazz musician took a dark turn that led to drugs, prison, and, ultimately, redemption through music. In this memorial broadcast of his 2004 Piano Jazz appearance, Morgan talks about the ups and downs of his life and performs "Sophisticated Lady" and "Billie's Bounce."

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 6:00pm

Join us this week as host Judy Carmichael chats with Emmy Award-winning conductor, pianist, composer, and arranger Lee Musiker. He has gained a wealth of experience through his work with leading jazz, classical, pop, and Broadway performers. He has conducted almost 50 symphony orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra, in the U.S. and Canada, as a guest conductor and as music director for premier artists including Tony Bennett, Maureen McGovern, and Jerry Lewis.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 10:00am

Horror films have been made since the beginning of cinema. Thomas Edison made one of the earliest film treatments of the Frankenstein novel. And since those early days, horror films have had a long, complex multinational history . Tonight’s guest on Inquiry is Dr. WHEELER WINSTON DIXON the James Ryan Endowed Professor of Film Studies and professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His latest book on film history is one of the most complete and far ranging histories of this genre: A HISTORY OF HORROR. Tonight we discuss the beginnings of the horror film and concentrate on the fascinating story of the British film company Hammer Films, which in the 1960s reinvigorated the cinema of horror with classic films like The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula, Prince of Darkness and made international stars of Peter Cushing and Christopher Leee. If you are passionate about horror films, don’t miss tonight’s show!

Monday, July 4, 2011 - 7:00pm

Wind down your holiday weekend with a funky party on this week’s edition of The Soul Serenade. Join host Tom Shaker as celebrates Independence Day with music by James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Tower of Power and many more. The fireworks start at 7pm!

Monday, July 4, 2011 - 6:00pm

There's cut in their strut, and pride in their stride! Virtuoso Marcus Roberts and newcomers Jonathan Batiste and Aaron Diehl have a cutting contest on the keys. Jazz's piano masters are still hard to beat. Our trio honors the giants of the stride piano -- Fats Waller, James P. Johnson and Willie "The Lion" Smith. Wendell Pierce hosts.

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A self-taught Latin percussionist since the age of 12 when his father handed him Cal Tjader’s 1960 “Latino” album featuring Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo back in 1966, and an LP fiberglass conga and told him, “Here, learn to play right with these”, he’s been living and breathing Latin Jazz since.

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