Amazingly, there are a small set of numbers, values and constants that define the way our entire universe works and has evolved. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with a man who has written a wonderful book about these very important numbers: Professor of mathematics at California State University JAMES D. STEIN. His entertaining history of science and mathematics is COSMIC NUMBERS: THE NUMBERS THAT DEFINE OUR UNIVERSE. Tonight we talk about the value of Absolute Zero, the coldest anything in the universe can get, and what weird things happen to matter as it is brought to this ultimate “big chill”. We finish our conversation by discussing the Omega value, a number that may well determine the fate of the entire universe.
Tonight on Inquiry we have a fascinating talk with writer BERND BRUNNER about the history and evolution of the aquarium. What started out as an attempt to bring a small bit of the wild and unknown ocean into the home eventually become a worldwide hobby and public entertainment. But are fish really meant to be “kept in a box?” Tune in to find out. Brunner’s beautiful and unique social natural history is titled THE OCEAN AT HOME: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE AQUARIUM.
Born Umpeylia Marsema Balinton, Sugar Pie DeSanto toured with both The Johnny Otis Revue and James Brown. She was known for her back flips on stage while performing with JB. She recorded for Chess records, yet most of her music was never released. Learn more about this “Lost Soul” with host Tom Shaker, starting at 7pm!!
In the middle of the 20th century, the sound and soul of hard bop were captured in recordings by Milt Jackson, Dexter Gordon, Lou Donaldson, and Horace Silver on the Blue Note label: In the House of Swing, Singer Dianne Reeves and saxophonist Joe Lovano join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to honor the past and glimpse of the future of that label on its seventieth anniversary. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Mark your calendar, "Food Day" is coming on October 24. Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. "Food Day" events will be sponsored around the country including Worcester. Tune in this Sunday evening when Al speaks with Liz Sheehan Castro the director of "Food Day Worcester". This is one show that will certainly boost your appetite.
Join us as our host, Steve D' Agostino speaks with Michael Lussier of Webster First Fedral Credit Union, about the huge disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street, and what credit unions are doing to help fill in the void.
Michael Lussier, is president and CEO of Wesbter First Federal Credit Union as well as chairman of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions. Webster First was founded in 1928, by a handful of energetic and financially conscious men sharing a common dream. Through written agreement, these men associated themselves with the goal of establishing a thrift institution in order to accumulate and invest the savings of its members and provide them loans. During the early years, members of the board of directors worked very hard without any compensation whatsoever and gave a great deal of time and effort toward furthering the cause. During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt declared National Bank Holiday. Though many financial institutions never opened their doors again, we continued to steadily grow and prosper. In 1967, realizing there was a need for bigger, better and more adequate quarters, Webster First Federal Credit Union moved to 1 North Main St. in Webster, MA, where it still serves as an active branch today. In 1986, Webster First reached $100 million in assets, throughout the late 1980s and 1990s opened locations for branches in Spencer, Charlton, Dudley, Douglas, and Worcester. In 1997, Webster First joined the National Association for Federal Credit Unions. In 2008, Webster First attained $453 million in assets and in 2009 celebrated the grand opening of its Operations Center on Greenwood St. in Worcester. Today, Webster First has 10 branches throughout Worcester County and assets of $503 million, and is among it the largest credit unions operating in Massachusetts.
Throughout the centuries the wind has been looked at as both a positive and negative phenomena. Winds have been associated with fecundity; spring and angels yet have also been viewed as the personification of destruction and the devil. How did visual artists depict this invisible force? Tonight on Inquiry we have an enlightening conversation with ALESSANDRO NOVA, Co-director of the Kunsthistoriches Institute in Florence, Italy. He has just written THE BOOK OF THE WIND: THE REPRESENTATION OF THE INVISIBLE, an interesting and beautiful art book on art and nature that discusses this very complex and fascinating subject. Tune in for wonderful discussion about art, culture and nature.
What can a Magritte painting tell us about scientific theories? Why is the Little Prince like the essentials of quantum physics? These unusual questions will be answered tonight by GIOVANNI VIGNALE, the Curator’s Professor of Physics at the University of Missouri. His new book, THE BEAUTIFUL INVISIBLE: CREATIVITY, IMAGINATION AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS uses metaphors and analogies from literature and art to discuss some of the most abstract ideas of physics. Tune in and find out why theoretical physics is the modern form of theology.
Join us, as we welcome our special guest, Kenny Hadley for a Sunday Jazz Matinee! Kenny will be playing several of his favorite records from his personal collection and speaking about his experiences with the musicians featured on his recordings.
Guitarist Yotam from Tel Aviv made a great first impression at the Kennedy Center in the sold-out Ella! concert (as broadcast on JazzSet). Now he is touring worldwide with pianist Monty Alexander. Yotam's friend Roy Assaf on piano is a graduate of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead training at the Kennedy Center.