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Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 10:30am

ROBERTO TROTTA, astrophysicist at Imperial College, London has written of the most unique and lyrical books about cosmology: THE EDGE OF THE SKY: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ALL-THERE-IS. Trotta discusses some of the most complex ideas in astrophysics, like exo-planets, supersymmetry and multiverses using only the ten hundred most common words in the English language. An amazing project and he reads a sample of the book on this show. Don’t miss this very aesthetic examination of science and language. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 10:00am

Novelist CHUCK PALAHNIUK returns to Inquiry to talk about his new novel BEAUTIFUL YOU, which is about sex addiction and sinister corporate forces, among other things. “Young people want mirrors, older people want art.” Tune in for a fun and candid discussion with this challenging writer who thoroughly enjoys himself on his book tours

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 2:30pm


Tonight, Inquiry welcomes poet SUSAN RICH whose latest collection is titled CLOUD PHARMACY. Susan has worked and traveled in countries like Niger, Gaza, South Africa and Bosnia-Herzegovina and these experiences  inform her poetry. Tonight she reads “Tunnel” from Cloud Pharmacy, a poem about the Boston area.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 6:00pm

Pianist Conal Fowkes discusses his long participation in Woody Allen’s jazz band and his recent part doing the vocals and piano work of the Cole Porter character in Woody’s film Midnight in Paris.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 4:00pm

In the studio this afternoon is pianist Dick Odgren. A local Massachusetts native, Odgren is known for his history with the late trumpeter Emil Haddad and has been recognized for his excellence as a jazz educator.

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 7:00pm

Expect the unexpected on this week’s show. Join host Tom Shaker as he conjures up soulful (and soulless) ghosts, goblins, devils and unworldly creatures. Tricks and treats galore on this special edition of Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 6:00pm

Dave Brubeck’s music is reimagined by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Jazz Night in America explores various Brubeck compositions, as we sit down and discuss with the arrangers the decisions they made when approaching the material. Also, we unearth recordings from the JALC archive of Brubeck himself performing with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 4:00pm

Join host Chet Williamson as he speaks with saxophonist Steve Heckman. This San Francisco based artist grew up in New York City during one of jazz's most creative periods, the mid-60's. Upon first hearing John Coltrane, worlds split open for Heckman!

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 10:30pm

Travessia is a micro-winery in downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts. The owner Marco Montez was born in Portugal and learned first hand about wine-making from his grandfather. Today he focuses on making wine in small lots with primarily Massachusetts-grown grapes, such as Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Vidal Blanc, and Pinot Noir. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Marco Montez about his journey from Portugal to the United States and how he has found success as a winemaker and entrepreneur right here in Massachusetts.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 9:00pm

When Dr. Joel Gold started practicing medicine at Bellvue Hospital, he came across several patients suffering from what he calls The Truman Show Delusion: believing that everyone around you is watching you and recording your life. What do delusions like this tell us about how the brain functions and how are delusions related to society? In a society where social media is everywhere and the government is indeed watching and listening in on your life, how can we tell who is having delusions and who is sane? What do we know about how anti-psychotic drugs work? Dr. Gold is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. His new book, written with Ian Gold, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry and McGill University is titled: Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness, The Truman Show Delusion and Other Strange Beliefs.

Several hundred unidentified bodies are found in the United States every year.  About a half have died of natural causes or of self-inflicted deaths. The rest have been murdered. Though local forensic labs and police departments work long and hard to put a name and identification to these bodies, many remain cold cases. In recent years, a dedicated group of amateurs armed only with computers and a knack for remembering details and faces have aided authorities by matching missing person reports with these unidentified bodies. Tonight on Inquiry we learn all about these amateur sleuths and how they work when we talk with journalist and science writer Deborah Halber about her wild new book The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths are Solving America's Coldest Cases.

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