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Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 9:00pm

Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage were two real and somewhat eccentric Victorians who conceived of the foundations for modern computing. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with SYDNEY PADUA, animator, special effects artists, comics writer and artist about her wonderful steam punk re-imagining of these geniuses THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE: THE (MOSTLY) TRUE STORY OF THE FIRST COMPUTER. This is a book like no other: part thrilling fiction, part actual history and all wonderfully drawn and written. Tune in and learn all about the cheese mite theory of the universe!

Mark Catesby traveled to Virginia from Britain in 1712. While in the Americas, he visited the Appalachians, Jamaica, Bermuda and the Bahamas sketching the plants and animals he found. He also sent many seeds of new plants back to Britain. Returning to his home country, he proceeded to write and illustrate one of the most beautiful natural history books about Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with E. CHARLES NELSON, writer, editor and botanist, who has edited a stunning new collection of essays about THE CURIOUS MISTER CATESBY.

Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 6:00pm

Multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated, world music superstar Loreena McKennitt will be making an exclusive appearance on Tonal Rhythms, WICN's new age/world music program.  Tune in on Sunday, October 25th, at 6 PM, as Loreena discusses her music and travels with host Brian Vinik.  With topics ranging from her traditional and mystical Celtic pieces, to her beautiful and dramatic poetry adaptations, to her exotic and mysterious Eastern influences, this will be a musical journey like no other!

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Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 12:30pm

Jazz pianist, composer Fred Hersch talks with Bonnie Johnson about his newest release entitled SOLO.  This weekend he's celebrating the highly acclaimed live recording along with his 60th birthday at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Best known for soloing, 8-time GRAMMY nominated Hersch returns to his alma mater to perform a free concert on October 29th, 7:30pm at Jordan Hall in Boston. "The concert also marks [his] 40th year since arriving as a student at [New England Conservatory of Music], where he served on faculty for many years". 



Photo by Vincent Soyez


Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 7:00pm

Songs from Burl Ives, Pete Seeger, the Byrds, Joan Baez, the Chieftans, the Nields, and so many more, as host Nick Noble guides listeners through the folk process: music that evolves and changes while keeping alive the spirit of its roots.

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 6:00pm

Glorious moments of eclectic and jazzy guitar collaborations unfolding here at the farm and beyond…


“Danza Di Cala Luna”
John Williams and Paco Pena

“Dragon Fly”
“Spirit Dances”
Peter Jansen and Friends

“Deep Cover”
Ian Ethan Case Open Land Trio

“The Way You Smile”

“Aque Las Coisas Todas”
Sergio Brandao Group

“I Never Dreamed”
Julie Lavender & Casper Guildensoe

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 10:30am

Can art be thought of as a philiosophical practice? Why is art like a strange tool? These are just a few of the fascinating ideas of our guest tonight ALVA NOË, Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.    His new book is STRANGE TOOLS: ART AND HUMAN NATURE. Tune in for a lively and thought provoking discussion about art, philosophy and what art means in our society.

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 9:30am

Alexander von Humboldt was a driven European scientist who traveled throughout South America and Russia and changed the way we think about the natural world. He invented isobars and the concept of “the web of life”. He was a friend of people like Goethe, Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson and his writings influenced  Darwin, Thoreau and John Muir. Yet his name is almost unknown in America. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and historian ANDREA WULF about her wonderful new book THE INVENTION OF NATURE: ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT’S NEW WORLD. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 3:30pm

Black and white cinematography is virtually a lost art form. At their best, black and white films were a “transformative art” and “a meditation on reality”. Black and white films have a unique beauty, and aesthetic all their own. You cannot imagine films like Citizen Kane or Psycho in anything but black and white. Tune in tonight when we welcome back WHEELER WINSTON DIXON, the James Ryan Professor of Film Studies, the coordinator of the film studies program and a professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Tonight we talk about his wonderful new history: BLACK AND WHITE CINEMA: A SHORT HISTORY. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 2:30pm

Around the world since ancient times, people have been fascinated by dolphins. They amuse and intrigue us. We admire their intelligence and many people feel a deep kinship with dolphins. But dolphins have also been the victims of horrific carnage and are victims of the polluting and overfishing of our oceans. Even dolphins that are kept in various ocean parks around the world are terribly abused. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with author, editor and journalist SUSAN CASEY about her travels around the world investigating the way people have thought about dolphins: VOICES IN THE OCEAN: A JOURNEY INTO THE WILD AND HAUNTING WORLD OF DOLPHINS.  

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 6:00pm

Son of pianist Cy Walter, Mark Walter talks about bringing awareness of his father's great musical legacy.


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