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Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Matthias Waschek, director of the Worcester Art Museum. They talk about the intersection of art and business in the new economy. This episode aired originally on May 19, 2013.

In November 2011, Waschek arrived at the 116-year-old Worcester Art Museum as its new director, with an international career of 20 years in the art world. He replaced James Welu, who is now director emeritus of the museum as part of a 41-year career there – 25, as director.

As director of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, Waschek built that institution’s structure and shaped its identity as both locally anchored by and nationally recognized for its exhibitions and programming. Before moving to the United States, he was head of Academic Programs at the Louvre Museum in Paris. There, he conceived and led lecture series and symposia around collections and exhibitions, to interface between academia, the museum world and the general public.

With a Ph.D. from Bonn University on French Symbolism, Wascheck first published and lectured widely about art and artists of the second half of the 19th century. His field of scholarly work and publications broadened during his tenure at the Louvre, including proceedings of a symposium on artists’ lives, a study on Rubens’ Medici Cycle, and, for broader audiences, “What is a Masterwork?”

As director and curator of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Waschek created award-winning web-catalogs, notably “Brancusi and Serra in Dialogue,”  “Portrait/Hommage/Embodiment,” and “Ideal (Dis-)Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer.” A book on Ann Hamilton’s “stylus” installation, which he curated in 2010, was published at the end of 2012.

Waschek has broad experience in communicating with and about art, as:

  • A professor of art history, notably at Parsons Paris – then part of the New School for Social Research in New York City – and the école du Louvre
  • A regular guest lecturer at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, the université de La Rochelle, and others
  • The initiator of a ground-breaking collaboration with the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, which combined questions of art experience with those of social integration
Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 9:00pm

Tune in tonight to Inquiry for a enlightening talk about our perception of time and what affects it when we speak with Claudia Hammond, writer, broadcaster and psychology lecturer. Her new endlessly fascinating book is titled Time Warped: Unlocking The Mysteries Of Time Perception. Also tonight is Eric H. Chudler , PhD. He is the executive director of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and a neuroscientist at the University of Washington. Tonight we talk about his wild new book The Little Book Of Neuroscience Haikus, his award-winning website Neuroscience For Kids and his fascinating involvement in the Science For Monks program.

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 7:00pm

An eclectic mix of music old and new, featuring an interview with the incomparable Tracy Grammer.

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 11:00am

Have you ever been in an unique situation and wished there was a perfect word to describe what you were experiencing? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer, translator and book reviewer LIESL SCHILLINGER about her witty new book WORDBIRDS: AN IRREVERENT LEXICON FOR THE 21ST CENTURY.  This is a wonderful collection of neologisms that Liesl coined to describe our life now, and beautifully illustrated with birds. Sound intriguing? Tune in and learn why you never want to be involved in a TWEET SHOW. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 9:30am

Ancient Egyptian culture and artifacts have mesmerized people since Ancient Greece and Rome. And why not? Ancient Egypt has pyramids, the Sphinx, hieroglyphs, cool looking deities, scarabs and of course mummies. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with BOB BRIER, Senior Research Fellow at Long Island University/LIU Post about his rollicking cultural history EGYPTOMANIA: OUR THREE THOUSAND YEAR OBSESSION WITH THE LAND OF THE PHAROAHS.  Tune in tonight and learn why it seemed every country wanted an obelisk, what is the best film about Ancient Egypt and much, much more.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 6:00pm

George Benson is a ten-time Grammy Award-winning American musician. He began his professional career at twenty-one, as a jazz guitarist. Benson uses a rest-stroke picking technique similar to that of gypsy jazz players such as Django Reinhardt.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back MARY TINTI, Associate Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum. With Mary is artist JEFFU WARMOUTH. Together they will talk about Jeffu’s first retrospective JEFFU WARMOUTH: NO MORE FUNNY STUFF at the Fitchburg Art Museum opening February 9. Jeffu’s art is often interactive, beautiful, engaging and lots of fun. Tune in and find out why! Tp see some of Jeffu’s art, please go to: http://www.jeffu.tv/ . To find out more about the Fitchburg Art Museum and this upcoming “not to miss” exhibition, please go to:
http://www.fitchburgartmuseum.org/

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 2:30pm

Have they found the Higgs Boson particle at the Large Hadron Collider? If so, it would be one of the greatest scientific discoveries of the last 100 years. But, according to our guest tonight,  we aren’t completely certain yet. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with noted physicist JOHN W. MOFFAT, Professor Emeritus in Physics at the University of Toronto and also Adjunct Professor in physics at the University of Waterloo. His new book CRACKING THE PARTICLE CODE OF THE UNIVERSE: THE HUNT FOR THE HIGGS BOSON is a wonderful up to date overview of the search for this so-called “god particle” and an honest report of how theoretical physics really works. As Moffat writes in his book: “Physics is a brutal business.”

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter Leroy Jones talks about blending his New Orleans musical roots, and love for Clifford Brown, and his work with Harry Connick and his own band with his trombonist wife Katja Jones.

Monday, January 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

You may only know Van McCoy for his disco megahit, but he was a respected producer, songwriter & performer for decades. He wrote for Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight & Jackie Wilson, to name just a few. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the life of a "lost soul" on this week's show. It all starts at 7pm!

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