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Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:00pm

In this program we continue our adventure with Max Ridley, a Boston-based bassist and composer has assembled a plethora of imaginative musicians who take his Jazz creation in and out of expected conceptions. This time we hear more of their influences and sounds, including the tap dancing! They call themselves the Basement Show Philharmonic and we welcome them back to Farm for more phil-harmony.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 4:00pm

They have odd names like pink heelsplitter, snuffbox and rabbit’s foot. We usually never notice them, yet  they are some of the most important denizens of our freshwater ponds and rivers. Freshwater mussels provide critical “ecosystem services” by helping filter the water. Yet many species are endangered because of our polluting and damming of the rivers. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with ABBIE GASCHO LANDIS, writer, veterinarian and naturalist about her new book IMMERSION: THE SCIENCE AND MYSTERY OF FRESHWATER MUSSELS.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 3:00pm

Imagine a book that introduces the reader to some of the most difficult concepts of quantum theory and cosmology that is also fun to read and funny. Welcome to WE HAVE NO IDEA: A GUIDE TO THE UNKNOWN UNIVERSE. Daniel Whiteson, professor of experimental particle physics at the University of California, Irvine teamed up with robotocist and comics artist (and tonight’s guest) JORGE CHAM to write an entertaining guide to what we don’t know about the universe and why.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 6:00pm

British guitarist Sam Dunn discusses the challenges of the jazz scene in England and combining his equal passion for the music of Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass and English rock.

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

One of America's greatest songwriters, Doc Pomus came out of the Brill Building era and wrote classic songs for the likes of Elvis, The Coasters, Ray Charles and so many, many more. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate a truly remarkable figure in the history of pop music. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

The harp may be one of the most ancient instruments but it isn’t particularly prominent in jazz. Since the 1960's and the emergence of innovators Dorthy Ashby and Alice Coltrane, the instrument has remained on the fringe. This episode of Jazz Night in America splits the hour with two concerts with two takes on jazz-harp: Brandee Younger, the harpist exploring the textual modal defined by Ashby and Coltrane, and the Columbian-born folkloric virtuoso Edmar Castañeda.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 10:30pm

A college education nowadays can easily exceed the cost of a house, but it differs from real estate in at least one important way: it’s not all about “location, location, location.” College is rendered worthwhile or inadequate not by the name at the top of the diploma, argues educator and author Jacques Berlinerblau in Campus Confidential, but by a student's encounter with professors. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Berlinerblau about his new book and his take on college today.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an encore of ‘The Business Beat,’ Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews John Giangregorio, a Worcester businessman and community organizer in the Worcester Canal District, Paul Dell’Aquila, an organizer for Jane Jacobs in the Woo, and Kyla Pacheco, co-founder of Action! Worcester. They talk about who Jane Jacobs was – and why Worcester should celebrate her 100th birthday. This episode aired originally on April 9, 2017.

As Joyce Mandell, author of the blog Jane Jacobs in the Woo, observes, “Worcester’s urban-development agenda since the 1960s’ urban-renewal craze has been based on two major fallacies: 1) that historic buildings such as Notre Dame serve as an impediment to economic progress; and 2) fuzzy-headed nostalgia (not economic rationalization) drives the work of historic preservation.”

Joyce Mandell continues: “Smart cities know the real truth: that adaptive reuse of historic buildings makes dollars and sense – and translates into tangible economic benefits: job creation, increase in tourism, resource-cost savings, downtown revitalization, niche-business incubation, and community-branding opportunities.”
In her blog, Joyce Mandell cites the famous urban theorist Jane Jacobs, who noted, - “Cities need old buildings so badly, it is probably impossible for vigorous streets and districts to grow without them.”

On May 2 through 7, Jane Jacobs in the Woo along with several other groups with a mission and passion for a healthy, sustainable and profitable Worcester for all people – not just the rich – will celebrate Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday, which was on May 4, 2016.

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back RICHARD FORTEY. Fellow of the Royal Society, he was a senior paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London. “After a lifetime of working in a great museum, it was time to escape into the open air..” Fortey writes in his new book THE WOOD FOR THE TREES: ONE MAN’S LONG VIEW OF NATURE. His “where” ends up being in the Chiltern Hills of the England. Tune in for a discussion about the natural and human history of some classic English countryside.

Inquiry welcomes back ERIC R. KANDEL. He is the University Professor and Kavli Professor in the Departments of Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Molecular Biophysics and Psychiatry at Columbia University. In 2000 he was awarded the Nobel prize in Physiology and Medicine. His latest book is REDUCTIONISM IN ART AND BRAIN SCIENCE  and you can listen to our conversation about that book by clicking on Inquiry podcasts. Tonight we will be discussing his fascinating autobiography IN SEARCH OF MEMORY: THE EMERGENCE OF A NEW SCIENCE OF THE MIND.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 7:00pm

Looking ahead to the upcoming New Bedford Folk Festival (July 8-9) with tracks from artists who will be performing there this year—The Kennedys, Harvey Reid & Joyce Anderson, Vance Gilbert, the Nields, Steven Pelland, Chris Pahud, Art Tebbetts, Joe Jencks, Mike Laurreano, Grace Morrison, and many others—as well as interviews aplenty, including with Festival co-Director Alan Korolenko. Summer is getting closer!

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