You may think you know a definition of life, but you would be wrong. Many biologists and scientists are struggling to come up with a theory of life that we can test. In recent decades bacteria have been discovered living in hot springs in temperatures high enough to cook all other life. Life has now been found living in sulphur springs, in caustic soda lakes, deep in the earth’s crust and even in the salt lakes. All places we thought life could never exist. But these extremophile forms of life are only the beginning. Supposed there is life not based on the Carbon atom? Could there be Silicon life? Or could there be life that uses Arsenic? Is it possible there is life that lives in hydrogen fluoride or sulphuric acid or ammonia? The answers may surprise you. Tonight we talk with DAVID TOOMEY, associate professor of English and the Director of the Professional Writing and Technical Communication Program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His new book WEIRD LIFE: THE SEARCH FOR LIFE THAT IS VERY, VERY DIFFERENT FROM OUR OWN will change the way you think about “life”.
Rudresh Mahanthappa creates an explosive blend of South Indian classical music and progressive jazz. Named the Jazz Journalists Association's "Alto Saxophonist of the Year" for four years running, his innovative music reflects his experience as a second-generation Indian-American and has made him a Guggenheim fellow. He shares his fascinating style and story on this edition of Piano Jazz.
Chicago pianist Jon Weber talks about his jingle writing years, his love for every kind of jazz from the early days to the present, and what his recent move to NYC has done for his playing.
Some artists just become part of our lives. From birthdays to graduations to weddings and everything in between, everyone has a favorite Stevie Wonder song. His music seems to always be with us, through good times and bad. He's won 25 Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Stevie's birthday on this week's show. It all starts at 7pm.
The boundless creative spirit and pianist Chick Corea spins from jazz to classical to the avant garde. Musicians of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra expand the Corea songbook with their own arrangements. Chick Corea joins them on acoustic piano for Matrix, Crystal Silence and Tones for Joan's Bones. Wendell Pierce hosts.
The narwhal has captured people’s imaginations for hundreds of years. Found in the far north, they are a whale species very much connected to the Arctic ice. They also have that fantastic legendary eight-foot long tusk. What is the function of this amazingly modified tooth? Tune in and find out when Inquiry talks with writer and natural historian TODD McLEISH who traveled to where the narwhals live in order to write his new book NARWHALS: ARCTIC WHALES IN A MELTING WORLD.
Spiders get such a bad rap. That’s too bad because these unique arachnids are fascinating creatures that have unique mating behaviors, exhibit maternal care of their young and weave complex and beautiful webs. Some even manage to fly through the air! Tune in tonight and hear a conversation with RICHARD A. BRADLEY, Associate Professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Oganismal Biology at The Ohio State University. He discusses his state-of-the-art and much needed guide COMMON SPIDERS OF NORTH AMERICA.
There’s a new building in town! The SF JAZZ Collective, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano and other stars consecrate the stage of the first freestanding performance venue for jazz in the US.
Spirituals and songs inspired by faith and belief are among the oldest styles of music in the folk tradition. Artists past and present have shared their souls in song over the ages. Get ready for four hours of soul-stirring harmonies and thought-provoking insights from artists like the Cumberland Trio, the Highwaymen, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Ann Mayo Muir, the Cathedral Quartet, the Journeymen, Dailey & Vincent, Odetta, Rufus Wainwright, Dar Williams, the Halifax Three, Joan Baez, and many more!
ERNESTA CORVINO is a New York-based ballet dancer, teacher and choreographer whose life has been dedicated to dancing and teaching dance to young and old. Tune in tonight and listen to Ernesta talk about her legendary father Alfredo Corvino, how she came to embrace dance as her “art”. and the “Corvino Approach” to teaching dance. For more information on her classes and some wonderful pictures of the entire talented family go to:
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