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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 2:00pm

On Wednesday pianist and "Jazz Inspired" creator and host Judy Carmichael joins us. She'll be taping an episode of "Jazz Inspired" this weekend at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival with actress Blythe Danner. We'll hear about that and more when the lady Count Basie anointed as "Stride" joins us on Jazz New England Wednesday at 2 pm. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 11:00am

In the late 70s and early 80s, bands like The Talking Heads, Devo, the B52s and OMD help define an exciting and progressive modern pop music that was called “New Wave”. But is there an easy definition for this extremely varied music ? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with THEO CATEFORIS, Assistant Professor of Music History and Culture in the Department of Art and Music Histories at Syracuse University. His new book ARE WE NOT NEW WAVE? MODERN POP AT THE TURN OF THE 1980S brings a surprising scholarly analysis to this progressive music that defined a generation of alternative music listeners. Tune in and find out why Devo epitomizes a neurotic disorder of the late nineteenth century and how Adam Ant found his groove in the Burundi Beat.

 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 6:00pm

Join us as we celebrate Luiz Simas, a talented Keyboardist/Vocalist with an eclectic style ranging from Bossa Nova to Brazilian Progressive Rock n' Roll (and everything in between!).

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 2:00pm

We've been calling it the 'most interesting project of the year' and on Tuesday Giacomo Gates discusses that new recording "The Revolution Will Be Jazz." The irrepressible vocalist has tackled the soulful and socially-conscious music of Gil Scott-Heron and taken it to number one on the jazz charts. Join us Tuesday at 2 on Jazz New England for a "revolution."

Monday, August 29, 2011 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates the life and music of legendary soul man Nick Ashford. Along with his wife, this team wrote and produced classic Motown songs like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” “You’re all I need to Get By” and many others.  It all starts at 7pm!!

Monday, August 29, 2011 - 6:00pm

The living luminaries of jazz gather for one night as the National Endowment for the Arts honors America's 2010 Jazz Masters. Hear the words and works of 2010 inductees: - the pianists Muhal Richard Abrams, Kenny Barron and Cedar Walton; saxophonists and composers Bill Holman and Yusef Lateef; vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson; the inimitable vocalist Annie Ross and producer/writer George Avakian. Performances, tributes and good spirits mark this moment of jazz history. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 10:30pm

When we think of great domestic made wines we naturally think California, Washington State and Oregon. But would you believe Long Island NY? That's right great wine is being produced right here on the east coast. This week our food and wine segment takes us to the PAUMANOK winery on Long Island where founder and proprietor Charles Massoud has been turning out world class wines on his 103 acre estate since 1983. Tune in this Sunday at 10:30 as Al chats with Charles Massoud about why this part of the country deserves recognition for fine quality wine.

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 10:00pm

In August 2009, the City Manager’s office issued a news release headlined, “Worcester Nears Goal of Ending Adult Chronic Homelessness.”

In 2006, the Home Again collaborative identified 120 individuals in Worcester who had been homeless for an extended period of time, and asked The Health Foundation of Central Mass. to support a new way to address their homelessness through Home Again.

With Health Foundation funding, Home Again applied the housing first model, which had been successful in other cities across the country.

With the housing first approach, people who are homeless are helped to secure housing and provided with case management and support services necessary for them to function at their highest capacity and remain housed.

After the City Manager’s Office issued that news release, I, on Facebook, congratulated those in the Worcester community who have been working for many years to achieve such a goal.

Responding to my posting, was Raymond Bilodeau, a Worcester attorney who described himself as homeless – and whom I’d never met, until now.

Raymond took strong exception to claims that Worcester was about to eradicate adult chronic homelessness.

He facebooked, among other things, that living with relatives, for example, does not mean you’re no longer homeless.

On his Facebook page, Raymond describes himself as: “Semi-retired lawyer, homeless but trying to keep a practice going. Besides helping people with legal problems, I enjoy politics, real science fiction, arguing, people with a sense of humor, and puns.”

Join us as we talk to Raymond about what homelessness is – and why and how the business community can help to it.

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 9:00pm

Every year there is a contest to see how well computer programs can imitate human conversations. Conceived decades earlier by the legendary scientist Alan Turing, this battle between “meat and math” involves judges communicating blindly with either a computer or a human via a keyboard. Tonight’s guest BRIAN CHRISTIAN, writer, philosopher, computer scientist and poet was chosen to represent humanity in one such battle. But in order to do his best for his species, he needed to discover what makes human conversation “human”? For over a decade now, there have existed computer programs that convincingly imitate psychotherapists, people from other countries, and flirting strangers. But in the end, there is still something subtle and unique about human-to-human speaking. What is it? Tune in tonight for a humorous and insightful conversation about, well, conversation. Brian Christian’s important and enjoyable new book is titled THE MOST HUMAN HUMAN: WHAT TALKING WITH COMPUTERS TEACHES US ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ALIVE.

What will life be like for humanity in the year 2100? Will it be all jet packs and renegade androids? Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with writer and Professor of Theoretical Physics at City University, New York MICHIO KAKU. Based on interviews and visits with over 300 top scientists and being sure to stay within the known laws of physics, Professor Kaku makes a serious attempt to predict where technology will bring us in a century. His results are nothing short of mind blowing, yet still based on discoveries that are occurring now. Tune in and discover quantum computing; nanobot surgery, fusion reactors and the possibility of shape-shifting, programmable matter. “By 2100, our destiny is to become like the gods we once worshipped and feared”. Professor Kaku’s mind-blowing new book is PHYSICS OF THE FUTURE: HOW SCIENCE WILL SHAPE HUMAN DESTINY AND OUR DAILY LIVES BY THE YEAR 2100.

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 6:00pm

The young Hot Club of Detroit thrives on -- and updates -- Django-style swing. Gary Smulyan Remembers Detroit's great baritone man Pepper Adams with Barry Harris, the kepper of the bebop flame, on piano.

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