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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson will be interviewing Nancy Kelly, who has been named "Best Female Jazz Vocalist" in the Down Beat Readers' Poll, twice! She has also found her way on to the Billboard charts in the past, reaching #11 with her first record Live Jazz.

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:30pm

In her new book The Teacher Wars best selling author Dana Goldstein uncovers the surprising roots of hot button issues, from teacher tenure to charter schools, and finds that recent popular ideas to improve schools—instituting merit pay, evaluating teachers by student test scores, ranking and firing veteran teachers, and recruiting “elite” graduates to teach—are all approaches that have been tried in the past without producing widespread change. She also discovers an emerging effort that stands a real chance of transforming our schools for the better. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Dana Goldstein.

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D'Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Lisa Piehler (shown, center), executive director, and Elizabeth Wambui (shown, right), major-gifts associate, for the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts and Diane Giampa (shown, left), vice president of human resources and marketing for Bay State Savings Bank, one of the sponsors of the local Red Cross chapter's 2014 Breakfast of Champions. This episode aired originally on January 19, 2014.

Last April, the American Red Cross of Central Mass. held its 2014 Breakfast of Champions. Each year, the Breakfast of Champions honors local people who have done remarkable things in the community. This annual signature event began as a way to honor the heroes of September 11, 2001. In the years since, it has grown into a celebration of the courage, kindness and unselfish character displayed by incredible people across Central Mass.

Past honorees include people who have had an extraordinary impact on the community or fellow man by saving a life or through community service.  Members of the community are invited to nominate a local hero for consideration.  Honorees will be selected by a committee of individuals from the local community, including former award recipients.

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 9:00pm

Returning to Inquiry tonight is the acclaimed scientist and writer Bernd Heinrich. Tonight he talks abut his new book The Homing Instinct: Meaning and Mystery in Animal Migration. This is a wonderful book that explores how different animals (including people), birds and invertebrates create homes and how they manage to find their way back home. Tune in and learn about beelining, how chestnut trees are spread through the forest and about a spider that made her home in Bernd’s home, right above his desk. Bernd Heinrich is one of the great writers in the study of natural history, tune in and find out why.
The symbols we now use for numbers evolved very slowly over the centuries. The concept of using a zero took even longer. Most of the mathematical symbols we take for granted today, like an equals sign or the sign for a square root were not invented till the 16th down algebra problems and many ancient cultures had to solve complex math problems in order to do business. How did they do it? For some of the answers, tune in tonight to Inquiry. Our guest is award-winning author Joseph Mazur and we discuss he deeply fascinating new book Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and its Hidden Powers.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 7:00pm

Looking back on the events of September 11, 2001 and other watershed moments in history, sharing memories of much-loved art and artists, celebrating the sounds and sights of today, and looking ahead to the musical expression of tomorrow (both folk and jazz) through four hours of song. Including an interview with artist Trey Speegle and a visit from the immensely talented Dale LePage.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

Featured on this edition of DreamFarm Radio, Julie Lavender has Spontaneous Architects in the studio for an interview and a chance for us to hear some of their eclectic additions to the nu-jazz movement. The quintet is led by John Vaillancourt, along with Jerry Sabatini, Mike Effenberger, Bob Simonelli and Gary Fieldman.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 10:30am

Students in Finland and Poland consistently score better at math and problem solving than American students. Why? What are their school systems doing that we aren’t? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with literary journalist AMANDA RIPLEY about her very important new book THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD, AND HOW THEY GOT THAT WAY. Tune in and find out why Korean students are better prepared than American students for the global economic world of the twentieth century.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:30am

Are we significant in the universe? Is life on this planet a unique accident of chemistry or are there several or maybe even many planets that host life? Those are just a few of the very big questions that tonight’s guest on Inquiry will attempt to answer. CALEB SCHARF is Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University and his new amazing book on how planets and life evolve is titled THE COPERNICUS COMPLEX: OUR COSMIC SIGNIFICANCE IN A UNIVERSE OF PLANETS AND PROBABILITIES. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 4:00pm

Join host Chet Williamson while he speaks with vocalist Polly Gibbons who will be calling in from London.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 3:30pm

Why do we cry during movies when we know they aren’t real? Why do some people believe the most outrageous conspiracy theories? Why do we find gossip or sports so compelling? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JIM DAVIES, Professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science of Carelton University and the Director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory. He will discuss his new book which answers these questions and many others: RIVETED: THE SCIENCE OF WHY JOKES MAKE US LAUGH, MOVIES MAKE US CRY, AND RELIGION MAKES US FEEL ONE WITH THE UNIVERSE. 

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