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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 4:00pm

What did it mean when Lester Young or Miles Davis used the word “cool”. Cool as a concept came into being after World War II and was influenced by certain jazz musicians, film noir and French existentialists like Albert Camus. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and professor of English at Tulane University JOEL DINERSTEIN. He was the curator of the American Cool exhibit at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery. Tonight we will be discussing his book THE ORIGINS OF COOL IN POSTWAR AMERICA. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 3:00pm

Artificial Intelligence is a concept that the public usually misunderstands. Many people fear a future like that shown in the Terminator films. But as tonight’s guest writes, the fear shouldn’t be for evil robots, but “competence”. What will happen to our society if we finally design a machine intelligence that can learn and improve itself? There are a number of scientists and technical experts that are working on such an intelligence right now, so we need to plan ahead for what we want this intelligence to be like and how it will look at us. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with MAX TEGMARK. He is a professor of physics at M.I.T. and president of the Future of Life Institute. His new book should be read by anyone concerned about the future of humanity: LIFE 3.0: BEING HUMAN IN THE AGE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 6:00pm

The French/Scottish vocalist spent her young life in Paris, training four hours a day as an ice skater, with breaks for the occasional gig as a child actor. Somehow, she knew she would be a singer someday, even though that was never the focus of her life. She now lives and works in England, singing and playing accordion, performing a repertoire influenced by everyone from Edith Piaf to Billie Holiday.

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 6:00pm

In 1971, pianist, composer and bandleader Eddie Palmieri put out a formative album called Harlem River Drive. Written in the heat of racial turbulence, its lyrics addressed the inequality Puerto Ricans faced in New York City. The album served as a form of protest, as well as commentary on social-justice issues for the people of El Barrio, East Harlem.

Though the Latin funk classic didn't take off in the early '70s, it later became an underground classic. Its enduring songs remain relevant today.

Forty-five years after its release, Eddie Palmieri packed a Harlem amphitheater in the rain. No one had heard Harlem River Drive performed on stage in decades, until now. This edition of Jazz Night In America highlights that special moment.

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 10:30pm

This week Al is joined by author Adam Federman. His new book; Fasting and Feasting chronicles the life and times of food writer and visionary Patience Gray. Hear how this remarkable woman spent much of her life living in southern Italy with no electricity or running water yet she was known throughout the globe. Tune this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM.

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve D’Agostino interviews Ray Pfau and Richard Simon, members of Nashoba Valley Rotary and organizers of its Repair Café. They talk about reducing waste while building community.

The Repair Café was initiated by Martine Postma. Since 2007, she has been striving for sustainability on the local level in many ways. She organized the very first Repair Café in 2009 in Amsterdam. It was a great success.

This prompted Martine to start the Repair Café Foundation. In 2010, this Dutch non-profit organization was officially set up. Since 2011, the foundation has provided professional support to local groups in the Netherlands and other countries wishing to start their own Repair Café.

At Repair Cafés, everything centers on making repairs. By promoting repairs, Repair Cafés want to help reduce mountains of waste. Repair Cafés are also meant to put neighbors in touch with each other in a new way, to help people save money, and to help people discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home.

In Central Massachusetts, Nashoba Valley Rotary runs the Repair Café, which is supported by the Repair Café Foundation. Nashoba Valley Rotary serves Bolton, Lancaster and Stow.

The next Repair Cafe is on Saturday, September 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Florence Sawyer School, which is located at 100 Mechanic St. in Bolton

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 9:00pm

It’s a very small dirty-red piece of paper that’s really not much to look it. Yet it is one of the most valuable pieces of paper in the world. Welcome to the insanity of “stamp world”. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JAMES BARRON, reporter for the New York Times. His new book traces the crazy and checkered history of the “one-cent magenta” and the collectors that have coveted that unique stamp over the decades. Barron’s entertaining book is titled: THE ONE-CENT MAGENTA: INSIDE THE QUEST TO OWN THE MOST VALUABLE STAMP IN THE WORLD.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back CARRIE NUGENT, asteroid hunter of Caltech/IPAC. Tonight we talk about the big asteroid impacts of earth’s past; how asteroids were formed, and the differences between asteroids, meteorites and dwarf planets. Nugent’s latest book is ASTEROID HUNTERS.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

LIVE maritime music from the WICN Performance Studio, looking ahead to the upcoming Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival and welcoming dozens of singers to a four-hour songfest and singing session. We’ll need an audience to join in on some choruses!

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome in-studio guest Syrian visual artist AULA ALAYOUBI. Her work features expressionistic paintings of women done in paints and collage. Also in the studio is JULIET FEIBEL of Executive Director of ArtsWorcester and Aula’s translator AYHAM AL-MUARRAWI.  A show of her work, Fruit Of Heaven, will open at ArtsWorcester October 6.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 9:30am

The story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is one of the oddest parts of Genesis. Yet it has “shaped conceptions of human origins and human destiny” thanks to one Saint Augustine and his writings. It was Augustine who promoted the concept of the literal truth of this story. What happened because of his writings is what we will be talking about tonight when we speak with STEPHEN GREENBLATT, the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. His new book is THE RISE AND FALL OF ADAM AND EVE. 

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