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Programming Highlights

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 6:00pm

Two years ago Jamison Ross took first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.  The 26-year-old drummer has played with both veterans Carmen Lundy and Wess Anderson, and young talents like Jon Batiste and Cécile McLorin Salvant. Ross’ roots in jazz and gospel give him unfailing feel, and thrill-inducing chops.  His trio celebrates Prestige Records’ 65th anniversary, live at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 7:00pm

Without Sam Cooke, it's safe to say there'd be no Aretha, no Rev. Al, no Curtis, and no Stevie. From his gospel roots to his 30 Top 40 hits, this genius of soul left the world way too early, but paved the way for soul music as we know it. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Sam Cooke's musical legacy. It all starts at 7pm!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 6:00pm

Trumpeter Duke Heitger isn’t a native New Orleanean, but has lived there many years and talked with Judy about the challenges and advantages of a career in this most musical of cities, when you aren’t a native. Recorded onstage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 7:00pm

Old favorites, tracks from CDs newly arrived at the station, and special guests Doug Kwartler and Susan Levine live in the studio!

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 9:00pm

Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” was published in 1854, and it is still read and revered today. But what is Walden Pond today versus what it was in Thoreau’s time? The DECORDOVA SCULPTURE PARK AND MUSEUM is now hosting an exhibition of contemporary artists interpretation of Thoreau’s ideas and Walden Pond in particular. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with DINA DEITSCH, curator of WALDEN, REVISITED and two of the artists whose work is in the show GINA SIEPEL and OSCAR PALACIO.

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.

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Jeff Duquette, a partner with the Westboro law firm of Dingman, McInnes & McLane, LLP, which specializes in intellectual-property law. They talk about the business of IP law.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Jeff is a board member of 90.5 WICN.

As the Data Center Journal wrote, in part one of a two-part series, in 2013, “Big data; security; the cloud; outsourcing. These are all hot topics in IT today, and they all focus on applications of technology to meet various needs. But another topic that is increasingly garnering headlines is intellectual property — particularly, in the case of IT, patents.”

As the Data Center Journal continued, in part two, “To get a revealing and sometimes humorous look at intellectual property today, run an Internet search for ‘patent infringement case.’ A solid portion of the hits are likely to involve technology giants like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and others, many of whom constantly sue each other (and smaller companies) over transgressions of their IP portfolios. The amount of money spent on legal fees—to say nothing about awards when cases are judged—is staggering. But should this money be spent hiring lawyers and paying supposed damages when it could be spent on innovation? Or is the money spent on litigation necessary to protect innovation?”

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 10:30pm

Despite gains in recent years, professional females still report many challenges that their male counterparts do not experience. Despite a recent surge in female CEOs, the number is still far smaller than the number of male CEOs. Many women believe that they have a harder time in balancing both their personal and professional lives. Why is this? What can they do? This week Al is joined by
Dr. Rachel Elahee,, a leading psychologist and author of the new book, Choose You!, tips that can help women balance both personal and professional lives.

Monday, February 2, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz Night in America presents the exclusive East-Coast appearance of Our Point of View, Blue Note Record’s newest supergroup. With Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland, Derrick Hodge, and Kendrick Scott, Our Point of View is a rare opportunity to see six leaders join forces to present original work and Blue Note classics.

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 7:00pm

Four hours of Cowboy and Western songs, evoking an oft-neglected part of the folk music tradition.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 9:00pm

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.

Quantum theory and quantum mechanics revolutionized physics in the Twentieth Century, but to the non-physicist this science seems to consist of crazy concepts and impossible notions. Despite this, terms, phrases and concepts from quantum theory have crept into our culture in films, names of companies, literature and jokes. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ALFRED SCHARFF GOLDHABER, professor of Physics at Stony Brook University. Together with Robert P. Crease, a Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook, they have written a book that explores the fascinating cultural impact of the quantum: THE QUANTUM MOMENT: HOW PLANCK, BOHR, EINSTEIN AND HEISENBERG TAUGHT US TO LOVE UNCERTAINTY.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

The show’s theme speaks for itself. Cuddle up with someone special and tune in!

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