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Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 9:00pm

What’s it like to have your own laboratory? What is it like to be a woman scientist in field dominated by men? These are just some of the topics discussed tonight when Inquiry welcomes geobiologist and Professor at the University of Hawai’i at Maňoa, HOPE JAHREN. Her wonderful new book is part memoir, part introduction to the biology of trees and is titled LAB GIRL.

Tonight we talk with artist KEVIN BURNS. Examples of his work will be exhibited with works by J.D. Sage in the exhibition GO FIGURE: ART ABOUT MANKIND AND MIND at the Worcester SPRINKLER FACTORY in October. Tune in and here Kevin talk about his investigations into “entropy and optimality in abstract art” among other topics.

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Grace Ross, is one of the founders and the coordinator of the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending. They talk about putting an end to predatory and illegal discrimination in lending practices.

The Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending is a seven-year-old coalition of nearly 70 member organizations, as well as a number of endorsing organizations. Among the member organizations are housing-counseling agencies, legal-services groups, social- service agencies, and community-based social-action groups. All have come together to work on reversing the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts. The Alliance focuses its work on:

  • Legislative initiatives, including judicial foreclosure, mandatory mediation, just-cause eviction post-foreclosure, and other pre- and post-foreclosure protections for tenants and homeowners;
  • Organizing to prevent eviction of tenants and resident homeowners who are paying their rents in foreclosed properties;
  • Providing education to homeowners and tenants regarding their rights, as well as educating the general public regarding the predatory and discriminatory practices of lenders and financial institutions;
  • Ensuring that foreclosed properties can be acquired as affordable housing by non-profits and other entities.

The Alliance shares information among, and coordinates the activities of, its member organizations and, where possible, speaks with a united voice on behalf of people impacted by the foreclosure crisis and against predatory lending practices.

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 10:30pm

As the crack epidemic swept across inner-city America in the early 1980s, the streets of Baltimore were crime ridden. For poor kids from the housing projects, the future looked bleak. But basketball could provide the quickest ticket out, an opportunity to earn a college scholarship and perhaps even play in the NBA.Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author Alejandro Danois about his new bestseller, The Boys of Dunbar". This inspirational story of how inner city kids during the 1980's played local basketball to avoid the temptations of drugs and crime only to become NBA champions

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 6:00pm

Eric Lewis' career has circulated both in and out of jazz circles. Performing under his given name, he was an up-and-coming pianist who toured in the bands of Wynton Marsalis and Elvin Jones. As his career progressed — or didn't — he found that a lot of contemporary rock music also spoke him deeply. So performing under the name ELEW, he devised a new theatrical, high-energy method of solo piano he called rockjazz, and it took him to TED Conferences, national tours, America's Got Talent and the White House. Now he's set to return to the jazz trio format, planning a recording with some major players. Jazz Night In America follows ELEW to the studio, and to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, where his burning band includes Reginald Veal on bass and Jeff "Tain" Watts on drums.

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the music of one of the most prolific soul men ever. Donny Hathaway was a jazz pianist, producer, writer and incredibly soulful singer. His duet work with Roberta Flack brought him fame, but his solo work survives after all these years. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 10:00pm

POSITIVE NOISE presents a special show featuring all rock music from the 1960s in AMERICA. It only seems fair, since we devoted 2 shows to rock from the ‘60s of Britain that we pay tribute to those great songs and bands from right here! Tune in for a night of hits from the Brill Building, surf tunes, soul music, and we will end the whole night with an hour of post “Summer of Love” psychedelic rock. So, tune in, turn on and drop in on WICN (90.5 FM). Host: Uncle Mark who will be joined by special guest co-host: Brian Barlow.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 6:00pm

From child prodigy as a classical pianist to his own Dixieland band as an eight year old to the musician Yehudi Menuhin calls “one of the finest pianists I have ever had the pleasure of performing with."

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:00pm

Chasing epic sax player Jerry Bergonzi down is no easy thing, but well worth the effort. Jerry is an internationally lauded composer, tenor saxophone player, educator and Boston native. When you hear his music you will understand why Jerry receives rave reviews wherever he plays across the globe. It’s an honor to have him on the program. Can’t wait to share his music with our audience.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 7:00pm

Host Nick Noble shares more than fifty of his favorite tracks over four hours of song.

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 9:00pm

If two black holes collided, what would it sound like? Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back JANNA LEVIN. She is a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College of Columbia University. She is also director of sciences at Pioneer Works, a center for arts and sciences in Brooklyn. Her new book is wild and wonderful history of the search for “a sonic record of the history of the universe” and the building of the LIGO, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. It is a story of human genius and ego and folly that has a great ending. Janna Levin’s new book is BLACK HOLE BLUES: AND OTHER SONGS FROM OUTER SPACE.

Why does a grouse bury itself in snow? Do jays really talk to themselves? Inquiry welcomes back acclaimed scientist, author and natural historian BERND HEINRICH. Tonight he talks about his new book ONE WILD BIRD AT A TIME: PORTRAITS OF INDIVIDUAL LIVES. In each of the essays in this book, Bernd Heinrich uses his scientific knowledge and field skills to attempt to unravel the reasons behind the behavior of common species of woodland birds like Ruffed Grouse, Blue Jay and Black-capped Chickadee. This is a wonderful book about how to look at the natural world like a scientist.

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino interviews Leslie Bokscor, president of Electrum Partners. They talk about the bottom lines of medical marijuana.

Most folks in the cannabis industry for any length of time know Leslie Bocskor by face, name and for his exuberant laugh and immaculate three-piece suits. But don’t be fooled by his formidable frame.

According to the website of Electrum Partners, … “[T]his Transylvanian-descended Renaissance man does not intimidate. He leads by example by embracing an open-source collaborative model unrestricted by time zones and geographies. His boldness enables him to assume a leadership role, mentor, and share the spotlight with other leaders, and fuel the industry’s ascent to a global financial and social phenomenon.”

Bocskor is an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, business executive, investment banker, and business advisor. After starting his career in finance and investment banking, in the 1990s, he began investing primarily in internet and new-media properties- later expanding into science, cyber-security, and internet gaming.

He also co-founded and headed a number of technology companies. In 2013 he became founding chair of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association, and he co-founded Electrum Partners in 2014, becoming a managing partner. The firm develops strategies for the expansion of the legal-cannabis market, and also operates a venture-capital fund focused on cannabis-related companies.

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 10:30pm

In True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy award-winning journalist and best-selling author Kati Marton tells Noel Field’s full story for the first time. Field, once a well-meaning and privileged American, spied for Stalin during the 1930s and ’40s. Then, a pawn in Stalin’s sinister master strategy, Field was kidnapped and tortured by the KGB and forced to testify against his own Communist comrades. He ended his days behind the Iron Curtain, diminished, but he never showed regret for his role in abetting a murderous dictatorship. Marton captures Field’s riveting quest for a life of meaning that went horribly wrong.  Tune in this Sunday evening October 9 at 10:30 when Al speaks with Kati Marton.

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