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Sunday, January 3, 2016 - 9:00pm

Inquiry kicks off the New Year with an hour special on how our brains create the emotions we feel.

How does our brain process fear? What are emotions and how are they different from feelings? These are just a few of the questions we will talk about tonight when we have a conversation with LEAH OLSON, who is a teacher and has a PhD in neuroscience. Together with Elizabeth Johnston, she has written an outstanding review of the science of THE FEELING BRAIN: THE BIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF EMOTIONS.

Tonight on Inquiry, we continue our conversation about the biology and psychology of emotions when we talk with ELIZABETH JOHNSTON. She has a doctorate in visual neuroscience from Oxford University and is currently on the psychology faculty of Sarah Lawrence. She is the co-author, with Leah Olson,  of the monumental textbook THE FEELING BRAIN: THE BIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF EMOTIONS. Tonight we will talk about what the latest research says about the role of our physical body in experiencing emotions, making decisions and addictive behavior. And we talk about Phineas Gage and the crowbar case.

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 7:00pm

The 9th Annual FOLK REVIVAL tribute show, remembering those artists who passed away during the previous year, with music from Jean Ritchie, Ronnie Gilbert, B.B. King, and many more. Once again, Beth DeSombre will be Nick Noble’s special guest co-host, and there may be live appearances from Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, Sweet Wednesday, and others.

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 6:00pm

For the celebration of his 21st birthday, jazz pianist Matt Savage has released his 10th album! He has already been connected with some of the biggest names in jazz from the time he was first labeled a "jazz prodigy" at age 8. He has performed (on stage and in jam sessions) with the Ellington All Stars, Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus, Arturo O'Farrill, John Pizzarelli, Clark Terry and Chick Corea, just to name a few. Matt who on his way to New York City to continue his studies continues to amaze and it was so fun to have him back at the farm talking about his new project.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 6:00pm

Singer/pianist Daryl Sherman talks about the influence her trombonist father Sammy had on her playing and her present gig playing Cole Porter's piano at NYC's Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Monday, December 28, 2015 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as we look back at 2015. It'll be a soulful, funky good time! It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, December 28, 2015 - 6:00pm

To ring in the holiday season, Jazz Night in America spends the hour with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performing highlights from their holiday songbook. We cozy up with members of the orchestra about their arrangements and favorite holiday moments. Recorded between 2012 and 2014, the music features appearances by guest vocalists Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter and René Marie.

Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 9:30pm

Drawing on President Bush’s personal diaries; on the diaries of his wife, Barbara; and on extraordinary access to the 41st President and to his family, Pulitzer prize winning author Jon Meacham has written a surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times. From the Oval Office to Camp David, from his study in the private quarters of the White House to Air Force One, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the first Gulf War to the end of communism, DESTINY AND POWER: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, Jon Meacham charts the thoughts, decisions, and emotions of a man who was, like the nation he led, at once noble and flawed. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Jon Meacham about his new book.

Sunday, December 27, 2015 - 9:00pm

PATRICIA MARX is a staff writer for the New Yorker. She was the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon and a former writer for Saturday Night Live. She has written a unique and hilarious guide on how to improve our minds as we slide into inevitable old age. The book was based on her numerous experiences in trying to giver herself a “brain lift”: LET’S BE LESS STUPID: AN ATTEMPT TO MAINTAIN MY MENTAL FACULTIES

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer and journalist JESSICA HOPPER. Her latest book is a collection of some of her best pieces titled THE FIRST COLLECTION OF CRITICISM BY A LIVING FEMALE ROCK CRITIC.

Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 7:00pm

Four hours of holiday music from host Nick Noble.

Thursday, December 24, 2015 - 7:00pm

Julie's special guests perform music with Latin influences from Brazil, Italy and South America. Guest musicians include, guitarist Sergio Brando, pianist and vocalist Ferdinando Argenti and the saxophone /piano duo Joe Deleault and Don Davis in their collaboration with South American guitarist and singer, Cecelia Zabala.


Sergio Brando/Piano
Ferdinando Argenti/Vocals
Joe Deleault/Piano
Don Davis/Saxophone
Cecelia Zabala/Guitar, Vocals



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