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Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 4:00pm

Why should you stay clear of lemon wedges in your drinks (and limes, cherries and olives for that matter)? Did you know that drinking from a straw will give you marionette lines? Not only should you not read on the toilet, you shouldn’t sit at all. Don’t get us started on the dangers of Santa Claus and romance novels. These are just a few of the sobering warnings to be found in the ENCYCLOPEDIA PARANOIACA: THE INDESPENSABLE GUIDE TO EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD BE AFRAID OF OR WORRIED ABOUT. This compendium of everything that is out to get you, was compiled by our guest tonight:  Emmy and Grammy Award-winning author, composer and producer CHRISTOPHER CERF. Together with Henry Beard and the staff of the all too aptly named Cassandra Institute, they have produced a grand accounting of all the things to avoid at all costs, completely cross referenced and indexed for your paranoid convenience. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 6:00pm

Australian documentary filmaker and jazz singer discusses her film Intangible Asset Number 82, a film about one musician’s journey to find the Korean musician who has inspired him, a drummer designated by Korea as Intangible Asset Number 82.

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 10:30pm

In his new book Invisible Armies noted historian and best selling author Max Boot describes the epic history of guerrilla warfare from ancient times to the present. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al speaks with Boot about the way we wage war.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 4:00pm

New England based jazz vocalist Joan Watson-Jones has teamed up with pianist Frank Wilkins to bring their third release Quiet Conversations - A Duet. The pair are supporters of the local jazz scene in there own right, hosting jam sessions and performing together on a regular basis. On Wednesday, January 30, 2013 they celebrate the CD in concert at Scullers Jazz Club. Catch Colors of Jazz on Saturday when the duet joins Bonnie Johnson to talk about their work and the Big Party. The fun begins at 4pm.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 6:00pm

Classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić began performing as his country, the former Yugoslavia, was being ripped apart by war. He entered the Royal Academy of Music in London, and his hard work is paying off –a 2012 solo concert at Royal Albert Hall was widely praised! Karadaglić brings his love of Latin music to Song Travels with pieces by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and Argentine tango master Astor Piazzolla.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 4:00pm

The concepts of quantum physics seem to fly in the face of everything we know about how the universe is supposed to work. Particles behave like waves. A particle can be anywhere in the universe at a later time. A particle traveling from Point A to Point B does not move in a straight line but along all possible paths. And that is just for starters. Yet this is the way the universe really works and quantum physics can predict the fate of a star or explain why a laser works. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JEFF FORSHAW, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Manchester. Together with Brian Cox, Professor of Particle Physics at Manchester University, they have written a new book THE QUANTUM UNIVERSE (AND WHY ANYTHING THAT CAN HAPPEN , DOES) that explains these ideas and many more to show why “Quantum Theory is perhaps the prime example of the infinitely esoteric becoming profoundly useful.” 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 6:00pm

Robert Redford talks about designing his life and work at Sundance around a jazz model.

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. on tonight’s show. Dr. King’s message had quite a soundtrack, featuring artists like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, the Impressions and Sam Cook to name just a few. It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 10:30pm

This week Al speaks with award winning author Fred Kaplan about his new book, "The Insurgents". In it Kaplan tells a compelling story of General David Petraeus and the new model of applying American military power. Tune in at 10:30 this Sunday evening to hear this compelling story.

Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 9:00pm

“What you think of sliced white bread says a lot about who you are” writes AARON BOBROW-STRAIN, Associate Professor of Politics at Whitman College in Washington. His new book WHITE BREAD: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE STORE-BOUGHT LOAF is a fascinating and surprising account of how “industrial white bread” came into being and evolved to become the preferred bread of much of America. It’s a wild story that centers on a national fear of food impurity, a fear of immigrants and the quest for a bread of the future that would be untouched by human hands. It didn’t matter if it was tasteless and doughy as long as it was good for the country. Tune in tonight for an entertaining story of America and the staff of life.

Inquiry welcomes back award-winning author and illustrator GRACE LIN. Her two new books are WHERE THE MOUNTAINS MEETS THE MOON and STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY. These are complex wonderful imaginative novels profusely illustrated by full color plates and intricate drawings that echo Chinese paper cut art. Both books are inspired by traditional Chinese stories and culture, yet are also unique expressions of Lin’s imagination. Tune in and learn about how Grace Lin’s recent trips to Hong Kong, Taiwan and China inspired parts of her books and Grace even tells the listener how to eat with five-foot long chop sticks.

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