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Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 11:00am

Does America have a future in outer space? China is aiming to land a crew on the moon by 2025. Will America ever go back to the moon? And what about the dream of a manned mission to Mars? What will it take to finally travel to another planet? Our guest tonight is Dr. CLAUDE A. PIANTADOSI, Professor and Director of the F.G. Hall Environmental Laboratory at Duke University. His new book is MAKIND BEYOND EARTH: THE HISTORY, SCIENCE, AND FUTURE OF HUMAN SPACE EXPLORATION. Tune in and learn about a few of the challenges that humans will face during long stays well beyond the earth. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 11:00am

Today children spend far less time out of doors than then did 30 years ago. How can we get our kids back outside and have them enjoy the natural world? Tonight’s guests on Inquiry recognized this challenge and decided to create a wonderful idea book of projects and games that young people could do out of doors in all seasons. STACY TORNIO is a teacher, editor, writer and master gardener. KEN KEFFER is a naturalist and environmental educator. Together they have written THE KIDS OUTDOOR ADVENTURE BOOK: 448 GREAT THINGS TO DO IN NATURE BEFORE YOU GROW UP. This wonderful book is chock full of challenges, projects, destinations and even recipes that will get kids to drop the electronics (at least for a little while) and sample some of the pleasures the natural world can offer. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 6:00pm

French singer Mina Agossi draws on opera, hip hop and jazz to create her unique approach to the Great American Songbook.

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 6:00pm

A light-hearted entertainer and a very serious musician, Thomas Fats Waller mastered the stride piano and wrote some of jazz’s enduring, endearing tunes. Hear Honeysuckle Rose, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and A Handful of Keys in the hands of pianist Ehud Asherie, vocalist Allen Harris, and guitar master Doug Wamble, under the direction of that multifarious fiddler and reedman, Andy Farber.

Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 10:30pm

The rapid acceleration of technology is forever changing the workplace, jobs and future career paths. Will this new technology displace many of todays workers? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, a leading career expert and visiting scholar at Stanford University. For many years now she  has studied the issue and has some interesting insight to offer.

Friday, July 5, 2013 - 2:00pm

Join Ed Gardella on the Friday Jazz Matinee for his annual Independence Day salute to America. The program will include songs that have a city or state in the title and some very special music honoring our nation’s 237th birthday.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 6:00pm

Grammy-winning violinist Mark O’Connor is at home playing bluegrass, country, jazz, and classical. And his approach to teaching strings is considered a rival to the Suzuki method. Feinstein and O’Connor get together to explore American music, including a performance of Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” on this week’s Song Travels.

Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Paul Adler, owner-operator of Southern New England Solar, which is based in Chilmark on Cape Cod and is the exclusive distributor of the SolarBeam for the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. They talk about making solar power work for your  business or home.

There are three primary ways to heat water with the sun for residential or commercial use: a flat-panel collector; an evacuated-tube collector; and now a parabolic solar concentrator (also called SolarBeam). For a typical residential home, if you are just heating your domestic hot water, a flat-panel or evacuated-tube system would be more than adequate. However, if you have a large heating need, the best choice would be a parabolic solar concentrator.

In 2012, SolarBeam also began producing up to four kilowatts of electricity at the same time it is heating your water using the latest multi-junction solar-cell technology, currently designed by Boeing for space vehicles, which are 60 percent for more efficient than any other current photovoltaic cells currently available. These high-heat cells are used in conjunction with a new technology called CPV, or concentrator photo voltaic. SolarBeam is already the most powerful solar thermal collector in the world, for its size, using the latest two-axis tracking system and made in the USA.

The installation cost is similar to the cost for installation of flat-panel or evacuated-tube systems. In addition, the payback time is greatly reduced due to the higher efficiencies, the hotter water temperatures, and the two-axis direct-solar tracking.

Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 9:00pm

You may think you know a definition of life, but you would be wrong. Many biologists and scientists are struggling to come up with a theory of life that we can test. In recent decades bacteria have been discovered living in hot springs in temperatures high enough to cook all other life. Life has now been found living in sulphur springs, in caustic soda lakes, deep in the earth’s crust and even in the salt lakes. All places we thought life could never exist. But these extremophile forms of life are only the beginning. Supposed there is life not based on the Carbon atom? Could there be Silicon life? Or could there be life that uses Arsenic? Is it possible there is life that lives in hydrogen fluoride or sulphuric acid or ammonia? The answers may surprise you. Tonight we talk with DAVID TOOMEY, associate professor of English and the Director of the Professional Writing and Technical Communication Program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His new book WEIRD LIFE: THE SEARCH FOR LIFE THAT IS VERY, VERY DIFFERENT FROM OUR OWN will change the way you think about “life”. 

Nikola Tesla was one of the most dynamic and controversial figures in the history of electricity and science. His significant contributions in the use of Alternating Current, radio and radio-controlled devices have often been ignored by the history books. Yet others worship him as the counter-culture father of free energy and a man who communicated with extraterrestrials. David Bowie even played him in a film. What is the truth about Tesla and his inventions? My guest tonight is W. BERNARD CARLSON, Professor of Science, technology and Society in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His new dynamic and thorough biography is TESLA: INVENTOR OF THE ELECTRICAL AGE and it is the first book to portray Tesla in all his brilliance and folly.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 6:00pm

As the keyboardist for the trio Medeski, Martin, & Wood, John Medeski has brought jazz & fusion to rock audiences for more than two decades. He recently began playing solo piano performances in venues world-wide. This week Medeski joins host Jon Weber to perform new pieces from his solo piano album as well as a surprising duet or two.


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