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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.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 6:00pm

Multi-Emmy and Grammy winner, composer/pianist Mike Renzi discusses his work as Music Director for Sesame Street, Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, Liza and numerous others and reveals what continues to thrill and inspire him about jazz.

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.

Sunday, February 8, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate Of Club, interviews Rose Pavlov, president and CEO of Ivy Child International. They talk about the business of teaching children mindfulness, self-regulation and leadership.

Ivy Child is a charitable non-profit organization based in Worcester that provides cross-cultural positive psychological services for children, families and communities worldwide. Ivy Child does this by “teaching children mindfulness, self-regulation and leadership to build resilience, emotional intelligence and healthy habits for life.”

Rose Pavolv’s academic path has taken her to Boston University, University of Oxford, and Harvard University. Her professional and volunteer experiences have led her to a partnership with UNICEF and World Vision.

In 2010, Rose was recognized by Worcester Business Journal as one of the 40 Under Forty emerging leaders in Central Massachusetts. In 2012 in Boston, she addressed the Empower Peace Women 2 Women Global Leadership Conference. That conference provided more than 600 emerging, international, young women leaders (ages 15 to 19) from 41 countries with leadership training and social-entrepreneurship skills, while strengthening their cultural competencies through training, lectures and discussions by experts and women leaders such as Rose.

Rose realized at a very young age that her passion was working with young children. Her commitment to community and international humanitarian service evolved as a teenager, when she worked with Mother Theresa and the Sisters of Charity.

While serving slum dwellers in southern India, Rose taught art and music to children in villages. Over the past two years, she has worked with the victims of the natural disaster in Haiti, provided teacher/school training in the Dominican Republic, and lectured in the United States.

Rose is also a board member of the Center for Women and Enterprise. However, she says, her most cherished role is being the mother of two.

On November 15, at Worcester Technical High School, Ivy Child International hosted A Journey to Kerala, an exclusive culinary benefit featuring a 21-course vegetarian Sadya – or feast -  and traditional entertainment.  All proceeds supported mindfulness-based learning programs in the Worcester Public Schools.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

Judy talks with vocalist Maud Hixson about her new CD “Don’t Let A Good Thing Get Away” and its focus on the compositions on Mickey Leonard.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 7:00pm

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

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jazz pianist/vocalist Larry King discusses his many musical influences from Bill Evans to Ella Fitzgerald and how living and working in Paris has enhanced his creativity.

Monday, March 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

The Philly soul sound is in full swing this week as host Tom Shaker celebrates the music of Thom Bell. Along with Gamble & Huff, Bell is one of the architects of that smooth Philly soul sound of the '70s. You'll hear songs by The Delfonics, the Spinners, the Stylistics and more. It all starts at 7pm!

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