“I was about eight when I realized I was doomed”. Inquiry welcomes writer and poet DONNA LETHAL. Her first book, MILK OF AMNESIA, is a novel closely based on her life growing up Catholic and Irish in a tough working class neighborhood of Lowell, Massachusetts. She was raised in a family whose parenting style she refers to as “laissez-faire” and you didn’t ask a lot of questions about where your Christmas presents came from. Donna Lethal’s writing is tough, honest, grimly hilarious and surprisingly upbeat.
Can the art of confession truly help to redeem oneself? Or should our trials and tribulations be chalked up to human frailty? Tune in this Sunday evening when Al is joined author and expert commentator Paul Wilkes. They will be discuss how you can renew yourself and find inner peace through the practice of honesty.
Even if he didn’t “kill him a b’ar when he was only three”, as the Disney song extolled, David Crockett was probably our first celebrity hero. A true “Son of Tennessee”, which was the frontier of America in the very early 1800s, Crockett was a very successful bear hunter; the archetypical frontiersman, and a gifted raconteur. The wilderness was indeed his cathedral. Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we talk with writer MICHAEL WALLIS about his thrilling history of the idiosyncratic DAVID CROCKETT: THE LION OF THE WEST.
There are good wines, great wines and at the top of the list fabulous wines. This week Al travels to California where he speaks with winemaker Camille Benitah. She was born in France and studied winemaking in Bordeaux one of the worlds top wine regions. She is now at the helm of MERUS winery in Napa Valley California where she oversees the limited production of one of the regions top Cabernets. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 and hear why this wine is small on production and big on quality.
Has psychiatry lost its way? DR. DANIEL CARLAT, on the faculty of the Tufts Medical School, believes psychiatry has become too much about prescribing meds and less about sitting and carefully listening to the patient. Many doctors are over prescribing drugs and giving to patients who might be better off merely discussing their problems. Furthermore, the drug companies have far too much influence on which drugs doctors give to their patients. Tune in tonight for an honest assessment of the current state of psychiatry from a doctor in the field. Dr.
With everyone texting, Twittering and on Facebook today, there can be little doubt that we live in the age of the incredible shrinking message. Being able to cut through the plethora of voices and posts we read everyday to get someone’s attention requires new rules of writing not found in Strunk and White. We are living in a world wide Algonquin Round Table and to get someone’s attention you need to be pragmatic, economic, witty and creative. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON, verbal branding consultant, blogger and author.
Former undercover cop and now master cake baker Carmello Oquando joins Al Vuona for a segment on the fine art of baking. Carmello who goes by the name "Cake Father" has just finished making an appearance on TLC's "The Next Great Baker". His one of a kind cake creations are in great demand and his passion for this craft is second on to his ambition. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for what promises to be a very sweet time.
It could happen to any of us. You wake up one morning with slight weakness in your left leg and by the end of the day you're in your local hospital's ICU with tubes running into your arms,nose and down your throat. You've lost your ability to speak and move. You say "yes" or "no" by blinking your eyes. It seems like the ultimate nightmare but it's the terrifying reality of mismanaged medical care. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Robert Samuels as he recounts his horrifying treatment in one of America's top hospitals.
The Constitution was born out of revolution. In fact the framers created the Constitution to reflect this and for future generations to react to their times. However, many will argue that some have taken this to the extreme. Case in point, "The Occupy" movement. What's your interpretation? Tune in this Sunday evening when Al is joined by Constitutional scholar and author David Bodenhamer. You have a perfect right to agree or disagree.