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Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back COURT CARNEY, Assistant Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin State University. His latest book is a fascinating history of jazz, race and media titled CUTTIN’ UP: HOW EARLY JAZZ GOT AMERICA’S EAR. Tonight, in part two of our conversation about his book,  we talk about the jazz scene in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 30s, who were the movers and shakers, and how they figure into the larger history of jazz. We also talk about jazz in the early days of film, silents and talkies. If you are interested in the history of jazz, do not miss this show.

During the Golden Age of Hollywood, there the “Big Five” studios that included  MGM, Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Brothers. But in addition to these giants of film making, there were also a number of smaller studios. Some of these lesser studios produced fine major films like Gone With the Wind and Spellbound, while others concentrated on serials and “B” films. Each of them has a fascinating history. On this Inquiry we welcome back WHEELER WINSTON DIXON and we continue our conversation about his book DEATH OF THE MOGULS: THE END OF CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD. Tonight we concentrate on the stories of these smaller studios like United Artists, David O. Selznick (shown here with Jennifer Jones) and Republic Pictures, the films they produced, the stars, and the unusual lives of the men who headed these studios. If you love film, do not miss this interview!.

Friday, May 31, 2013 - 6:00pm

Saxophonist Chris Potter, bright-toned and gymnastically powerful, has been reading Homer lately. That's inspired his latest suite, The Sirens, a collection of tuneful numbers based on The Odyssey and geared largely around a quartet of widely admired musicians, not least of whom is Potter himself, writes Patrick Jarenwattananon of NPR Music.

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 7:00pm

Four hours of songs, many of them reflecting a Memorial Day theme. Also, special guest Michael Johnathon joins us live in the studio.

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12:00pm

Working men of the 1940s and the 1950s have been idealized, satirized and criticized in print, in film and on television. But what was it really like to be a middle class working stiff in those decades before The Pill and Women’s Liberation? Was everything martinis and harassing women like on Madmen? Were they really “the greatest generation” like Tom Brokaw declares? Tune in when we welcome back journalist and author SUSAN JACOBY who has just written a book that is in part a memoir of her father, part social history and part media criticism called THE LAST MEN ON TOP. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 11:00am

AMY ELIZABETH SKINNER is a photographer and Director of Digital Communications at the Guggenheim Foundation. For almost a year now she has been taking photographs of herself in the office, at home and on the streets of New York City every single day and posting them for the public to critique. These photographs are very beautiful yet very mysterious and unlike any other photographs you have seen before. Because she posts these daily on social media sites, she now has a group of followers who eagerly await her next picture. It is an art project like no other. Tune in and find out how she manages to take such wonderful pictures of herself, how she chooses her settings and how she started this amazing project. To look at Amy’s work, go to:
http://interspace365.blogspot.com

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 6:00pm

Bassist Linda Oh was born in Malaysia to Chinese parents, and moved to Western Australia where she started out playing bass in rock bands. Since discovering the double bass, Oh become a steady presence on the scene whether playing with a string quartet, composing for film, or covering the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Oh brings her unique low end flavor to this set with Jon Weber.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 6:00pm

Even Simon Cowell was wowed by vocalist Melinda Doolittle, on the sixth season of American Idol, and although he said she should have won, she placed third in the competition. Melinda discusses what her music education and career as a back up singer brings to the solo career she enjoys now.

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 10:30pm

Michael Gerhardt is one of Americas leading authorities on Constitutional law. In his new book " The Forgotten Presidents" he documents how some of our lesser presidents did indeed distinguish themselves by the way they shaped constitutional order in this country. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by historian Michael Gerhardt. This segment will certainly get you thinking.

Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 9:00pm

How does Hollywood view the institution of marriage? Tonight on Inquiry, my guest is Jeanine Basinger, Chair of Film Studies at Wesleyan University and curator of the Cinema Archives there. She has written none previous books on film, and "I Do and I don't: A History of Marriage in the Movies" is an insightful, witty and thought provoking history of the evolution of marriage in the movies. Tune in for a wonderful conversation about celluloid marital bliss.

Artist and teacher BARRY VAN DUSEN returns to Inquiry to talk about his new work, his teaching, and working with Guy Tudor on the monumental Birds of Brazil. Barry has a new show up at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, where he is the Resident Artist this year, titled BIRDS, BEASTS, AND BLOSSOMS: PAINTINGS BY BARRY VAN DUSEN. This exhibition will feature a wide range of his beautiful watercolor paintings. For directions, times and other information, go to: http://www.towerhillbg.org/

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 7:00pm

Special songs from special artistes: each hour a different collection of tracks highlighting a different theme or particular style. There will also be conversations with a handful of special guests who will also be sharing their music. Stay tuned for more information!

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