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Sunday, September 2, 2012 - 9:00pm

Alexander the Great, Hannibal and Caesar are considered three of the greatest generals of the classical world. All three were soldier-statesmen, boldly heroic, and each led dramatic raids into heavily defended enemy territory and won important battles. But what were the keys to their success and how did each ultimately fail? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with BARRY STRAUSS, professor of history and classics at Cornell University. His latest dynamic and entertaining history traces the battles and campaigns of the three great generals and reveals what made them tick and what their examples can teach us about great contemporary military leadership. Professor Strauss’ book is titled MASTERS OF COMMAND: ALEXANDER, HANNIBAL, CAESAR AND THE GENIUS OF LEADERSHIP.

“The world doesn’t matter to us the way it used to.” So begins one of the most unique and thought provoking books on literature and philosophy: ALL THINGS SHINING: READING THE WESTERN CLASSICS TO FIND MEANING IN A SECULAR AGE. Authors HUBERT DREYFUS, a leading interpreter of existential philosophy and SEAN DORRANCE KELLY, Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Harvard, believe that we no longer lead the intense meaningful lives like the Greeks did at Homer’s time or the Italians did at the time of Dante. They believe that the Enlightenment’s metaphysical embrace of the individual leads not just to a boring life, but inevitably to a nearly unlivable one. Can we once again find meaning in the secular 21st Century by looking to the history of Western literature? Is the answer to today’s nihilism to be found in Homer, Dante or Melville? Tune in tonight for the first part of a intense and  lively discussion of philosophy and literature.

Friday, August 31, 2012 - 6:00pm

He led the house band on Jay Leno's Tonight Show for 15 years. Now Kevin Eubanks is free, unfettered, bluesy and outdoors with the fine Bill Pierce on tenor, at the Detroit Jazz Festival, Labor Day weekend, on JazzSet, celebrating 20 years from NPR Music.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 6:00pm

Virtuoso pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara began her classical studies at age 6. Today she is an in-demand jazz pianist able to play stride at blinding speed with deadly accuracy. More than a novelty, she is also a thoughtful, impressionistic composer. Hiromi’s mega chops are on display in this week’s session with host Jon Weber.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 12:00pm

Writer, journalist and Contributing Editor to Outside Magazine, FLORENCE WILLIAMS really didn’t think much about her breasts until she became a mother. It was then that she began a years long investigation into what is known about the evolution and health of human breasts. For instance, though much is now known about the medical benefits of breast feeding babies, it is now also known that breasts can concentrate environmental pollutants particularly non-natural estrogens. Tune in tonight when Ms Williams discusses the mystery of the increasing early onset of puberty in our children; the benefits and possible risks of breast-feeding and the strange concentration of cases of male breast cancer among the Marines of Camp Lejeune. William’s entertaining and very informative book is titled: BREASTS: A NATURAL AND UNNATURAL HISTORY

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 6:00pm

Opera star Renee Fleming talks about singing jazz in college and her jazz CD, “Haunted Heart”.

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 6:00pm

The bandstand wasn't big enough for Stan Kenton's musical ideas. His big brassy sound would bring dozens of musicians to the stage including a mellophonium section and many of the great West Coast innovators -- Bill Holman, Anita O'Day and Jazz Master Lee Konitz who joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for this Kenton celebration.

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 6:00pm

Along with Curtis Mayfield, Carl Davis built the Chicago soul music scene In the early 1960s. Carl died this week at 77, leaving behind a legacy of music from artists including Walter Jackson, Jackie Wilson, Major Lance and many, many more. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Carl Davis' life Monday night starting at 7pm!

Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 10:30pm

This week Al is joined by Michelle Dennedy, McAfee Chief Privacy Officer and parent tech safety advocate. Their discussion centers on how parents can and should become more aware of the dangers  to children from on-line bullying and cheating. The new school  year is almost upon us and this timely segment will certainly help reduce some of the inherent risks from these proliferating tech dangers.

Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino interviews Chuck Marble, CEO of Elevation Brands, which is based in Framingham. They talk about bringing mission-driven foods to the table.

Newly formed Elevation Brands is determined to make the world a better, healthier place by bringing mission-driven foods to the table. The company will source, manufacture and market products that help solve common environmental, sustainability and health issues. Elevation Brands’ two charter brands are pioneers in their respective categories. Ian's Natural Foods, of which Chuck Marble had been CEO immediately prior to heading up Elevation Brands, produces 30 all-natural, allergy-friendly versions of favorite foods, including chicken nuggets and French bread pizza. These give children and adults whose diets are severely restricted by food allergies and Celiac disease the ability to enjoy the same foods as their friends and families. Blue Horizon Wild uses only sustainably sourced, wild-caught fish and shellfish in its frozen-seafood entrees, sides and snacks.

The formation of Elevation Brands was led by Renewal2, a Vancouver-based social-investment fund supporting companies that create healthy, sustainable environmental and social impacts. While Elevation Brands will provide all operations, manufacturing, sales and marketing activities, both Ian's and Blue Horizon Wild will continue to be marketed as distinct consumer brands.

Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 9:00pm

Tonight’s guest is writer and editor JOY M. KISER. When she was an Assistant Librarian at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Ms Kiser saw on display a truly beautiful book from the late nineteenth Century illustrating birds nests. Created  by one Genevieve Estelle Jones it was titled Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio. Kiser discovered that this was virtually a lost book. Although the lithographs rivaled those of Audubon, few people knew of the books existence. As Kiser researched the history of the book and of the Jones family, she uncovered an incredible story of determination, passion,  tragedy and family love.  Tune in tonight for a remarkable story of unique woman of the late 1800s and her formerly lost  book that has now been published so we can all enjoy Jones’s work. Kiser’s book which includes full color reproductions of all of the plates of Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Ohio is titled AMERICA’S  OTHER AUDUBON.

On August 31, 1886 a powerful earthquake devastated Charleston, South Carolina leaving most of the city in ruins and most of the residents living on the streets. Tonight’s guests, writer SUSAN MILLAR WILLIAMS and writer/editor STEPHEN G. HOFFIUS have written a compelling history of this natural disaster that links the story to issues of race, class, urban development and even labor. This is a fascinating and complex and important chapter in the history of America that almost no one knows about. Join us tonight as Williams and Hoffius discuss their book UPHEAVAL IN CHARLESTON: EARTHQUAKE AND MURDER ON THE EVE OF JIM CROW.

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