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Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 10:30pm

One Man Against the World  the new book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Tim Weiner paints a devastating portrait of a tortured yet brilliant man who led the country largely according to a deep-seated insecurity and distrust of not only his cabinet and congress, but the American population at large. In riveting, tick-tock prose, Weiner illuminates how the Vietnam War and the Watergate controversy that brought about Nixon's demise were inextricably linked. From the hail of garbage and curses that awaited Nixon upon his arrival at the White House, when he became the president of a nation as deeply divided as it had been since the end of the Civil War, to the unprecedented action Nixon took against American citizens, who he considered as traitorous as the army of North Vietnam, to the infamous break-in and the tapes that bear remarkable record of the most intimate and damning conversations between the president and his confidantes, Weiner narrates the history of Nixon's anguished presidency in fascinating and fresh detail. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Tim Weiner to discuss his latest book.

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 9:00pm

In recent years there have been a number of reports on television news programs of new wild teen sex practices. These lurid reports have focused on “rainbow parties” and “shag bands”. Oprah even covered these stories. These out of control sexual escapades by young teenagers were described in the news as very real and “widespread”. The only problem was that the stories were fictional, modern urban legends. Why did this happen and what do these stories tell us about how we think about technology, teens and sex? Tune in tonight when Inquiry speaks with KATHLEEN A . BOGLE, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at La Salle University. Together with Joel Best, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware, they have written a fascinating sociological study about KIDS GONE WILD: FROM RAINBOW PARTIES TO SEXTING, UNDERSTANDING THE HYPE OVER TEEN SEX.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back MOLLY GUPTILL MANNING, writer and staff attorney in the United States Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit, New York. Tonight we discuss one of the weirdest and wildest literary hoaxes. Former lawyer Arthur Train left the legal profession to become a writer and created one of the most memorable characters in American fiction: Ephraim Tutt, classic New England lawyer and champion of justice over the letter of the law. This wholly fictional character became a beloved icon of the spirit of America and his stories were thoroughly enjoyed by many.  Then Tutt wrote his autobiography and what happened next is the subject of Molly Guptill Manning’s wonderful book THE MYTH OF EPHRAIM TUTT: ARTHUR TRAFrom IN AND HIS GREAT LITERARY HOAX.

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 12:00pm

Roxbury Community College (RCC) President Valerie Roberson and Boston-based jazz/soul vocalist Wannetta Jackson talk with Bonnie Johnson about the second annual "Roxbury Rocks" Music Festival and Awards Ceremony happening on RCC's campus Saturday, July 18, 2015.

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

For four hours, we’ll listen to tracks from the classic folk groups of the 50s and 60s (Kingston Trio, Weavers, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Highwaymen, Limeliters, New Christy Minstrels, etc.) alternating with recordings from contemporary folk ensembles (Angel Band, Nickel Creek, Schooner Fare, Jolly Beggars, Grade A Fancy, Red Molly, Mudhook, Great Bay Sailor, etc.). We’ll also hear from today’s versions of old-time groups like the Kingston Trio, the Limeliters, and more. Kick back and enjoy!

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 6:00pm

Sublime indeed.

4 time Grammy Award Winning cellist, Eugene Friesen was my guest for this episode of DreamFarm Radio along with pianist Tim Ray and trumpet player Greg Hopkins.

As if it weren't enought to swim in the vibrations of Eugene's pulchritudinous cello playing, I was treated to their jazz chamber music trio, Tre Corda. "Tre Corda" refers to classical piano notation, and is an instruction to the pianist to the release of the soft pedal which allow all three piano strings vibrate freely. This trio's members are free to explore their own creative paths and fully resonate as individual musicians in free and yet collaborative expression. That's "Tre Corda!"

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 11:00am

Can an invertebrate have a mind? Can a relative of a clam be considered intelligent or even playful? The answers will surprise you and likely change the way you view invertebrates. Tonight naturalist, documentary scriptwriter and author SY MONTGOMERY returns to Inquiry to talk about her wonderful new book THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS: A SURPRISING EXPLORTION INTO THE WONDER OF CONSCIOUSNESS. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 8:30am

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk again with researcher, educator, photographer and writer PETER TRULL about his fascinating new book THE GRAY CURTAIN: THE IMPACT OF SEALS, SHARKS AND COMMERCIAL FISHING ON THE NORTHEAST COAST. Tune in and find out how these three things, Gray Seals, Great White Sharks and commercial fishing interact and have changed the ecology of the northeast coast forever. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 4:00pm

NICK CAPASSO, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum, returns to Inquiry to discuss what is new at FAM (there is always something new happening there). Joining Nick is photographer ELEANOR BRIGGS, whose stunning photographs can be seen in the exhibition “Morning Light” now at FAM.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 2:30pm

How does our brain process fear? What are emotions and how are they different from feelings? These are just a few of the questions we will talk about tonight when we have a conversation with LEAH OLSON , who is a teacher and has a PhD in neuroscience. Together with Elizabeth Johnston, she has written an outstanding review of the science of THE FEELING BRAIN: THE BIOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY OF EMOTIONS. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 6:00pm

Bassist (played with Sinatra and Madonna) and Broadway musical coordinator, John Miller, discusses his first feature CD under his own name featuring his favorite Broadway tunes.


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