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Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 9:30am

Alexander von Humboldt was a driven European scientist who traveled throughout South America and Russia and changed the way we think about the natural world. He invented isobars and the concept of “the web of life”. He was a friend of people like Goethe, Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson and his writings influenced  Darwin, Thoreau and John Muir. Yet his name is almost unknown in America. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and historian ANDREA WULF about her wonderful new book THE INVENTION OF NATURE: ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT’S NEW WORLD. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 3:30pm

Black and white cinematography is virtually a lost art form. At their best, black and white films were a “transformative art” and “a meditation on reality”. Black and white films have a unique beauty, and aesthetic all their own. You cannot imagine films like Citizen Kane or Psycho in anything but black and white. Tune in tonight when we welcome back WHEELER WINSTON DIXON, the James Ryan Professor of Film Studies, the coordinator of the film studies program and a professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Tonight we talk about his wonderful new history: BLACK AND WHITE CINEMA: A SHORT HISTORY. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 2:30pm

Around the world since ancient times, people have been fascinated by dolphins. They amuse and intrigue us. We admire their intelligence and many people feel a deep kinship with dolphins. But dolphins have also been the victims of horrific carnage and are victims of the polluting and overfishing of our oceans. Even dolphins that are kept in various ocean parks around the world are terribly abused. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with author, editor and journalist SUSAN CASEY about her travels around the world investigating the way people have thought about dolphins: VOICES IN THE OCEAN: A JOURNEY INTO THE WILD AND HAUNTING WORLD OF DOLPHINS.  

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 6:00pm

Son of pianist Cy Walter, Mark Walter talks about bringing awareness of his father's great musical legacy.

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 7:00pm

These days, just reading the headlines is enough to make you feel overwhelmed. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate soul songs that'll make you feel better. Get uplifted, inspired and encouraged on this week's show, it all starts at 7pm!

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 6:00pm

Jason Moran defies the constraints of history itself in this celebration of “the first pianist who made me want to be a pianist.” Using archival footage, interviews, and live music, Moran re-imagines the classic Monk At Town Hall concert from 1959 to paint a portrait of one of the unique and influential musicians in jazz history. Backed by The Big Bandwagon, Moran performs his tribute to Thelonius Monk live at the Kennedy Center.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 10:30pm

In his new book, DISCIPLES: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan  veteran journalist Douglas Waller reveals the secret Office of Strategic Services operations of four future spymasters: Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, William Colby and William Casey. Waller mined tens of thousands of now-declassified World War II documents and conducted hundreds of hours of interviews to reconstruct the four disciples’ most daring missions that helped take down the Axis. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by best selling author and journalist Douglas Waller.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb interviews Chantel Bethea of Women In Action. They talk about helping women in business to empower themselves for success. This episode aired originally on August 16, 2015.

Women in Action is a support group for the “everyday woman,” which combines the objectives of removing mental-health barriers to employment with exercises that promote practical outcomes. Women can learn coping strategies to deal with their emotional concerns, and gain knowledge about the culture of the work environment.

Based in Worcester, Women In Action was founded by Chantel Bethea in 2010. She is a native of Atlanta, and a current resident of Worcester. She is also a wife and a mother of four children. For her, empowering women has been a longtime passion. 

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 9:00pm

During World War II there was an army unit that specialized in deception. They used inflatable tanks, created sound effects of troop movements and impersonated Morse code senders. They were the Ghost Army, an incredible group that included many artists like Ellsworth Kelly and Bill Blass. When they were not involved in an operation, they drew and painted what was happening around them and therefore left a visual legacy of the war like no other. Tune in tonight when we speak with historian and film maker RICK BEYER about his book, written with Elizabeth Sayles, THE GHOST ARMY OF WORLD WAR II. Rick and others are working hard to get the Ghost Army  awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

What is the future of coal and oil as our primary sources of energy? Can we continue down the road of unlimited growth combined with continued environmental degradation? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute RICHARD HEINBERG. His new book of essays provides some sober assessments of where we are going and what we need to do now: AFTERBURN: SOCIETY BEYOND FOSSIL FUELS.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 12:00pm

Multi-instrumentalist, drummer, composer, music director, producer Steve Jordan takes a few minutes to share more about Jazz Foundation of America's mission and his role in the  upcoming gala and tribute concert. Jordan currently plays in a band called The Verbs with wife Meegan Voss and has played sideman for various artists from John Mayer and Eric Clapton to the Blues Brothers, the late B.B. King and saxophone legend Sonny Rollins.  

Rollins will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award on October 22, 2015, when the Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) presents its 14th Annual "A Great Night In Harlem" at the historic Apollo Theater. This gala concert will benefit their Jazz Musicians Emergency Fund which provides social services for elders and others in crisis with everything from free medical care, preventing homelessness and hunger to creating performance opportunities. With more than 5,000 cases per year, JFA is "keeping jazz and blues alive...one musician at a time".

Today's music will highlight some of the artists scheduled to perform live at the gala fundraiser. You'll hear from Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Heath, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Bartz, Randy Brecker, Randy Weston, George Cables, Kenny Garrett, Ravi Coltrane, Al Foster, James Carter, Wallace Roney, Cecil Bridgewater, Nona Hendryx, Keb' Mo' and even Steely Dan.

Tune in at noon.

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