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Alison O'Leary

Date: 
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 10:30pm
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On May 19, 1942, a U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico stalked its prey fifty miles from New Orleans. Captained by twenty nine-year-old Iron Cross and King's Cross recipient Erich Wurdemann, the submarine set its sights on the freighter Heredia with sixty-two souls on board.

Anjan Chatterjee & Jessica Abel

Date: 
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Do we have an instinct to create artwork? Why do we seem to desire beauty? What does our enjoyment of sex and money have to do with enjoying art? These are just a few of the heady questions to be discussed tonight when we talk with ANJAN CHATTERJEE, M.D. He is a professor of Neurology, and a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Center for Neuroscience and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. His new book is titled: THE AESTHETIC BRAIN: HOW WE EVOLVED TO DESIRE BEAUTY AND ENJOY ART. 

Jean Trounstine

Date: 
Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 10:30pm
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Nearly a quarter of a million youth are tried, sentenced, or imprisoned as adults every year across the United States. On any given day, ten thousand youth are detained or incarcerated in adult jails and prisons.Putting a human face to these sobering statistics, Boy With A Knife by author Jean Trounstine tells the story of Karter Kane Reed, who, at the age of sixteen, was sentenced to life in an adult prison for a murder he committed in 1993 in a high school classroom. Twenty years later, in 2013, he became one of the few men in Massachusetts to sue the Parole Board and win his freedom.

IAN WILLIAMS & MATTHEW SMITH

Date: 
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Can making and reading comics help doctors better understand what their patients are going through? Can graphic art also help doctors express what their experiences are to a wider public? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with IAN WILLIAMS, visual artist and illustrator, a medical doctor and an independent humanities scholar and MK CZERWEIC, a nurse and comics artist. They are two of the authors of the GRAPHIC MEDICINE MANIFESTO. Tune in and find out what drawing comics can add to our understanding of the experience of being ill.

Gerald Moore

Date: 
Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 10:30pm
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Before Americans got their news from television, they got it from LIFE, the weekly magazine that set the standard for photojournalism. In LIFE Story, writer/editor Gerald Moore who worked at the magazine in its glory years recalls the dizzying excitement and glamor of its fast-moving, powerful approach to spreading the news. Moore covered the major stories of the late 1960s and early 1970s: LSD, assassinations, the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, the McCarthy campaign, urban riots, the My Lai massacre, and the beginnings of feminism.

Andrew Bacevich

Date: 
Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 10:30pm
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In his new book; "Americas War for the Greater Middle East" historian and best selling author Andrew Bacevich argues that  four decades of failed U.S. policy using military force to solve the ongoing crises in the Middle East has resulted in failure and upheaval. Could there possibly be another way to bring lasting peace? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Andrew Bacevich and hear what his thoughts are.

Dale Russakoff & Alexis Rhone Fancher

Date: 
Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome journalist and writer DALE RUSSAKOFF. Her new book is titled THE PRIZE: WHO’S IN CHARGE OF AMERICA’S SCHOOLS. It’s a stunning piece of investigative journalism that centers on Newark, New Jersey’s failing schools.  These schools had been failing for decades. Then popular mayor Cory Booker teamed up with governor Chris Christie to spend millions promised them by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to “reform” Newark’s schools. But things did not go as the reformers planned. Tune in and find out why.

Rock In Film

Date: 
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 10:00pm
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In 1955, the film Blackboard Jungle opened with the classic “Rock Around the Clock” and teens in the audience went wild. Since then, rock songs have been an important part of many films soundtracks. Tonight on POSITIVE NOISE, we feature all music found in films: some well know, some more obscure. Tune in and hear rock music from some of your favorite flicks. Of course there will be the usual contests and audience participation. What is your favorite soundtrack from a film? 

Stephen Coss

Date: 
Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 10:30pm
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In his new book: THE FEVER OF 1721 author Stephen Coss tells the story of Boston’s largest smallpox epidemic, and the political and journalistic controversies that were also in motion making it an explosive year in Boston’s and American history. Coss’s research uncovers  a truly unique story of medical progress, political rebellion, and freedom of the press. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author and historian Stephen Coss.

Cedric Villani & Roberta Kaplan

Date: 
Sunday, March 27, 2016 - 9:00pm
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Have you ever wondered what a mathematician does when she or he “works”? What is it like to wrestle with a tough abstract mathematical problem for months or even years? What do mathematicians do to relax? Tonight on Inquiry we will talk with CÉDRIC VILLANI, Director of the Institut Henri Poincaré and a Professor of Mathematics at the Université de Lyon about his fascinating new book BIRTH OF A THEOREM: A MATHEMATICAL ADVENTURE.

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