In his latest book Watergate, author Thomas Mallon does a remarkable job of retelling the story of the Watergate scandal. Through a kaleidoscope of characters Mallon points out the highs and lows of the scandal as well as the comedic tragedy that was the Nixon administration. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a trip back in time.
Bats have a bad reputation and are feared by many people. But bats are crucial to the health of our environment and many species are locally endangered for a variety of reasons. Inquiry welcomes back children’s book author MELISSA STEWART to talk about her wonderfully informative children’s book A PLACE FOR BATS, the fifth title in Stewart’s series of natural history books for young readers. Tune in and learn about how bats live and why you are not seeing as many bats as you did years ago.
The Robert Talbott vineyards in California boast some five hundred acres of grape vines. The Talbott name is synonomous with high end end neckwear but owner Robert Talbott found his true passion in winemaking. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Talbott chief winemaker, Dan Karlsen. Dan's unique approach to making wine is his obsession with the center of the grape. Ypu'll hear how he turns good fruit into great wines.
The 1940s ushered in the Golden Age of antibiotics. Dr Selman Waksman of Rutgers University did pioneering work in the field and eventually discovered streptomycin, which earned him hundreds of thousands of dollars in patent payoffs, countless accolades over decades and eventually the Nobel Prize. Only he did not really discover streptomycin alone and therein lies one of the most fascinating and tragic stories of ego, money and hard science of the 20th Century.
Inquiry welcomes back artist, writer and natural historian JULIE ZICKEFOOSE to talk about her new book THE BLUEBIRD EFFECT: UNCOMMON BONDS WITH COMMON BIRDS. This sumptuous and fascinating book details her decades long experiences in rehabilitating young birds and is one of the best natural history books published this year. Rehabilitating nestlings is hard, frustrating, time consuming work that is also very rewarding because you get to know the birds intimately in a way no birder or even most ornithologists do.
This weeks Al is joined by former Entertainment chief for ABC, Steve McPherson. While at ABC he oversaw such hit shows as Grey's Anatomy, Dancing With The Stars and Ugly Betty. Since that time he has pursued his passion and love for wine. His new Promise Cabernet a venture he started in 2004 has been hailed by critics as simply marvelous. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 to hear this amazing story of a Hollywood heavyweight turned out to be a wine master.
Campaign posters have always played an important role in positioning a candidate in the eyes of the voter. Posters capture what voters long for or by revealing what they fear America may become. This week Al is joined by Ralph Eubanks, Publishing Director at the Library of Congress. He'll be talking about the history of some of Americas most memorable campaign posters and why they matter as much today. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a truly insightful conversation.
On August 1, 1981 MTV was launched. It was an idea that most people thought ridiculous and doomed to failure. Most people associated with the start up of MTV, on the air and behind the scenes, had had no previous experience in the media. If that wasn’t daunting enough, when MTV started there was an incredibly slim selection of music videos to play. But it soon became obvious that MTV would play an important role in shaping the musical tastes of Middle America as well as having a dramatic impact on the artists whose videos were shown.
In the world of wine the name Paul Hobbs is highly regarded. Not only as a top notch winemaker but as a world renown wine consultant. His ability to identify exceptional vineyards along with his pioneering, innovative work has made him one of the most highly sought after winemakers on the planet. His success has inspired a wealth of nicknames among the press, from quiet trend setter to prospector to truffle-hunting dog. Join Al this Sunday evening when he travels to California to speak with wine guru Paul Hobbs.
Tonight, Inquiry welcomes back JEFFREY BENNETT. He served as the first director of the Program in Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Sills at the University of Colorado. He holds a PhD in astrophysics and is the author of several books. His latest children’s book is titled THE WIZARD WHO SAVED THE WORLD is a wonderful science-based book that encourages young readers to get involved in mathematics, science and to help solve the world’s large scale problems. MATH FOR LIFE: CRUCIAL IDEAS YOU DIDN’T LEARN IN SCHOOL is a book for adult math phobics and math loathers.