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Peter Pringle & Daisy Hay

Date: 
Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 9:00pm
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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.

Julie Zickefoose & Sam Kean

Date: 
Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 9:00pm
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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.

Steve McPherson

Date: 
Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 10:30pm
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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.

Ralph Eubanks

Date: 
Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 10:30pm
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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.

Craig Marks & Arthur Goldwag

Date: 
Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 9:00pm
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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.

Paul Hobbs

Date: 
Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 10:30pm
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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.

Jeffery Bennett & Judy Dutton

Date: 
Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 9:00pm
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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.

Joe Bastianich

Date: 
Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 10:30pm
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This week Al's guest is celebrity restaurateur Joe Bastianich, who along with his partner Mario Batali, have re-defined the restaurant industry. Tune in this Sunday evening as Joe Bastianich talks about his passion for food and the delicious secrets of the restaurant business.

Maya Angelou Interview Part 1

Date: 
Friday, May 4, 2012 - 1:30pm

Hailed as one of the greatest speakers of our time, Maya Angelou's words have been a source of inspiration, comfort, encouragement and strength for millions around the world. In conjunction with her performance at The Hanover Theatre, Wednesday, May 9th, WICN Production Director Jon Marable will be interviewing the American Icon.

 

E. Paul Zehr & Jeffery J. Kripal

Date: 
Sunday, May 13, 2012 - 9:00pm
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Ironman is the famous Marvel superhero alter ego of arms dealer and playboy  Tony Stark. Stark built an exoskeleton that amplified his performance and strength. In later movies and comics, the Iron Man suit is directly plugged into Tony Stark’s brain creating a unique melding of man and machine. This sounds fantastic, something possible only in the realm of comics, right? Well, not so fast. Recent technological and medical developments in neuro-prosthetics are creating human brain-machine interfaces that are beginning to approach the fantasy of the Iron Man comics.

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