Ancient Egyptian culture and artifacts have mesmerized people since Ancient Greece and Rome. And why not? Ancient Egypt has pyramids, the Sphinx, hieroglyphs, cool looking deities, scarabs and of course mummies. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with BOB BRIER, Senior Research Fellow at Long Island University/LIU Post about his rollicking cultural history EGYPTOMANIA: OUR THREE THOUSAND YEAR OBSESSION WITH THE LAND OF THE PHAROAHS. Tune in tonight and learn why it seemed every country wanted an obelisk, what is the best film about Ancient Egypt and much, much more.
George Benson is a ten-time Grammy Award-winning American musician. He began his professional career at twenty-one, as a jazz guitarist. Benson uses a rest-stroke picking technique similar to that of gypsy jazz players such as Django Reinhardt.
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back MARY TINTI, Associate Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum. With Mary is artist JEFFU WARMOUTH. Together they will talk about Jeffu’s first retrospective JEFFU WARMOUTH: NO MORE FUNNY STUFF at the Fitchburg Art Museum opening February 9. Jeffu’s art is often interactive, beautiful, engaging and lots of fun. Tune in and find out why! Tp see some of Jeffu’s art, please go to: http://www.jeffu.tv/ . To find out more about the Fitchburg Art Museum and this upcoming “not to miss” exhibition, please go to:
Have they found the Higgs Boson particle at the Large Hadron Collider? If so, it would be one of the greatest scientific discoveries of the last 100 years. But, according to our guest tonight, we aren’t completely certain yet. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with noted physicist JOHN W. MOFFAT, Professor Emeritus in Physics at the University of Toronto and also Adjunct Professor in physics at the University of Waterloo. His new book CRACKING THE PARTICLE CODE OF THE UNIVERSE: THE HUNT FOR THE HIGGS BOSON is a wonderful up to date overview of the search for this so-called “god particle” and an honest report of how theoretical physics really works. As Moffat writes in his book: “Physics is a brutal business.”
Trumpeter Leroy Jones talks about blending his New Orleans musical roots, and love for Clifford Brown, and his work with Harry Connick and his own band with his trombonist wife Katja Jones.
You may only know Van McCoy for his disco megahit, but he was a respected producer, songwriter & performer for decades. He wrote for Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight & Jackie Wilson, to name just a few. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate the life of a "lost soul" on this week's show. It all starts at 7pm!
Tenor saxophonists have been at the forefront of jazz for most of its history. Visionaries like Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Coleman Hawkins, and the incomparable John Coltrane have immortalized the instrument. On our stage, three generations of tenor masters, Benny Golson, Bennie Maupin, and Joe Lovano -- pay tribute to this tradition with Coltrane's Peace On Earth, Joe Henderson's Recordame, and originals including Lovano's Big Ben. Wendell Pierce hosts.
The A&E network's decision to return Phil Robertson to the "Duck Dynasty" show has both critics and fans. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Chris Stone founder of Faith Driven Consumer. The organization was behind the widely publicized IStandWithPhil.com petition drive.
In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Frances Moore Lappe, author of EcoMind. They talk about changing the way we think, to create the world we want. This episode aired originally on May 12, 2013.
Reports of our planet appear uniformly calamitous, as our climate becomes more chaotic, hunger spreads, and each day species are lost forever. Yet, these crises aren't our core challenge, argues Lappe, an environmentalist and best-selling author. According to her, solutions are known or near at hand.
What is holding us back, is a deeper crisis: Our own crippling state of mind, which creates a feeling of powerlessness that causes us to create a world none of us want. What could be powerful enough to rob us of power to act on what we know? Lappe’s answer is "the power of ideas."
In EcoMind, Lappe presents evidence that human beings see the world through the filter of our core beliefs - what she calls our "mental map." The disempowering premise of our prevailing mental map is “lack:” There's not enough of anything, from energy and food to goodness in human nature. This premise of "lack of goods and goodness," she says, breeds fear, guilt and despair - and ends up creating the very scarcity we are trying to escape.
According to Lappe, today's dominant mental map is unscientific and out-of-sync with what we now know about nature - including our own nature. With insight from neuroscience and ecology's lessons of connectedness and change, we can, however, learn to "think like an ecosystem." Through this emerging mental map, we can suddenly see possibility all around us and realize our power to change course. This internal transformation marks the cultivation of our "eco-mind."
Drawing on anthropology, biology, ecology, neuroscience and psychology, Lappe uniquely reframes our environmental and social crises. One by one, she deconstructs seven widely held "thought traps" that make up the prevailing mental map. She replaces each with fresh ways of seeing - "thought leaps," as she calls them - that open our eyes to possibility, giving us a new sense of power, meaning and connection.
Have you ever smiled when a rival co-worker experiences a misfortune? Do you enjoy watching “Reality TV” shows like Cops and laugh watching the lowlifes get busted? Did you get a kick out of seeing Martha Stewart get her comeuppance? Then you have experienced “schadenfreude”, a German term meaning “shameful joy”. It’s when we get a pleasurable feeling from watching other people do poorly. We don’t like to talk about it, but we all feel it at times. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with Richard H. Smith, Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky about his new fascinating book: The Joy of Pain: Schadenfreude and The Dark Side of Human Nature.
Alexander Wilson founded American ornithology and his eight-volume masterwork remains one of the great American scientific endeavors. Though many people know of John James Audubon, few people have even heard of Wilson or know much about his life. Tonight on Inquiry we will help to change that when we speak with Edward H. Burtt Jr.., The Cincinnati Conference Professor of Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University. His new book, written with William E. Davis Jr, is Alexander Wilson: The Scot Who Founded American Ornithology. This book is a long overdue biography of Wilson as well as a beautiful appreciation of his art and an assessment of his work.
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