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Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 10:30pm

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.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 9:00pm

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. Join us tonight when we talk with PETER PRINGLE, writer and foreign correspondent, about his new book EXPERIMENT ELEVEN: DARK SECRETS BEHIND THE DISCOVERY OF A WONDER DRUG.

In the early years of the 19th Century, a loose association of poets, writers, publishers and radicals created the heart and soul of Britain’s Romantic movement. This circle of acquaintances included Lord Byron, Keats, and Mary Shelley but also many people not as well known outside of Britain. These included luminaries like Leigh Hunt, the publisher of The Examiner, a sort of Huffington Post of its day. These artists wandered throughout Britain and Europe and led wild, unpredictable and amorous lives as they wrote.  Their history reads like a hallucinatory soap opera. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with DAISY HAY, who has a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and is the Alistair Horne Fellow at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford. Her new book, YOUNG ROMANTICS: THE TANGLED LIVES OF ENGLISH POETRY’S GREATEST GENERATION is a mesmerizing and endlessly entertaining history of these unique writers and poets.

Friday, June 8, 2012 - 6:00pm

In his current guitar/bass/drums trio -- "not having the piano there taking up all that space," Russell says -- Malone lets the music breathe into his full, round, rich tone. This is not to say that he doesn't play exuberantly. He uses his most amazing chops to serve the songs. The up tempo tunes swing, the ballads melt.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 6:00pm

Two-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones has been pushing down musical boundaries for over four decades with her hauntingly beautiful voice and fearless experimentation. She has carved her own unique path, collaborating with artists from Alison Krauss to Dr. John. On this Song Travels, Jones employs her sultry, dynamic voice to sing some of the standards that have inspired her along the way.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 6:00pm

Painter discusses his father lyricist Richard Adler (“Pajama Game” and “Damn Yankees”) and his own choice to take his rich musical background as inspiration for a life as a painter rather than a musician.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 10:00am

Play balll!!!! Writer and researcher JOHN FOX has written a fascinating and entertaining book that investigates why humans are so passionate about ball games. His research took him around the world to witness some amazing ball games. Tune in tonight and learn about the absolute chaos of ba’ which is played the day after Christmas in the Orkneys. John Fox also talks about the jeu de paume, the old predecessor to tennis, still played today. Finally Fox describes the incredible ancient Meso American ball game called ulama that was once played in elaborate stone courts throughout Central America. Fox’s book is titled THE BALL: DISCOVERING THE OBJECT OF THE GAME. 

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 6:00pm

For over 25 years, The Yellowjackets -- saxophonist Bob Mintzer, pianist Russell Ferrante, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Will Kennedy -- have combined jazz, rock and electronic instruments. Now, the sensational and discerning guitarist Mike Stern, veteran of Miles and Michael Brecker bands, joins the group to lead "Chromazone," "I Wonder" and "Dreams Go." Bob Mintzer brings forth soulful sax and the true wonders of the EWI (ee-wee). Wendell Pierce hosts.

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 6:00pm

Curtis Mayfield was born 70 years ago this week. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates the life of a soul legend this Monday. From the early Chicago soul scene to the music of the Impressions to the soundtrack of SuperFly and so much more, Curtis Mayfield’s musical legacy is featured on this edition of The Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 10:30pm

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.

Sunday, June 3, 2012 - 9:00pm

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. Tune in and find out about Julie’s life as an artist, and what it takes to raise unusual species like hummingbirds and swifts.

If you have ever had a class in lab, then you have seen a Periodic Table poster hanging on the wall. Have you ever wondered about this family tree of elements, who created it and who got name these elements? Tune into Inquiry tonight when we talk with writer and journalist SAM KEAN about his entertaining meditation on the elements THE DISAPPEARING SPOON AND OTHER TRUE TALES OF MADNESS, LOVE AND THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD FROM THE PERIODIC TABLE OF ELEMENTS. Each element, from Aluminium to Zinc, has a long and complex tale of its discovery and its usages. Where did the crazy name Ytterbium ever come from? Who were the great element hunters?  Why was Cadmium the element of choice used to kill Godzilla and what element did Mark Twain envisage Mephistopheles to be composed of? What was so very special about the Parker 51 pen? All this and much more will revealed in tonight’s Inquiry.

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