Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow can stop the US Postal Service, well almost. With a $5.2 billion dollar loss last quarter, the US Postal Service has nearly exhausted its credit line with the Federal government. And it defaulted on a $5.5 billion payment two weeks ago, with another $5.6 billion dollar payment due at the end of this month that they won't be able to meet. Why? Many argue that big Government unions have enriched themselves at the expense of American taxpayers. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Mallory Factor, professor of International Politics and American Government at the Citadel. In his new book,Shadowbosses he points to the massive growth of public unions and how they are jeopardizing the fiscal health of the United States.
On a remote beach in Western Australia it is possible to see living examples of some of the oldest life on the planet. These mounds of micro-organisms also lived two billion years ago and changed the atmosphere of Earth making it hospitable for the organic life we are familiar with. This is just one of the amazing journeys that RICHARD FORTEY made looking for examples of “living fossils” Fortey is the author of many books and was the Senior Paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London until his retirement in 2006. His latest book HORSESHOE CRABS AND VELVET WORMS: THE STORY OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS THAT TIME HAS LEFT BEHIND is a wonderful and fascinating tour of the globe looking at life forms that give us an idea of what life was like millions and billions of years ago. Tune in tonight and hear Fortey talk about watching the relatives of trilobites mate in Delaware Bay and where to look for some of the examples of the earliest life that ever existed among the geysers at Yellowstone National Park.
My very excellent mother just served us nine pizzas. This was just one of the many mnemonic phrases we learned as children to help us learn the names and order of the planets of our solar system. It came as a shock when we recently learned that we will have to do without the pizza because Pluto was no longer considered a planet. Who made this decision that changed our childhood vision of our solar system? What gets to be called a planet anyway? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with the person responsible for pulling the plug on Pluto’s planetary aspirations. We speak with MIKE BROWN, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology. His entertaining and revealing book is titled HOW I KILLED PLUTO AND WHY IT HAD IT COMING.
Classic. The Maestro and his Big Apple band play a Slide Hampton arrangement of "Shiny Stockings" by Frank Foster, Jim McNeely arrangement of "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Louis Prima, Michael Abene arrangement of "Suppertime" by Irving Berlin, and Foster arrangement of "Giant Steps" by John Coltrane. Nnenna Freelon sings a farewell to Dr. Billy Taylor (1921-2010).
Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci has emerged as a young man whose versatile horn ranges from the soft and seductive to the rough and bluesy. His skills have earned him a headline spot with festivals worldwide and recording dates with a list of jazz legends; he’s also a composer with nine albums under his belt. Farinacci performs “Just One of Those Things” and his original tune, “Dawn of Goodbye.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC, discusses his love of blues and the connection between science and music.
Orion Magazine is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To celebrate that milestone, the magazine invited thirty writers from different backgrounds to write about what people are going to need to do and think to create positive change in the next thirty years. The results are published in a new book, an Orion Reader titled THIRTY-YEAR PLAN: THIRTY WRITERS ON WHAT WE NEED TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with the Editor of Orion Magazine and the Editor of this fascinating compendium, JENNIFER SAHN. This amazing project includes pieces by Diane Ackerman, Pete Seeger, Richard Louv , Marc Bekoff, Yvon Chouinard, Ginger Strand and many more. The topics vary greatly, from the future of farming to new ways of thinking about the economy, food, nature and ourselves. To learn more about the book THIRTY YEAR PLAN, which is being used in a number of classrooms, and to read excerpts, go to: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/mag/6931
Pianist Marcus Roberts re-imagines the work of Thelonious Monk with the 15 piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wendell Pierce hosts as our band members offer fresh arrangements of Monk's Epistrophy, Criss Cross, Blue Monk and more.
End the summer dancing! Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Labor Day this Monday with "work" soul songs. Groove to the sounds of The Isley Brothers, Jackie Wilson, James Brown and others. It all starts at 7pm!
This Labor Day, enjoy a two hour special of live music performances from The Caramoor Center for Music and The Arts, a beautiful garden setting near Katanah, NY. Hosted by Rhonda Hamilton, the end of summer special will feature a variety of songs from The Cookers, Gretchen Parlato, Kenny Barron (in each hour), Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Roy Haynes. The show is a production of WGBO, who bring JazzSet to WICN every Friday! Send summer off on a high note, starting at 4 PM this Labor Day!
For decades, American environmentalists have debated about whether or not to weigh in on U.S. immigration policy. In addition many environmentalists have wondered what role if any immigration and population growth play in driving the problems environmentalists seek to solve? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Dr. Philip Cafaro, president-elect of the International Society for Environmental Ethics. He will be talking about possible scenarios regarding immigration and immigration policy that could have long term ramifications for this country.
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