Professor of Philosophy at City University of New York, MASSIMO PIGLIUCCI returns to Inquiry to continue our conversation about his important book NONSENSE ON STILTS: HOW TO TELL SCIENCE FROM BUNK. In 1986 there was a rash of sightings of U.F.O.s. But just because hundreds of people saw “something”, does that make alien visitation a reality? How do we tell an honest expert from just another person who acts like they know something? Can we ever rely on our intuition? These are important questions to discuss at a time when so many divergent opinions are thrown at us in the media. If you care about getting to the truth of a report, a media project or a politician, tune in tonight.
Looking for life on other planets, both in our solar system and in distant star systems is one of the great quests of humanity. But how do we go about it? What planetary conditions support life and which make complex life unlikely? How is it possible to find life on planets many light years away? Tune in to Inquiry tonight, when our guests is JAMES KASTING, Distinguished Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University. He will be discussing his book HOW TO FIND A HABITABLE PLANET.
Do you want to attract birds to your yard but just don’t know where to start? Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we talk to returning guest BILL THOMPSON III about his wonderful new book IDENTIFYING AND FEEDING BIRDS. Tonight Bill talks about suet in the summer; whether birds can get dependent on feeders, whether there is such a thing as a “squirrel proof” feeder and what roadrunners eat in people’s backyards in the southwest.
This week, Steve D'Agostino talks with Joyce Kressler of First Night Worcester. They talk about keeping First Night Worcester vital in a tough economy. Airs Sunday, October 31 at 10 pm!
The three decades after the Civil War saw a stunning transformation in American life. A society rooted in the soil became one based in cities. The standard of living for ordinary people skyrocketed. Legions of immigrants were drawn to American shores. And American economic and military power reached the furthest corners of the planet. The force that compelled this change was the rise of capitalism. This week Pulitzer Prize nominee and historian H. W. Brands joins Al in discussing his new book "American Colossus", a sweeping chronicle of how America was reshaped from a land of small farmers and small businessmen into an industrial giant. Airs this Sunday, October 24th at 10:30 PM.www.hwbrands.com
Leading right up to the War for Independence, many wealthy Americans considered London their capital; the place to bring their children to be educated in the finest schools and to teach them how to be well mannered and cosmopolitan. American products were also found all over London as well as American trees and plants which were all the rage. Benjamin Franklin loved London and initially wanted to maintain close ties with Britain despite the first skirmishes of the revolution. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with JULIE FLAVELL, writer, historian and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, about her surprising new book WHEN LONDON WAS THE CAPITAL OF AMERICA. Tune in and learn about what Londoners thought about their colonists from across the sea and the fate of the black slaves they often brought with them.
Cab Calloway was a pioneering musician in every sense of the word, perfecting a unique stage presence and performing original music that changed the way jazz was performed. Tune in tonight to Inquiry when we talk with ALYN SHIPTON, jazz historian and jazz critic for The Times in London about his wonderful biography HI-DE-HO: THE LIFE OF CAB CALLOWAY.
This week, host Steve D'Agostino talks with Tripp Jones, chairman of The Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law. The Campaign is a grassroots coalition of nearly 1,000 individuals and organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of residents. The coalition includes: civic, religious, business, municipal, and environmental, leaders as well as the leading senior, housing, human services, and civil rights groups. It is the largest and most diverse coalition ever assembled on affordable housing in our state. Hear more about his work with the Campaign, as well as with The MENTOR Network and MassINC, this Sunday October 24th at 10 pm right here on WICN!
Why do Americans have such a love affair with true crime? Join us on the Public Eye as Al speaks with New York Times best-selling author and Lincoln historian James Swanson. They'll be discussing his new book, Bloody Crimes. Airs Sunday, October 17th at 10:30 pm!
Join us tonight for a wild tour of the humid and funky Bayou region. Our tour guide will be DAVE THOMPSON, writer and rock historian. His new book BAYOU UNDERGROUND: TRACING THE MYTHICAL ROOTS OF AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC is part cultural history, part musical history and part hallucinatory travelogue. Tonight Dave talks about the mythical swamps, Dr. John; young Elvis; Bo Diddley, Nick Cave, Dylan, Robert Palmer and photographer Ernest J. Bellocq. The Swamp Thing even raises it’s fetid head. This is a musical portrait of the Deep South unlike anything you’ve heard.
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