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Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 9:00pm

Traveling around the world was initially one of the most dangerous enterprises a person could try. It was a “war of attrition against the vastness of the globe”. These early circumnavigators had little idea of where they were going, suffered from disease and fear and encountered hostile native peoples. Yet by the 1700s, travel around the world had become almost commonplace and certainly less dangerous. It was a dramatic evolution in how people thought about the world. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with JOYCE E. CHAPLIN, the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. She has written the first history of circumnavigation that includes everything from Magellan to the contemporary spaceflight. ROUND ABOUT THE EARTH: CIRCUMNAVIGATION FROM MAGELLAN TO ORBIT is a wonderful, thought-provoking and thrilling history of the geo-drama that is traveling around the globe.

It may seem hard to believe but well over a hundred tears ago, fishermen from New England began to express concerns about the sustainability of the fish stocks as new ships and fishing technologies began to be introduced. Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with W. JEFFREY BOLSTER, Associate Professor in the Department of History about his latest history THE MORTAL SEA: FISHING THE ATLANTIC IN THE AGE OF SAIL. Tune in and learn more about that exciting time of “iron men and wooden ships” and what it took to make a living from the sea in the nineteenth century.

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 6:00pm

Sixty miles from Rome, this ancient hilltop city hosts a renowned late December jazz festival, leading up to New Year’s morning. US artists love to perform there, but our hope is to sample with you some of the supremely musical, non-US virtuosos who are dedicated to jazz.

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 7:00pm

CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF THE NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL, featuring recordings from and songs by artists who were at the 1959, 1960, 1963, 1964, and 1965 Newport Folk Festival (there were none in 61 and 62), along with a smattering of tracks from later Festivals. Pete Seeger, Bob Gibson, Joan Baez, Flatt & Scruggs, Bob Dylan, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Bill Monroe, the Kossoy Sisters, the Greenbriar Boys, Ian & Sylvia, the Kingston Trio, Theodore Bikel, Arlo Guthrie, and MANY MORE! Tune in and enjoy both the history AND the music!

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 3:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with PHILIP CAFARO, Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University and co-editor of the collection of essays LIFE ON THE BRINK: ENVIRONMENTALISTS CONFRONT OVERPOPULATION. Why have environmentalists stopped talking about the critical problem of overpopulation? The authors in this book feel that the global population explosion coupled with the expectation of perpetual growth is the engine driving almost all environmental problems from extinctions to global climate change. But what can be done about it? My guest tonight has some of the answers and some of them are very controversial. If you care about the state of the global environment, be sure to tune in. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 6:00pm

Variety calls Allan Harris a "velvet-voiced singer, with a savvy manner and music in his veins." Playing to packed houses around the world, he has also penned the musical, Cross That River, an Old West tale told in the voice of a black cowboy. Harris joins Weber this week to tell his own story, with music including "Can't Live My Life" and "Blue Was Angry."

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 3:00pm

How does Hollywood view the institution of marriage? Tonight on Inquiry, my guest is JEANINE BASINGER, Chair of Film Studies at Wesleyan University and curator of the Cinema Archives there. She has written none previous books on film, and I DO AND I DON’T: A HISTORY OF MARRIAGE IN THE MOVIES is an insightful, witty and thought provoking history of the evolution of marriage in the movies. Tune in for a wonderful conversation about celluloid marital bliss. Pictured: a still from the film TWO FOR THE ROAD. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 6:00pm

Judy turns the tables on Marian (Marian interviewed Judy years ago) and talks with Marian about her adventures during WWII playing for the troops and meeting Jimmy McPartland during this period and how it all influenced her music and career.

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 7:00pm

Celebrate the marathon with host Tom Shaker as he plays songs with "running" in the title. You'll hear artists like The Four Tops, The Mad Lads, Otis Redding and many others. It all starts at 7pm, water bottle optional!!!!

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 6:00pm

Stevie Wonder is the object of the SF Jazz Collective's affection. Their bright new arrangements re-imagine the Wonder works and light up the Rose Theater. Don't miss this Jazz Appreciation Month special.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 10:30pm

Italy’s highest court recently ordered Amanda Knox must be tried again for murder but it may not happen says one of America’s leading criminal defense lawyers, Norm Pattis. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by New England criminal defense lawyer, Norm Pattis. Pattis believes the court may have no case and tells us why.

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