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Sunday, January 5, 2014 - 9:00pm

 
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.

Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 4:00pm

Catch Colors of Jazz when nine-time GRAMMY Award winning vocalist Janis Siegel speaks with host Bonnie Johnson. Ms. Siegel will talk about her latest endeavors including the 2013 release of her newest solo CD, Nightsongs: A Late Night Interlude. The mezzo-soprano/alto and co-founder of the a cappella group The Manhattan Transfer will bring her solo tour to Scullers Jazz Club in Boston on January 9, 2014.  Tune in at 4pm.

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 7:00pm

 
Our 7th Annual Tribute Show commemorating those artists who passed away in the last year, with special guest co-host Beth DeSombre.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 6:00pm

 
As an energetic six year old, Ben Williams was as curious as a cat. Ben’s mother worked for Congressman John Conyers (an avid jazz lover) on Capitol Hill, so when she took the youngster into the office on his school break, a watchful eye was in order. One afternoon, while rambling around Conyers’ large, leather appointed office, Ben discovered a huge object that instantly captured his imagination. The shiny upright bass was like nothing the kid had ever seen. He tapped on it. He popped a string. He climbed up on it. “What is this thing?” he wondered.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 6:00pm

 
Part Two: Pianist Bill Charlap discusses the influence his musician parents have had on his jazz and his continuing love for the Great American Standards.

Monday, December 30, 2013 - 7:00pm

As we end the year, let's focus on peace; peace of mind, peace on earth, peace for everyone. Join host Tom Shaker as we feature soul songs about peace.

Monday, December 30, 2013 - 6:00pm

 
No one throws a holiday party like Jazz At Lincoln Center!  Wynton Marsalis leads an all-star lineup through a Yuletide romp.  The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is joined by vocalists René Marie and Gregory Porter for a New Orleans style holiday treatment of I'll Be Home for Christmas, Winter Wonderland and We Three Kings. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Monday, December 30, 2013 - 4:00pm

Neal Weiss, founder and owner of Whaling City Sound, appears on today's show with host Chet Williamson.

Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 10:30pm

Americans and their natural resources are waging war with one another. But our culture seldom connects these problems to America’s large, rapidly expanding population growth. Is population growth directly related to a breakdown of our eco-system? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author, wildlife biologist and environmental scientist, Leon Kolankiewicz,

Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 9:00pm

 
Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with jazz journalist and writer Paul De Barros about his new thorough and thoroughly enjoyable biography Shall We Play That One Together? The Life And Art Of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland. Tune in and learn about Marion’s early years in England, how she met Jimmy, her hot and heavy affair with her drummer Joe Morello and how Piano Jazz began.

In colonial South Carolina, the growing of indigo and the making of the beautiful blue dye from that plant was an important cash crop that England depended on. But it was a labor-intensive agriculture that depended not only on slave labor but also Native Americans. Tune in tonight and learn about the political and material cultural history of indigo, a color that touched the lives of the rich and wealthy in America and Europe as well as slaves and Native Americans. We talk with Andrea Feeser, Associate Professor of Art and Architectural History at Clemson University. Her new book is Red, White, And Black Make Blue: Indigo In The Fabric Of Colonial South Carolina.

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