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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 7:00pm

Curtis Mayfield is perhaps the most prolific soul performer ever. From his early Chicago soul days with Major Lance, to The Impressions, to Superfly and beyond, this producer, writer, guitarist and singer left a legacy like no one else.
Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Curtis Mayfield's birthdate on this Monday's show. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

The trombone comes the closest to the human voice with its bent pitches, scoops, and smears, and that very human quality is evident in everything that [James Weldon] Johnson wrote," says Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra  trombonist Chris Crenshaw. Crenshaw draws on his gospel roots to connect secular music to poetry in this sprawling suite based on the James Weldon Johnson poem. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 4:00pm

The Memphis-born, GRAMMY® nominated singer has earned a vast collection of professional credits in Contemporary, R&B, Jazz, Rock, and Country since launching her career with her self-titled debut record (EMI) in 1992. In 1994, she recorded the GRAMMY ® nominated single “Whatever You Imagine,” from the animated film The Pagemaster.

She travelled the world with Julio Iglesias as a featured vocalist for 15 years, connecting with worldwide audiences, growing tremendously as a performer and discovering herself as an artist. Through that experience and in the years since, Wendy has earned a reputation, not just for her powerhouse voice but for her professionalism and versatility – a chameleon behind the mic, she’s worked in every genre imaginable – and as a talented vocal and musical arranger and songwriter.

And in 2014, there’s no rest in sight – in fact, Wendy is stepping up to center stage again with the release of Timeless: Wendy Moten Sings Richard Whiting, out NOW on Woodward Avenue Records.

For more information, visit http://wendymoten.com/

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 10:30pm

Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author and educator Joel Best. He talks about the current student loan mess and how many of todays college graduates may never get out of debt. As Best describes it, "good intentions with terrible results".

Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 9:00pm

Ornithology since the time of Charles Darwin has made some exciting discoveries that have been important to all the natural sciences. Some of these include finding out that that birds are dinosaurs, discovering that feathers existed before they were used for flight, learning how to use certain DNA techniques to better understand evolution, and developing advanced digital technology to track birds in flight. There have also been some legendary characters in the science of ornithology and some very heated arguments. Tune in tonight when we talk with BOB MONTGOMERIE, Professor of Biology at Queen’s University in Ontario. Together with Tim Birkhead and Jo Wimpenny, they have written one of the great and entertaining histories of science: TEN THOUSAND BIRDS: ORNITHOLOGY SINCE DARWIN.

The Passenger Pigeon once existed in numbers that defy belief. One nesting colony took up 850 square miles. They migrated in flocks that were measured in many miles. These flocks darkened the skies and took hours and even days to pass overhead. A single moving flock near Toronto in 1860 was measured at one to three billion birds. Yet forty years later the Passenger Pigeon was almost extinct and by the early 1900s was never to be seen again. What happened? Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we talk with JOEL GREENBERG, Research Associate of the Field Museum and the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. His new book lays out all the evidence for the Passenger Pigeon’s sad demise: A FEATHERED RIVER ACROSS THE SKY: THE PASSENGER PIGEON’S FLIGHT TO EXTINCTION.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 7:00pm

Music for Memorial Day week.

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:30am

The symbols we now use for numbers evolved very slowly over the centuries. The concept of using a zero took even longer. Most of the mathematical symbols we take for granted today, like an equals sign or the sign for a square root were not invented till the 16th Century and afterwards. Yet Ancient Egyptians wrote down algebra problems and many ancient cultures had to solve complex math problems in order to do business. How did they do it? For some of the answers, tune in tonight to Inquiry. Our guest is award-winning author JOSEPH MAZUR and we discuss he deeply fascinating new book ENLIGHTENING SYMBOLS: A SHORT HISTORY OF MATHEMATICAL NOTATION AND ITS HIDDEN POWERS. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 6:00pm

Cecile McLorin Salvant performs unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded jazz and blues compositions. She focuses on a theatrical portrayal of the jazz standard and composes music and lyrics which she also sings in French, her native language as well as in Spanish.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson chats with bassist Martin Wind.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 4:00pm

Returning to Inquiry tonight is the acclaimed scientist and writer BERND HEINRICH. Tonight he talks abut his new book THE HOMING INSTINCT: MEANING AND MYSTERY IN ANIMAL MIGRATION. This is a wonderful book that explores how different animals (including people), birds and invertebrates create homes and how they manage to find their way back home. Tune in and learn about beelining, how chestnut trees are spread through the forest and about a spider that made her home in Bernd’s home, right above his desk. Bernd Heinrich is one of the great writers in the study of natural history, tune in and find out why. 

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