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Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 9:00pm

Why do certain species of plants, birds and animals become rare? Are all rare species on the verge of extinction?  Which species that are common today will become rare in the upcoming years? These are just a few of the complex questions about the nature of rarity that ERIC DINERSTEIN attempts to answer in his new book THE KINGDOM OF RARITIES. Eric Dinerstein is the Chief Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, where he has spent the past 24 years working to save rare species around the world. Tune in tonight for an informative and fascinating look into the lives of creatures like the jaguar, the one-honed rhinoceros of Nepal and the Kirtland’s Warbler of Michigan.

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.

Sunday, June 16, 2013 - 12:00pm

Host Al Dean welcomes jazz singer Thisbe Vos on a telephone interview to talk about her new release "Under Your Spell." Raised in Holland, Vos came to LA to find a jazz scene that is almost non-existent.  A fine jazz singer and excellent musicians are displayed on her CD.

Learn more about Thisbe on her website, http://www.thisbevos.com/.

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

At the organ, Smith’s trademarks are his slow and powerful groove, his turban and long white beard. The Benin-born guitarist Loueke – a graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute in Los Angeles – melds African guitar traditions with jazz and vocals, in harmony with himself.

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 7:00pm

This edition of Folk Revival features live guest appearances by Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards, as well as Hoot n' Holler (Mark Killianski & Amy Alvey). There will also be a special interview with Dar Williams, looking ahead to her "duet" appearance with the Newton Philharmonia Orchestra.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 6:00pm

Banjoist Cynthia Sayer is regarded as one of the best in the world, able to perform in virtually any genre. Her accolades include the National Banjo Hall of Fame, a New York Philharmonic appearance, and performing for two US Presidents. She's played with director Woody Allen's jazz band for over ten years, and on this week's show Sayer diplays a fresh take on an old time sound.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 4:00pm

Many of the smaller industrial cities of America are in serious decline due to the forces of de-industrialization, outsourcing, globalization and white flight. Many of these medium-sized urban areas like Detroit, Buffalo, Grand Rapids and Akron have suffered decades of neglect because most of the national attention and money has gone to the big urban centers. But can there be a future for these cities? Tune in tonight when we talk with CATHERINE TUMBER, journalist, historian and Research Affiliate in the Community Innovators Lab in M.I.T.’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Her important new book is SMALL, GRITTY AND GREEN: THE PROMISE OF AMERICA’S SMALLER INDUSTRIAL CITIES IN A LOW-CARBON WORLD and it details her visits to twenty-five of these small cities and describes some of the new ideas that city leaders are implementing to re-imagine a productive and exciting future for these urban areas. 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 4:00pm

“A corpse is always a problem” writes author, researcher and editor BESS LOVEJOY in the introduction to her wild new book REST IN PIECES: THE CURIOUS FATES OF FAMOUS CORPSES. You may think that when a person dies and put into the ground, that is the end of the story. But in fact there is a lot of post mortem hanky panky that can occur. Bodies can get lost, they can travel all over the planet, they can get stolen, pieces may be taken as trophies. Tune in tonight and learn about the after death antics of such luminaries as Saint Nicholas, Moliere, Edgar Allen Poe and Eva Peron. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 6:00pm

Trumpet man Wayne Bergeron is known for his amazing high notes and studio work, and making everyone else sound great. In Judy’s 2007 discussion with Wayne he revealed what it was like to finally record under his own name and receive a Grammy nomination for his efforts.

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 6:00pm

In the nineteen sixties – as rock music was changing the pop world, saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, pianist Horace Silver and drummer Art Blakey drew bebop, rhythm and blues and gospel into a powerful small-group sound. Alto saxophonist Wess ‘Warmdaddy’ Anderson and drummer Kenny Washington lead inspired sets in tribute to their soulful predecessors.

Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 10:30pm

As a result of the growing hunger strikes in Guantanamo Bay, force-feeding prisoners continue. But is it ethical? Is it considered further torture? Some say ‘yes.’ Over one hundred detainees, roughly half of the prison population are now involved in the hunger strike and it has drawn worldwide attention to their indefinite detention. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Kent Eiler, counsel for The Constitution Projects Task Force on Detainee Treatment.

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