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Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 10:30pm

Why do the Founding Fathers get all the credit? Journalist and bestselling author Cokie Roberts went to all-girls schools from K-12 then to college at Wellesley. In spite of this, she knew next to nothing about the role women played in the Revolution. “When we leave women out of history, we’re missing half the story and are leaving out a part of history that is incredibly inspiring to girls and young women,” says Cokie. Now in her new book: Founding Mothers, Roberts offers a new perspective as to the role played by our founding mothers. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Cokie Roberts.

Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 4:00pm

TThe rate of Cesarian Sections performed on pregnant mothers in America hovers close to 33%, a 50% increase from a decade ago. But are all these surgeries necessary? If they are not, why are they occurring at such an alarming rate? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with THERESA MORRIS, Professor of Sociology at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Her new book is titled CUT IT OUT: THE C-SECTION EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA. Her in depth research has revealed that many c-sections do not need to be performed but doctors and birth care professionals are pressured into performing them because of the threat of lawsuits and hospital system protocols which institute a “one best way” practice. This is an eye-opening and balanced look at how our health system works. Don’t miss this show!

On the tiny island of São Tomé well off the coast of West Africa, there lives several species of amphibians, including the bizarre legless amphisbaenid known locally as the Cobra Bobo (pictured). Amphibians cannot tolerate sea water and these island were not once connected to the mainland, so how did they get there? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with ALAN DE QUEIROZ, evolutionary biologist and adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno.  His new book THE MONKEY’S VOYAGE: HOW IMPROBABLE JOURNEYS SHAPED THE HISTORY OF LIFE suggests that these creatures perhaps floated across the sea on islands of vegetation. If that sounds improbable, tune in and find out why it’s not and why the distribution of many species on the planet may be due to these very unlikely journeys.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 7:00pm

Keeping it green for this week's Folk Revival!

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 10:30am

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. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 9:30am

Inquiry welcomes back EDWARD H. BURTT JR, Cincinnati Conference Professor of Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University. He is the author, along with William E Davis Jr, of the book ALEXANDER WILSON: THE SCOT WHO FOUNDED AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY. Tonight Jed talks about the plans for celebration of the 200th year anniversary of the publication of Alexander Wilson’s American Orntithology, one of the first great scientific volumes written in America. There will be a one-day symposium on all things Wilson on April 23, 2014 at Ohio Wesleyan University. If you would like to attend this once in a life time celebration of Wilson and his art, go to: http://wilson200.owu.edu/ .Also discussed in this interview, Wilson’s legendary meeting with John James Audubon and whether Audubon copied some of Wilson’s artwork.  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 7:00pm

More than any other singer, Jon Lucien captures the essence of romance. His voice is rich and expressive, his best songs are perceptive poetic tales of devotion, trust, hope, harmony and spirituality. Three dimensional parables of love lost and love found and relationships filled with the promise of a new day. He seems to possess an innate ability to evoke an atmosphere and create images not only through his lyrics but the colors of his music.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 3:30pm

Inquiry welcomes CHET WILLIAMSON, writer, musician and WICN host. Tonight he talks about his two great blogs: WORCESTER SONGWRITERS OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK and JAZZ RIFFING ON A LOST WORCESTER. These two well-researched and entertaining blogs uncover a generally unknown history of the Worcester area and the songwriters, musicians, poets and other artists that were born here. Tonight Chet discusses Gary Lee Usher who wrote the Beach Boys hit “In My Room”, Robert Benchley’s wild radio show that he did with Artie Shaw and much more. Chet’s blogs can be found at:
http://www.jazzriffing.blogspot.com/  and http://worcestersongs.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 3:30pm

Inquiry welcomes back BEVERLY GRAY, writer, teacher, journalist and biographer. She worked with the legendary Roger Corman editing scripts, writing publicity material, casting and in many other jobs. We continue our conversation (Part II) about her book ROGER CORMAN: BLOOD-SUCKING VAMPIRES, FLESH-EATING COCKROACHES and DRILLER KILLERS. Tonight we talk about Roger Corman’s New World Pictures which hired people like Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, John Sayles and Ron Howard to star, direct and write pictures like Death Race 2000, Piranha and Battle Beyond the Stars. But amazingly, Roger also worked with films by Fellini, Bergman, Truffaut and many other major European and Japanese directors of the time. If you enjoy films and film history DON’T MISS THIS INTERVIEW.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

Singer Sandy Stewart discusses her most recent CD with her son, pianist Bill Charlap, and the special musical connection they share.

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 7:00pm

Did you remember to "spring ahead" over the weekend? Join host Tom Shaker as he plays soul songs with "time" in the title. You'll hear Tyrone Davis, Irma Thomas, David Ruffin and many more on this week's Soul Serenade. It all starts at 7pm!

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