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Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 9:00pm

The narwhal has captured people’s imaginations for hundreds of years. Found in the far north, they are a whale species very much connected to the Arctic ice. They also have that fantastic legendary eight-foot long tusk. What is the function of this amazingly modified tooth? Tune in and find out when Inquiry talks with writer and natural historian TODD McLEISH who traveled to where the narwhals live in order to write his new book NARWHALS: ARCTIC WHALES IN A MELTING WORLD.

Spiders get such a bad rap. That’s too bad because these unique arachnids are fascinating creatures that have unique mating behaviors, exhibit maternal care of their young and weave complex and beautiful webs. Some even manage to fly through the air! Tune in tonight and hear a conversation with RICHARD A. BRADLEY, Associate Professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Oganismal Biology at The Ohio State University. He discusses his state-of-the-art and much needed guide COMMON SPIDERS OF NORTH AMERICA.

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 6:00pm

There’s a new building in town! The SF JAZZ Collective, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano and other stars consecrate the stage of the first freestanding performance venue for jazz in the US.

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 7:00pm

Spirituals and songs inspired by faith and belief are among the oldest styles of music in the folk tradition. Artists past and present have shared their souls in song over the ages. Get ready for four hours of soul-stirring harmonies and thought-provoking insights from artists like the Cumberland Trio, the Highwaymen, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, Ann Mayo Muir, the Cathedral Quartet, the Journeymen, Dailey & Vincent, Odetta, Rufus Wainwright, Dar Williams, the Halifax Three, Joan Baez, and many more!

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 11:00am

ERNESTA CORVINO is a New York-based ballet dancer, teacher and choreographer whose life has been dedicated to dancing and teaching dance to young and old. Tune in tonight and listen to Ernesta talk about her legendary father Alfredo Corvino, how she came to embrace dance as her “art”.  and the “Corvino Approach” to teaching dance. For more information on her classes and some wonderful pictures of the entire talented family go to:
http://www.corvinoballet.org/

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 11:00am

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. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 6:00pm

Tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin has captivated audiences with his fusion of jazz and rock. He appeared on the Grammy Award-winning Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans; he's also worked with the Dave Douglas Quintet and the adventurous quartet, Lan Xang. This week McCaslin joins host Weber to perform a few of his favorite tunes.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 3:00pm

There are 389 species of birds that are considered “Endangered”. An additional
197 species are considered to be “Critically Endangered” meaning that if something is not done quickly, these species will soon become extinct. An additional 4 species are effectively extinct in the wild, but hang on in small captive populations. Why are so many species of birds in trouble and what can be done about it? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ERIK HIRSCHFELD, a freelance writer, guide and consultant in ornithology. Together with Andy Swash and Robert Sill, they have written THE WORLD’S RAREST BIRDS, a state of the art volume that describes and illustrates all of those endangered bird species and explains why those species got to be so rare. It is one of the finest books on the challenges facing the natural world today and what it will take to save these endangered species for future generations to enjoy.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 6:00pm

We revisit Judy’s 2008 conversation with stage and screen star, John Lithgow, who talks about his love for classic jazz, recording a jazz-inspired children’s record, and how improvisational acting influences even the most scripted performance.

Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 9:00pm

The first four notes of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony are instantly recognizable to music listeners around the world. Since the symphony’s premiere in 1808, people of many cultures have found special meaning in those four notes. Some have heard fate knocking on a door, while others have heard the spirit of revolution or the essence of the Romantic sublime. The Chinese Communist government initially banned it then embraced it. Some listeners even heard the call of a common European sparrow. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with MATTHEW GUERRÍERÍ about his wonderful new book: THE FIRST FOUR NOTES: BEETHOVEN’S FIFTH AND THE HUMAN IMAGINATION.

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back TOM O’MALLEY, the head of the Ceramics and Photography Departments at the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. With him is Artist In Residence and glass blower EMERY WENGER. Tom talks about the Center’s wonderful Artists In Residence program and how you can apply and Emery talks about his life working with glass. To look at application requirements for this program at the WCC, go to: http://www.worcester.edu/WCC/default.aspx

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 6:00pm

Since this set a year ago, high-energy drummer Miller has traveled to Cuba, released Live at Willisau on vinyl (DownBeat Editor’s Pick), showcased her Great Women of Blues & Jazz project, and a lot more. Boom Tic Boom is Dan Tepfer, piano; Marty Ehrlich, saxophone; Todd Sickafoose, bass.

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