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Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 9:30pm

America has always had periods of confidence, crisis and compromise. But did we handle it any different? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with award winning author and historian Brenda Wineapple. Her new book, Ecstatic Nation takes a look back at how this country handled such issues.

Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes back artist CARRIE CRANE. Her latest series of work is the result of her artistic responses to a researcher’s work in the Clark University Physics Department. Andreea Panaitescu was examining “the order and disorder of packing spheres in a confined cube. Carrie Crane’s fascinating and beautiful work inspired by this research can be seen in the group show that Carrie curated: BLINDED BY SCIENCE, currently on view at the Krikorian Gallery at the Worcester Center for Crafts.

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back RICHARD A. BRADLEY, Associate Professor in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University. His new guide COMMON SPIDERS OF NORTH AMERICA has already proven to be the source of information about the identification and behavior of spiders. Tonight on PART 2 of our conversation, we talk about spider behavior and spider senses, the amazing Jumping Spiders, the mystery of the orb weaver webs and the amazing defense of Cellar Spiders, Tune in and you will never look at spiders the same again.

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 3:00pm

What would it be like to experience the end of the world? My guest tonight is CRAIG CHILDS, writer, journalist and commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition. Childs decided to investigate for him self the feeling of the apocalypse. This entailed visiting some of the most dangerous and remote parts of the earth while also sitting down with climatologists, biologists and other scientists concerned about the end of life, as we know it. Childs book is APOCALYPTIC PLANET: FIELD GUIDE TO THE EVERENDING EARTH. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 10:00am

The Green River Formation of the former Fossil Lake in Wyoming contains some of the most detailed and beautiful fossils you have ever seen. These are fossils of fish, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and plants that have the quality of a fine work of art. LANCE GRANDE, paleontologist and a curator at the Field Museum for Natural History, Chicago has spent over 30 years working on uncovering some of these prehistoric treasures. His new book THE LOST WORLD OF FOSSIL LAKE: SNAPSHOTS FROM DEEP TIME is a stunning visual showcase of these fossils. Tune in and learn about what makes these fossils so special and about life in prehistoric Wyoming

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Composer/pianist Rob Schwimmer has worked with top artists such as Simon & Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, and Bette Midler. He has also penned scores for Oscar-winning short films and is a master of the theremin (known for the music heard in classic horror films). He joins host Feinstein to talk about the endurance of standards and to perform a few of his favorites.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 6:00pm

New Orleans bassist Roland Guerin and I met and recorded our conversation and playing on stage at the 2013 Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, where we discussed his New Orleans roots and favorite jazz.

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 7:00pm

Motown historian Tom Ingrassia joins host Tom Shaker for Motown history and music on this week's show. Tom has also worked with legendary soul artists The Velvelettes and was the creative director for Mary Wilson of The Supremes. It all starts at 7pm!!

Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 10:30pm

In November 2008, a small group of American civilians took their optimism and experience to Afghanistan, then considered America’s “good war.” They were part of the Pentagon’s controversial attempt to bring social science to the battlefield, a program, called the Human Terrain System, that is driven by the notion that you can’t win a war if you don’t understand the enemy and his culture. The field team in Afghanistan that day included an intrepid Texas blonde, a former bodyguard for Afghan president Hamid Karzai, and an ex-military intelligence sergeant who had come to Afghanistan to make peace with his troubled past. But not all goes as planned. Tune in this Sunday evening when Al speaks with Columbia University Professor and author, Vanessa Gezari. Her new book "The Tender Soldier" is riveting.

Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 10:00pm

In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Executive Director Paul Richard (shown, left) and Advisory Board Chair Edward Manzi (shown, right) of The SHINE Initiative. They talk about shining a light on mental illness in young people.

The basis of the mission is elemental. Half – that’s right, half – of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. At any time, as many as one in five children and teens will suffer from symptoms of a mental disorder. 

The SHINE Initiative is working to expand the arc of light needed to make mental illness a mainstream health concern. The organization is doing this by collaborating with respected providers of mental-health services, to promote and fund their work with youth and families throughout Central Massachusetts.

 The SHINE Initiative is funding research projects that are moving steps closer to better understanding the causes of mental illness and pointing to advanced treatments. It’s also working with school systems, advocates and organizations, to raise awareness of mental illness and its impact on young people and their caregivers.

Edward Manzi is also CEO of Fidelity Bank as well as a major force behind the creation of the SHINE Initiative.

Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 9:00pm

Does America have a future in outer space? China is aiming to land a crew on the moon by 2025. Will America ever go back to the moon? And what about the dream of a manned mission to Mars? What will it take to finally travel to another planet? Our guest tonight is Dr. CLAUDE A. PIANTADOSI, Professor and Director of the F.G. Hall Environmental Laboratory at Duke University. His new book is MANKIND BEYOND EARTH: THE HISTORY, SCIENCE, AND FUTURE OF HUMAN SPACE EXPLORATION. Tune in and learn about a few of the challenges that humans will face during long stays well beyond the earth

Humanity is headed for a disaster of global proportions at some time in the near  future. Whether it will be a super volcano, a “near earth object” like a comet or asteroid, a modern plague or something as exotic as a gamma ray burst, the question is: can humanity survive a mass extinction event? Tune in tonight to Inquiry when we talk with ANNALEE NEWITZ. She is a writer, journalist and founding editor of the science Website Her latest book is SCATTER, ADAPT, AND REMEMBER: HOW HUMANS WILL SURVIVE A MASS EXTINCTION. This fascinating and frightening book offers some ideas of what it will take for the human race to survive the next mega disaster.


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