Only a hundred years ago, the earth’s oceans seem to hold the promise of a limitless abundance of fish and the potential to feed the world. Today, many of the larger food fish are near extinction, even the smaller species at the bottom of the food chain are becoming rare, and more and more people are demanding fish for food. How did we arrive at this sorry state of affairs? Tonight’s guest is PAUL GREENBERG, writer, researcher and passionate fisherman. In his new book FOUR FISH: THE FUTURE OF THE LAST WILD FOOD, Greenberg writes about what has become of the world’s wild stocks of salmon, sea bass, tuna and cod. Overfishing, the damming of migratory rivers and pollution have all taken their toll and the situation seems grim. But does aquaculture hold out a promise to counter the extinction of these familiar food fish? Tune in tonight for a thought provoking discussion on what it will take to keep our favorite fish on the menu.
Blake Edwards directed some of the great slapstick films of the latter decades of the 20th Century. His films include the Pink Panther series; The Great Race; 10 and Victor/Victoria. He directed Days of Wine and Roses and Breakfast At Tiffany’s when he was barely starting out in his career. Yet this master of the sight gag and pratfall seems to get little respect today and was persona non grata in Hollywood for many years after directing the box-office flop Darling Lili. Tune in to Inquiry tonight, when we speak again with film historian SAM WASSON about Blake Edwards amazing career. Wasson’s book is titled A SPLURCH IN THE KISSER: THE MOVIES OF BLAKE EDWARDS.
Natural historian, writer and radio commentator SY MONTGOMERY returns to Inquiry to talk about her latest book BIRDOLOGY, a collection of pieces that explore the fascinating lives of birds and our complex relationships to these avian wonders. Tune in tonight to listen to Sy Montgomery explain why chickens are so much more than merely walking drumsticks. In fact, they are intelligent and even loving birds. Then, we talk about the tense drama of trying to hand-raise two bumblebee-sized baby hummingbirds to their first flight. Sy Montgomery is one of the great describers of the natural world, so don’t miss this show!
California wines are world renowned especially in the Napa and Sonoma valleys. However, the Central Coast region and it's famed Paso Robles is a wine lovers paradise. This week Austin Hope of Hope Family winery is a young man whose love of the land and his passion for wine has helped set the tone for the region and the industry. Join us this Sunday evening at 10:30 for a conversation with Austin Hope.
Three top-tier musicians play Brazilian music literally from the inside out: They're all from Brazil. Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta and Duduka da Fonseca have been performing together for two decades, racking up collaborations with the entire spectrum of jazz musicians. At the CareFusion Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I., they welcome a soulful tenor saxophonist.
A master of the sweeping gesture, the South American tinge and the color-rich palette, Maria Schneider leads what many call the best large ensemble in jazz. Her music is full of depth and variety, and her band stacked with some of the best soloists to be found anywhere. She led a set of favorite compositions at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I.
The Global Jazz Institute at Berklee College of Music is an interdisciplinary performance program with a social purpose: performing and teaching around the world. Its core collective, made up of some of Berklee's top talent and directed by pianist Danilo Perez, travels down from Boston for the CareFusion Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I.
From Azerbaijan to the Netherlands, with a detour in the U.S. — it's the career path of pianist Amina Figarova. Somewhere along the way, she discovered her compositional calling updating the knotty, post-bebop jazz popularized in the 1960s. With her touring sextet of Dutch players, she made a U.S. tour stop at the CareFusion Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I.
MARCUS CHOWN, cosmologist, astronomer and writer returns to Inquiry to talk about his latest book THE MATCHBOX THAT ATE A FORTY-TON TRUCK: WHAT EVERYDAY THINGS TELL US ABOUT THE UNIVERSE. In every chapter, Chown takes a common experience and reveals how this small event actually reveals basics about cosmology, particle physics and quantum dynamics. Tonight we talk about how breaking a tea cup can subtly tell us how the universe expanded after the Big Bang! This is science at its most entertaining and informative. Be sure to tune in! To access an video interview of Marcus Chown talking with Prof Paul Halpern on bloggingheads.tv.: http://brainwaveweb.com/diavlogs/29246
SHAWN CAREY is a Massachusetts birder, photographer, teacher and co-founder of Migration Productions. He has has just returned from the Gulf Coast of Louisiana to photo-document what is really happening with the “BP oil disaster”. Not content to sit back and get his information filtered through the usual news sources, Shawn headed to the heart of the action to see what was going on for himself. Tune in tonight and hear a different view of how the clean-up is progressing, what it looks like on the ground and in the air, how people are dealing with this unprecedented environmental disaster. Shawn Carey’s website: www.migrationproductions.com