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Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 9:00pm

Panoramic pictures didn’t start with the iPhone. Starting in the 1840s, photographers began to take exquisite panoramic shots of special events, unique groups of people and even everyday life. These detailed long photographs are wonderful windows into the history of transportation, woman’s rights, racial equality and popular culture of an America long gone by. On Inquiry tonight, we speak with Josh Sapan, CEO of AMC Media, the company that operates the cable channels AMC, IFC, WEtv and the Sundance Channel. Josh discusses his new book The Big Picture: America In Panorama a collection of panoramic photographs with commentary by Josh Sapan as well as such luminaries as Yogi Berra, Dick Cavett, Kathleen Turner and Martha Stewart.

William L. Bird, Jr., Curator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution returns to Inquiry to talk about his catalog for the exhibition Paint By Number: The How To Craze That Swept The Nation. The hobby kits that were Paint By Number were immensely popular in America of the 1950s, but they became a flashpoint in heated arguments about what constitutes art and high and low culture. Art critics railed against them, but the public loved them. Tune in tonight and learn how these kits were made and who loved them and what kits were the most popular.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 4:00pm

Vocalist Catherine Russell talks to Bonnie Johnson about her new CD Bring It Back, an album that "seamlessly" fuses blues with swing era selections. Played in a ten-piece orchestra setting, this release celebrates jazz age music made famous by Catherine's father Luis Russell, the jazz pianist and bandleader who played and collaborated for years with legendary trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Ms. Russell is on tour and will play Scullers Jazz Club February 14, 2014 for Valentine's Day and Wellfleet Congregational Church on the 15th. Tune in at 4pm.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 7:00pm

A special tribute to the late Pete Seeger.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson interviews pianist Cava Mendies and singer Tyra Penn.

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 11:00am

Inquiry welcomes back  writer, artist and fisherman of the world JAMES PROSEK. Tonight James talks about his amazing on-going project of painting life-sized pictures of some of the iconic game fish of the Atlantic Ocean. But these works are not just illustrations, but connect to more complex ideas about how we look at species and the environment. A collection of these works can be found in the book OCEAN FISHES: PAINTINGS OF SALTWATER FISHES. Tune in and listen to learn how he manages to paint a huge marlin and about his upcoming exhibitions. To learn more about his work and where you can see some examples, go to his website: http://www.troutsite.com/ 

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 9:30am

Inquiry talks with ERROL FULLER, artist, writer and world authority on bird and animal extinction. His new book is titled LOST ANIMALS: EXTINCTION AND THE PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD and is a collection of amazing and poignant photographs of extinct mammals and birds. Tune in and listen to the stories of the people who took these photographs of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers and Thylacines, the unique marsupial carnivore. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 6:00pm

American jazz bassist, cellist and singer Esperanza Spalding draws upon many genres in her own compositions.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 4:00pm

Host Chet Williamson interviews torch singer Jillian Parsons.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 3:30pm

Tonight Inquiry welcomes writer, physicist and physics professor at M.I.T. MAX TEGMARK who talks about his amazing new book OUR MATHEMATICAL UNIVERSE: MY QUEST FOR THE ULTIMATE NATURE OF REALITY. Is it possible that the ultimate foundations of the universe are mathematical structures? Is time an illusion? Could we be living in a simulation like in the Matrix? All this and more on tonight’s conversation with one of the most original theorists of cosmology. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 2:30pm

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 MONEKEY’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.  

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