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Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 9:00pm

On August 1, 1981 MTV was launched. It was an idea that most people thought ridiculous and doomed to failure. Most people associated with the start up of MTV, on the air and behind the scenes, had had no previous experience in the media. If that wasn’t daunting enough, when MTV started there was an incredibly slim selection of music videos to play. But it soon became obvious that MTV would play an important role in shaping the musical tastes of Middle America as well as having a dramatic impact on the artists whose videos were shown. Tune in tonight as Inquiry talks with writer and editor CRAIG MARKS. Along with writer Rob Tannebaum, Craig has written the definitive history of this music video revolution, the wild careers of the early VJs, the accusations of racism in MTVs early programming and the craziness of trying to come up with ideas for the new music vids. Marks and Tannebaum’s book is titled I WANT MY MTV: THE UNCENSORED STORY OF THE MUSIC VIDEO REVOLUTION.

For hundreds of years, there have been conspiracy theories that have suggested that a small group of powerful men in secret societies have run the governments of the world for their own benefits. Most of these conspiracy theories are grandiose, unwieldy and unfalsifiable. Many of these theories demonize other social or religious groups like Jews or Catholics. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and researcher ARTHUR GOLDWAG about his latest book THE NEW HATE: A HISTORY OF FEAR AND LOATHING ON THE POPULIST RIGHT. His book delineates the historical precedents for modern groups like “the birthers”. We also talk about the nefarious Protocols and the Elders of Zion, that infamous anti-Semitic tract that has influenced paranoid conspiracists like Hitler and Henry Ford for over a hundred years.

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 4:00pm

Catch Colors of Jazz as host Bonnie Johnson speaks with Contemporary/Smooth Jazz Pianist Bob Baldwin. Baldwin is an advocate of the arts and recently released the book "You Better Ask Somebody". With 17 discs released to date, Bonnie will discuss his long career in music that fuses jazz, gospel and R&B. Bob Baldwin will be appearing at Pearl Restaurant in Providence, RI Sunday, May 27 at 8 PM. Tickets are $35 at the door, $30 in advance. See http://www.pearlrestaurantri.com for details.

Friday, May 25, 2012 - 6:00pm

The trio won this year's Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for Return to Forever, Chick Corea won an individual Grammy for Best Jazz Solo, and we have a magnificent live festival performance from their tour, in Surround Sound.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 6:00pm

Actor, singer and comedian David Hyde Pierce is best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as Niles Crane on the long-running TV series Frasier. He’s also a Tony Award-winning actor for his role in Curtains. Pierce and Feinstein's discussion ranges from Beethoven to Spamalot, and Pierce sings a few of his favorite standards with Feinstein at the piano.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 11:00am

Bats have a bad reputation and are feared by many people. But bats are crucial to the health of our environment and many species are locally endangered for a variety of reasons. Inquiry welcomes back children’s book author MELISSA STEWART to talk about her wonderfully informative children’s book A PLACE FOR BATS, the fifth title in Stewart’s series of natural history books for young readers. Tune in and learn about how bats live and why you are not seeing as many bats as you did years ago. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 6:00pm

Tenor sax great Scott Hamilton discusses his new CD with Duke Robillard and his perspective as an American jazz musician living in Europe.

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker as he welcomes back WICN's resident Northern Soul connoisseur Steve Moysey. Steve's got another incredible set of little heard, soul-inspired dance tunes from a wild array of artists! It all starts this Monday at 7pm!!

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 6:00pm

In 1949, Charlie Parker envisioned an album that would link jazz to pop and influence artists yet to come. His legendary venture with strings has done just that. Charlie Parker with Strings set his searching solos against a lush string quartet. Bird lives as we feature saxophonists Wess Anderson and Charles McPherson and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 10:30pm

In the world of wine the name Paul Hobbs is highly regarded. Not only as a top notch winemaker but as a world renown wine consultant. His ability to identify exceptional vineyards along with his pioneering, innovative work has made him one of the most highly sought after winemakers on the planet. His success has inspired a wealth of nicknames among the press, from quiet trend setter to prospector to truffle-hunting dog. Join Al this Sunday evening when he travels to California to speak with wine guru Paul Hobbs.

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 9:00pm

Tonight, Inquiry welcomes back JEFFREY BENNETT. He served as the first director of the Program in Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Sills at the University of Colorado. He holds a PhD in astrophysics and is the author of several books. His latest children’s book is titled THE WIZARD WHO SAVED THE WORLD is a wonderful science-based book that encourages young readers to get involved in mathematics, science and to help solve the world’s large scale problems. MATH FOR LIFE: CRUCIAL IDEAS YOU DIDN’T LEARN IN SCHOOL is a book for adult math phobics and math loathers. It is Bennett’s contention that we are simply not taught the math we actually need to know to get by as adults: how to figure taxes, understanding statistics we read about in newspapers, how to plan a budget and how to understand the national debt. All these topics involve mathematics, and we need to understand them in adult everyday life, but typically all we are taught in school is about quadratic equations and trigonometry. Tune in tonight and learn about what math we need not the math we are taught.

It is scientifically well established that a mother’s own breast milk is  superior to formula for a baby’s health. It’s full of proteins, antibodies and even anti-cancer chemicals not found in any substitute. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding children from 6 months to a year. But many women find this impractical or medically impossible. There are well established “milk banks” where a mother can purchase donated milk, but it is very costly to feed a baby this way. The demand has far outstripped the supply. Recently there has sprung up an ever-growing on-line unregulated market for human breast milk as women are selling and buying it from total strangers as a way to both save and make money. And therein lies all sorts of potential serious medical problems. Tonight’s returning guest is science writer and journalist JUDY DUTTON who has written a recent piece for Wired Magazine about this subject LIQUID GOLD: THE BOOMING MARKET FOR HUMAN BREAST MILK. Tune in and find out why women are participating in this potentially risky enterprise.

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