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Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 10:30pm

World renowned historian Harold Holzer joins Al to talk about his new book, "THE CIVIL WAR IN 50 OBJECTS". Holzer is considered the leading scholar on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. In his latest effort he discusses 50 key objects he personally selected from the New York Historical Society's collection of Civil War artifacts. As Holzer described it, each piece tells the story of Americas past. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM.

Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 9:00pm

Our special guest on Inquiry tonight is Katrina van Grouw. She was the former Curator of the ornithological collections at London’s Natural History Museum. She is also a taxidermist, birder, bird bander and a fine artist. The book "The Unfeathered Bird" is a stunning collection of her unconventional drawings of birds from around the world. Most of these artworks show species of birds without feathers, many without skin and muscles. But this is not a book about bird anatomy, but rather a rich visual mediation on how birds move and live, done with deep beauty and wit. The Unfeathered Bird is like no other contemporary natural history art book. Tune in and learn why.

Artist and writer Glyn Dillon has created one of the most beautiful and complex graphic novels to be published in some years: "The Nao of Brown". Tune in and learn about Dillon’s time storyboarding for film and television, how he created the painterly look of his work and the many sources for his story.

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 6:00pm

“Looking dapper in a gray suit and a red tie that would finish the set draped loosely around his neck,” writes The Washington Post, “Palmieri took his seat at the piano and alighted on a delicate arpeggio. A slow smile crept across the 76-year-old’s face as lyrical phrases evolved into blues riffs, which then gave way to staccato splashes .. [He] even stood up to give the audience an endearing peek at his salsa dancing skills.”

The 2013 NEA Jazz Master told his DC audience, “If there’s an iota of wisdom that I have, it’s that I don’t think my music might excite you; I know it will.”

Review by Jess Righthand

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 10:30am

Artist and teacher BARRY VAN DUSEN returns to Inquiry to talk about his new work, his teaching, and working with Guy Tudor on the monumental Birds of Brazil. Barry has a new show up at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, where he is the Resident Artist this year, titled BIRDS, BEASTS, AND BLOSSOMS: PAINTINGS BY BARRY VAN DUSEN. This exhibition will feature a wide range of his beautiful watercolor paintings. For directions, times and other information, go to:

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 8:30am

You may think you know a definition of life, but you would be wrong. Many biologists and scientists are struggling to come up with a theory of life that we can test. In recent decades bacteria have been discovered living in hot springs in temperatures high enough to cook all other life. Life has now been found living in sulphur springs, in caustic soda lakes, deep in the earth’s crust and even in the salt lakes. All places we thought life could never exist. But these extremophile forms of life are only the beginning. Supposed there is life not based on the Carbon atom? Could there be Silicon life? Or could there be life that uses Arsenic? Is it possible there is life that lives in hydrogen fluoride or sulphuric acid or ammonia? The answers may surprise you. Tonight we talk with DAVID TOOMEY, associate professor of English and the Director of the Professional Writing and Technical Communication Program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His new book WEIRD LIFE: THE SEARCH FOR LIFE THAT IS VERY, VERY DIFFERENT FROM OUR OWN will change the way you think about “life”.  

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 6:00pm

Rudresh Mahanthappa creates an explosive blend of South Indian classical music and progressive jazz. Named the Jazz Journalists Association's "Alto Saxophonist of the Year" for four years running, his innovative music reflects his experience as a second-generation Indian-American and has made him a Guggenheim fellow. He shares his fascinating style and story on this edition of Piano Jazz.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 4:00pm
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

Chicago pianist Jon Weber talks about his jingle writing years, his love for every kind of jazz from the early days to the present, and what his recent move to NYC has done for his playing.

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 7:00pm

Some artists just become part of our lives. From birthdays to graduations to weddings and everything in between, everyone has a favorite Stevie Wonder song. His music seems to always be with us, through good times and bad. He's won 25 Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate Stevie's birthday on this week's show. It all starts at 7pm.

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 6:00pm

The boundless creative spirit and pianist Chick Corea spins from jazz to classical to the avant garde.  Musicians of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra expand the Corea songbook with their own arrangements.  Chick Corea joins them on acoustic piano for Matrix, Crystal Silence and Tones for Joan's Bones.  Wendell Pierce hosts.


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