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Sunday, April 28, 2013 - 9:00pm

Our guest tonight on Inquiry is JOHN A. LONG, Strategic Professor in Paleontology at Flinders University in Adelaide. Professor Long has made one of the most amazing and unexpected discoveries in paleontology: evidence of internal fertilization in prehistoric fish that lived 380 million years ago. This means these ancient creatures were not externally fertilizing eggs like many fish today do, but instead were having sex. If you have ever wondered about sex long, long ago, and even how dinosaurs “did it”, tune in and listen to Professor long discuss his new book THE DAWN OF THE DEED: THE PREHISTORIC ORIGINS OF SEX.

PETER TRACHTENBERG is a writer and Assistant Professor at the University Of Pittsburgh. His latest book is titled ANOTHER INSANE DEVOTION: ON THE LOVE OF CATS AND PERSONS is a singular memoir that looks at his odd but intense relationships with felines and humans through the years. This is a work of non-fiction, though “still the facts in this book vary in their density.” This book wanders effortlessly from a discussion of blinking at cats to an intense interpretation of Masaccio’s “The Expulsion of Adam and Eve From the Garden of Eden “. This book is an enlightening and unexpected dissection of love through the ages. Can our love of cats inform our romantic love of people?  Tune in to get a taste of this unique and fascinating book.

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 7:00pm

Special guest Kim Jennings joining Nick Noble in the studio.

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back TOM O’MALLEY, the head of the Ceramics and Photography Departments at the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. With him is Artist In Residence and glass blower EMERY WENGER. Tom talks about the Center’s wonderful Artists In Residence program and how you can apply and Emery talks about his life working with glass. To look at application requirements for this program at the WCC, go to:


Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 11:00am

Inquiry welcomes back COURT CARNEY, Assistant Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin State University. His latest book is a fascinating history of jazz, race and media titled CUTTIN’ UP: HOW EARLY JAZZ GOT AMERICA’S EAR. Tonight, in part two of our conversation about his book,  we talk about the jazz scene in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 30s, who were the movers and shakers, and how they figure into the larger history of jazz. We also talk about jazz in the early days of film, silents and talkies. If you are interested in the history of jazz, do not miss this show. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 7:00pm

Tonight, we have a special guest on Against the Grain with Nick DiBiasio.

Providence-born Paul Geremia is an internationally-known musician, equally well-regarded in the folk and blues communities. An active performer and major label recording artist for more than 40 years, Acoustic Guitar magazine calls Geremia "One of the best country blues finger-pickers ever." His approach has never been simply that of a preservationist carrying on a tradition – he has always put his own stamp on the music by introducing his original songs as well as material from other genres into the style. His long string of critically-acclaimed albums for Folkways, Sire, Adelphi, Flying Fish and Red House has firmly established him at the forefront of the Americana music scene and he has been a major player in evolving country blues music into the modern era. Paul Geremia will be inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 28th.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 6:00pm

MAC Award-winning vocalist Stacy Sullivan lends her smoky alto to cabaret classics and standards, making them her own. With Jon Weber, she brought the music of the legendary Peggy Lee to the stage with her acclaimed show, "A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee." She reunites with her long-time collaborator for a conversation about the songs that will never fade, including "I Love Being Here with You."

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 7:00pm

Bring soul songs about rain! Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates spring on this week's show. You'll hear the Temptations, Irma Thomas,
the Dramatics and many more. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 6:00pm

Music is like a painting that exists in time; painting is like music that exists in space.  Bill Frisell, Papo Vazquez, Doug Wamble and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra create musical portraits inspired by the paintings of Romare Bearden, Stuart Davis, Piet Mondrian and more.  Join us for this exciting mediation on the art of creation. Hosted by Wendell Pierce.

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 9:00pm

Traveling around the world was initially one of the most dangerous enterprises a person could try. It was a “war of attrition against the vastness of the globe”. These early circumnavigators had little idea of where they were going, suffered from disease and fear and encountered hostile native peoples. Yet by the 1700s, travel around the world had become almost commonplace and certainly less dangerous. It was a dramatic evolution in how people thought about the world. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with JOYCE E. CHAPLIN, the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. She has written the first history of circumnavigation that includes everything from Magellan to the contemporary spaceflight. ROUND ABOUT THE EARTH: CIRCUMNAVIGATION FROM MAGELLAN TO ORBIT is a wonderful, thought-provoking and thrilling history of the geo-drama that is traveling around the globe.

It may seem hard to believe but well over a hundred tears ago, fishermen from New England began to express concerns about the sustainability of the fish stocks as new ships and fishing technologies began to be introduced. Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with W. JEFFREY BOLSTER, Associate Professor in the Department of History about his latest history THE MORTAL SEA: FISHING THE ATLANTIC IN THE AGE OF SAIL. Tune in and learn more about that exciting time of “iron men and wooden ships” and what it took to make a living from the sea in the nineteenth century.

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 6:00pm

Sixty miles from Rome, this ancient hilltop city hosts a renowned late December jazz festival, leading up to New Year’s morning. US artists love to perform there, but our hope is to sample with you some of the supremely musical, non-US virtuosos who are dedicated to jazz.


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