How does the perception of time differ from culture to culture? Do people in Bali have the same ideas of the past, present and future as people in Britain? What can different neurological disorders tell us about how our brain thinks about time? Is there a politics of temporality? All these fascinating questions, and many more are discussed on tonight’s Inquiry when we talk with writer and essayist EVA HOFFMAN. Ms Hoffman is a self-confessed chronophobiac and a chronophiliac and her new book TIME is one of the best discussions and meditations of this big subject that obsesses all of us, especially as we get older.
Inquiry welcomes back artist, teacher and graphic novelist BRET HERHOLZ. Bret talks about his just published work SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE PAINFUL PREDICAMENT OF ALICE FAULKNER. This graphic novel is a wonderful and original paean to everything Holmesian, including the original stage play by Gilette. Tune in and learn about Bret’s take on the film and television portrayals of Holmes, Watson and even Moriarty. His graphic novel is available from the independent publisher Alterna comics: http://alternacomics.com/
Many thousands of parents are denying their children inoculations against such devastating diseases measles and polio because they believe there is a connection between the shots and autism. This is despite the fact that a number of scientific studies have shown there is no connection between inoculations and the rise of autism. This is one example of what MICHAEL SPECTER calls “denialism”, a denial of scientific findings that conflict with emotionally held beliefs. This is part of an alarming anti-science movement in America that is hindering our scientific and technological progress. Tune in tonight for a controversial and illuminating conversation with Michael Specter whose new book is DENIALISM: HOW IRRATIONAL THINKING HINDERS SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS, HARMS THE PLANET, AND THREATENS OUR LIVES.
In this half hour of Inquiry, we welcome TRACY KRAUS, flutist, chamber musician and Executive Director of the Worcester Chamber Music Society and PETER SULSKI, violinist, violist and Artistic Director of the Worcester Chamber Music Society. These two talented musicians and educators talk about how you get a chamber music society off the ground, the rewards for an individual artist to play in a chamber music society and why, more than ever, music education is crucial for adults as well as children. The learn more about the WORCESTER CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY and to access their calendar of performances, go to: http://www.worcesterchambermusic.org/
Currently at the ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART in Amherst, Massachusetts, is an exhibition many of us have been eagerly anticipating: THE GOLDEN LEGACY: ORGINAL ART FROM 65 YEARS OF GOLDEN BOOKS. This unique exhibition features the paintings from some of the most beloved books of our childhood by artists like Feodor Rojankovsky, Tibor Gergely, Gustaf Tenggren and Mary Blair. Though these names may not sound familiar, their work is recognized by almost everyone. This is a show that the entire family can enjoy. In the studio tonight talking about the lives of these artists of our childhood books is LEONARD S. MARCUS, noted historian of children’s literature and author of GOLDEN LEGACY: HOW GOLDEN BOOKS WON CHILDREN’S HEARTS, CHANGING PUBLISHING FORVER AND BECAME AN AMERICAN ICON ALONG THE WAY. To learn more about this exhibition go to: http://www.picturebookart.org/
Jake Adelstein is the only American journalist ever to have been admitted to the insular
Tokyo Metropolitan Police Press Club, and with TOKYO VICE: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan (Pantheon Books/October 13, 2009/$26.00), we have his firsthand, revelatory
look at Japanese culture from the underbelly up.
At nineteen, Jake went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. But he quickly worked his way from student to crime reporter for the prestigious Japanese-language Yomiuri Shinbun. For twelve years of 80-hour work weeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are more prevalent than we would imagine, given that Japan is one of the safest countries in the world to live. When his final scoop brought him face to face with one of Japan’s most infamous yazuka bosses—and with it the threat of death for him and his family—Adelstein decided to step down from the newspaper. But he did fight back, and
got that story told.
TOKYO VICE tells a riveting, often humorous tale of Adelstein’s journey from an inexperienced cub reporter to a daring, investigative journalist with a price on his head. With its vivid, visceral descriptions of crime in Japan and an exploration of the world of modern-day yakuza that even few Japanese ever see, TOKYO VICE is a fascination, and an education, from first to last.
Guest: Hugh Davies
Schramsberg Vineyards, Napa California
Topic:The Wonderful World of Sparkling Wines
In spite of the economic downturn many people still celebrate the
holidays and the joy it brings. So let's reflect on the good we have
experienced and ring in the new year on a positive note. My guest this
week is Hugh Davies the proprietor of Schramsberg vineyards.
Schramsberg is one of Napa's oldest wineries, founded in 1862 by German
immigrant Jacob Schram. Robert Louis Stevenson visited here in 1880,
and wrote a chapter about it in his Silverado Squatters.
Schramsberg produces California's best sparkling wine. So pop open a
bottle of bubbly this holiday season and make it the best holiday ever.
Johnny Mercer was one of the most prolific songwriters of 20th Century America. During his decades long career he wrote the lyrics for such memorable songs as “Moon River”, “Blues In the Night”, “Hooray For Hollywood”, “Laura”, “Something’s Gotta Give”. The list Mercer’s hits goes on and on. He was nominated for 18 Academy Awards and wrote songs for Broadway too. If that wasn’t enough, he was also one of the founders of Capitol Records. Tonight on Inquiry we chat with ROBERT KIMBALL, writer, music critic of the New York Post and Editor of the Complete Lyrics series of books. The latest monumental volume in that wonderful series is THE COMPLETE LYRICS OF JOHNNY MERCER. Tune in and find out who dubbed Lauren Bacall’s singing voice in “To have and To Have Not”. The answer will surprise you.
She looked like a “tiny, troubled wisp of a human being” as she stepped up to the mike, but when she opened up her mouth, out came “an atom bomb voice”. This is how JIMMY McDONAUGH , writer, autobiographer and tonight’s guest on Inquiry, describes Tammy Wynette. She sang before five presidents, had twenty #1 hits and five husbands, and is loved fiercely by her fans. Tammy was one of the great country music stars of the 20th Century, with hits like “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad”, “Stand By Your Man”, and “Apartment #9”. Yet as her success mounted, her health crumbled until her untimely death. McDonough has talked with many of the people involved in her life, her producers, her friends and exes, and has created a monumental, wild yet still moving, biography. His book is titled: TAMMY WYNETTE: TRAGIC COUNTRY QUEEN.
The New England waters host a variety of life that are crucial to the health of the oceans but are also endangered. Some of these like the Humpback Whale are familiar to many, while others like the Bay Scallop may not be as well known. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with natural history reporter and writer TODD McLEISH. His new book BASKING WITH HUMPBACKS: TRACKING THREATENED MARINE LIFE IN NEW ENGLAND WATERS is a fascinating collection of his experiences with the scientists studying horseshoe crabs, sea turtles and marine birds that live in our waters. Tune in and learn why you may owe your good health to a sea going arthropod!
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