Thomas Hart Benton was one of the great Regionalist painters during the American Depression. He painted some of the greatest murals of the twentieth century and captured a unique sensibility of life in the Midwest and rural America on his canvases. Yet he was at times ornery, crude, dogmatic and virulently homophobic. He had personal lifetime fueds with artists like Alfred Stieglitz, Stuart Davis and his student Jackson Pollack. What are we to make of such an “anti-intellectual intellectual” artist?. Tune in tonight for some answers when Inquiry welcomes JUSTIN WOLFF, assistant professor of art history at the University of Maine. Professor Wolff discusses his revealing and dynamic new book THOMAS HART BENTON: A LIFE.
Inquiry welcomes writer INGE AURERBACHER to talk about two of her books: FINDING DR.SCHATZ : THE DISCOVERY OF STREPTOMYCIN AND THE LIFE IT SAVED and I AM A STAR: CHILD OF THE HOLOCAUST. Inge Aurerbacher has led a singularly dramatic and inspiring life. As a child, she witnessed the horrors of the Kristallnacht and later was imprisoned in the Terezin Concentration Camp. There she contracted tuberculosis, which was to haunt her long after the camp was liberated and she moved to America. As an adult, Inge tracked down the man who developed streptomycin that later treated her tuberculosis, Dr. Schatz, and wrote a touching and unique dual autobiography with that legendary research scientist. Tune in tonight and listen to Inge’s amazing life story of survival against all odds and how she remained positive despite everything that happened to her.
One of pop music's great songwriter's passed away last week. Alongwith his partner, Burt Bacharach, they wrote many Top 40 hits including, "Do you Know the Way to San Jose" "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" and "I Say A Little Prayer." Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Hal David's life and music, with a soul twist, this Monday night, starting at 7pm!
McFerrin fills the stage at the Rose Theater with his composition for a rhythmically charged, internationally cast, 48-voice choir. This sprawling work evokes African chants, gospel energy, Motown soul, minimalism and jazz polyphony. The exhilarating performance also features a role for the Rose Theater audience. Wendell Pierce hosts.
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow can stop the US Postal Service, well almost. With a $5.2 billion dollar loss last quarter, the US Postal Service has nearly exhausted its credit line with the Federal government. And it defaulted on a $5.5 billion payment two weeks ago, with another $5.6 billion dollar payment due at the end of this month that they won't be able to meet. Why? Many argue that big Government unions have enriched themselves at the expense of American taxpayers. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Mallory Factor, professor of International Politics and American Government at the Citadel. In his new book,Shadowbosses he points to the massive growth of public unions and how they are jeopardizing the fiscal health of the United States.
On a remote beach in Western Australia it is possible to see living examples of some of the oldest life on the planet. These mounds of micro-organisms also lived two billion years ago and changed the atmosphere of Earth making it hospitable for the organic life we are familiar with. This is just one of the amazing journeys that RICHARD FORTEY made looking for examples of “living fossils” Fortey is the author of many books and was the Senior Paleontologist at the Natural History Museum in London until his retirement in 2006. His latest book HORSESHOE CRABS AND VELVET WORMS: THE STORY OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS THAT TIME HAS LEFT BEHIND is a wonderful and fascinating tour of the globe looking at life forms that give us an idea of what life was like millions and billions of years ago. Tune in tonight and hear Fortey talk about watching the relatives of trilobites mate in Delaware Bay and where to look for some of the examples of the earliest life that ever existed among the geysers at Yellowstone National Park.
My very excellent mother just served us nine pizzas. This was just one of the many mnemonic phrases we learned as children to help us learn the names and order of the planets of our solar system. It came as a shock when we recently learned that we will have to do without the pizza because Pluto was no longer considered a planet. Who made this decision that changed our childhood vision of our solar system? What gets to be called a planet anyway? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with the person responsible for pulling the plug on Pluto’s planetary aspirations. We speak with MIKE BROWN, the Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of Planetary Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology. His entertaining and revealing book is titled HOW I KILLED PLUTO AND WHY IT HAD IT COMING.
Classic. The Maestro and his Big Apple band play a Slide Hampton arrangement of "Shiny Stockings" by Frank Foster, Jim McNeely arrangement of "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Louis Prima, Michael Abene arrangement of "Suppertime" by Irving Berlin, and Foster arrangement of "Giant Steps" by John Coltrane. Nnenna Freelon sings a farewell to Dr. Billy Taylor (1921-2010).
Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci has emerged as a young man whose versatile horn ranges from the soft and seductive to the rough and bluesy. His skills have earned him a headline spot with festivals worldwide and recording dates with a list of jazz legends; he’s also a composer with nine albums under his belt. Farinacci performs “Just One of Those Things” and his original tune, “Dawn of Goodbye.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC, discusses his love of blues and the connection between science and music.
Orion Magazine is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To celebrate that milestone, the magazine invited thirty writers from different backgrounds to write about what people are going to need to do and think to create positive change in the next thirty years. The results are published in a new book, an Orion Reader titled THIRTY-YEAR PLAN: THIRTY WRITERS ON WHAT WE NEED TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with the Editor of Orion Magazine and the Editor of this fascinating compendium, JENNIFER SAHN. This amazing project includes pieces by Diane Ackerman, Pete Seeger, Richard Louv , Marc Bekoff, Yvon Chouinard, Ginger Strand and many more. The topics vary greatly, from the future of farming to new ways of thinking about the economy, food, nature and ourselves. To learn more about the book THIRTY YEAR PLAN, which is being used in a number of classrooms, and to read excerpts, go to: http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/mag/6931
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