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Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 9:00pm

Why should you stay clear of lemon wedges in your drinks (and limes, cherries and olives for that matter)? Did you know that drinking from a straw will give you marionette lines? Not only should you not read on the toilet, you shouldn’t sit at all. Don’t get us started on the dangers of Santa Claus and romance novels. These are just a few of the sobering warnings to be found in the ENCYCLOPEDIA PARANOIACA: THE INDESPENSABLE GUIDE TO EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD BE AFRAID OF OR WORRIED ABOUT. This compendium of everything that is out to get you, was compiled by our guest tonight:  Emmy and Grammy Award-winning author, composer and producer CHRISTOPHER CERF. Together with Henry Beard and the staff of the all too aptly named Cassandra Institute, they have produced a grand accounting of all the things to avoid at all costs, completely cross referenced and indexed for your paranoid convenience.

Have you wondered why there seems to have been such a dramatic rise in disorders like asthma, food allergies, and Multiple Sclerosis in the last decades? Some researchers believe it is because our autoimmune system has run out of control. Some of the reasons for this are startling and counter-intuitive. Is there a connection between our living in more sterile environments and the rise of these disorders? Tune in tonight for a truly thought provoking talk with science journalist MOISES VELASQUEZ-MANOFF. His new book is titled AN EPIDEMIC OF ABSENCE: A NEW WAY OF UNDERSTANDING ALLERGIES AND AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES.

Friday, March 22, 2013 - 6:00pm

Lloyd’s album Forest Flower from the Monterey Jazz Festival cast him as the essential California musician. “[It] captures the spirit of the 60s without sounding the least bit dated,” writes At a recent Newport Festival, Lloyd’s open-air, world-friendly saxophone joins Zakir Hussain, tablas, and drummer Eric Harland as “Sangam” (in Sanskrit, confluence).

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 10:00am

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. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 6:00pm

Guitarist, singer, and composer Matt Munisteri has uncovered much of the forgotten jazz and swing from the early 20th century. His latest album, Still Runnin’ ‘Round In the Wilderness, explores the “lost” compositions of the American singer/songwriter Willard Robison. Archivists Munisteri and Feinstein share tunes that, while forsaken by the past, are sure to be easy to remember.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 4:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS and TOM O'MALLEY head of the Departments of Ceramics and Photography about two exciting upcoming shows at the Center: THE JOURNEY OF TWO COLLECTORS: BARRETT AND MAHROO MORGAN and THE POTTERY INVITATIONAL SHOW.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 6:00pm

Seth MacFarlane, “Family Guy” creator, met with Judy in Hollywood (well, not really, but close by) to talk about his new CD and his favorite jazz recordings. Stewie and Peter dropped by to add their thoughts as well. Brian brought the martinis.

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 7:00pm

They called him "The Wicked One." His type of soul was rough and raw. He started out in church, singing with gospel groups, moved over to R' n 'B with the Falcons and then went solo. With gritty dance floor grooves like "634-5789," "Mustang Sally," and "Funky Broadway," Wilson Pickett established himself as a soul legend. Join host Tom Shaker this Monday at 7pm and hear for yourself!

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 6:00pm

Take solace in the blues! Hammond B3 specialist Joey DeFrancesco and his trio are joined by three hard-driving tenor sax players – Vincent Herring, John Nugent, and the late David Newman in one of his last performances. They’ll burn up classics like Deep Blues, My One and Only Love and Speak Low.

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 10:30pm

The moss-draped oaks of the Sunshine State hold deep, dark secrets. The late fifties were a time when ignorance and hatred made people view homosexuality differently; especially true for state senator Charlie Johns and his committee who, under the guise of McCarthyism, began covert investigations that ended up driving 300 people from campuses across Florida. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author, Julian Earl Ferris about his new book,Sin Warriors.

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 9:00pm

Using a Tibetan Mandela as an inspiration, DAVID GEORGE HASKELL, Professor of Biology at the University of the South, trekked deep into some old growth forest and drew a small circle on the forest floor only a meter in area. Could repeated close observations of this small circle and all it’s denizens give insights into how the larger forest functioned? Professor Haskell came back time and again to this small circle, in fair weather and foul, in light and dark, in the humidity of the summer and the freezing temperatures of the winter.  He typically sat on a rock nearby and watched all the plants, fungi, insects, snails and vertebrates that lived in or went through the circle for an entire year. His observations and thoughts on what he saw and how that related to larger issues of biology, conservation and the environment are recorded in his book THE FOREST UNSEEN: A YEAR’S WATCH IN NATURE, one of the finest books on observing the natural world written in some time.

Massachusetts historian and natural historian JOHN GALLUZZO decided that for the year 2011 he would take a 30 minute hike in a green space in every town and city in the state. It was a mammoth task to undertake and plan. John had to deal with poor weather, swarms of insects and family crises, but in the end he accomplished his goal. Tune in tonight and listen to John talk about what the real goal of this amazing project was; what some of his favorite places in the state were and what he learned along the way. His book, which is also a nice guide to walking and hiking spots across the state is HALF AND HOUR A DAY ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS.


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