Singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham has made the unlikely journey from rodeo rider to Grammy and Oscar winner for the Crazy Heart soundtrack. His gritty-beyond-his-years voice echoes the rough and tumble life he’s known. On this Song Travels, Bingham performs tunes with a roadhouse tinge, including his own “As I Do My Dancing” and “Too Deep To Fill.”
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with GEORGE B. SCHALLER. He has spent more than half a century studying wildlife in over twenty countries. He has helped protect some of the planets most endangered and iconic animals including the mountain gorillas, tigers, giant pandas, jaguars and the snow leopard. Tonight George Schaller talks about his new book TIBET WILD: A NATURALIST’S JOURNEYS ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD. This book chronicles Schaller’s three decades long research on the remote Tibetan Plateau, “a place nowhere intimate”, studying wild yak, chiru, argali and of course the snow leopard. If you would like to learn more about the conservation organizations that George Schaller talks about in the interview see: PANTHERA at http://www.panthera.org who work to conserve the large cats throughout the world and the WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY at: http://www.wcs.org.
Composer for Family Guy and American Dad discusses the unusual artistic freedom he has with these shows and his great working relationship with Seth MacFarlane.
One of Motown's first artists', his legendary recording of "Money (That's What I want)" was so successful that it allowed Berry Gordy the money to finance his label. Strong later became know for his songwriting and producing w/partner Norman Whitfield, writing "Cloud Nine" "Papa Was a Rolling Stone " & "War" to name just a few. Join host Tom Shaker this Monday starting at 7pm!
Humans didn't just discover wine they invented it. For 8,000 years we have continuously developed and altered the way in wich we produce and experience wine. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by renowned wine author and educator Paul Lukacs as he talks about his new bestseller, Inventing Wine.
What is life? Aristotle believed that life is a project and the most important thing that we can do is to ask ourselves how we are going to pursue it. But where can we go for advice about the big questions in life like love, politics and morality? On Inquiry tonight we speak again with MASSIMO PIGLIUCCI, professor in the philosophy program at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and former biology professor at Stony Brook University. His new book is titled ANSWERS FOR ARISTOTLE: HOW SCIENCE AND PHILOSOPHY CAN LEAD US TO A MORE MEANINGFUL LIFE. This book describes how the latest findings in neurology and the behavioral sciences combined with an understanding of some of the great ideas of philosophy can help us all lead happier and more fulfilling lives.
Inquiry welcomes back award-winning author and illustrator GRACE LIN. Her two new books are WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON and STARRY RIVER OF THE SKY. These are complex wonderful imaginative novels profusely illustrated by full color plates and intricate drawings that echo Chinese paper cut art. Both books are inspired by traditional Chinese stories and culture, yet are also unique expressions of Lin’s imagination. Tune in and learn about how Grace Lin’s recent trips to Hong Kong, Taiwan and China inspired parts of her books and Grace even tells the listener how to eat with five-foot long chop sticks.
NPR Music asks, What if there were lost big-band masterpieces by the great composer/arranger Gil Evans which never made it to record? In fact, there are plenty of them, and composer/arranger Ryan Truesdell has culled, researched and transcribed a handful of the best material for the CD Centennial: Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans. Truesdell leads an orchestra in a live version at Newport.
The husband and wife musical team of Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., met as members of the iconic ‘60s group The 5th Dimension. They went on to perform as a successful duo and host their own television show. Over 40 years later, their music and mutual love and respect are still going strong. Performances include “Mona Lisa” and “Here’s That Rainy Day.”
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.
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.
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