Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back KENT RUSSELL, CEO and curator of The Museum of Russian Icons. Also in the studio is visual artist ROGER PRESTON. Roger has created an amazing series of contemporary devotional works inspired by the icons of the museum. “Modern Icons: Ancient Inspiration”, a show of Roger Preston’s devotional works is currently on view at The Museum of Russian Icons. Roger combines traditional techniques like egg tempera with collaged computer drawings and other materials to create uniquely intimate expressionist spiritual works. For more details on Roger Preston’s exhibition and The Museum of Russian Icons, go to: http://www.museumofrussianicons.org/
Maria Ponzi-Ponzi Vineyards,Oregon
Director of Sales and Marketing:
Maria Ponzi is officially responsible for the overall promotion of Ponzi wines. She develops sales and public relation strategies, manages the winery’s national broker, maintains communication with wine critics, and assists in the production of all winery graphics, including the coordination and concept of label designs. She is also responsible for the management and success of the winery’s tasting room, cellar club, private event space (The Vineyard Home), the Ponzi Wine Bar and the
family’s regional restaurant, The Dundee Bistro.
Al Vuona, host of The Public Eye, chats with Anthony Flint on his show.
Anthony Flint has written a riveting account of a struggle between
opposites that forever redefined the American city. With no formal
training in urban planning, Jane Jacobs had the audacity to take on
Robert Moses the great urban planner and the passion to save old New
York from the wrecking ball. Listen as Flint passionately discusses
this vivid David and Goliath match-up from the 1960's.
More information is available at his website: www.anthonyflint.net
Kate Toomey is a candidate for mayor of Worcester.
Kate Toomey, a former elementary and secondary school teacher in the Boston Public Schools, is serving her second two-year term as a Worcester City Councilor-At-Large. She previously served three two-year terms as a member of the Worcester School Committee.
As Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Education, she and her committee members consider all matters pertaining to public education, the public libraries, arts, culture and higher education.
Tonight we welcome artist and writer JOSH NEUFELD. His comics and graphic novels often focus on non-fiction events and many people will recognize his work illustrating Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor comics. Josh’s latest work is a tour de force telling of the lives of a seven real people who lived through Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans. This story reveals a very human side to the devastating and horrific catastrophe in which over 700 people died and tens of thousands of people were displaced. Josh Neufeld’s book is called A.D. NEW ORLEANS: AFTER THE DELUGE.
Mildred Burke was one of the most recognized and admired figures in women’s sports in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Starting as a young and determined teenage girl from the Midwest, against all odds Mildred rose to become the World Championship Women’s Wrestler. Her life story is filled with constant hardships, wild characters and a triumph worthy of the Rocky films. JEFF LEEN, Assistant Managing Editor for the Washington Post’s investigations unit drops by Inquiry to talk about his gritty biography THE QUEEN OF THE RING: SEX, MUSCLES, DIAMONDS AND THE MAKING OF AN AMERICAN LEGEND.
The American exploration of the moon beginning in 1969 remains one of the most important events in the history of humankind. Yet, how many of you can name five astronauts that have walked on the lunar surface? Today, on the forty year anniversary of that momentous occasion, is a good time to look back on what it was really like to land on body other than our home planet. Inquiry’s guest tonight is writer and commentator ANDREW CHAIKIN. With Victoria Kohl, he has assembled interviews with all the Apollo astronauts about what the exploration of the moon was really like. These first hand accounts are combined with some stunning “never before seen” photographs of the mission. Chaikin’s stunning book is titled: VOICES OF THE MOON: APOLLO ASTRONAUTS DESCRIBE THEIR LUNAR EXPERIENCES
"An American In Tuscanny"
How does a west coat guy end up making world class wine in
Tuscanny,Italy? Some decades ago The Graces, a San Francisco family,
decided with German banker Gerhard Hirmer and the well known Italian
oenologist, Franco Bernabei, to establish themselves in Tuscany. Fast
forward to 2009 and you have the wines of Il Molino Di Grace. Tim Grace
and his dad live in San Francisco but spend plenty of time in Tuscanny
where they oversee the winery that bears their name. Tune in and listen
to this marvelous story.
Hot and Sour Soup, Chicken Chop Suey, Szechaun Spicy Eggplant, Shrimp Lo Mein. We have all eaten American Chinese food, but have you ever wondered how Chinese cuisine got to America? What did Americans in the 18th Century think about traditional Chinese food? Where were the first Chinese restaurants in America and what was on their menu? Tonight we talk with writer and gastronomic historian ANDREW COE about his fascinating history CHOP SUEY: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF CHINESE FOOD IN AMERICA. Tune in and find out once and for all if Chop Suey is an actual Chinese dish.
As a nation, are we scientifically illiterate? Does it matter if we don’t understand genetics, evolution or energy? After all, how often does electromagnetism come up in everyday life? Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome ROBERT M. HAZEN, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the author of more than 350 articles and 20 books on science, history and music. With James Trefill, he has written one of the most useful and important science books ever published for the general public: SCIENCE MATTERS: ACHIEVING SCIENTIFIC LITERACY. This book will bring the reader up to speed on nineteen general principles of science that every person should know and proves once and for all science is not hard at all, but can be downright enjoyable and even fun . Even Quantum Theory!
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