Justice John Marshall Harlan is considered one of the “great” Supreme Court Justices of the United States. Mainly because he dissented on the famous Plessy v. Ferguson case of 1896 which promoted the idea of “separate but equal.” He had a long tenure on the court and voted on some 14,000 cases. But he came from a slave holding family and opposed emancipation. How can we explain this apparent contrast in his attitudes to race? Associate Professor of History at Notre Dame LINDA PRZYBYZEWSKI has written a very untraditional biography of this justice that looks in depth at the ideas Justice Harlan had on religion, race and rights to explain his voting record. Tune in tonight for an in depth discussion on THE REPUBLIC ACCORDING TO JOHN MARSHALL HARLAN.
Writer and teacher BEVERLY GRAY returns to Inquiry to talk about her biography RON HOWARD: FROM MAYBERRY TO THE MOON…AND BEYOND. Ron Howard starred in two of the most iconic television series, but from an early age dreamed of being a serious film director. Tune in and learn about his early film and television career and how he got his break sitting in the Director’s chair thanks to Roger Corman.
Tonight on Inquiry, poet MARTHA SILANO returns to discuss the recent controversy about the poet laureate of North Carolina and what being a laureate entails. She also reads a work from her recently published collection RECKLESS LOVELY: “The Untied States of America”.
Canadian singer takes a straightforward, swinging approach to the Standards. Judy talks with her and her guitarist Jordan Officer on stage at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland about their somewhat retro approach to jazz and how that interest developed.
In 1973, Dobie Gray's hit single "Drift Away" went gold. A decade earlier his "The In Crowd" landed in the Top 10. Long revered in the Northern Soul scene and on the country music charts, Dobie Gray leaves a rich musical legacy. Join host Tom Shaker as we celebrate this "lost soul's' birthday. It all starts at 7pm!
Monty Alexander discovered jazz at a Nat King Cole concert and played his first New York gig at Sinatra's old haunt called "Jilly's." Alexander offers fresh, inventive readings on "Sweet Lorraine," "Come Fly with Me," and more - with vocalists James DeFrances and Allan Harris. Wendell Pierce hosts.
There are nearly 7.2 billion people on the planet today, and our numbers keep growing. That means more crowds, more traffic, more pollution…and less room for wildlife. The Center for Biological Diversity wants to know what living in a world of 7 billion looks like and feels like. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al speaks with Stephanie Feldstein, of The Center for Biological Diversity about this pressing problem.
Why are some species of birds increasing in numbers while other species numbers are declining? What are the factors that influence a bird’s population? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with IAN NEWTON, ornithologist, applied scientist and a leading expert on bird ecology and biogeography. His new book BIRD POPULATIONS describes what we know scientifically about the avian population dynamics. Tonight we talk about how global climate change will affect bird distribution and migration and how severe winters, like the one we just experienced here in New England, affects bird numbers
Writer LYANDA LYNN HAUPT returns to Inquiry to talk about her book CROW PLANET: ESSENTIAL WISDOM FROM THE URBAN WILDERNESS. Crows are all around us even in cities and as Lyanda writes they are the single most often encountered native wild animals we are likely to see. And everyone has a crow story. Part of the reason is that crows are very intelligent and display elements of reasoning and even imagination. Crows also allow us to enter the world of wild nature that is right outside our door. Forget Hitchcock’s The Birds, tune in and learn just how fascinating these birds really are.
Host Bonnie Johnson presents the legacy of live jazz at Newport. From the vocal expressions of Bobby McFerrin to the high energy brass of Trombone Shorty, celebrate the Colors of Newport Jazz Festival with artists past and present plus... everyone in between. Tune in at 4 pm.
Host Nick Noble explores and celebrates the rich history of the Newport Folk Festival.
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