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Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 9:00pm

In the 1930s and 40s the great Hollywood studios were ruled by a small group of men who had complete control over which films got made and what stars got to appear in those films. These moguls rule was absolute and together they had a feeling of “absolute immortality.” They were the real gods of Hollywood. But after they died, the era of the classic Hollywood studio also came to an end and the studios lost their individual identities. Tune in tonight for a lively conversation about classic Hollywood with WHEELER WINSTON DIXON, the James Ryan Endowed Professor of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His new book is DEATH OF THE MOGULS: THE END OF CLASSICAL HOLLYWOOD.

The 1998 film THE BIG LEBOWSKI has become one of the greatest cult films of all time. What is it about this complex shaggy dog story that is so appealing? Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with author and cinema historian JENNY M. JONES about her new sprawling and endlessly entertaining history THE BIG LEBOWSKI: AN ILLUSTRATED, ANNOTATED  HISTORY OF THE GREATEST  CULT FILM OF ALL TIME. Tune in and learn about how the Coen brothers work together when filming; about who might have been cast as “the Dude” instead of Jeff Bridges,Maude Lebowski’s connection to the Fluxus art movement and the inspiration for Walter Sobchuk. The Dude abides.

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 4:00pm

Catch Colors of Jazz when Host Bonnie Johnson celebrates Black History Month with the music of Terri Lyne Carrington and her new CD, Money Jungle: Provocative Blue. On the heels of her 2012 GRAMMY ® Award-winning CD, The Mosaic Project, drummer, composer and Berklee College of Music Professor Carrington reimagines pianist, composer and big band leader Duke Ellington's original recording Money Jungle with new arrangements. Carrington's album is full of surprises, incorporating spoken word by key historical figures along with original compositions laid down by stellar guest jazz artists including keyboardist Gerald Clayton and bassist Christian McBride. Fifty years after Ellington's album was released, this 21st century trio presents what Carrington describes as "fresh light and fresh energy to some of Duke’s music", which featured bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach. On Thursday, February 14th, Ms. Carrington will celebrate the album and the legacy of jazz in a concert at Berklee Performance Center in Boston featuring Clayton on piano along with Berklee students. Be sure to tune in on Saturday at 4pm to hear her story first hand.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 6:00pm

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.”

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 3:00pm

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 who work to conserve the large cats throughout the world and the WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY at:

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 6:00pm

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.

Monday, February 4, 2013 - 7:00pm

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!

Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 10:30pm

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.

Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 9:00pm

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.

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 6:00pm

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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 6:00pm

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.”


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