If writing comedy is hard, authors who write comedy for young audiences must have very special and unique talents. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with the world’s most respected writer on children’s literature LEONARD MARCUS. He has assembled a collection of interesting and entertaining interviews that he conducted with noted children’s authors like Judy Blume, Daniel Handler, Norton Juster and Jon Scieszka about how they write “funny” for young people. Tune in and learn why children find Captain Underpants infinitely hilarious. Leonard Marcus’ book is titled FUNNY BUSINESS: CONVERSATIONS WITH WRITERS OF COMEDY.
Frank Gehry is world’s most famous living architect. His extraordinary designs for the Bilbao, Spain Guggenheim Museum, the Disney Concert Hall in L.A. and the Weisman Art Museum in Minnesota are admired for their unique and wildly curved forms and original use of materials. He has even been on an episode of The Simpsons! But Gehry is a very private and shy person, uncomfortable in crowds and therefore difficult to know as a person. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with writer, lecturer and reporter BARBARA ISENBERG who has known Gehry for decades. Isenberg interviewed Frank Gehry over a number of years, and these free-ranging interviews offer the first intimate portrait of this amazing artist and architect. Tune in and find out how Gehry came up with his designs; how one of his designs became known as the “Fred and Ginger” building and why Gehry thinks titanium is “buttery”. Barbara Isenberg’s book is titled CONVERSATIONS WITH FRANK GEHRY.
Basel Cellars located in Walla Walla,Washington began the journey into the wine business in 2001. Their estate vineyards were planted prior to this in 1997. All of the wine production is done on the property in a 9,600 sq. ft. underground wine cave. I spoke with Justin Basel, a young
winemaker who is both dedicated and passionate about the wines he produces. This is a family run operation with everyone pitching in to lend a hand. Justin talks about his entry into the business and about his vision for the future. Who says you have to go to Europe for great wine?
World-renowned author and Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont, BERND HEINRICH returns to Inquiry to talk about his new book SUMMER WORLD: A SEASON OF BOUNTY. Summer is “the most intense time of the year” in the natural world, and tonight Professor Heinrich talks about such varied subjects as the fabulous “sky dance” of the American Woodcock; the benefits of cannibalism in Wood Frogs, and the hidden relationship between a woodpecker and a hummingbird. If you enjoy the out of doors and are fascinated by the complexity of the natural world, don’t miss tonight’s show!!
In the America of the 1920s, a culture war raged about which arts were “highbrow” and which were “lowbrow”. The new “lively arts” of cinema, radio, comics, vaudeville and most of all jazz, were considered by many conservative critics as entertainments for the lower class masses, mechanically created and not worthy of consideration by high minded culture elites. Art critics like George Jean Nathan looked to the “legitimate” theatre and Eugene O’Neill to save American culture from those jungle rhythms. What actually happened was something the culture snobs never expected. Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with DAVID SAVRAN, Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Vera Roberts Chair in American Theatre CUNY Graduate Center. His new book HIGHBROW/LOWDOWN: THEATRE, JAZZ AND THE MAKING OF A NEW MIDDLE CLASS is an insightful analysis of race, class and culture in the Roaring 20s.
Grace Ross, one of the organizers of the newly formed Massachusetts Alliance Against Foreclosure. We'll talk about putting an end to predatory and illegally discriminatory lending practices
The Mass. Alliance Against Predatory Lending is a newly formed coalition of over 30 community organizations, housing counseling agencies, legal services groups and others who have come together to work on the sub-prime foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts. The Alliance will focus its work on the following areas:
* Legislative initiatives, including, judicial foreclosure; just cause eviction post-foreclosure; a foreclosure moratorium; and other pre- and post-foreclosure protections for tenants and homeowners.
* Organizing to prevent eviction of tenants and resident homeowners who are paying their rents in foreclosed properties.
* Providing education to homeowners and tenants regarding their rights, as well as educating the general public education regarding the predatory and discriminatory practices of lenders and financial institutions.
* Working to ensure that foreclosed properties can be acquired as affordable housing by non-profits and other entities.
Guest: Owner Jay Soloff
DeLILLE CELLARS is a small winery located in Woodinville, Washington. Simply stated, their goal is to make the very best handcrafted, old-world style red and white wine made in the State of Washington. They are a family owned winery with an uncompromising philosophy about the quality of what will be in your bottle of wine.
The traditional DeLILLE CELLARS structure allows for winemaking methods as seen in the finest chateaux of Bordeaux, including open top fermenters and an underground barrel cellar. All wines from DeLILLE are made with the highest "hand-crafted" standards. Only grapes from the oldest and best vineyards in Washington State are acquired. They are hand picked and double hand sorted at crush, insuring that only the finest berry clusters enter fermentation. Our wines are aged in 100% new French Oak barrels each and every year and are never filtered.
My interview with Owner Jay Soloff was an invitation to speak with a man who is passionate about what he puts into each bottle.
Tonight on Inquiry we speak with author and film critic for the New Yorker DAVID DENBY about what he calls “snark”. “The platonic ideal of snark is something like this: Two girls are sitting in a high school cafeteria putting down a third, who’s sitting on the other side of the room. What’s peculiar about this event is that the girl on the other side of the room is their best friend.” Snark is not satire, or wit but something cruder, coarser and, Denby feels, more destructive. Tune in tonight and find out why Maureen Dowd of the New York Times is snark, but Stephen Colbert is not. Denby’s book is titled: SNARK. IT’S MEAN, IT’S PERSONAL AND IT’S RUINING OUR CONVERSATION.
In Britain during the 1920s, a flamboyant group of youth threw never-ending scandalous parties and acted like dancers stepping ever closer to a precipice’s edge. This glittering group of the wild and carefree included such luminaries as Cecil Beaton and Evelyn Waugh. But their way of life would soon be over as Britain stumbled into a serious economic crisis as the war with Germany loomed. Tune in tonight when we talk with literary critic and author D.J. TAYLOR about his marvelous history BRIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE: THE LOST GENERATION OF LONDON’S JAZZ AGE.
Do you have a set of clothes, a pair of shoes, an outfit or some accessory that makes you feel powerful? That is what TWO GIRLS WORKING decided to explore in interviews and photographs of women of all ages across the country. Two Girls Working is a pair of artists: TIFFANY LUDWIG and RENEE PIECHOCKI. They met with groups of women and had fascinating discussions about race, age, work, power and clothing, and then photographed the women in the clothes that were most empowering to them. The results were often surprising and complex. Some of the interviews and photographs of this important and enjoyable project have now been collected in the book TRAPPINGS: STORIES OF WOMEN, POWER AND CLOTHING. Tune in tonight and learn how you should never judge a person by their appearance. To enjoy the TRAPPINGS interviews and photographs, go to: http://www.twogirlsworking.com/
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Arts, sciences and humanities build healthier, more livable, vital communities. They are essential to a strong education system. They contribute enormously to our economy.