Inquiry welcomes back internationally recognized artist and watercolorist BARRY VAN DUSEN. Barry has just returned from an exciting, eye-opening and productive trip painting the birds, flowers and landscapes of Israel’s rich Hula Valley as part of an Artists For Nature Foundation project. Tune in and learn about what migration is like in the Middle East, the unique ecology of Isreal and how nature and politics co-exist there. To see some of Barry’s work got to:
Writer, graphic designer, photographer mosaicist LESLIE F. MILLER is a self-confessed cake junkie. If it’s got several layers and lots of butter cream frosting, she wants it, and wants it NOW. Miller has written one of the most enjoyable paeans to a dessert imaginable: LET ME EAT CAKE! A CELEBRATION OF FLOUR, SUGAR, BUTTER, EGGS, VANILLA, BAKING POWDER AND A PINCH OF SALT. Tune in tonight and learn why wedding cakes can sometimes be just horrible, why cheesecake is in fact a pie and Boston Crème Pie a cake, and why Martha Stewart’s cake recipes need a major makeover.
During her thirty-three year winemaking career, Merry has earned the universal respect of winemaking peers, grape growers and academicians. A self-described perfectionist, she has constantly refined her vineyard practices, wines and techniques. Merry does not rest on her laurels; she grows.Food was Merry’s gateway to wine. She recalls, “When I was a teenager my mother had cookbooks produced by the California Wine Advisory Board. Wine was an ingredient in every recipe, so I started cooking with wine.”
Fascinated with food chemistry and fermentation in particular, Merry brewed beer as a simple extension of making bread and working with yeast. Then she purchased a book on home winemaking and began to ferment fruit wines. In 1970, when Merry earned her B. S. degree in Physiology from the University of California at Berkeley, her friends knew her as the accomplished amateur who made " The Merry Vintners" wines.
In 1971, while attending graduate school in nutrition at U. C. Berkeley, Merry met Andy Quady who was studying winemaking at the University of California at Davis. “Looking through Andy’s books, I
became fascinated,” recalls Merry. “I was surprised to learn one could study winemaking as a discipline.” Within a month, Merry shifted her graduate studies to wine at U. C. Davis. In the winter of 1973 she earned a masters degree in Food Science with an emphasis in Enology. Of the three women in the masters program, only Merry became a winemaker.
CitySquare is billed as the largest public/private development project -- outside of Boston -- in Massachusetts history. The $564-million project is to be developed on 20.2 acres in downtown Worcester. The developers of CitySquare promote their half-billion-dollar project as “the premier destination in Central Massachusetts to live, work and play.”
The 2.2 million square feet of urban mixed-use development will, they maintain, “transform the heart of Worcester.
On tonight’s Inquiry, our guest is award winning writer, designer and novelist CHIP KIDD. In the 1960s, renown Japanese manga artist Jiro Kuwata turned out an amazing series of Batman comic stories, that until very recently were only known in Japan. Kidd has lovingly reproduced a set of these comics in a state of the art volume titled BAT MANGA that also includes some photographs of the distinctly Japanese merchandise that was sold at the time. Tune in and find out what the Japanese thought of this American superhero and what kind of unique villains the Japanese Batman fought. On-line, we also talk about Kidd’s latest novel THE LEARNERS, which begins, with the quote: “An idea ahead of its time, no matter what it is, is not a good idea.”
Inquiry speaks with noted children’s book author MELISSA STEWART about her latest book A PLACE FOR BIRDS, a companion volume to her A PLACE FOR BUTTERFLIES. Ms Stewart specializes in writing books about the natural sciences for young readers. In A PLACE FOR BIRDS, Melissa describes how children and adults have helped a number of endangered species survive. Tonight Melissa Stewart talks about how the Westover Air Reserve Base put aside a large parcel of grasslands so the diminutive Grasshopper Sparrow could breed. In Florida, school children helped save the breeding habitat for the local Florida Scrub Jay. While in Hawaii, local residents are controlling the introduced pig population to save the stunning Crested Honeycreeper. In each case there was something simple people could do to create a “place for birds.”
Inquiry welcomes back film director ROBERT ADANTO. His documentary film, THE RISING TIDE is an intimate social and political portrait of contemporary China as seen through the eyes and words of the cutting edge artists working there today. Robert has just returned from showing his film in Shanghai, and has some very interesting comments to make on the current relationship between the artists and the still repressive government. How has the recent economic slump affected the artists working in China and the market for these world famous artists? Tune in and find out. Robert Adanto will be showing THE RISING TIDE, Saturday May 2 at the PEABODY-ESSEX MUSEUM in Salem, Massachusetts. For further details, go to: http://pem.org/events/music_film.php
Freeman Vineyard & Winery is the fruition of a 20-year dream shared by Ken and Akiko Freeman to craft elegant cool climate California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a sophisticated, Burgundian
style. With a passion for fine wine and contemporary cooking’s wealth of exotic flavors, the Freemans strive to create wines with the depth and character to pair seamlessly with the abundance of modern, global cuisine.
Believing in the vast potential of the Sonoma Coast to produce wines of complexity and refinement, after years of searching for the ideal site, the Freemans discovered a beautiful small winery in the
picturesque Russian River Valley town of Sebastopol. Guided by the old winemaking adage that "wine is made in the vineyard,” the Freemans researched and visited over 200 individual vineyards, searching for hillside locations with coastal fog, Goldridge soil, proper clonal
selection and stressed vines producing extremely low yields of nuanced fruit. The end result was Freeman Vineyard & Winery’s small portfolio of partner vineyards, including such renowned growers as Ted Klopp of Klopp Ranch, Marcy Keefer of Keefer Ranch, Charlie Heintz of Heintz Ranch and Dennis and Mary Black of Black Emerald Vineyard.
Have you ever wondered how one develops a serious interest in the natural world? Is it due to your schooling? Your parents and family? Or, perhaps, a book you happened to read? Tonight, natural historian, teacher and noted photographer JOHN GREEN speaks about his long and passionate career of observing the plants and creatures of Massachusetts (and elsewhere). John talks about his complex and extraordinary life and how he became such an incisive and discriminating observer of our natural environment. Along the way, you’ll learn about Skunk Cabbage, False Hellebore, and John’s continuing passion for photographing the ever-changing patterns of ice in streams, rivers and waterfalls. For some examples of John Green's photography, go to: http://www.johngreenphotos.com/
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