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Sunday, August 18, 2013 - 9:00pm

Does America have a future in outer space? China is aiming to land a crew on the moon by 2025. Will America ever go back to the moon? And what about the dream of a manned mission to Mars? What will it take to finally travel to another planet? Our guest tonight is Dr. CLAUDE A. PIANTADOSI, Professor and Director of the F.G. Hall Environmental Laboratory at Duke University. His new book is MANKIND BEYOND EARTH: THE HISTORY, SCIENCE, AND FUTURE OF HUMAN SPACE EXPLORATION. Tune in and learn about a few of the challenges that humans will face during long stays well beyond the earth

Humanity is headed for a disaster of global proportions at some time in the near  future. Whether it will be a super volcano, a “near earth object” like a comet or asteroid, a modern plague or something as exotic as a gamma ray burst, the question is: can humanity survive a mass extinction event? Tune in tonight to Inquiry when we talk with ANNALEE NEWITZ. She is a writer, journalist and founding editor of the science Website io9.com. Her latest book is SCATTER, ADAPT, AND REMEMBER: HOW HUMANS WILL SURVIVE A MASS EXTINCTION. This fascinating and frightening book offers some ideas of what it will take for the human race to survive the next mega disaster.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 7:00pm

COUNTING DOWN THE TOP 50 FOLK GROUP RECORDINGS OF THE FOLK REVIVAL ERA, & THEN SOME! Back by popular demand, a pre-recorded show featuring the most commercially successful and best-known folk group tracks from roughly 1950-1975, with a few delightful extras thrown in

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 11:00am

Inquiry welcomes back artist CARRIE CRANE. Her latest series of work is the result of her artistic responses to a researcher’s work in the Clark University Physics Department. Andreea Panaitescu was examining “the order and disorder of packing spheres in a confined cube. Carrie Crane’s fascinating and beautiful work inspired by this research can be seen in the group show that Carrie curated: BLINDED BY SCIENCE, currently on view at the Krikorian Gallery at the Worcester Center for Crafts, 

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 11:00am

North American warblers are among the most beautiful of our migrant breeders, but identifying them can be a real challenge. Though often colorful, they are also small, very active and often stay high up in foliage or hiding in dense cover. Writer, photographer, musician and bird tour guide TOM STEPHENSON, along with Scott Whittle, have written and created a new, state of the art guide to this group of birds titled THE WARBLER GUIDE. Tune in tonight and find out what it takes to produce a groundbreaking natural history book in the age of digital media. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 6:00pm

Rising Country star Hunter Hayes performed at age four with Hank Williams, Jr. On his debut album, Hayes played all of the instruments and was acknowledged with three Grammy nominations in 2013. On this week’s Song Travels, Hayes performs his original songs including the chart-topping hit, “Somebody’s Heartbreak.”

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 6:00pm

Cabaret star Steve Ross was one of my early guests on Jazz Inspired and is not only a close pal but a frequent musical collaborator. We revisit this hilarious conversation (Steve’s one of the funniest people I know) about his long career and how the greats, Cole Porter, Noel Coward and others, continue to inspire him.

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 7:00pm

Along with Leon Huff, Kenny Gamble defined the legendary Philly soul sound. Their Philadelphia International label produced over 170 gold and platinum selling records. They introduced the world to artists like Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Billy Paul and the O'Jays. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Kenny Gamble's birthday this Monday. It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 10:30pm

We all know that law enforcement protects us and helps keep us safe. Yet many people don’t understand the stress and consequences law enforcement faces every day in carrying out their duties.  Sometimes they have to use force to defend themselves and the people they are sworn to protect. Yet that isn’t the end of the story, it’s just the beginning. They face media scrutiny, internal investigations, and may actually be sued personally by the person they apprehended. They also aren’t compensated for this. What do law enforcement officers go through? How long and convoluted is the process? What should the public at large know? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with former law enforcement officer, now  attorney and  author , Lance LoRusso his new book, When Cops Kill sheds light on this very controversial topic.

Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 9:00pm

JAMES BARILLA is an assistant professor in the MFA Program of the University of South Carolina where he teaches creative non-fiction and environmental writing. Some years back he moved to Columbia, South Carolina, a large city.  He wanted to transfer the small yard into a wildlife Eden where he could grow fresh vegetables and fruits yet also be a sanctuary for wildlife. And therein lies a tale as Barilla became interested in urban wildlife and what it means to co-exist with it and what happens when wildlife moves into a city. He traveled to New Delhi to look a trampaging armies of thug monkeys, to Brooklyn, New York to learn about urban bee keeping and to Northampton Massachusetts to learn the ways of urbanized Black Bears. His new book is MY BACKYARD JUNGLE: THE ADVENTURES OF AN URBAN WILDLIFE LOVER WHO TURNED HIS YARD INTO HABITAT AND LEARNED TO LIVE WITH IT.

The story of Paul DuChaillu’s life was as astounding as it was complex. As a young man he led a pioneering expedition into the interior of Gabon, Africa and brought back specimens of the little known legendary gorilla. He then became the toast of Victorian Britain just when Darwin’s ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES was published and walked right into the hard fought battles over the differences between a man and an ape. Then, suddenly, he became a discredited figure hated by the academics and public who had supported him. This amazing story is captured in all its detail and complexity in a new book titled BETWEEN MAN AND APE:  AN UNLIKELY EXPLORER, THE EVOLUTION DEBATES AND THE AFRICAN ADVENTURE THAT TOOK THE VICTORIAN WORLD BY STORM. Author MONTEREEL has woven together all the various threads to give us a fascinating story of celebrity, evolution, academic rivalries, empire, religion and race. Tune in and listen.

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 4:00pm

Summer Sizzles when Boston and New York based violinist Marissa Licata brings her trademark Gypsy Fusion to Colors of Jazz. Classically trained and holding degrees from New England Conservatory of Music, Ms. Licata has emerged, bringing her "in demand" talent to the stage. Musically diverse, Licata is crisscrossing strings with the genres, performing live in concert and on projects with an array of singer-songwriter musicians including the likes of Alicia Keys, Ben Harper, Ringo Starr, Jethro Tull and Gloria Estefan, to name a few. As a high energy soloist, Licata captivates then wins the hearts of audiences worldwide. 2012, marked the release of the CD Water Level, an inter-generational collaboration with her father, Shrewsbury's own, saxophonist Charles "Chazz" Licata. Be sure to Catch Colors of Jazz when Host Bonnie Johnson finds out what's new with our friend Marissa.Tune in at 4pm.

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