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Sunday, June 17, 2012 - 9:00pm

Bats have a bad reputation and are feared by many people. But bats are crucial to the health of our environment and many species are locally endangered for a variety of reasons. Inquiry welcomes back children’s book author MELISSA STEWART to talk about her wonderfully informative children’s book A PLACE FOR BATS, the fifth title in Stewart’s series of natural history books for young readers. Tune in and learn about how bats live and why you are not seeing as many bats as you did years ago.

Horatio Nelson once wrote: “I cannot command winds and weather”. But for hundreds of years, people have been trying to do exactly that: to make it rain; chase away storms and change the climate of our planet. Even today, certain geo-engineers are proposing vast schemes to alter our climate to stave off global warming. But as historian of science and technology, JAMES RODGER FLEMING, shows us, all these ideas about changing our weather are rooted in “hubris and tragedy”. Many of these climate altering schemes, new and old, are also quite bizarrely funny and farcical. Tune in tonight as we talk about shooting hail with crossbows; using cannons to bring rain and throwing vast amounts of chemicals into the ocean to change its color to prevent the planet from heating up. Professor Fleming’s vastly entertaining and important history of science is FIXING THE SKY: THE CHECKERED HISTORY OF WEATHER AND CLIMATE CONTROL

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 6:00pm

The former Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra lead trumpeter -- now Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Jazz Orchestras -- is a Professor at Oberlin College. From Detroit, JazzTimes's Mike Shanley notes Sean's "ferocity and joy... starting a solo at a subdued volume and gradually building in intensity until he and the audience are wailing in appreciation.

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 3:00pm

Audrey Kurland-Marcy of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance joins host Ed Gardella to speak about Arturo's 3rd Annual Fusion Sunday featuring music by Elán with Ellen O'Brien.  The event will take place at 50 E. Main Street Plaza in Westborough, MA on June 24 from 3-7pm, and all proceeds from the concert benefit cancer research and patient care at UMass Medical Center.  Tickets to this event are available at Arturo’s Ristorante and Sapporo Korean BBQ & Sushi.  Ed Gardella also interviews Boston-based vocalist Toni Ballard, who has been singing with big bands and in jazz settings in New England since 1979.   

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 2:00pm

This Friday on Jazz Matinee, host Ed Gardella will be interviewing trombonist Stan Vincent, who has been with the storied Black Eagle Jazz Band for over forty years! The Black Eagle Jazz Band has long been a New England staple and has played all around the globe. Stan will be talking about Black Eagle's upcoming concert, June 22nd, at The Amazing Things Art Center in Framingham. 

At 5:30, Ed will be joined by renowned jazz vocalist and actor Carter Calvert! Carter has just released a new album with The Roger Cohen Trio, a great release of musical chemistry between band and vocalist, featuring a wide range of classics and ballads from The American Songbook. Carter is also starring as Patsy Cline for the 80th anniversary of The Ogunquit Theater, and will be discussing the role and what it means to play one of her idols.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 6:00pm

Wayne Brady became a household name improvising on the popular TV show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?  The singer/actor/dancer/comedian has also appeared in the stage productions Rent and Chicago, and he became host of the game show Let's Make a Deal in 2009. On this week’s Song Travels, Brady discusses his two major musical influences: Sammy Davis Jr. and Sam Cooke. With his musical director Cat Gray at the piano, Brady performs the Cooke classic, “You Send Me,” and Feinstein joins Brady in a duet of “It’s Only a Paper Moon.”

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

Stage and film director Roger Michell (Notting Hill), discusses film scores effect on the rhythm of a movie and using his favorite Miles Davis tune in his productions.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 10:30am

Our guest on Inquiry tonight is broadcast journalist, writer and passionate swimmer LYNN SHERR. Lynn has written an endlessly fascinating book about why humans love to swim in pools, lakes and the ocean. What is it about moving about in water that makes even casual swimmers blissfully addicted? Tune in and learn what is physically different about swimmers, how they are different from most other athletes and what the best stroke is. Did people always swim?  What is the best swim film? Whether you just like to dog paddle in your backyard pool or compete in dramatic ocean crossings, tune in to hear Lynn Sherr talk about her book SWIM: WHY WE LOVE THE WATER

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 6:00pm

Pianist McCoy Tyner, who helped define the sound of the John Coltrane's Quartet, invites tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane to join his trio. They'll perform Tyner's own "Fly with the Wind," and "Blues on the Corner" and revisit John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice." Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 10:30pm

The Robert Talbott vineyards in California boast some five hundred acres of grape vines. The Talbott name is synonomous with high end end neckwear but owner Robert Talbott found his true passion in winemaking. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by Talbott chief winemaker, Dan Karlsen. Dan's unique approach to making wine is his obsession with the center of the grape. Ypu'll hear how he turns good fruit into great wines.

Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 9:00pm

The 1940s ushered in the Golden Age of antibiotics. Dr Selman Waksman of Rutgers University did pioneering work in the field and eventually discovered streptomycin, which earned him hundreds of thousands of dollars in patent payoffs, countless accolades over decades and eventually the Nobel Prize. Only he did not really discover streptomycin alone and therein lies one of the most fascinating and tragic stories of ego, money and hard science of the 20th Century. Join us tonight when we talk with PETER PRINGLE, writer and foreign correspondent, about his new book EXPERIMENT ELEVEN: DARK SECRETS BEHIND THE DISCOVERY OF A WONDER DRUG.

In the early years of the 19th Century, a loose association of poets, writers, publishers and radicals created the heart and soul of Britain’s Romantic movement. This circle of acquaintances included Lord Byron, Keats, and Mary Shelley but also many people not as well known outside of Britain. These included luminaries like Leigh Hunt, the publisher of The Examiner, a sort of Huffington Post of its day. These artists wandered throughout Britain and Europe and led wild, unpredictable and amorous lives as they wrote.  Their history reads like a hallucinatory soap opera. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with DAISY HAY, who has a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and is the Alistair Horne Fellow at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford. Her new book, YOUNG ROMANTICS: THE TANGLED LIVES OF ENGLISH POETRY’S GREATEST GENERATION is a mesmerizing and endlessly entertaining history of these unique writers and poets.

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