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Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 9:00pm

“What you think of sliced white bread says a lot about who you are” writes AARON BOBROW-STRAIN, Associate Professor of Politics at Whitman College in Washington. His new book WHITE BREAD: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE STORE-BOUGHT LOAF is a fascinating and surprising account of how “industrial white bread” came into being and evolved to become the preferred bread of much of America. It’s a wild story that centers on a national fear of food impurity, a fear of immigrants and the quest for a bread of the future that would be untouched by human hands. It didn’t matter if it was tasteless and doughy as long as it was good for the country. Tune in tonight for an entertaining story of America and the staff of life.

Inquiry welcomes back award-winning author and illustrator GRACE LIN. Her two new books are WHERE THE MOUNTAINS 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.

Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 4:00pm

Catch Colors of Jazz as we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr day and celebrate the music, life and legacy of Tadd Dameron. Dameron's career and influence in jazz, bebop, swing and big band has been captured in a new autobiography by Cambridge based Jazz musician and educator Paul Combs. The author joins host Bonnie Johnson to introduce his recently published book,  Dameronia: The Life and Music of Tadd Dameron. Tune in!

Friday, January 18, 2013 - 6:00pm

Melba Liston (1926-1999) was born in Kansas City, moved to Los Angeles, played with Dexter Gordon and was a copyist for Gerald Wilson. She made State Department tours with Dizzy Gillespie, arranged for Randy Weston albums, taught in Jamaica, and headlined an early Women's Jazz Festival back in Kansas City. Performed at Northern Illinois University, composer Geof Bradfield's six-part suite celebrates Melba!

(Melba! by Geof Bradfield and Geof Bradfield Ensemble has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.)

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we will feature the Fiske Jubilee Singers, Paul Robeson, Odetta, Pete Seeger, Josh White, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Kim & Reggie Harris, Joel Rafael, Beth DeSombre, Bob Dylan, Vance Gilbert, Andrew Calhoun & Campgtound, and many other artists!

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 11:00am

Jazz was born in New Orleans but rapidly traveled to Chicago, New York City and eventually to Los Angeles, changing its form and style along the way. The history of early jazz is a complex story of culture, race, and the changing technologies that allowed jazz to be heard by larger and larger audiences. Tune in tonight when we speak with COURT CARNEY, Assistant Professor of History at Stephen F. Austin University, about his wonderful new musical history CUTTIN’ UP: HOW EARLY JAZZ GOT AMERICA’S EAR. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 10:00am

Nothing up our sleeve!
Tonight on Inquiry we speak with science journalist and author ALEX STONE. Alex also happens to be a practitioner of “close-up magic”, the kind of intimate sleight of hand that can be viewed only by a small audience. Alex’s new book FOOLING HOUDINI: MAGICIANS, MENTALISTS, MATH GEEKS AND THE HIDDEN POWERS OF THE MIND is a wild and wonderful personal history of his life in the world of the unique people who perform stage magic. Tune in and learn about the Magic Olympics, the so-called Extreme Hand Sports and some of the living legends of magic and card cheating. Presto! Chango!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 6:00pm

Singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne has carved her own path as a respected independent artist. After years in Nashville she relocated to California, where the Grammy-winning artist continues to earn high praise with each new album. Lynne performs her own tunes and teams up with host Feinstein on “Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You.”

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 7:00pm

Curtis Mayfield covering The Carpenters?  The Isley Brothers covering Seals & Crofts? On this week's show you'll hear all those Top 40 songs you grew up with a whole new soul twist! Join host Tom Shaker Monday night at 7pm!

Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 10:30pm

The "Jennie Johnson" was the only ship fleeing the Irish potato famine to arrive in America safely with all of it's passengers. How did a wooden vessel powered only by wind and lacking adequate food and medicine make it to America without loosing a single human life? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM when Al is joined by historian and author Kathryn Miles. Her new book, "All Standing" chronicles this amazing journey.

Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 9:00pm

Inquiry welcomes award-winning journalist, columnist and writer CRAIG BROWN. His thoroughly enjoyable brilliant new book is HELLO GOODBYE HELLO: A CIRCLE OF 101 REMARKABLE MEETINGS. These unlikely but true meetings, some brief, some over years, include people from royalty, politics, film and the arts. All of them are by turns humorous, sad, bizarre and surprising. Tune in and learn what happened when a young Madonna opened a door and came face to face Martha Graham, when Jackie Kennedy discussed art with
Queen Elizabeth II, when Gurdjieff made everyone eat sauerkraut at Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, and when Alec Guiness had a psychic moment with James Dean.

The Nazis reviled Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and considered it a danger to the Third Reich. They referred to it as the worst example of “Jewish science” and “scientific dadaism”. Why was Einstein’s work on space and time such a threat to the Nazis? Was there something uniquely Jewish about how Einstein came up with his theory? Tune in tonight for a unique and thought-provoking conversation with STEVEN GIMBEL. He is the Edwin T. and Cynthea Shearer Johnson Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Gettysburg College. His new book is EINSTEIN’S JEWISH SCIENCE: PHYSICS AT THE INTERSECTION OF POLITICS AND RELIGION.


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