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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 8:00am

Inquiry welcomes WILLIAM K. RUDOLPH Ph.D, Curator of American Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum to talk about the exhibition IN SEARCH OF JULIEN HUDSON: FREE ARTIST OF COLOR IN PRE-CIVIL WAR NEW ORLEANS. Rudolph talks about what we know and don’t know and what we assume about this fascinating American artist; Hudson’s two trips to Paris and what is was like for an artist to work in pre-Civil War New Orleans. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 8:00am

James Abram Garfield was one of the most unique and complex presidents of the United States. Born into extreme poverty, he fought in the Civil War and later became a champion of Black suffrage. He believed education was the salvation of the nation and that science achieved the greatest good of humanity. He never sought the office of the President, but was reluctantly dragged into running on the Republican ticket stating “This honor comes to me unsought. I have never had the presidential fever, not even for a day.” Widely admired and beloved, he was brutally cut down by the psychotic assassin Guiteau only to die a slow and painful death over two months due not to the bullet, but because of infection and a doctor’s neglect. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer and editor CANDICE MILLARD. Her new history DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC: A TALE OF MADNESS, MEDICINE AND THE MURDER OF A PRESIDENT recounts the life of Garfield as well of those around him, in one of the most engaging and interesting history books of this year. If you love American history, don’t miss tonight’s show!

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 7:00pm

Rolling Stone called him “a major new force in soul music.” His collaborations with Roberta Flack scored high on the charts and won him a Grammy Award. Six years later, his body was found outside his hotel in New York City; his death ruled a suicide. Celebrate the life and music of a soul legend with host Tom Shaker. It starts at 7pm this Monday!

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 6:00pm

Bill Charlap has become the classic pianist for our time. With his trio, plus guests Frank Wess and Mary Stallings, Charlap revisits the stomping grounds of "Miles" "Bird" and "The President." We'll hear "Pennies from Heaven," "Israel," "Lady Be Good" and more.

Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 10:30pm

Is there a cherished bond between humans and their pets? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 PM (EST) when Al speaks with bestselling author and noted animal lover Jon Katz. This is one show that you'll be barking about for quite a while.

Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 9:30pm

Harriette Lebow, is the executive director of Habitat for Humanity for MetroWest and Greater Worcester, and Mike Wimberly, senior is portfolio manager for supply chain at Staples, who is also president of the board of Habitat for Humanity.

Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 9:00pm

Frederick Law Olmsted “may be the most important American historical figure that the average person knows the least about.” He designed Central Park; Boston’s Emerald Necklace; the grounds of the United States Capitol Building as well as numerous parks, universities and hospitals that we all enjoy to this day. He created the idea of landscape architecture and perfected the art of creating natural and beautiful public spaces.  He was an environmentalist who looked at Boston’s Back Bay fens as a wetlands restoration project. Olmsted was also a noted journalist, author, a scientific farmer and even went to sea and had adventures worthy of Two Years Before The Mast. Inquiry’s guest tonight is journalist and author JUSTIN MARTIN here to talk about his new dynamic biography: GENIUS OF PLACE: THE LIFE OF FEDERICK LAW OLMSTED. Tune in and learn about what it took to create Central Park.


The illegal trafficking in ultra rare species of butterflies is a big business, with CITES listed species going for many thousands of dollars a pop. The people who are successful in this type of smuggling are masterminds of deception and cunning, running an international business just like a drug cartel. JESSICA SPEART, a freelance journalist specializing in wildlife enforcement issues, has traced the bizarre cat and mouse game that was played over years between the ‘Indiana Jones” of butterfly smuggling and a dedicated, hardworking officer of law enforcement for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. It is a thrilling, revealing and frightening expose of the world of a small group of unscrupulous men who would sell the planet’s biodiversity to the highest bidder. Speart’s book is titled WINGED OBSESSION: THE PURSUIT OF THE WORLD’S MOST NOTORIUS BUTTERFLY SMUGGLER.

 

 

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 6:00pm

Five highly accomplished young players survived a year of ongoing competition. One will emerge with the Cole Porter Fellowship and $50,000. To conclude the rigorous finals, on this night at The Athenaeum in Indianapolis, each young man accompanies the great Dee Dee Bridgewater. High stakes produce spell-binding music. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 7:00pm

Join us for part two of our FOLK FAVORITES series for the Fall Membership Drive!

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 6:00pm

For many people, the worlds of symphonic orchestras and jazz are two opposing and conflicting styles of music, in this episode of the Jazz Rythm series, we bring you a two part show highlighting the artists and musicians who have fused Jazz with symphonic music, and invite you to explore this fun and interesting blend of musical styles. Remember to tune in to Jazz Rhythm for part 2 of this series, airing next week!

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