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Friday, May 11, 2012 - 6:00pm

Born in May, 1912, Terkel helped define an era in Chicago, writing about jazz, working, war, life, death. In his prose, young composer Josh Moshier finds a framework for "Touch and Go: The Studs Terkel Project for the Moshier-LeBrun Collective.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 6:00pm

Born into Hollywood royalty, Liza Minnelli has made her own name on the stage and screen. Her role in the 1972 film version of the Broadway musical Cabaret made her an international sensation and won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. She continues to wow audiences the world over with her delightful presence and powerful voice. Minnelli joins her good friend Feinstein for an enlightening discussion of her life and the evolution of her approach to song.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 10:00am

Birding is an extremely popular outdoor activity. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling the world looking for ultra-rarities or checking out the common species at the feeders in your own backyard, enjoying birds is a great way to enjoy the natural world throughout the year. But most field guides don’t tell you how to go about birding, how to start or how to improve your field skills. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome DEREK LOVITCH, who has worked on avian research and education projects throughout the United States. His new book HOW TO BE A BETTER BIRDER is for birders of all skill levels, and will certainly help you look for  birds in a new, more exciting and productive way. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 6:00pm

Tony Bennett talks about his long career, early inspirations, iconic sessions with Bill Evans and his recent Grammy-winning “Duets II” CD with an all-star cast: Lady Gaga, Michael Bublé, Amy Winehouse, John Mayer, K.D. Lang, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Queen Latifah, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli, Faith Hill, Alejandro Sanz, Carrie Underwood, and Mariah Carey. Tony and his collaborators received the Grammy for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album” as well as the Grammy for “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” for his duet, “Body and Soul” with Amy Winehouse.

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 7:00pm

Sex Machine! Cold Sweat! Think! Super Bad! What's your favorite James Brown song? Celebrate the life of one of the legends of soul music this week with host Tom Shaker. It all starts at 7pm!

Monday, May 7, 2012 - 6:00pm

A smooth pairing as renowned pianists Dave Brubeck and Ramsey Lewis take the stage for two rousing sets. The 88-year old Brubeck shows he still is the master of the 88s on "Take Five," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and "Over the Rainbow." Lewis' gospel and funk tinged sound will lift you out of your seat with "The In Crowd," "Wade in the Water" and more. Wendell Pierce hosts.

Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 10:30pm

This week Al's guest is Warren Littlefield the former President of NBC Entertainment. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 for an irresistible insiders account of the greatest era in television history. All the juicy and hilarious details about the actors and network executives who made it all happen. Littlefield will also be discussing his new book, "Top Of The Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV."

Sunday, May 6, 2012 - 9:00pm

Why is a mouse on the floor a pest, but a mouse in a cute cage a pet? Why is it fine to feed white rats to boa constrictors, but people would shudder and scream if anyone tried to feed kittens to a snake? The way we think about animals defies logic. It’s emotionally complicated and differ dramatically depending on culture. Tonight’s guest is HAL HERZOG, one the world’s leading anthrozoologist, a scientist who studies who humans think about animals. His new book is titled SOME WE LOVE. SOME WE HATE. SOME WE EAT. WHY IT’S SO HARD TO THINK STRAIGHT ABOUT ANIMALS. Tonight we talk about if there are differences between “dog people” and “cat people”; if children who abuse animals grow up to be violent adults; what happens when vegans backslide, and why everyone seems to hate snakes. The answers will surprise you.

Artist and writer DARRYL WHEYE returns to Inquiry to continue her discussion on science and art, how they interact, how they inform each other, how they are inspired by each other. Her book, co-authored with Don Kennedy, is HUMANS, NATURE, AND BIRDS: SCIENCE ART FROM CAVE WALLS TO COMPUTER SCREENS.

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 6:00pm

Jean Baptise Thielemans was born April 29, 1922. Over his long and colorful life, the harmonica man has lived in and played the music of Belgium, Paris and New York -- not to mention his most recent love, Brazil. In this concert, he chooses songs by Mancini and Miles, a quote from "La Marseillaise and a piece by Jacques Brel, and a melding of "Bridges (Milton Nascimento) and "God Bless America.

Friday, May 4, 2012 - 1:30pm

Hailed as one of the greatest speakers of our time, Maya Angelou's words have been a source of inspiration, comfort, encouragement and strength for millions around the world. In conjunction with her performance at The Hanover Theatre, Wednesday, May 9th, WICN Production Director Jon Marable will be interviewing the American Icon.

 

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