Have you ever smiled when a rival co-worker experiences a misfortune? Do you enjoy watching “Reality TV” shows like Cops and laugh watching the lowlifes get busted? Did you get a kick out of seeing Martha Stewart get her comeuppance? Then you have experienced “schadenfreude”, a German term meaning “shameful joy”. It’s when we get a pleasurable feeling from watching other people do poorly. We don’t like to talk about it, but we all feel it at times. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with RICHARD H. SMITH, Professor of Psychology at the University of Kentucky about his new fascinating boo: THE JOY OF PAIN: SCHADENFREUDE AND THE DARK SIDE OF HUMAN NATURE.
Alexander Wilson founded American ornithology and his eight-volume masterwork remains one of the great American scientific endeavors. Though many people know of John James Audubon, few people have even heard of Wilson. Tonight on Inquiry we will help to change that when we speak with EDWARD H. BURTT JR., The Cincinnati Conference Professor of Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University. His new book, written with William E. Davis Jr, is ALEXANDER WILSON: THE SCOT WHO FOUNDED AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY. This book is a long overdue biography of Wilson as well as a beautiful appreciation of his art and an assessment of his work.
Bobby shares clips of commentary from jazz bassist virtuoso Christian McBride, as he talks about the formation of his band, Inside Straight -- and the creative impetus for their newly released sophomore CD together, "People Music".
Trumpeter Duke Heitger wasn’t born in New Orleans, but has lived there many years and talked with me on stage in Ascona about the challenges and advantages of a career in this most musical of cities when you aren’t a native.
Join host Tom Shaker as he observes Veteran's Day with soul songs honoring the troops. Artists like Bill Withers, The Players and Frieda Payne will be featured. It all starts this Monday at 7pm!
Grammy winning a-capella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock shines a new light on the work of Odetta, Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone - and marks their own 30 year anniversary with something new: a backing trio. Performances include Midnight Special, Love Me Or Leave Me, and Feelin' Good. Wendell Pierce hosts.
In his new book "Countdown" best selling author Alan Weisman vividly details the burgeoning effects of our cumulative presence. Can overpopulation ever be controlled? Will the earths natural resources be enough to sustain life? Tune in this Sunday evening when Al sits down with Alan Weisman to discuss the future of our beloved planet.
Tonight we talk with the one and only Mike O’Conner, the owner of Bird Watcher’s general Store and author of a great newspaper column on birds. A second collection of these funny and informative pieces has been published as Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me? More Answers To Common and Not So Common Questions About Birding. Tune in tonight and learn about why there are no birds at your feeder, the James Bond of birds and all about That Quail Robert.
Inquiry welcomes back internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and author Rchard Crossley. Tonight, Richard talks about the grassroots organization called Pledge to Fledge that aims to encourage birders from around the world to turn on friends, neighbors and anyone to the wonders of the natural world through an appreciation of birds. For more information, go to: http://www.globalbirdinginitiative.org/pledge-2-fledge/
The Tom Nutile Big Band goes back to 1946, when Roy Nutile, Tom’s father, formed the Roy Nutile Band. Tom began playing the clarinet in the 4th grade, and later learned from his father how to run a big band and took over the leadership of his father’s in 2006, which became the Tom Nutile Band. It has amassed over 700 arrangements and is a 15 piece big band that plays a wide variety of swing, Latin dance, jazz and pop throughout New England.
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