In an era when 30 second sound bytes are the norm, traditional storytelling seems passe. This week Al speaks with native American storyteller, Kenneth Little Hawks. For over 20 years he has captivated audiences world wide, including former President Bill Clinton. In addition his renowned flute playing has been featured in Kens Burns PBS documentaries, "The West" and "Lewis and Clarke". His new book, Learning Little Hawks Way of Storytelling has been well received. So tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 and let Little Hawks take you on a marvelous journey.
Beginning in 1961, the United States under President Kennedy. Began using Agent Orange in Vietnam as part of their “Flexible Response” strategy for combating insurgency worldwide. The United States began this use of chemical defoliants despite assurances from President Roosevelt at the end of World War II that the United States would never use chemical or biological weapons. The use of Agent Orange escalated under Presidents Johnson and Nixon until 12 percent of the entire country was defoliated. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome historian DAVID ZIERLER who talks about his revealing history of a often forgotten part of our war in southeast Asia: THE INVENTION OF ECOCIDE: AGENT ORANGE, VIETNAM AND THE SCIENTISTS WHO CHANGED THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT.
NB: “The views, opinions and interpretations expressed in this interview and in the book are those of the author alone and are not necessarily those of the U.S. Department of State of the U.S. Government. The book is based on fully declassified and open source material. ”
Sometime after Jane Fonda’s visit to North Vietnam in the early 1970s, we began to hear her referred to as Hanoi Jane, the personification of female betrayal. This slur is still being bandied about almost 50 years after the event. But what really happened and why is this trope still with us? Our guest tonight is JERRY LEMBCKE, Professor of Sociology at the College of the Holy Cross. His new book HANOI JANE: WAR, SEX AND FANTASIES OF BETRAYAL looks at the reality and myth of female betrayal in the context of the Vietnam War as well as the many historical precedents of this trope.
In back-to-back sets, hear the passion and expression of two masters -- accordionist Richard Galliano from Paris with a quartet, and Chucho Valdes from Havana with a big band. Thanks to Radio Netherlands for these sets.
This week's show will feature recordings from Howie Newman, John McCutcheon, Chuck Brodsky, Steve Goodman, Abbott & Costello, Terry Kitchen, Don White, the Treniers, Christine Lavin, John Fogerty, Peter-Paul-&-Mary, the Dropkick Murphys, and many other surprises...do you know "Van Lingle Mungo"?... a great way to spend the All-Star Break!
Bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding took the jazz world by storm with her grooving bass lines and neo-soul inspired vocals, and she has since broken into the mainstream with a surprise win for Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammys. She shows off her dual talents on Lionel Hampton's "Midnight Sun" and joins in with her pianist, Leo Genovese, to sing a tune that seems to be her motto - "Jazz Ain't Nothing But Soul."
There is a real passion for the writing of Jane Austen today. There are also the many movies and television series of Jane Austen novels, Jane Austen paper dolls, action figures and numerous Jane Austen “spin off” novels, one that even combines Pride and Prejudice and zombies. It is a veritable Jane-o-mania! But what is it about her novels, written long ago in Regency England that appeals to audiences today? Tonight’s guest on Inquiry is RACHEL M. BROWNSTEIN, Professor of English at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her new witty and insightful book, WHY JANE AUSTEN?, answers what is uniquely special about Jane Austen’s writing and why she is such an easy author to fall in love with.
In the spring of 1975, a group of diverse physicists gathered in Berkeley and formed The Fundamental Fysiks Group to investigate and ponder some of the wild and wooly philosophical and metaphysical questions posed by quantum physics. They were interested in psychic phenomena, so-called Eastern Mysticism and new ways of looking at reality. What followed was a tale involving some of the leading physicists of the day as well as such controversial figures as Uri Geller and Werner Erhard founder of EST. At the legendary Esalen Institute, numerous physics seminars were held among the hot tubs, psychedelic drugs, and free love. But what came out of all this New Age craziness were some of the best-known popular books on quantum theory and, eventually, the foundation for quantum encryption. Join us on Inquiry tonight for our conversation with DAVID KAISER, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches in the Program in Science, Technology and Society. His book, which tells this whole crazy story, is titled HOW THE HIPPIES SAVED PHYSICS: SCIENCE, COUNTERCULTURE, AND THE QUANTUM REVIVAL.
Even Simon Cowell was wowed by vocalist Melinda Doolittle, on the sixth season of American Idol, and although he said she should have won, she placed third in the competition. Melinda discusses what her music education and career as a back up singer brings to the solo career she enjoys now.
Every bird’s nest is a wonderful example of non-human architecture. Imagine trying to weave and intricate tight cup of moss, lichen and spider’s webs using only your mouth and sometimes your feet! Yet birds do this every breeding season. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome PETER GOODFELLOW, retired English teacher and lifelong birder, who has written one of the most beautiful books on the nests that birds create and how they build them: AVIAN ARCHITECTURE: HOW BIRDS DESIGN, ENGINEER AND BUILD. From simple scrapes in the ground, to monumental platforms high in trees, from enormous mounds of sand to mind-boggling complex hanging woven baskets, birds create structures of stunning complexity and variety. If you have ever marveled at the nest of a robin or oriole, be sure to tune in.
Everyone knows how critical mathematics is to the hard sciences like physics. But how important is math to biology? Tonight’s returning guest is IAN STEWART, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and active researcher at Warwick University in England. Professor Stewart believes that we are now seeing a dramatic change in the role importance of mathematics; logic and topology plays in genetics; studying viruses and even looking for extraterrestrial; life. His latest book, THE MATHEMATICS OF LIFE, wonderfully illustrates this new “biomathematics” and declares it to be the next major revolution in the Life Sciences. Tune in for a surprising and thought provoking discussion on the maths of life.