While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again? These are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her mesmerizing new book, "The Confidence Game". Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al discusses ways to avoid these so called hustlers with Maria Konnikova.
Tonight on Inquiry we bring back photographer ELEANOR BRIGGS. This summer there was a wonderful exhibition of her work at the Fitchburg Art Museum, but she has also documented the wildlife and human life of Tonle Sap, a vast natural wetlands in the heart of Cambodia and has traveled to the Sunderbans in India to search for tigers. Tune in and find out about her adventures!
Can religion and science “get along”? Not according to tonight’s guest on Inquiry. JERRY A. COYNE is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. He believes that religion and science are adversaries in an all out war between rationality and superstition. Tune in tonight when we talk about Professor Coyne’s new book FAITH VS. FACT: WHY SCIENCE AND RELIGION ARE INCOMPATIBLE.
Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr’s life and legacy in song. Back by popular demand: special guest co-host Logan Matthews.
Acclaimed as "a truly impressive Brazilian Pianist" by the Latin Beat Magazine, Henrique Eisenmann is one of the leading young artists in the jazz scene in New York and Boston, operating a daring fusion of unusual contemporary jazz, free improvisation, folk Latin melodies and classical music.
Robert Redford talks about designing his life and work at Sundance around a jazz model and how improvisation is a key to his creative process.
Join host Tom Shaker and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. on tonight’s show. Dr. King’s message had quite a soundtrack, featuring artists like Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, The Impressions and The Staple Singers. It all starts at 7pm!
Today’s finest pianists pay tribute to the Father of Stride Piano -- James P. Johnson. We’ll dig into the James P. Collection in Newark, New Jersey and then head to Dizzy’s for some solo piano from Aaron Diehl, Ethan Iverson, Marc Cary, ELEW and many others at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Dana Babbin is a local children's clothing entrepreneur whose disruptive brand Pink Truck Designs has gotten plenty of attention. Her unisex clothing line strives to eliminate gender stereotyping of children at such early ages with outfits sporting pink images of trucks, planes, boats, tractors, etc. The clothing communicates "it's time to change gear" by letting girls know it's OK for them to like trucks. Will this be a major cultural change for how children dress? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Dana Babin.
Reading existed long before the written word, but writing was both created by human civilization and simultaneously helped create those civilizations. From the ancient cuneiform of Mesopotamia through the alphabets of Ancient Greece and beyond the invention of the printing press, the written word has continuously changed those that write it and read it. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with MATTHEW BATTLES, writer and program fellow at the Berkman Center of Harvard University about his amazing new history: PALIMPSET: A HISTORY OF THE WRITTEN WORD.
Writer and historian ARDIS CAMERON returns to Inquiry to talk about her history of the women mill workers of Lawrence, Massachusetts. These laboring women, many recent emigrants, banded together to protest unfair pay and work conditions in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Cameron’s book is titled: RADICALS OF THE WORST SORT: LABORING WOMEN IN LAWRENCE, MASSACHUSETTS 1860-1912.
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