In November 2008, a small group of American civilians took their optimism and experience to Afghanistan, then considered America’s “good war.” They were part of the Pentagon’s controversial attempt to bring social science to the battlefield, a program, called the Human Terrain System, that is driven by the notion that you can’t win a war if you don’t understand the enemy and his culture. The field team in Afghanistan that day included an intrepid Texas blonde, a former bodyguard for Afghan president Hamid Karzai, and an ex-military intelligence sergeant who had come to Afghanistan to make peace with his troubled past. But not all goes as planned. Tune in this Sunday evening when Al speaks with Columbia University Professor and author, Vanessa Gezari. Her new book "The Tender Soldier" is riveting.
In an encore episode, Steve D'Agostino, chief pilot of Best Rate of Climb, interviews Executive Director Paul Richard (shown, left) and Advisory Board Chair Edward Manzi (shown, right) of The SHINE Initiative. They talk about shining a light on mental illness in young people.
The basis of the mission is elemental. Half – that’s right, half – of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. At any time, as many as one in five children and teens will suffer from symptoms of a mental disorder.
The SHINE Initiative is working to expand the arc of light needed to make mental illness a mainstream health concern. The organization is doing this by collaborating with respected providers of mental-health services, to promote and fund their work with youth and families throughout Central Massachusetts.
The SHINE Initiative is funding research projects that are moving steps closer to better understanding the causes of mental illness and pointing to advanced treatments. It’s also working with school systems, advocates and organizations, to raise awareness of mental illness and its impact on young people and their caregivers.
Edward Manzi is also CEO of Fidelity Bank as well as a major force behind the creation of the SHINE Initiative.
Does America have a future in outer space? China is aiming to land a crew on the moon by 2025. Will America ever go back to the moon? And what about the dream of a manned mission to Mars? What will it take to finally travel to another planet? Our guest tonight is Dr. CLAUDE A. PIANTADOSI, Professor and Director of the F.G. Hall Environmental Laboratory at Duke University. His new book is MANKIND BEYOND EARTH: THE HISTORY, SCIENCE, AND FUTURE OF HUMAN SPACE EXPLORATION. Tune in and learn about a few of the challenges that humans will face during long stays well beyond the earth
Humanity is headed for a disaster of global proportions at some time in the near future. Whether it will be a super volcano, a “near earth object” like a comet or asteroid, a modern plague or something as exotic as a gamma ray burst, the question is: can humanity survive a mass extinction event? Tune in tonight to Inquiry when we talk with ANNALEE NEWITZ. She is a writer, journalist and founding editor of the science Website io9.com. Her latest book is SCATTER, ADAPT, AND REMEMBER: HOW HUMANS WILL SURVIVE A MASS EXTINCTION. This fascinating and frightening book offers some ideas of what it will take for the human race to survive the next mega disaster.
COUNTING DOWN THE TOP 50 FOLK GROUP RECORDINGS OF THE FOLK REVIVAL ERA, & THEN SOME! Back by popular demand, a pre-recorded show featuring the most commercially successful and best-known folk group tracks from roughly 1950-1975, with a few delightful extras thrown in
Inquiry welcomes back artist CARRIE CRANE. Her latest series of work is the result of her artistic responses to a researcher’s work in the Clark University Physics Department. Andreea Panaitescu was examining “the order and disorder of packing spheres in a confined cube. Carrie Crane’s fascinating and beautiful work inspired by this research can be seen in the group show that Carrie curated: BLINDED BY SCIENCE, currently on view at the Krikorian Gallery at the Worcester Center for Crafts,
North American warblers are among the most beautiful of our migrant breeders, but identifying them can be a real challenge. Though often colorful, they are also small, very active and often stay high up in foliage or hiding in dense cover. Writer, photographer, musician and bird tour guide TOM STEPHENSON, along with Scott Whittle, have written and created a new, state of the art guide to this group of birds titled THE WARBLER GUIDE. Tune in tonight and find out what it takes to produce a groundbreaking natural history book in the age of digital media.
Rising Country star Hunter Hayes performed at age four with Hank Williams, Jr. On his debut album, Hayes played all of the instruments and was acknowledged with three Grammy nominations in 2013. On this week’s Song Travels, Hayes performs his original songs including the chart-topping hit, “Somebody’s Heartbreak.”
Cabaret star Steve Ross was one of my early guests on Jazz Inspired and is not only a close pal but a frequent musical collaborator. We revisit this hilarious conversation (Steve’s one of the funniest people I know) about his long career and how the greats, Cole Porter, Noel Coward and others, continue to inspire him.
Along with Leon Huff, Kenny Gamble defined the legendary Philly soul sound. Their Philadelphia International label produced over 170 gold and platinum selling records. They introduced the world to artists like Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Billy Paul and the O'Jays. Join host Tom Shaker as he celebrates Kenny Gamble's birthday this Monday. It all starts at 7pm!
We all know that law enforcement protects us and helps keep us safe. Yet many people don’t understand the stress and consequences law enforcement faces every day in carrying out their duties. Sometimes they have to use force to defend themselves and the people they are sworn to protect. Yet that isn’t the end of the story, it’s just the beginning. They face media scrutiny, internal investigations, and may actually be sued personally by the person they apprehended. They also aren’t compensated for this. What do law enforcement officers go through? How long and convoluted is the process? What should the public at large know? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with former law enforcement officer, now attorney and author , Lance LoRusso his new book, When Cops Kill sheds light on this very controversial topic.
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