Want to see a Sabor-toothed Cat or some dinosaur footprints? One of the hidden treasures of the Connecticut River valley is the wonderful and beautiful BENESKI MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY at Amherst College. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with KATE WELLSPRING, the Collections Curator at the museum about what can be seen there and the history of the collection.
Writer and historian ARDIS CAMERON returns TO inquiry to talk about her history of the women millworkers 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.
New Orleans drummers Shannon Powell and Herlin Riley discuss their music and perform onstage with guest pianist Mark Shane, at the Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Jazz Night in America presents The Simon Bolivar Big Band. For the past 40 years, El Sistema has brought free classical music, instruments and lessons to a quarter million underprivileged kids in Venezuela. The cream of the crop perform for sellout crowds at some of the world’s most prestigious venues. Five years ago they started a new ensemble - The Simon Bolivar Big Band. We’ll hear them play Dizzy Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and learn why jazz is a lot more than just music.
Can the earth continue to feed it's inhabitants without depleting all our natural resources? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with National Geographic's Joel Bourne. In his new book, "The End of Plenty" Bourne introduces us to the farmers whose innovations and dedication may very well save us from famine. Bourne takes readers from his family farm to international agricultural hot spots searching for a new land ethic that can sustainably feed us all.
For over 900 years, cotton was the world’s most important manufacturing industry. It was a “global web of agriculture, commerce and industrial production” that ranged from the Americas and Britain to Egypt, Anatolia, India and Brazil. But this was commerce dependent on brutal slavery, staggering social inequality and frightening factory conditions. How did such a system evolve? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with SVEN BECKERT, the Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University about his new eye-opening social and economic history: EMPIRE OF COTTON: A GLOBAL HISTORY
Tonight on Inquiry, KATHLEEN A. BOGLE, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at LaSalle University, returns to Inquiry to talk about her previous book HOOKING UP: SEX, DATING, AND RELATIONSHIPS ON CAMPUS. Ms Bogle’s research offers fascinating insight into what really happens in the culture of hooking up on campus, how far do students go during a hook up, and gender differences that exist in expectations from a hook up. Do people still date? What happens when students graduate? What about virginity? Tune in for a serious and revealing discussion on sex and relationships on today’s campuses.
Playing tracks from some of the most talented women in the region: Raianne Richards, Amy Alvey, Ari Charbonneau, Sandy Haddon, Mary Casiello, just to name a few. Also, live in the studio will be special guests Laura Siersema, Sarah Huber, and Kat Kennedy. Plenty of great music from modern women of folk here in New England.
“How Sweet It Is”
Tracy Clark Quartet
“All That Love”
The Amethyst Group
Julie Lavender with The Amethyst Group
Los Soneros de las Seis
Julie Lavender with Eugene Friesen/Tim Ray/Greg Hopkins
Reading existed long before the written word. Writing is a craft, a learned skill. 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.
Just a few years after the end of our conflict with Britain, the newly formed country of America was in poor financial condition. The country owed lots of money and the only way to get the needed funds was to raise taxes on farmers and landowners. Many of those farmers were deep in debt and in danger of losing their farms, lands and possessions. Finally enough was enough and organized bands of “Regulators” blocked courts and some resorted to violent insurrection in Massachusetts. It was a revolution on the heels of another revolution and the future of the United States was at stake. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with SEAN CONDON, an associate professor and chair of the History Department at Merrimack College about his new history of SHAY’S REBELLION: AUTHORITY AND DISTRESS IN POST-REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA.
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