If you want to write that next great American novel, STANLEY FISH has a useful and counter intuitive recommendation for you. Don’t begin with the big idea, the grand conception. Instead begin with the sentence. Learn to love well written sentences. Stanley Fish is the Davidson-Kahn University Professor and a professor of law at Florida International University. His new book: HOW TO WRITE A SENTENCE AND HOW TO READ ONE is both about the craft and the pleasure of writing what John Dunne called “a little world made cunningly”. Tune in tonight and hear Professor describe what a sentence really is, how to perfect the art of writing better sentences, and the deep pleasure of reading great first sentences of a novel.
Ever since people have been writing about birds, poets, playwrights and natural historians have been trying to translate the songs and calls of birds into the English language. Sometimes if has been as simple as a zeet or as complex as the mnemonic a little bit of bread and no cheese. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with poet, writer and artist JOHN BEVIS about his wild new compendium AAAAW TO ZZZZZD: THE WORDS OF BIRDS. John also talks about whether bird song can be considered music and the invention of bird whistles, bird imitators and bird organs. If you have ever wondered about where the word tweet came from, tune in!
As we approach the holidays our attention turns to getting together with friends and relatives. Much of the holiday season is spent enjoying great food and wine. This week Al is joined by Pat Stotesbery, proprietor of Ladera winery in Napa California. Pat shares some simple ideas for getting the most out of your food and wine match-ups. He'll even offer advice as to purchasing wine for gift giving. Airs Sunday evening, November 21, at 10:30 PM.
For most of his checkered career, J. Edgar Hoover considered women gangsters a special thorn in the side of the F.B.I. and set out to reconstruct the way the public viewed the likes of Bonnie Parker, Kathryn Kelly (wife of “Machine Gun Kelly”) and especially Ma Barker. These celebrity outlaw women were the subject of a number of films and endless media coverage. To counter all this attention, Hoover often created numerous fictions about their habits and lives to emphasize the deviant aspects of these women and make them monsters in the public’s eyes. But who really were these “girls behind the men behind the guns”? Tune in tonight when we talk with MARY ELIZABETH STRUNK, writer, teacher and Associate of Five Colleges Incorporated about her revealing history: WANTED WOMEN: AN AMERICAN OBSESSION IN THE REIGN OF J. EDGAR HOOVER.
This week, Steve talks with Tim McGourthy and Joel Fontaine of the City of Worcester. They'll be discussing growing and expanding Worcester’s tax base in healthy, sustainable ways. Airs Sunday, November 7th at 10 pm!
Nearly 10 years after the September 11th attacks, Americans are still reckoning with what our government has done and continues to do in the name of national security. Join host Al Vuona as he talks with reporter Steve Hendricks about his new book, A Kidnapping in Milan: The CIA on Trial. Tune in Sunday, October 31st, at 10:30 pm!
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back artist; painter GUSTAVE BLACHE III, whose beautiful, painterly works have been described as “Contemporary Impressionist”. Tonight he talks about a wonderful new series of work he has finished that honors one of the great restaurateurs of New Orleans and much more. To look at examples of Gustave’s work, go to: http://gustaveblache.com/
Professor of Philosophy at City University of New York, MASSIMO PIGLIUCCI returns to Inquiry to continue our conversation about his important book NONSENSE ON STILTS: HOW TO TELL SCIENCE FROM BUNK. In 1986 there was a rash of sightings of U.F.O.s. But just because hundreds of people saw “something”, does that make alien visitation a reality? How do we tell an honest expert from just another person who acts like they know something? Can we ever rely on our intuition? These are important questions to discuss at a time when so many divergent opinions are thrown at us in the media. If you care about getting to the truth of a report, a media project or a politician, tune in tonight.
This week, host Steve D'Agostino talks with Tripp Jones, chairman of The Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law. The Campaign is a grassroots coalition of nearly 1,000 individuals and organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of residents. The coalition includes: civic, religious, business, municipal, and environmental, leaders as well as the leading senior, housing, human services, and civil rights groups. It is the largest and most diverse coalition ever assembled on affordable housing in our state. Hear more about his work with the Campaign, as well as with The MENTOR Network and MassINC, this Sunday October 24th at 10 pm right here on WICN!