Our guest tonight on Inquiry is JOHN A. LONG, Strategic Professor in Paleontology at Flinders University in Adelaide. Professor Long has made one of the most amazing and unexpected discoveries in paleontology: evidence of internal fertilization in prehistoric fish that lived 380 million years ago. This means these ancient creatures were not externally fertilizing eggs like many fish today do, but instead were having sex. If you have ever wondered about sex long, long ago, and even how dinosaurs “did it”, tune in and listen to Professor long discuss his new book THE DAWN OF THE DEED: THE PREHISTORIC ORIGINS OF SEX.
Guitarist, singer, and composer Matt Munisteri has uncovered much of the forgotten jazz and swing from the early 20th century. His latest album, Still Runnin’ ‘Round In the Wilderness, explores the “lost” compositions of the American singer/songwriter Willard Robison. Archivists Munisteri and Feinstein share tunes that, while forsaken by the past, are sure to be easy to remember.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS and TOM O'MALLEY head of the Departments of Ceramics and Photography about two exciting upcoming shows at the Center: THE JOURNEY OF TWO COLLECTORS: BARRETT AND MAHROO MORGAN and THE POTTERY INVITATIONAL SHOW.
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Seth MacFarlane, “Family Guy” creator, met with Judy in Hollywood (well, not really, but close by) to talk about his new CD and his favorite jazz recordings. Stewie and Peter dropped by to add their thoughts as well. Brian brought the martinis.
They called him "The Wicked One." His type of soul was rough and raw. He started out in church, singing with gospel groups, moved over to R' n 'B with the Falcons and then went solo. With gritty dance floor grooves like "634-5789," "Mustang Sally," and "Funky Broadway," Wilson Pickett established himself as a soul legend. Join host Tom Shaker this Monday at 7pm and hear for yourself!
Take solace in the blues! Hammond B3 specialist Joey DeFrancesco and his trio are joined by three hard-driving tenor sax players – Vincent Herring, John Nugent, and the late David Newman in one of his last performances. They’ll burn up classics like Deep Blues, My One and Only Love and Speak Low.
The moss-draped oaks of the Sunshine State hold deep, dark secrets. The late fifties were a time when ignorance and hatred made people view homosexuality differently; especially true for state senator Charlie Johns and his committee who, under the guise of McCarthyism, began covert investigations that ended up driving 300 people from campuses across Florida. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with author, Julian Earl Ferris about his new book,Sin Warriors.
Using a Tibetan Mandela as an inspiration, DAVID GEORGE HASKELL, Professor of Biology at the University of the South, trekked deep into some old growth forest and drew a small circle on the forest floor only a meter in area. Could repeated close observations of this small circle and all it’s denizens give insights into how the larger forest functioned? Professor Haskell came back time and again to this small circle, in fair weather and foul, in light and dark, in the humidity of the summer and the freezing temperatures of the winter. He typically sat on a rock nearby and watched all the plants, fungi, insects, snails and vertebrates that lived in or went through the circle for an entire year. His observations and thoughts on what he saw and how that related to larger issues of biology, conservation and the environment are recorded in his book THE FOREST UNSEEN: A YEAR’S WATCH IN NATURE, one of the finest books on observing the natural world written in some time.
Massachusetts historian and natural historian JOHN GALLUZZO decided that for the year 2011 he would take a 30 minute hike in a green space in every town and city in the state. It was a mammoth task to undertake and plan. John had to deal with poor weather, swarms of insects and family crises, but in the end he accomplished his goal. Tune in tonight and listen to John talk about what the real goal of this amazing project was; what some of his favorite places in the state were and what he learned along the way. His book, which is also a nice guide to walking and hiking spots across the state is HALF AND HOUR A DAY ACROSS MASSACHUSETTS.
The twice-Grammy-nominated baritone’s star is rising -- and he already has a huge fan base in Europe. A fan wrote about this set, “huge applause, two encores, great solo performances, band tight and so was Gregory Porter… made me long for the USA.”
Four hours of Celtic music in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day. Mostly Irish, yes, but some Scots and even Welsh from time to time, as according to ancient annals, Patrick's parents were from Scotland and/or Wales. It matters not: kick back and enjoy!
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