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Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 10:30pm

Former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell was the primary architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement for peace in Northern Ireland, the ups and downs of which he addressed in his 2015 memoir The Negotiator. A little more than a decade later, Mitchell served as U.S. Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from 2009 to 2011, working to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike his experience with Northern Ireland, diplomacy did not prevail this time around.  In his new book, A PATH TO PEACE Mitchell offers his take on how the Israelis and the Palestinians have progressed (and regressed) in their negotiations over the years. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by former US senator and author George Mitchell.

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 10:00pm

In an all-new The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino talks with Christian Felber, founder of the Austria-based movement The Economy for the Common Good, about creating economies for the common good.

Christian Felber maintains that “promoting our nation’s general welfare is one of the bases of the United States Constitution, stated in the preamble.” Yet, he adds, “the growing contradiction between business goals and societies values - illustrated by the burgeoning wealth gap, stalemate in addressing climate change and trends toward populism and protectionism - tells us that as a priority, general welfare has been all but forgotten.”

Felber is the author of 15 books, including Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good. And, he’s an adjunct lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and is also a modern dancer.

The Economy for the Common Good unites more than 10,000 supporters in 40 nations and is backed by 2,000 companies. Its mission is to eliminate the fundamental contradiction between business values and social well-being.

Felber’s fundamental mission through The Economy for the Common Good, as explained in his book, Change Everything, is to “bring back the synergy that’s been lost between economy and society, business and individuals’ needs. In the current economy, survival depends not on being good or doing good, but on generating profits, no matter whether a company serves human interests or the environment – and no matter the costs to people or our planet.”

As Felber sees it, “Capitalism is in the midst of a crisis - the direction of the U.S. elections, Brexit and the surging tide of populism worldwide due to polarization and destabilization are just a few indicators. It is clearly time to breathe a soul back into economics and to re-embed the economy into our cultural value system in a way that elevates social responsibility and the common good over profit.”

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 9:00pm

“Why are some people so amazingly good at what they do?” Have you ever tried to learn golf or the piano and given up after months of practice because you never seemed to improve? Do you think that people who excel at singing or chess are gifted? That they are born that way? Tune in tonight, when Inquiry welcomes ANDERS ERICSSON, Ph.D., a Conradi Eminent Scholar and professor of psychology at Florida State University. His new book, written with Robert Pool, debunks the “gifted” concept and reveals what all masters have done to become the star performers in their fields. His book is titled: PEAK: SECRETS FROM THE NEW SCIENCE OF EXPERTISE.


Woodpeckers fascinate everybody. But how do they avoid getting concussions when they drum on trees? Do sapsuckers really sick sap? How can we change forestry practices to help conserve woodpeckers? We will discover the answers to these questions and many more when we talk with conservationist and author STEPHEN A. SHUNK about his new book, the PETERSON REFERENCE GUIDE TO WOODPECKERS OF NORTH AMERICA.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 7:00pm

Folk songs that made the Billboard and Cashbox charts from the 40s through the 70s. Burl Ives, the Weavers, Harry Belafonte, the Kingston Trio, the Brothers Four, Joan Baez, the Highwaymen, Peter-Paul-and-Mary, the New Christy Minstrels, the Serendipity Singers, the Seekers, the Pozo-Seco Singers, and many more will be featured!

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:00pm

Stunning moments from the rising stars in the saxophone universe….brought to you from the farm and beyond…

Featuring:

"If You Lieb Me Now”
Edmar Colon with the Anthony Fung Quintet

“The Way You Look Tonight”
Grace Kelly Band

“The Bodega”
The Benny Sharoni Quartet

“Inspiration”
Julie Lavender & Kamau Kenyatta

“Awake”
Jerry Bergonzi

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 11:00am

Tonight on Inquiry we talk about Peter Pan, Wendy, Captain Hook, Neverland and that ticking crocodile. We welcome back ALLISON B. KAVEY, history professor at CUNY’s John Jay College and LESTER D. FRIEDMAN, chair of the Media Society Program at Hobart and William Smith College. They edited, and contributed papers to the collection SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT: PETER PAN IN THE POPULAR IMAGINATION.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 10:00am

During the Revolutionary War, South Carolina hosted more battles, engagements and skirmishes than any other state. 20% of all Americans who died in battle in the Revolution died in South Carolina in the last two years of the war. One of the leading Patriot fighters in that state was Francis Marion. He led a rag-tag bunch of local militia using classic guerilla warfare tactics against the British and helped turn the tide against the redcoats. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with writer JOHN OLLER about his new history THE SWAMP FOX: HOW FRANCIS MARION SAVED THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 4:00pm

The glass armonica was invented by Benjamin Franklin and it was his life-long companion. The beautiful ethereal sounds made by this strange musical instrument was thought to cure ills and, later, to cause musicians to go mad. It’s history is every bit as odd as the armonica. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with COREY MEAD, associate professor of English at Baruch College, City University of New York about his wonderful history ANGELIC MUSIC: THE STORY OF BEN FRANKLIN’S GLASS ARMONICA. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 3:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with film-maker, writer and editor DAVID FRANCE about the horrific AIDS epidemic that struck the United States in the 1980s. France arrived in New York in the late 1970s and was on the scene as close friends died painfully all around him while the government seemed not to care. His account of those grim years is the book we will talk about tonight: HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE: THE INSIDE STORY OF HOW CITIZENS AND SCIENCE TAMED AIDS. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 6:00pm

NEA Jazz Master winner, legendary drummer Chico Hamilton discusses starting the West Coast jazz sound in the early years of his career, his appearance in the film classic "Sweet Smell of Success" and why so many young musicians today can't swing.

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