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Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 9:30am

Inquiry welcomes back writer and biographer JAMES GAVIN. His new book is titled IS THAT ALL THERE IS? THE STRANGE LIFE OF PEGGY LEE. Peggy Lee grew up in a small town in North Dakota but grew up to become one of the most unique, hard working and tenacious singers. Tonight we talk about her signature songs “Fever” and “Is That All There Is?” as well as her film work in “Pete Kelly’s Blues” and her lawsuit against Disney. Peggy Lee was a one of a kind singer that has inspired many other artists over the years, tune in and find out why.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 4:00pm

Cyberspace has become a battlefield and the next major international conflict may very well be fought over the Internet. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with journalist SHANE HARRIS about his latest book @ WAR: THE RISE OF THE MILITARY-INTERNET COMPLEX. This frightening and revealing account traces the development of the NSA’s cadre of elite hackers and how they use “zero day” programs to attack critical enemy targets like nuclear facilities. Of course the United States government and major corporations have themselves been hacked by cyber warriors from China and Russia. Tune in and learn about this new kind of warfare and what it means for the privacy of your cell phones and home computers. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 2:30pm

Is it getting warm in here or is it me? We have all experienced fevers and don’t think much about them, but centuries ago fevers were feared because they were poorly understood and could be life threatening.  Fevers weren't a symptom, they were the disease itself. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CHRISTOPHER HAMLIN, Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. His latest book is titled MORE THAN HOT: A SHORT HISTORY OF FEVER. This fascinating history traces the evolution of different culture’s theories about why we get warm and weird when we are sick. Tune in and learn about fever vigils, fever manuals, the invention of the thermometer and the wild world of delirium. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 6:00pm

German boogie-woogie pianist Axel Zwingenberger and American vocalist Lila Ammons (opera singer and granddaughter of pianist Albert and niece of saxophonist Gene) talk about working together, in spite of their very different cultural and musical backgrounds.

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 7:00pm

Join host Tom Shaker s he celebrates the life and music of one of soul's most recognizable voices, Billy Paul. His recording of the iconic Me and Mrs. Jones shot him to stardom from his native Philadelphia in 1972 and landed him a number 1 hit and a Grammy award as well. It all starts at 7pm

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 10:30pm

The 2014 midterm elections are over and the new Congress is gearing up for 2015. Yet before 2015 can begin, the country must still be governed. President Obama seems to be indicating that he will govern by executive orders especially on the issue of immigration. Republicans have been warning him not to do this. Where is this headed? Is this based on politics or policy? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with political strategist and author Kevin Paul Scott. Will the new Congress begin the new year with a stalemate? 

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 10:00pm

In an all-new episode of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews Stu Esty, founder and owner of Dr. Gonzo's Private Stock. They talk about the re-awakening of the "Good Doctor's" all-natural condiment recipes.

“Tired of the same old, same old when it comes to condiments? Do you often forget what you ate at your last meal? Life is too short to be bland! Man bites hot dog: No news. Hot dog bites man: BIG NEWS!”

That’s how my guest, J. Stuart Esty – a.k.a. the "Good Doctor" – was promoting his products when I last interviewed him in 2008. Back then, he was founder and owner of Dr. Gonzo’s Uncommon Condiments, located on North Main Street in Worcester. At the time, he produced a line of all natural condiments with no fillers or preservatives -- just what's in the produce -- that can be used in a ariety of ways.

These days, in keeping with the “Hot dog bites man: BIG NEWS!” approach to the business of condiments, Stu has returned with Dr. Gonzo’s Private Stock. And he’s doing so without a bricks-and-mortar store. He is also taking an uncommon approach to funding his new, online-only business – with a Kickstarter campaign that kicks off this December 1. His new version of Dr. Gonzo’s will have 30 days to raise the target goal of $75,000, to fund for production, infrastructure and payroll.

Click here for Stu Esty's three-minute-45-second "Gimme My Gonzo's" video, which promotes his Kickstarter fundraising campaign.

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 9:00pm

Justice John Marshall Harlan is considered one of the “great” Supreme Court  Justices of the United States. Mainly because he dissented on the famous Plessy v. Ferguson case of 1896 which promoted the idea of “separate but equal.” He had a long tenure on the court and voted on some 14,000 cases. But he came from a slave holding family and opposed emancipation. How can we explain this apparent contrast in his attitudes to race? Associate Professor of History at Notre Dame Linda Przybyzewski has written a very untraditional biography of this justice that looks in depth at the ideas Justice Harlan had on religion, race and rights to explain his voting record. Tune in tonight for an in depth discussion on The Republic According to John Marshall Harlan.

Many women are and have been uncredited collaborators to their successful husbands. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with Susan Henry, Professor Emeritus of Journalism at California State University, Northridge. Her new book is titled Anonymous in Their Own Names: Doris E. Fleischman, Ruth Hale and Jane Grant. These were three dynamic women who lived in the first half of the twentieth century and who really were the reasons their husbands were so successful and famous yet until now they never got the credit they deserved. Tune in tonight and learn about these Lucy Stoners and their amazing lives.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 7:00pm

A pre-recorded show for Thanksgiving night, featuring songs about songs and singing… Happy Turkey Day!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 6:00pm

Catherine has enjoyed a long career as a back up singer with everyone from David Bowie to Jackson Browne but is now focusing on the music of her father, Luis Russell, who was music director for Louis Armstrong and led his own bands in the 20′s and 30′s. Catherine discusses her love of New Orleans music and early jazz and what it means to come to this music at this stage of her career.

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