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Marcus Chown & Dimitar Sasselov

Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 9:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back cosmologist, writer, science consultant and broadcaster MARCUS CHOWN. His new eye-popping book is SOLAR SYSTEM: A VISUAL EXPLORATION OF THE PLANTS, MOONS, AND OTHER HEAVENLY BODIES THAT ORBIT OUR SUN, a book based on the popular app for the  iPad,  Tune in tonight as explore the weird and wild moons of Jupiter and Saturn. We also will learn why Pluto was downgraded to a mere dwarf planet and take a mind-blowing trip descending through the atmosphere of Jupiter. “The great thing about the solar system is that it continually confounds our expectations.”

Michael S. Gazzaniga & Janet Reitman

Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 9:00pm

All of us feel like we have a unified consciousness, a “self” that acts with a purpose that resides inside the head of this biological machine of our body. It is that little person inside our heads that makes us who we are. But recent startling findings in the neurosciences tell a very different story. Our brains function as a collection of decentralized complex systems and disunited processes that are integrated much like the programs on our PC. So how come we feel so single minded? Our very special guest tonight is DR. MICHAEL S.

Jonathan Fleece

Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 10:30pm

While the Supreme Court hears arguments regarding the President's Health Insurance Mandate. Others believe the final decision will ultimately define Barack Obama's Presidency. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by nationally recognized health care attorney, Jonathan Fleece.

James D. Stein & Bernd Brunner

Sunday, April 8, 2012 - 9:00pm

Amazingly, there are a small set of numbers, values and constants that define the way our entire universe works and has evolved. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with a man who has written a wonderful book about these very important numbers: Professor of mathematics at California State University JAMES D. STEIN. His entertaining history of science and mathematics is COSMIC NUMBERS: THE NUMBERS THAT DEFINE OUR UNIVERSE.

Leigh Rae

Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 10:30pm

How important is it to preserve for public use, properties of scenic, historic and ecological value in Massachusetts? Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with Leigh Rae about the ongoing efforts of the Trustees of Reservations. This segment may get your conservation juices flowing.

Robert Trivers & Alec Wilkinson

Sunday, April 1, 2012 - 9:00pm

SPECIAL APRIL FOOLS DAY INQUIRY: Inquiry welcomes ROBERT TRIVERS, a Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. His new far ranging and fascinating book is THE FOLLY OF FOOLS: THE LOGIC OF DECEIT AND SELF DECEPTION IN HUMAN LIFE. Professor Trivers takes a uniquely evolutionary approach to what may seem to the layperson as a psychological or sociological state: self-deception. Tonight, Professor Trivers describes some  non-human examples of deception.

Andrew Nagorski

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 10:30pm

The rise of Hitler and Nazi Germany has been documented by countless historians. Yet, for those Americans who actually lived in Germany during the period and saw firsthand the rise of power it was often a time filled with uncertainty and disbelief. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al is joined by author and historian Andrew Nagorski. His new book "Hitlerland" unveils new insight into the Hitler regime.

Brooke Hauser & Michael R. Canfield

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 9:00pm

The International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn is a school where students from forty five different countries, speaking twenty-eight different languages come together to learn English and become part of American society. By the time the students arrive at school, many have survived trauma and hardship that is hard for many of us to imagine.

Dr. Richard Amerling

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 10:30pm

President Obama and the Federal government are trying to initiate a contraceptive mandate, which requires employers or their insurance companies to cover birth control costs with no out-of-pocket charges for the insured. Is this an infringement of our First Amendment rights? Tune in this Sunday evening when Al's guest will be Dr.Richard Amerling,Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.


Dave Bartlett (Encore)

Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 10:00pm

Kitchen Center of Framingham is the leading designer and installer of custom cabinetry in Metrowest. Kitchen Center specializes in the professional, affordable remodeling of kitchens, bathrooms and entertainment centers.


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