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Aug 27, 2015

HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS, drops by Inquiry to talk about the Centers new stunning show of enamel works: ALCHEMY 3: VISION+PASSION+CREATION. Joining her in the studio is one of the artists in the show, DIANE SEILER.

Aug 27, 2015

Canada may seem like the quiet and benign giant to our north, but in fact the history of relations between Canada and the United States has been peppered with border disputes, wars, invasions and master plans to invade.

Aug 26, 2015

Ernest Lawrence was an experimental physicist from the University of California who discovered the cyclotron in the 1930s and then used that discovery to create a new way of doing science.

Aug 20, 2015

Returning to Inquiry tonight is Executive Director of ARTSWORCESTER, JULIET FEIBEL. She will be talking about the Material Needs Grant Exhibition.

Aug 20, 2015

PATRICIA MARX is a staff writer for the New Yorker. She was the first woman elected to the Harvard Lampoon and a former writer for Saturday Night Live. She has written a unique and hilarious guide on how to improve our minds as we slide into inevitable old age.

Aug 19, 2015

TOM KOCH, widely published writer, journalist and lifelong sailor, returns to Inquiry to talk about his book THE WRECK OF THE WILLIAM BROWN: A TRUE TALE OF OVERCROWDED LIFEBOATS AND MUDER AT SEA.

Aug 19, 2015

Can religion and science “get along”? Not according to tonight’s guest on Inquiry. JERRY A. COYNE is a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. He believes that religion and science are adversaries in an all out war between rationality and superstition.

Aug 12, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry we bring back photographer ELEANOR BRIGGS.

Aug 12, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry, we continue our conversation about the biology and psychology of emotions when we talk with ELIZABETH JOHNSTON. She has a doctorate in visual neuroscience from Oxford University and is currently on the psychology faculty of Sarah Lawrence.

Aug 6, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer and journalist JESSICA HOPPER. Her latest book is a collection of some of her best pieces titled THE FIRST COLLECTION OF CRITICISM BY A LIVING FEMALE ROCK CRITIC. 

Aug 5, 2015

Want to see a Sabor-toothed Cat or some dinosaur footprints? One of the hidden treasures of the Connecticut River valley is the wonderful and beautiful BENESKI MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY at Amherst College.

Aug 5, 2015

Writer and historian ARDIS CAMERON returns TO inquiry to talk about her history of the women millworkers of Lawrence, Massachusetts. These laboring women, many recent emigrants, banded together to protest unfair pay and work conditions in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Jul 30, 2015

Reading existed long before the written word. Writing is a craft, a learned skill. From the ancient cuneiform of Mesopotamia through the alphabets of Ancient Greece and beyond the invention of the printing press, the written word has continuously changed those that write it and read it.

Jul 30, 2015

Just a few years after the end of our conflict with Britain, the newly formed country of America was in poor financial condition. The country owed lots of money and the only way to get the needed funds was to raise taxes on farmers and landowners.

Jul 15, 2015

Hummingbirds capture everyone’s imagination. But hummingbirds often run afoul of the actions of people and when they do, they get taken to one of a devoted group of select people skilled at rehabbing these tiny, feathered jewels.

Jul 15, 2015

Throughout most of the 20th Century Al Hirschfeld’s drawings and paintings captured the look and life of the people of film, the theatre, television and music. His mastery of line was unmatched and instantly recognizable.

Jul 9, 2015

Can an invertebrate have a mind? Can a relative of a clam be considered intelligent or even playful? The answers will surprise you and likely change the way you view invertebrates.

Jul 9, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk again with researcher, educator, photographer and writer PETER TRULL about his fascinating new book THE GRAY CURTAIN: THE IMPACT OF SEALS, SHARKS AND COMMERCIAL FISHING ON THE NORTHEAST COAST.

Jul 8, 2015

NICK CAPASSO, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum, returns to Inquiry to discuss what is new at FAM (there is always something new happening there). Joining Nick is photographer ELEANOR BRIGGS, whose stunning photographs can be seen in the exhibition “Morning Light” now at FAM.

Jul 8, 2015

How does our brain process fear? What are emotions and how are they different from feelings? These are just a few of the questions we will talk about tonight when we have a conversation with LEAH OLSON , who is a teacher and has a PhD in neuroscience.

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