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Oct 20, 2016

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome artist, illustrator and comics writer and artist DREW FRIEDMAN. For over 35 years his work has been seen in publications like Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, the New York Times and Field and Stream.

Oct 20, 2016

On Inquiry tonight, we talk with returning guest writer MICHAEL BLUMENTHAL.  He is a visiting professor of law and co-director of the Immigration Clinic  at the West Virginia University College of Law.

Oct 19, 2016

In 1901, the Pan-American Exposition opened in Buffalo New York. It was hoped this “world’s fair” would do for Buffalo what the “White City” did for Chicago. Instead, a President of the United States was assassinated there.

Oct 19, 2016

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with OLIVER KOMAR, ornithologist and professor of natural resources management at Zamorano University in Honduras. He is the co-author, with Jesse Fagan, of a beautiful new field guide: THE PETERSON FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF NORTHERN CENTRAL AMERICA.

Oct 13, 2016

On Friday, April 1 1644 in Bologna, Italy, two reformed prostitutes were abducted from their convent where they had recently become nuns. More than a year later, their brutally murdered bodies were discovered in a wine cellar.

Oct 12, 2016

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist and photographer MARA TRACHTENBERG. She creates fantastic worlds of monstrous topiary and creatures using confectionary materials and then photographs these dream-like tableaux.

Oct 12, 2016

Edward Steichen was a painter, horticulturalist, museum curator, film director and one of the most innovative photographers of the Twentieth Century. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with JENNIFER GROSS.

Oct 6, 2016

“Sherman, set the WABAC…” We are all fascinated by stories and films about time travel and thinking about  traveling to the past or future. But is time travel possible?

Oct 6, 2016

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer JEFF CHANG. He is the executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University. We will discuss his new book WE GON’ BE ALRIGHT: NOTES ON RACE AND RESEGREGATION. 

Oct 5, 2016

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome artist, filmmaker, poet and writer SKIP SHEA about the upcoming SHAWNA SHEA FILM FESTIVAL (November 10-12 see: or their Facebook page for details).  We will also discuss his films Trinity and Ave Maria. 

Sep 28, 2016

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with LISA CROSSMAN, Koch Curatorial Fellow at the Fitchburg  Art Museum. Joining her in the studio is artist LISA BARTHELSON.

Sep 21, 2016

Tonight we talk with artist KEVIN BURNS. Examples of his work will be exhibited with works by J.D. Sage in GO FIGURE: ART ABOUT MANKIND AND MIND at the Worcester SPRINKLER FACTORY in October.

Sep 15, 2016

“It’s alive!!!” Tonight on Inquiry we return to the laboratory, when we continue our conversation about MONSTROUS PROGENY: A HISTORY OF THE FRANKENSTEIN NARRATIVES with authors LESTER D.

Sep 8, 2016

Are you in too much debt? Facing a criminal conviction? Or are you just unhappy with your family life? Have you ever dreamt about faking your death and starting all over with a clean slate? Tonight’s guest on Inquiry did.

Sep 8, 2016

Inquiry welcomes back swimmer and writer LYNNE COX. Lynne has held open-water swimming records all over the world without a wetsuit and has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Sep 7, 2016

Inquiry welcomes back DONALD KROODSMA. He is a well-known authority on birdsong and professor emeritus if ornithology at the University of Massachusetts.

Sep 7, 2016

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with BENJAMIN KLEIN. He teaches European and world history at California State University, East Bay. He is also the nephew of photographer Irwin Klein.

Sep 1, 2016

Around the world, our oceans and seas are experiencing a bizarre and frightening phenomena: jellyfish blooms. The appearance of many thousands of jellyfish, preventing fishing, gumming up ships and creating general panic. So, why are they appearing?

Sep 1, 2016

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back HONEE HESS , executive director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. With her in the studio is artist JOHN HYDEN. An exhibition of his work, “Plywood Tiger”, will be on view soon at the Craft Center.

Aug 25, 2016

The Ancient Romans had one of the most complicated sewer systems at the time. They also built a large number of public toilets. How did they work? What did Romans think about privacy, sanitation and cleanliness? Was there graffiti? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ANN OLGA KOLOSKI-OSTROW.


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