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Aug 16, 2017

The Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem and Interpol are just some of the brilliant bands that came out of New York City in the first decade of the new century in the shadow of the attacks on 9-11.

Aug 16, 2017

Georgia-born Otis Redding was one of the great soul singers of the 1960s with his intense performances of his songs like “Try a Little Tenderness” and “I’ve Been Loving You So Long”. Sadly his career was cut  short when he died in a plane crash in 1967.

Aug 16, 2017

The last half of the 19th Century saw a revolution in color in Europe. New bright artificial colors changed the look of fashion, fireworks, interior design and printing.

Aug 9, 2017

What makes us curious about so many things? What is curiosity, and what do we get out of it? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and astrophysicist MARIO LIVIO about what the latest research tells us about what Thomas Hobbs called “a lust of the mind”.

Aug 3, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with Marketing Manager at the Fitchburg Art Museum, weight lifter, artist and performance artist KLEDIA SPIRO. Her unique performances use weightlifting as symbols of survival, empowerment, women’s roles in society, and immigration. 

Aug 3, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with writer and reader in history at the University of Sussex CHARLOTTE SLEIGH. Her new stunning book traces the depictions of animal life in prints and books over the centuries.

Aug 2, 2017

He has been called “America’s songwriter”  and tonight on Inquiry we speak with the legendary singer and songwriter JIMMY WEBB. He will be discussing his new memoir THE CAKE AND THE RAIN, a must-read wild account of just the first decades of his prolific career.

Aug 2, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back poet and photographer ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER to talk about her new collection ENTER HERE. “L.A. spreads out below me like an autopsy”. Tune in and hear her read several of her poems.

Jul 27, 2017

What makes a perfect French Fry? The answer is “mouthfeel”. Mouthfeel is created by the physical  characteristics of what we put in our mouth. It’s why a crunchy potato chip tastes better than a soggy one. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with OLE G.

Jul 20, 2017

“If dating is poetry, then marriage is a novel” writes tonight’s guest on Inquiry. Why do we get married and why do we stay married?

Jul 20, 2017

In the late 1950s and through the 1960s and afterwards, the circuit of the Playboy Clubs and Resorts were among the most coveted places for the great stand up comedians of the day to play.

Jul 19, 2017

Tonight we are joined by several folks from the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS: TOM O’MALLEY, ceramic artist, Ceramics Department Head, and Head of the Photography Program and GALE SCOTT, glassblower,  Glass Department Head, and Head of the Metals Program.

Jul 19, 2017

Birds are all around us.

Jul 13, 2017

Tonight we talk with artist and writer JULIA JACQUETTE about her graphic memoir PLAYGROUND OF MY MIND. This is a beautiful, large format work that describes how some very special playgrounds of her youth, and her mother and father, helped shape the artist she is today. 

Jul 6, 2017

In the studio tonight , from the FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM, are  LISA CROSSMAN, Curator and LAUREN SZUMITA, new Koch Curatorial Fellow. They are here to talk about the Fitchburg Art Museum’s 82st ANNUAL REGIONAL EXHIBITION OF ART AND CRAFT.

Jul 5, 2017

Wild salmon are a keystone species of the Pacific Northwest. Prized for their flavor, these anadramous fish have suffered huge declines in recent decades due to the construction of dams, logging, mining, pollution and loss of habitat. Can wild salmon survive all that is being done to them?

Jul 5, 2017

Dominick Dunne is best known today for his colorful coverage of the sensational murder trials of people like Claus von Bulow for Vanity Fair. But he started out in Hollywood as a producer and script writer, and therein lays a long and twisted tale.

Jun 28, 2017

They have odd names like pink heelsplitter, snuffbox and rabbit’s foot. We usually never notice them, yet  they are some of the most important denizens of our freshwater ponds and rivers. Freshwater mussels provide critical “ecosystem services” by helping filter the water.

Jun 28, 2017

Imagine a book that introduces the reader to some of the most difficult concepts of quantum theory and cosmology that is also fun to read and funny. Welcome to WE HAVE NO IDEA: A GUIDE TO THE UNKNOWN UNIVERSE.

Jun 22, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back ANTHONY J. MARTIN. He is a Professor at Emory University. He’s a paleontologist, geologist and one of the world’s most accomplished ichologists. Tonight we talk about his book DINOSAURS WITHOUT BONES: DINOSAUR LIVES REVEALED BY THEIR TRACE FOSSILS.

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