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Oct 7, 2015

Poet and photographer ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER returns to Inquiry to talk about her newest collection STATE OF GRACE: THE JOSHUA ELEGIES. Tune in and hear one of L.A.s most powerful poets read some of her work. 

Oct 7, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome journalist and writer DALE RUSSAKOFF. Her new book is titled THE PRIZE: WHO’S IN CHARGE OF AMERICA’S SCHOOLS. It’s a stunning piece of investigative journalism that centers on Newark, New Jersey’s failing schools.  These schools had been failing for decades.

Oct 1, 2015

The final defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act allowed states to come out for marriage equality and allow gay couples to legally marry. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with the lawyer who brought the case before the Supreme Court that overturned DOMA.

Oct 1, 2015

Have you ever wondered what a mathematician does when she or he “works”? What is it like to wrestle with a tough abstract mathematical problem for months or even years? What do mathematicians do to relax?

Sep 30, 2015

Journalist and writer RINKER BUCK decided one day that he would retrace the long and rugged route the pioneers took along the Oregon Trail to the Pacific. He decided to do it the traditional way: with a team of three mules pulling a  Schuttler wagon. His brother joined him on this journey.

Sep 17, 2015

Food allergies seem to be everywhere today, but did people historically also suffer from  allergies to peanuts or shellfish? Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with MATTHEW SMITH, senior lecturer at the University of Strathclyde’s Centre of the Social History of Health and Healthcare.

Sep 17, 2015

Can making and reading comics help doctors better understand what their patients are going through? Can graphic art also help doctors express what their experiences are to a wider public?

Sep 10, 2015

It was the end of the 20th century and CDs had become a third-rate technology that no college student cared about. They were too busy on illegal file sharing sites downloading their music their way.

Sep 9, 2015

Artist, writer and musician LEAH HAYES has created a graphic novel type guide to what it is like to go through an abortion. It is a calm, sensitive and common sense description about what will happen to you every step along the way. This is a women’s health book like no other.

Sep 9, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer ABIGAIL SANTAMARIA. Her new biography is titled JOY: POET, SEEKER, AND THE WOMAN WHO CAPTIVATED C.S. LEWIS. Joy Davidman was a passionate writer, poet, dedicated member of the American Communist Party and atheist till she read the writings of C.S. Lewis.

Sep 3, 2015

Inquiry welcomes back Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author MICHAEL HILTZIK to continue his conversation about his new book BIG SCIENCE: ERNEST LAWRENCE AND THE INVENTION THAT LAUNCHED THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX.

Sep 2, 2015

The history of Asian Americans is a history of immigration as well as the history of how “race works in the United States”. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome ERIKA LEE. She teaches history at the University of Minnesota where she is also the Rudolph J.

Sep 2, 2015

Tonight, Inquiry is excited to welcome back long-time friend of the show, writer and illustrator, JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA. He is here to talk about three new books: IT’S TOUGH TO LOSE YOUR BALLOON:, PLATYPUS POLICE SQUAD: LAST PANDA STANDING and finally the new volume of COMICS SQUAD: LUNCH.

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.


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