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Jun 22, 2017

Bumblebees the world over are in trouble with a number of species ranges dramatically shrinking or becoming extinct. What is happening? Is it loss of  flower species?Is it  disease? Competition with introduced species?

Jun 22, 2017

Circular imagery is everywhere in the history of human art and culture. From the design of the Large Hadron Collider to Dante’s designs for the afterworld to numerous maps and diagrams. Why are we so entranced by circles, spirals and wheels?

Jun 21, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with bestselling crime author RON FRANSCELL who, with forensic pathologist Dr. Vincent Di Maio, has written MORGUE: A LIFE IN DEATH a memoir of some of Dr.

Jun 14, 2017

KORI STAMPER is a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster, where she also writes, edits, and appears in the “Ask the Editor” video series. Her new very witty book WORD BY WORD reveals what it is really like to create a dictionary. It is not at all a scientific process.

Jun 14, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JAMES FORMAN JR., professor of law at Yale Law School. His new book is LOCKING UP OUR OWN: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN BLACK AMERICA.

Jun 8, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back long-time friend of the show: artist and author JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA . He’s here tonight to talk about his new projects JEDI ACADEMY and NAPTASTROPHE!

Jun 7, 2017

Roughly one third of people living in America face significant barriers to getting dental care. For much of rural America  the problem is poverty and the lack of dentists. Poor dental health can lead to more serious health problems and even death.

May 30, 2017

Ukrainian-born photographer SASHA MASLOV has been traveling around the world taking portraits of veterans of World War II and recording their memories of the war. Some of these vets are from countries that you may not immediately associate with the war, like India or Sri Lanka.

May 24, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome KELLY MOMBERGER chair of the Worcester Arts Council,  who will be talking about Worcester’s participation in the international MAKE MUSIC DAY. This year, it will be on JUNE 21ST.

May 24, 2017

 Have ever visited the jungles of Costa Rica or Panama and wished you had some type of guide book that could explain what you saw there? Why do we find so many plants, trees, birds and insects in the neotropics? Why is it so hot and wet? How come the butterflies are so big?

May 18, 2017

They live with us, but often times they act less like a pet than a roommate with “issues”. Sometimes you get the feeling if they could go shopping and open a can, they could do without us entirely. Still we love our cats dearly.

May 18, 2017

Nonprofits face serious leadership challenges when it comes to their board and the Executive Director. Without solid leadership, most nonprofits become dysfunctional and may even cease to exist. So what is unique about leadership in nonprofits?

May 18, 2017

Tonight’s guest was rudely awakened one night when Saudi Arabian secret police came to arrest and jail her for just driving a car. MANAL AL-SHARIF is a women’s rights activist from Saudi Arabia.

May 10, 2017

Inquiry welcomes back MEGAN MARSHALL, the Charles Wesley Emerson College Professor at Emerson College. Tonight we will be talking about Marshall’s  biography MARGARET FULLER: A NEW AMERICAN LIFE.

May 10, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back CARRIE NUGENT, asteroid hunter of Caltech/IPAC. Tonight we talk about the big asteroid impacts of earth’s past; how asteroids are formed,  the differences between asteroids, meteorites and dwarf planets and much more.

May 4, 2017

It’s a very small dirty-red piece of paper that’s really not much to look it. Yet it is one of the most valuable pieces of paper in the world. Welcome to the insanity of “stamp world”. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JAMES BARRON, reporter for the New York Times.

May 3, 2017

Is the answer to global climate change for all of us to burrow underground? You may consider that option after listening to tonight’s guest: ANTHONY J. MARTIN.

May 3, 2017

The life of a museum curator is not an easy one! Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back LANCE GRANDE, the Negaunee Distinguished Service Curator at the Field Museum of Natural History.

Apr 26, 2017

Journalist AMY LIPTROT was born and raised on the remote Orkney Islands north of Scotland. Here she lived with her parents who raised sheep.

Apr 26, 2017

Ever wonder what an Ancient Greek would find funny or what kind of a story an Ancient Roman would find interesting? Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we speak with WILLIAM HANSEN, professor emeritus of classical studies and folklore at Indiana University.

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