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Nov 9, 2016

What do T-Rex, David Bowie, Alice Cooper and Lou Reed all have in common? Glam! Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer SIMON REYNOLDS. He is the author of seven books about music and pop culture.

Nov 3, 2016

What happens in our brains when we first look at a Jackson Pollack drip painting or a Mark Rothko color-field work? Tonight we will talk with Nobel laureate ERIC R. KANDEL.

Nov 2, 2016

What is a Blue Jay worth? Could a Mallard be crucial for the survival of an ecosystem? Do birds matter? Tonight on Inquiry we will attempt to answer these questions when we speak with DANIEL G.

Nov 3, 2016

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk rocket science, as well as satellite science and research launched from the Space Shuttle with writer ROBERT A. HUFFMAN, son of retired scientist ROBERT E. HUFFMAN, Ph.D.

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: shawnasheaff.com 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.

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