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Sep 14, 2017

The story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is one of the oddest parts of Genesis. Yet it has “shaped conceptions of human origins and human destiny” thanks to one Saint Augustine and his writings. It was Augustine who promoted the concept of the literal truth of this story.

Sep 13, 2017

Can a tiny, colorful aquarium fish help save the Amazonian rainforest? Tune in to Inquiry when we welcome back author and adventurer SY MONTGOMERY. Her new book is AMAZON ADVENTURE: HOW TINY FISH ARE SAVING THE WORLD’S LARGEST RAINFOREST.

Sep 13, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back business woman, former model and journalist PATTY FARMER to talk about her new book: STARRING THE PLAZA: HOLLYWOOD, BROADWAY, AND HIGH SOCIETY VISIT THE WORLD’S FAVORITE HOTEL.

Sep 7, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome singer, song writer and producer LAURA CREAMER. She has toured or recorded with Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, Bruce Hornsby, and Thomas Dolby, just to name a few.  She is currently on tour with Bob Seger. She is also an independent recording artist.

Sep 6, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with LAURA DASSOW WALLS. She is the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. Her new biography is a lively portrait of one of America’s most celebrated authors: HENRY DAVID THOREAU: A LIFE. 

Sep 6, 2017

Earth has had five mass extinction events over the millennia, global disasters that have wiped out much of the life on the planet. Most were not caused by an impact by an asteroid. Why do these events happen and what can they tell us about the results of how we are altering the climate today?

Sep 1, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome musician, guitarist  C.J.PAINE. Tune in and hear this jazz artist on acoustic guitar. To keep up with what CJ is up to, check out his website: .

Sep 1, 2017

Are emojis a language or are they destroying our language? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with VYVYAN EVANS, expert on language and communication, about his new book THE EMOJI CODE: THE LINGUISTICS BEHIND SMILEY FACES AND SCAREDY CATS. 

Aug 23, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we continue our conversation with writer and translator DAMION SEARLS about his dynamic social and clinical history THE INKBLOTS: HERMANN RORSCHACH, HIS ICONIC TEST, AND THE POWER OF SEEING.

Aug 23, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we continue our conversation about trace fossils with ANTHONY J. MARTIN, professor at Emory University, paleontologist, geologist, and one of the world’s most accomplished ichnologists. Tonight we talk about dinosaur sex, eggs and nests.

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?


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