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Jul 1, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry we get down and dirty making mud pies and stick forts and all sorts of other cool stuff that happens when children turn off the TV and computer games and just play outside.

Jul 1, 2015

When this novel was published in the early 1950s, it caused an extraordinary uproar. Conservatives thought it was filth; while liberals considered it lowbrow trash. The author did not conform to cultural ideals of what a woman novelist should look like or behave.

Jun 26, 2015

Is the entire philosophical basis of bioethics off the tracks? Does the reality of bioethics match what the public was hoping it would accomplish? Are we moving away from the ethics of medicine as first set down by Hippocrites (pictured) ?

Jun 24, 2015

Most young teens are fascinated with pop music or sports, but Taylor Wilson (pictured) was obsessed with nuclear physics, collecting radioactive materials and building a fusion reactor. Imagine being the parents of this extraordinary and gifted boy!

Jun 24, 2015

Dada was at art movement born in a small café in Zurich in 1916 when a few outsider artists and performers created work that confounded everyone’s understanding of what constituted art. It was shocking and wildly creative.

Jun 19, 2015

Today we consider the Bill of Rights one of the most important parts of the Constitution. But it almost didn’t get put down in writing.

Jun 17, 2015

Thousands of years ago, prehistoric Homo sapiens invaded what we now call Europe and were confronted by another hominid species, the Neanderthals. Within a relatively short time, the Neanderthals were extinct. What happened?

Jun 17, 2015

Public libraries are at the cultural and social center of every town and city where they are found. But these days libraries are also woefully under funded and under appreciated. After all, “why do we need a library when we have Google?”.

Jun 11, 2015

Our guest tonight on Inquiry is DAVE GOULSON, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Stirling and founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. In 2003 he bought a run-down farm in rural France to create a sanctuary for bees and other invertebrates.

Jun 10, 2015

“Strangers in the night…”. Love songs have been sung since ancient times, but they have often been marginalized and considered radical and disruptive. From Assyrian marriage songs to the crooning of Sinatra and beyond, we all enjoy love songs.

Jun 10, 2015

Modern America is a product of the influx of millions of immigrants from around the world. But the issue of current American immigration policy generates a lot of heat, but very little light.

May 28, 2015

Mark Catesby traveled to Virginia from Britain in 1712. While in the Americas, he visited the Appalachians, Jamaica, Bermuda and the Bahamas sketching the plants and animals he found. He also and sent many seeds of new plants back to Britain.

May 28, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with visual artist NATHALIE MIEBACH.

May 20, 2015

Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage were two real and somewhat eccentric Victorians who conceived of the foundations for modern computing.

May 20, 2015

What is the future of coal and oil as our primary sources of energy? Can we continue down the road of unlimited growth combined with continued environmental degradation? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute RICHARD HEINBERG.

May 13, 2015

During World War II there was an army unit that specialized in deception. They used inflatable tanks, created sound effects of troop movements and impersonated Morse code senders. They were the Ghost Army, an incredible group that included many artists like Ellsworth Kelly and Bill Blass.

May 13, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with artist MICHELLE SAMOUR, whose work was recently on exhibit at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Her work is about the aesthetics of the natural world and our obsession with classification and collecting.

May 6, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist GINA SIEPEL about her latest series of drawings of John James Audubon’s actual bird specimens.

May 6, 2015

HONEE H. HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS returns to Inquiry to talk about the latest exhibition “I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR” featuring work by painter DON HARTMANN and photographer LOUIE DESPRES (pictured) , who join us to talk about their work. 

Apr 29, 2015

We have an ever-increasing need for some of the rarest metals on the planet. These include elements like niobium, tantalum, rhodium and platinum. You may never have heard of them, but these names from the bottom of the Periodic Table are used in smartphones, cars,  medicine and dentistry.

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