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Mar 30, 2017

We all assume that cannibalism is bad. But it is a common phenomenon, at least in the rest of the animal kingdom. And though eat each other is taboo, it certainly appears in many of our myths, fairytales and films.

Mar 29, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back GORDON B. ARNOLD to continue our conversation about his new book: ANIMATION AND THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION. Tonight we talk about animation on television in the 1950s and 1960s and characters like Crusader Rabbit, Ruff and Reddy and Rocky and Bullwinkle.

Mar 29, 2017

Insects, spiders and other arthropods are all around us, even in our backyards. But could you even indentify more than a handful of the fascinating creatures?

Mar 23, 2017

What are the odds that a large asteroid, of the type that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, could hit earth in our lifetime? Tonight on Inquiry  we speak with a person who discovers and tracks these wandering celestial bodies.

Mar 22, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and photographer BILL HAYES about his unique and tender new memoir INSOMNIAC CITY: NEW YORK, OLIVER, AND ME which tells of his love affair with Oliver Sacks and New York City.

Mar 16, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with CANDACE SMITH Director of CAPELLA ARTEMESIA a group of vocalists and instrumentalists dedicated to performing pieces written by nuns from 16th and 17th Century Italian convents.

Mar 16, 2017

What does the earth weigh? What is the shape of the universe? Did anything come before the Big Bang? These are just some of the subjects we will talk about tonight on Inquiry with our guest JEFF FORSHAW, professor of theoretical physics at the University of Manchester.

Mar 15, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry, our in-studio guests are artists MICHAEL HACHEY and KAT O’CONNOR. An exhibition of their work is on view at the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS  is titled DEFINITE: INDEFINITE. Also joining us in the studio is HONEE A.

Mar 9, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back artist GUSTAVE BLACHE III. His figurative work documents the lives and labor of “those whose contributions typically go un-noticed”. His new series is of people conserving art.

Mar 9, 2017

Break out the bi-carb! In the 1960s and 1970s, many a recipe book featured garish pictures of food in mounds of gelatin or piled high into odd shapes and always featuring sliced eggs or bananas. It was a weird time for food photography. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with ANNA PALLAI.

Mar 8, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with GORDON B. ARNOLD. He is a professor of liberal arts at Montserrat College of Art, where he teaches film and art history. His new book is ANIMATION AND THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION: A BRIEF HISTORY.

Mar 8, 2017

Zydeco is a word for the music of Creole Louisiana as well as the event at which it is played and what people do when they get to the dance. Tonight on Inquiry we’ll talk accordions, washboards, snap beans and about some Zydeco’s  greatest musicians.

Mar 2, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with tenor saxophonist, conductor, author, educator and jazz historian LOREN SCHOENBERG about the discovery and release of over 100 hours of previously lost recordings by some of the greatest performers in jazz: THE SAVORY COLLECTION.

Mar 2, 2017

Tonight’s guest on Inquiry is VERNON R.L.HEAD. He is an award-winning architect  and Chairman of BirdLife South Africa, one of Africa’s biggest and most influential conservation organization. His new book is THE RAREST BIRD IN THE WORLD: THE SEARCH FOR THE NECHISAR NIGHTJAR.

Mar 1, 2017

Many people would love to learn to identify bird songs, but what is the best way to go about it? Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome NATHAN PIEPLOW. He teaches at the University of Colorado and has studied bird sounds since 2003.

Feb 23, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back KLEDIA SPIRO, Marketing Manager for the Fitchburg Art Museum and LISA CROSSMAN, Interim Curator for the Fitchburg Art Museum. They will be taking about the brand new exhibition of large paintings: A CURIOUS NATURE: PAINTINGS BY SHELLEY REED.

Feb 22, 2017

The Alps are “the most evocative range” in Europe. The Alps witnessed the travels of Hannibal and his elephants, the birth of Romanticism, and the creation of Heidi.

Feb 22, 2017

Why does time seem to speed up the older we get? Do we have an internal clock that regulates the body and mind? Can we purposely make time seem to speed up or slow down? When is now?

Feb 16, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we talk about the recent 2017 HIGH SCHOOL ART EXHIBITION at ANNA MARIA COLLEGE.

Feb 9, 2017

“Elizabeth Bishop wrote love poems, and poems about lovemaking and one of the best poems ever written in English about the loss of love, but she had made her way through life as an orphan, a solitary.” (p.296).

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