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Jun 26, 2012

The passage of the planet Venus across the face of the Sun as seen from Earth is called “the Transit of Venus”. It is the rarest eclipse in our solar system and occurs typically only twice every century.

Jun 20, 2012

“We do not come from dust, nor do we return to dust” writes tonight’s guest internationally recognized scientist BERND HEINRICH in his latest book LIFE EVERLASTING: THE ANIMAL WAY OF DEATH. In the natural world every death helps nourish and feed other life.

Jun 12, 2012

Our guest on Inquiry tonight is broadcast journalist, writer and passionate swimmer LYNN SHERR. Lynn has written an endlessly fascinating book about why humans love to swim in pools, lakes and the ocean. What is it about moving about in water that makes even casual swimmers blissfully addicted?

Jun 5, 2012

Play balll!!!! Writer and researcher JOHN FOX has written a fascinating and entertaining book that investigates why humans are so passionate about ball games. His research took him around the world to witness some amazing ball games.

May 31, 2012

Writer, teacher and mentor JON YOUNG has written a book about looking at birds like no other.

May 23, 2012

Bats have a bad reputation and are feared by many people. But bats are crucial to the health of our environment and many species are locally endangered for a variety of reasons.

May 15, 2012

The 1940s ushered in the Golden Age of antibiotics.

May 9, 2012

Birding is an extremely popular outdoor activity. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling the world looking for ultra-rarities or checking out the common species at the feeders in your own backyard, enjoying birds is a great way to enjoy the natural world throughout the year.

May 1, 2012

Inquiry welcomes back artist, writer and natural historian JULIE ZICKEFOOSE to talk about her new book THE BLUEBIRD EFFECT: UNCOMMON BONDS WITH COMMON BIRDS.

Apr 24, 2012

In the 1890s New York City was truly a “Sin City”. Illegal gambling was rampant. Countless bars and taverns guaranteed spectacular alcohol consumption even on Sundays when the bars were supposed to be closed.

Mar 21, 2012

What is it that makes you feel disgust? Sour milk? Vomit? A disembodied cadaver? Certain bodily fluids? The feeling of disgust is universal but what sets off that feeling of repulsion varies from culture to culture.

Mar 16, 2012

Inquiry welcomes ED SANDERS, co-founder of the legendary band The Fugs, founder of the Peace Eye Bookstore, writer and filmmaker.

Feb 28, 2012

On July 11, 1897, three brave men took off in a balloon in attempt to fly-over the North Pole. The real fate of this expedition would not be discovered for over thirty years. They were only the latest in a line of explorers who risked their lives in the brutal and unforgiving cold of the Arctic.

Feb 29, 2012

For hundreds of years, there have been conspiracy theories that have suggested that a small group of powerful men in secret societies have run the governments of the world for their own benefits. Most of these conspiracy theories are grandiose, unwieldy and unfalsifiable.

Feb 1, 2012

As soon as the first extra-solar planets were discovered, the race was on to find planets around other suns that could support life.

Feb 1, 2012

Tonight, Inquiry welcomes back JEFFREY BENNETT. He served as the first director of the Program in Quantitative Reasoning and Mathematical Sills at the University of Colorado. He holds a PhD in astrophysics and is the author of several books.

Jan 25, 2012

Inquiry welcomes ROBERT TRIVERS, a Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. His new far ranging and fascinating book is THE FOLLY OF FOOLS: THE LOGIC OF DECEIT AND SELF DECEPTION IN HUMAN LIFE.

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