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Jul 12, 2011

Everyone knows how  critical mathematics is to the hard sciences like physics. But how important is math to biology? Tonight’s returning guest is IAN STEWART, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and active researcher at Warwick University in England. Professor Stewart believes that we are now seeing a dramatic change in the role importance of mathematics; logic and topology plays in genetics; studying viruses and even looking for extraterrestrial; life. His latest book, THE MATHEMATICS OF LIFE, wonderfully illustrates this new “biomathematics” and declares it to be the next major revolution in the Life Sciences. Tune in for a surprising and thought provoking discussion on the maths of life. 

Jul 5, 2011

Horror films have been made since the beginning of cinema. Thomas Edison made one of the earliest film treatments of the Frankenstein novel. And since those early days, horror films have had a long, complex multinational history . Tonight’s guest on Inquiry is Dr. WHEELER WINSTON DIXON the James Ryan Endowed Professor of Film Studies and professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His latest book on film history is one of the most complete and far ranging histories of this genre: A HISTORY OF HORROR. Tonight we discuss the beginnings of the horror film and concentrate on the fascinating story of the British film company Hammer Films, which in the 1960s reinvigorated the cinema of horror with classic films like The Curse of Frankenstein and Dracula, Prince of Darkness and made international stars of Peter Cushing and Christopher Leee. If you are passionate about horror films, don’t miss tonight’s show!

Jun 21, 2011

Joan Mitchell was one of the most original and passionate artists of the last half of the Twentieth Century. She painted her large abstract canvases with the precision of a fencer creating paintings that were “the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.”Mitchell may have called herself a “lady painter”, but she was a blunt, bawdy and bullying presence who mixed it up with the likes of Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning and Phillip Guston. Our guest tonight is writer and curator PATRICIA ALBERS who has written one of the most complete, incisive and entertaining biographies of this great artist: JOAN MITCHELL: LADY PAINTER. A LIFE. 

May 25, 2011

At the end of the Ice Age, an amazing number of species large and fantastic mammals went suddenly extinct. For a long time most paleontologists believed it was climate change that caused this mass extinction event.

May 5, 2011

RICHARD S. OSTFELD is the Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies. For many years now he has been studying the ecology of Lyme Disease. What he and his fellow researchers have discovered will change the way you view this disease.

May 5, 2011

On August 31, 1886 a powerful earthquake devastated Charleston, South Carolina leaving most of the city in ruins and most pf the residents living on the streets. Tonight’s guests, writer SUSAN MILLAR WILLIAMS and writer/editor STEPHEN G.

Apr 13, 2011

GORDON B. LANKTON is Chairman of the Board, Nypro Inc.  An engineering graduate of Cornell University, in 2007 he founded the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, with the largest collection of Russian icons publicly displayed outside of Russia.

Feb 15, 2011

If you want to write that next great American novel, STANLEY FISH has a useful and counter intuitive recommendation for you. Don’t begin with the big idea, the grand conception. Instead begin with the sentence. Learn to love well written sentences.

Jan 27, 2011

Ever since people have been writing about birds, poets, playwrights and natural historians have been trying to translate the songs and calls of birds into the English language. Sometimes if has been as simple as a zeet or as complex as the mnemonic a little bit of bread and no cheese.

Nov 4, 2010

For most of his checkered career, J. Edgar Hoover considered women gangsters a special thorn in the side of the F.B.I. and set out to reconstruct the way the public viewed the likes of Bonnie Parker, Kathryn Kelly (wife of “Machine Gun Kelly”) and especially Ma Barker.

Oct 28, 2010

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back artist; painter GUSTAVE BLACHE III, whose beautiful, painterly works have been described as “Contemporary Impressionist”.

Oct 27, 2010

Professor of Philosophy at City University of New York, MASSIMO PIGLIUCCI returns to Inquiry to continue our conversation about his important book NONSENSE ON STILTS: HOW TO TELL SCIENCE FROM BUNK. In 1986 there was a rash of sightings of U.F.O.s.

Jul 29, 2010

About 365 million years ago the first vertebrates left the water and walked on land on four legs. But why leave the warm and bountiful seas? Was it safer on land? Was there more food?

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