MARCUS CHOWN, cosmologist, astronomer and writer returns to Inquiry to talk about his latest book THE MATCHBOX THAT ATE A FORTY-TON TRUCK: WHAT EVERYDAY THINGS TELL US ABOUT THE UNIVERSE.
SHAWN CAREY is a Massachusetts birder, photographer, teacher and co-founder of Migration Productions. He has has just returned from the Gulf Coast of Louisiana to photo-document what is really happening with the “BP oil disaster”.
Before there was Star Trek, there was Dr. Who and today Dr. Who is still on the air. Dr. Who is the longest running science fiction series on television. But could any of the wild creations of this much beloved series have any scientific precedent?
Parasites! Most people shudder just thinking about some arcane invertebrate feeding off our body, but in fact these are fascinating creatures, each and every one. We almost all have some form of parasites, it’s just that some parasites are more destructive to the human body than others.
Have you ever sat in a bar just staring, fascinated, at the bubbles in your beer wondering why some are going up and some are going down? Where do they come from?
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?
Don’t swim! Don’t hike! And for goodness sake don’t hold hands with boys! There was a time, and it wasn’t that long ago, when having your period was something shameful and embarrassing.
How many of you read plenty of books and periodicals but still find spelling difficult? Why do we need to get spelling right anyway? These are just some of the fascinating topics we talk about tonight in our conversation with DAVID CRYSTAL, one of the world’s pre-eminent language specialists.
Noise is a political and social issue that affects all of us. Though many of us seek a quieter existence, others declare their ability to make loud noises an all American right.
Can animals like chimpanzees, elephants or dogs have a kind of moral intelligence? Do some animals act altruistically and have the capacity for empathy, forgiveness and trust? Can animals be immoral? Tune in tonight to Inquiry for a fascinating conversation with cognitive ethologist MARC BEKOFF.
Baseball Cards! Kids passionately traded them, collected them and “flipped” them. From the 50s through the 80s a slab of gum and a set of small pieces of colorful cardboard was all a kid could want. Then the baseball card suddenly became an investment and everything changed.
Inquiry welcomes back IAN STEWART, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Digital Media Fellow at the University of Warwick. We continue our conversation about Professor Stewart’s latest book PROFESSOR STEWART’S HOARD OF MATHEMATICAL TREASURES.
The Atomic Bomb and it’s progeny remain the most destructive and feared weapons humankind has ever developed. But why were they created in the first place?
An ear-splitting encounter in the New York City subway system sets writer and reporter GEORGE MICHELSEN FOY on a grail-like quest for total and absolute silence. Along the way he learned that absolute silence is a very subjective and elusive thing.
Breakfast At Tiffany’s is a film that is an undisputed classic picture, deeply loved by many for a wide variety of reasons. But this sprightly film is vastly different from the dark and complex novel written by Truman Capote.
Inquiry welcomes back PETE DUNNE, prolific writer, natural historian, hardcore birder, vice president of New Jersey Audubon Society and Director of its Cape May Bird Observatory. Tonight Pete talks about his latest book BAYSHORE SUMMER: FINDING EDEN IN A MOST UNLIKELY PLACE.
Critically acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator (and friend) JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA returns to Inquiry to talk about the latest installment of his “who done it” graphic novel series LUNCH LADY AND THE SUMMER CAMP SHAKEDOWN.
At the end of 2008, writer, historian and natural historian JOHN J. GALLUZZO decided the best way to stay healthy was to walk at least 30 minutes every day along the beaches, fields and forests of his native South Shore.
Novelist BRAD MELTZER is known for his thrillers, but his latest book is something quite different. When his first son was born, Brad vowed to create a book of real-life heroes for his son to read and learn from.
“The only thing wrong with music is that you can’t eat it”. So writes journalist and author STEVE ALMOND in his hilarious new book ROCK AND ROLL WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE. In this new book, Steve looks at the life of what he labels the “Drooling Fan”.
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