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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?

Jul 15, 2010

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.

Apr 20, 2010

The oldest known surgical procedure that we have evidence for goes back to the Neolithic period. It was not setting a broken leg or repairing a flattened nose. It was cutting a three-inch hole in the skull using primitive stone tools! Yikes!!!

Jan 29, 2010

JOSEPH FARBROOK is an artist, poet and Assistant Professor of Interactive media and Game Development at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Jan 21, 2010

When we think of a “Wanted: Dead or Alive”” poster, we think of a crudely printed notice nailed to a tree in the Old West picturing some dangerous desperado. The truth is that the first “Wanted” notices didn’t come into existence till World War I.

Jan 17, 2010

During the Civil Rights protests of the ‘60s, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) played a crucial role in organizing grass roots sitdowns, protests and in voter registration in the Deep South.

Dec 21, 2009

Johnny Mercer was one of the most prolific songwriters of 20th Century America. During his decades long career he wrote the lyrics for such memorable songs as “Moon River”, “Blues In the Night”, “Hooray For Hollywood”, “Laura”, “Something’s Gotta Give”. The list Mercer’s hits goes on and on.

Dec 18, 2009

She looked like a “tiny, troubled wisp of a human being” as she stepped up to the mike, but when she opened up her mouth, out came “an atom bomb voice”. This is how JIMMY McDONAUGH , writer, autobiographer and tonight’s guest on Inquiry, describes Tammy Wynette.

Dec 3, 2009

Inquiry welcomes back artist and teacher ROSEMARY LeBEAU. Rose’s work includes unique hand painted transferred photography, glass etching, book making and large complexly beautiful assemblages of found objects.

Nov 5, 2009

“Zugunruhe” is a term for migratory restlessness, the nervous behavior exhibited by birds just before they take off for a long migration.

Aug 10, 2009

The Supremes have been called the second-most important American music act after Elvis. Though they had a string of Number 1 hits, they were never nominated for a Grammy.

May 1, 2009

On tonight’s Inquiry, our guest is award winning writer, designer and novelist CHIP KIDD. In the 1960s, renown Japanese manga artist Jiro Kuwata turned out an amazing series of Batman comic stories, that until very recently were only known in Japan.

Apr 24, 2009

 Have you ever wondered how one develops a serious interest in the natural world? Is it due to your schooling? Your parents and family? Or, perhaps, a book you happened to read?

Mar 27, 2008

All aboard! Tonight, Inquiry is joined by “Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park” curator NICK CAPASSO. Nick has organized the museum’s latest exhibition called TRAINSCAPE: INSTALLATION ART FOR MODEL RAILROADS.

Mar 27, 2008

 Inquiry welcomes back author and historian WALTER R. BORNEMAN. Walter’s new book is a revealing account of America’s first truly international conflict, a series of battles that changed the political landscape of the world and prepared America for it’s own War of Independence.

Mar 27, 2008

 Inquiry welcomes back KATHERINE C. GRIER, professor of material culture studies, Winterthur Program in Early American Culture.

Mar 27, 2008

Atlanta, Georgia is facing critical water shortages, as are many major cities in the southwest. Think it can’t happen here? Massachusetts has plenty of rainfall in most years, yet lately many city reservoirs have been running critically low and there has been an increase in summer water bans.

Mar 27, 2008

 Writer, journalist and editor JONAH LEHRER has a new book about artists of the 19th Century whose works anticipated the discoveries of 20th Century science.

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