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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?

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.

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