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”.
Inquiry welcomes noted novelist and writer CHUCK PALAHNIUK, author of such books as Fight Club and Choke. Tonight Chuck talks about his latest, TELL ALL, a surreal investigation into the politics and insanity of Hollywood, fame, and name dropping as a raison d’être.
During the last Ice Ages, a new human species arrived in Europe. They had an unprecedented complex relationship with the world around them. They made music. They had sophisticated culture, tools, weapons and art. They were “us”.
IAN STEWART, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Digital Media at the University of Warwick, drops by Inquiry once again to talk about his new book PROFESSOR STEWART’S HOARD OF MATHEMATICAL TREASURES. It is Professor Stewart’s mission to make mathematics fun and enjoyable.
Award-wining children’s book author MELISSA STEWART returns to Inquiry to talk about her latest book A PLACE FOR FROGS.
Inquiry continues it’s conversation with media historian GERALD NACHMAN about his landmark history SERIOUSLY FUNNY: THE REBEL COMEDIANS OF THE 1950S AND THE 1960S. Tonight on part 2, we talk about the sophisticated and intelligent humor of Mike Nichols and Elaine May.
Is information, not matter or energy, the real building blocks of the universe? Is the cosmos actually a quantum computer and reality just some form of information processing? Are determinism and randomness actually opposite extremes when defining reality? How does a quantum computer work?
Inquiry welcomes PETER SULSKI, Artistic Director and KRISTA BUCKLAND REISNER, Development Director of the WORCESTER CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY.
Is there anybody out there? If so, as Enrico Fermi once asked, “Where is everybody?” After 50 years, S.E.T.I. (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) has been hopefully listening for narrow-band radio messages from alien civilizations.
The 1950s and early 1960s witnessed the birth of a new kind of comedy in America. Playing at small, intimate clubs like the “hungry i” in San Francisco, comedians like Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, Bob Newhart and Mike Nichols and Elaine May redefined what was funny.
For hundreds of years European Christians battled eastern Mediterranean Muslims during the Crusades. Finally, the Muslims led by the Mamluks won the ultimate battle for the occupation of the Levant. Why did the Crusades happen?
Many people in America don’t give insects a second thought other than how to remove them from their homes. But in many other parts of the globe, human cultures have a more complex, a more intimate relationship with the hordes of six legged invertebrates.
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!!!
The Velvet Underground, featuring Lou Reed and vocalist Nico, began as a side project of Andy Warhol’s performance art ensemble The Erupting Plastic Inevitable. Sounding like nothing else in the mid-60s, Velvet Underground went on to record only a handful of albums.
Are the ideas of the Scientific Revolution and the concept of a Liberal Democracy symbiotically linked? Was the democratic revolution sparked by the discoveries of science? Can science only flourish in democratic environments? And what can these ideas tell us about the future of China and Iran?
Gianni Versace revolutionized the fashion world. Starting in a poor town in southern Italy, he moved north to Milan and began producing fashions that some declared youthful and sexy, while rivals declared his dresses flashy and trashy.
Homemade hard “likker”, moonshine, is still made in many parts of the country. But are these moonshiners the cartoonish Appalachian hillbillies with patched genes and corncob pipes or are they romantic rednecks like in Robert Mitchem in Thunder Road?
Tonight Inquiry welcomes staff writer for the New Yorker, DAVID GRANN. Grann’s latest collection of short non-fiction pieces focuses on intrigue and people who are obsessed.
Several years back, two nurses administering palliative care at a local hospital to a terminally ill patient were shocked to learn that they were being investigated for murder by police.
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