During the Great Depression in America, an expressive populist culture grew out of the Modernism of the 1920s. There were novels and plays about the horrors of dire poverty, but there were also dream-like fantasies of a world far way from the bread lines.
“Zugunruhe” is a term for migratory restlessness, the nervous behavior exhibited by birds just before they take off for a long migration.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with noted British writer and essayist JENNY DISKI about her book THE SIXTIES. How was the British experience of that tumultuous time period different from our experience here in America?
FERMILAB in Illinois is America’s premiere research facility for studying high energy physics and contains North America’s largest proton accelerator. Why would a cutting edge particle physics institution also have a staff ecologist?
Robert Altman was a maverick film director who changed the way we look at many aspects of film: dialogue, casting and the relationship between actors and directors.
Neil Diamond is one of the most recognized and loved singers in the world. His songs are indelibly etched in our memories. Yet many serious rock fans dismiss his music as corny and overdone. Tonight’s guest, music, film and television journalist DAVID WILD, is out to change all that.
The Labrador Duck is the least known and most mysterious species that has gone extinct in North America in historical times. Shortly after it was discovered, it seemed it was gone.
Lake Baikal in Siberia remains one of the most isolated and wild places on earth. It is earth’s deepest and largest body of fresh water, and has it’s own unique and complex ecosystem which includes numerous endemics the planets only freshwater seals.
Mathematician and quantum physicist Paul Dirac was one of the great scientific theoreticians of the 20th century. His complex work ironed out many of the sticky problems of quantum theory.
Experimental psychologist COLIN ELLARD returns to Inquiry to talk more about psychogeography and how people navigate and perceive the physical spaces of their lives and how our environment in turn affects us.
Do you know that every city contains some of the most exotic and fascinating geological specimens? It all begins with looking at the stones that our buildings are built with.
Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with KARIN SPRAGUE an expert stone carver who specializes in beautifully realized custom designed slate gravestones.
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back KENT RUSSELL, CEO and curator of The Museum of Russian Icons. Also in the studio is visual artist ROGER PRESTON. Roger has created an amazing series of contemporary devotional works inspired by the icons of the museum.
Tonight we welcome artist and writer JOSH NEUFELD. His comics and graphic novels often focus on non-fiction events and many people will recognize his work illustrating Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor comics.
Mildred Burke was one of the most recognized and admired figures in women’s sports in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Starting as a young and determined teenage girl from the Midwest, against all odds Mildred rose to become the World Championship Women’s Wrestler.
The American exploration of the moon beginning in 1969 remains one of the most important events in the history of humankind. Yet, how many of you can name five astronauts that have walked on the lunar surface?
Hot and Sour Soup, Chicken Chop Suey, Szechaun Spicy Eggplant, Shrimp Lo Mein. We have all eaten American Chinese food, but have you ever wondered how Chinese cuisine got to America? What did Americans in the 18th Century think about traditional Chinese food?
As a nation, are we scientifically illiterate? Does it matter if we don’t understand genetics, evolution or energy? After all, how often does electromagnetism come up in everyday life? Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome ROBERT M.
Tonight Inquiry welcomes artist and teacher at Clark University TOBY SISSON. Her work includes encaustic pieces as well as paintings and drawings. She has also worked on some fascinating community collaborative installation and education projects.
“You are the scum of soy paste!” In Japan, that odd phrase is just one of a number of common insults that children say to each other. Swearing and cursing is as old as language and tonight on Inquiry we look at the cultural differences of telling someone off in no uncertain terms.
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