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Jul 30, 2015

Just a few years after the end of our conflict with Britain, the newly formed country of America was in poor financial condition. The country owed lots of money and the only way to get the needed funds was to raise taxes on farmers and landowners.

Jul 15, 2015

Hummingbirds capture everyone’s imagination. But hummingbirds often run afoul of the actions of people and when they do, they get taken to one of a devoted group of select people skilled at rehabbing these tiny, feathered jewels.

Jul 15, 2015

Throughout most of the 20th Century Al Hirschfeld’s drawings and paintings captured the look and life of the people of film, the theatre, television and music. His mastery of line was unmatched and instantly recognizable.

Jul 9, 2015

Can an invertebrate have a mind? Can a relative of a clam be considered intelligent or even playful? The answers will surprise you and likely change the way you view invertebrates.

Jul 9, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk again with researcher, educator, photographer and writer PETER TRULL about his fascinating new book THE GRAY CURTAIN: THE IMPACT OF SEALS, SHARKS AND COMMERCIAL FISHING ON THE NORTHEAST COAST.

Jul 8, 2015

NICK CAPASSO, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum, returns to Inquiry to discuss what is new at FAM (there is always something new happening there). Joining Nick is photographer ELEANOR BRIGGS, whose stunning photographs can be seen in the exhibition “Morning Light” now at FAM.

Jul 8, 2015

How does our brain process fear? What are emotions and how are they different from feelings? These are just a few of the questions we will talk about tonight when we have a conversation with LEAH OLSON , who is a teacher and has a PhD in neuroscience.

Jul 1, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry we get down and dirty making mud pies and stick forts and all sorts of other cool stuff that happens when children turn off the TV and computer games and just play outside.

Jul 1, 2015

When this novel was published in the early 1950s, it caused an extraordinary uproar. Conservatives thought it was filth; while liberals considered it lowbrow trash. The author did not conform to cultural ideals of what a woman novelist should look like or behave.

Jun 26, 2015

Is the entire philosophical basis of bioethics off the tracks? Does the reality of bioethics match what the public was hoping it would accomplish? Are we moving away from the ethics of medicine as first set down by Hippocrites (pictured) ?

Jun 24, 2015

Most young teens are fascinated with pop music or sports, but Taylor Wilson (pictured) was obsessed with nuclear physics, collecting radioactive materials and building a fusion reactor. Imagine being the parents of this extraordinary and gifted boy!

Jun 24, 2015

Dada was at art movement born in a small café in Zurich in 1916 when a few outsider artists and performers created work that confounded everyone’s understanding of what constituted art. It was shocking and wildly creative.

Jun 19, 2015

Today we consider the Bill of Rights one of the most important parts of the Constitution. But it almost didn’t get put down in writing.

Jun 17, 2015

Thousands of years ago, prehistoric Homo sapiens invaded what we now call Europe and were confronted by another hominid species, the Neanderthals. Within a relatively short time, the Neanderthals were extinct. What happened?

Jun 17, 2015

Public libraries are at the cultural and social center of every town and city where they are found. But these days libraries are also woefully under funded and under appreciated. After all, “why do we need a library when we have Google?”.

Jun 11, 2015

Our guest tonight on Inquiry is DAVE GOULSON, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Stirling and founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. In 2003 he bought a run-down farm in rural France to create a sanctuary for bees and other invertebrates.

Jun 10, 2015

“Strangers in the night…”. Love songs have been sung since ancient times, but they have often been marginalized and considered radical and disruptive. From Assyrian marriage songs to the crooning of Sinatra and beyond, we all enjoy love songs.

Jun 10, 2015

Modern America is a product of the influx of millions of immigrants from around the world. But the issue of current American immigration policy generates a lot of heat, but very little light.

May 28, 2015

Mark Catesby traveled to Virginia from Britain in 1712. While in the Americas, he visited the Appalachians, Jamaica, Bermuda and the Bahamas sketching the plants and animals he found. He also and sent many seeds of new plants back to Britain.

May 28, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with visual artist NATHALIE MIEBACH.


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