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Jul 20, 2017

In the late 1950s and through the 1960s and afterwards, the circuit of the Playboy Clubs and Resorts were among the most coveted places for the great stand up comedians of the day to play.

Jul 19, 2017

Tonight we are joined by several folks from the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS: TOM O’MALLEY, ceramic artist, Ceramics Department Head, and Head of the Photography Program and GALE SCOTT, glassblower,  Glass Department Head, and Head of the Metals Program.

Jul 19, 2017

Birds are all around us.

Jul 13, 2017

Tonight we talk with artist and writer JULIA JACQUETTE about her graphic memoir PLAYGROUND OF MY MIND. This is a beautiful, large format work that describes how some very special playgrounds of her youth, and her mother and father, helped shape the artist she is today. 

Jul 6, 2017

In the studio tonight , from the FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM, are  LISA CROSSMAN, Curator and LAUREN SZUMITA, new Koch Curatorial Fellow. They are here to talk about the Fitchburg Art Museum’s 82st ANNUAL REGIONAL EXHIBITION OF ART AND CRAFT.

Jul 5, 2017

Wild salmon are a keystone species of the Pacific Northwest. Prized for their flavor, these anadramous fish have suffered huge declines in recent decades due to the construction of dams, logging, mining, pollution and loss of habitat. Can wild salmon survive all that is being done to them?

Jul 5, 2017

Dominick Dunne is best known today for his colorful coverage of the sensational murder trials of people like Claus von Bulow for Vanity Fair. But he started out in Hollywood as a producer and script writer, and therein lays a long and twisted tale.

Jun 28, 2017

They have odd names like pink heelsplitter, snuffbox and rabbit’s foot. We usually never notice them, yet  they are some of the most important denizens of our freshwater ponds and rivers. Freshwater mussels provide critical “ecosystem services” by helping filter the water.

Jun 28, 2017

Imagine a book that introduces the reader to some of the most difficult concepts of quantum theory and cosmology that is also fun to read and funny. Welcome to WE HAVE NO IDEA: A GUIDE TO THE UNKNOWN UNIVERSE.

Jun 22, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back ANTHONY J. MARTIN. He is a Professor at Emory University. He’s a paleontologist, geologist and one of the world’s most accomplished ichologists. Tonight we talk about his book DINOSAURS WITHOUT BONES: DINOSAUR LIVES REVEALED BY THEIR TRACE FOSSILS.

Jun 22, 2017

Bumblebees the world over are in trouble with a number of species ranges dramatically shrinking or becoming extinct. What is happening? Is it loss of  flower species?Is it  disease? Competition with introduced species?

Jun 22, 2017

Circular imagery is everywhere in the history of human art and culture. From the design of the Large Hadron Collider to Dante’s designs for the afterworld to numerous maps and diagrams. Why are we so entranced by circles, spirals and wheels?

Jun 21, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with bestselling crime author RON FRANSCELL who, with forensic pathologist Dr. Vincent Di Maio, has written MORGUE: A LIFE IN DEATH a memoir of some of Dr.

Jun 14, 2017

KORI STAMPER is a lexicographer at Merriam-Webster, where she also writes, edits, and appears in the “Ask the Editor” video series. Her new very witty book WORD BY WORD reveals what it is really like to create a dictionary. It is not at all a scientific process.

Jun 14, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with JAMES FORMAN JR., professor of law at Yale Law School. His new book is LOCKING UP OUR OWN: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT IN BLACK AMERICA.

Jun 8, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back long-time friend of the show: artist and author JARRETT J. KROSOCZKA . He’s here tonight to talk about his new projects JEDI ACADEMY and NAPTASTROPHE!

Jun 7, 2017

Roughly one third of people living in America face significant barriers to getting dental care. For much of rural America  the problem is poverty and the lack of dentists. Poor dental health can lead to more serious health problems and even death.

May 30, 2017

Ukrainian-born photographer SASHA MASLOV has been traveling around the world taking portraits of veterans of World War II and recording their memories of the war. Some of these vets are from countries that you may not immediately associate with the war, like India or Sri Lanka.

May 24, 2017

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome KELLY MOMBERGER chair of the Worcester Arts Council,  who will be talking about Worcester’s participation in the international MAKE MUSIC DAY. This year, it will be on JUNE 21ST.

May 24, 2017

 Have ever visited the jungles of Costa Rica or Panama and wished you had some type of guide book that could explain what you saw there? Why do we find so many plants, trees, birds and insects in the neotropics? Why is it so hot and wet? How come the butterflies are so big?

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