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Jan 8, 2014

Have they found the Higgs Boson particle at the Large Hadron Collider? If so, it would be one of the greatest scientific discoveries of the last 100 years. But, according to our guest tonight,  we aren’t completely certain yet. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with noted physicist JOHN W.

Dec 18, 2013

Tonight on Inquiry, I talk with BARRY B. POWELL, The Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written a wonderful new translation of THE ILIAD, the great ancient work about rage and honor written by Homer. But who was Homer?

Dec 12, 2013

The early years of the 20th Century were a time of rampant anxiety in America. Corruption was everywhere from local police forces to the halls of the Senate. The corporations and huge trusts controlled the workplace as well as many politicians. Working conditions for many were abysmal.

Dec 12, 2013

WILLIAM L. BIRD, JR., Curator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution returns to Inquiry to talk about his catalog for the exhibition PAINT BY NUMBER: THE HOW TO CRAZE THAT SWEPT THE NATION.

Dec 5, 2013

Panoramic pictures didn’t start with the iPhone. Starting in the 1840s, photographers began to take exquisite panoramic shots of special events, unique groups of people and even everyday life.

Dec 4, 2013

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back artist and photographer TARA SELLIOS. Tara’s extraordinary photographic series are a meditation on fragility, impermanence, carnality and death. Her work, sensual but also shocking, relates to themes found in memento mori canvasses from the 16th century.

Dec 4, 2013

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with journalist, editor and writer JONATHAN BLACK about his very entertaining new social history MAKING THE AMERICAN BODY: THE REMARKABLE SAGA OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE FEATS, FEUDS, AND PASSIONS SHAPED FITNESS HISTORY.

Nov 21, 2013

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist and film maker NANCY ANDREWS about her latest wonderful film “Behind the Eyes Are the Ears” currently being shown as part of the Decordova’s 2013 Biennial.

Nov 21, 2013

Since the beginning of civilizations, people have been developing technologies to allow them to go out on the water. Seafaring has been critical for trade, conquest and warfare.

Nov 21, 2013

Tonight Inquiry welcomes SCOTT YANOW. Scott has been writing about jazz since 1975. He has written pieces for all the major jazz publications, has penned 750 sets of liner notes and reviewed more jazz CDs than anyone in history.

Nov 21, 2013

Visual artist ETHAN MURROW stops by Inquiry tonight. His monumental drawing installation titled FLOTILLA is currently on view as part of the Decordova’s 2013 Biennial. (http://www.decordova.org/ ).

Nov 14, 2013

Have you ever smiled when a rival co-worker experiences a misfortune? Do you enjoy watching  “Reality TV” shows like Cops and laugh watching the lowlifes get busted? Did you get a kick out of seeing Martha Stewart get her comeuppance?

Nov 14, 2013

Alexander Wilson founded American ornithology and his eight-volume masterwork remains one of the great American scientific endeavors. Though many people know of John James Audubon, few people have even heard of Wilson. Tonight on Inquiry we will help to change that when we speak with EDWARD H.

Nov 7, 2013

Every year the summers seem to go by faster and faster. We seem to be careening through life. Yet at other times, like waiting in line at the Registry or listening to a boring lecture, time slows to a crawl. Is the experience of time actively created in our own mind?

Oct 31, 2013

Tonight on Inquiry we sit down with ZACHARIAH COMBS, the new Director of the GALLERY OF AFRICAN ART in Clinton, MA. Tune in and learn about this wonderful new gallery, upcoming programs and even hear Zach on the n’goni.

Oct 31, 2013

Gloria Swanson had a singular film career. She starred with Rudolf Valentino during the Silent Era and with William Holden in Sunset Boulevard in what has been called the most celebrated film comeback in history.

Oct 30, 2013

Our guest tonight is ERIC H. CHUDLER, PhD. He is the executive director of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and a neuroscientist at the University of Washington.

Oct 23, 2013

Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with jazz journalist and writer PAUL DE BARROS about his new thorough and thoroughly enjoyable biography SHALL WE PLAY THAT ONE TOGETHER? THE LIFE AND ART OF JAZZ PIANO LEGEND MARIAN McPARTLAND.

Oct 16, 2013

Tonight we talk about the 2013 DECORDOVA BIENNIAL, an always interesting showcase of contemporary artists of New England. Our guests are LEXI LEE SULLIVAN curator of this year’s biennial and one of the artists featured in the exhibition LYNNE HARLOW.

Oct 16, 2013

Tonight we talk with the one and only MIKE O’CONNER, the owner of Bird Watcher’s general Store and author of a great newspaper column on birds. A second collection of these funny and informative pieces has been publish as WHY DO BLUEBIRDS HATE ME?

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