We speak with professor and Director of Urban Studies Program at Barnard and Columbia University OWEN D. GUTFREUND.
Inquiry welcomes back author and historian WALTER R. BORNEMAN. Walter’s new book is a revealing account of America’s first truly international conflict, a series of battles that changed the political landscape of the world and prepared America for it’s own War of Independence.
We talk with writer and biographer BRENDA MADDOX about her intriguing history of one of Sigmund Freud’s key “paladins”, Ernest Jones. Jones was a complex man, part of psychoanalysis’ secretive inner circle and one of its great international proselytizers.
Well before there was John James Audubon, there was Thomas Bewick, British artist, engraver and author and illustrator of what might be considered the first field guide to birds in the world.
Author and celebrator of the sounds of nature, LANG ELLIOTT returns to Inquiry, this time in the company of photographer, sound recorder and natural historian WIL HERSHBERGER.
Beatrix Potter is best known for her wonderful children’s illustrated stories populated by the likes of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-duck and Pigling Bland. Writer LINDA LEAR’s new biography reveals Potter as a unique, independent and creative woman well ahead of her times.
Walt Disney’s feature length animations have captivated children’s imaginations for many decades. But how are women portrayed in these films? We talk with AMY M.
MIKE O’CONNOR, the owner of the famous Bird Watcher’s General Store on Cape Cod, has for some time written a column in the local paper in which he answers submitted questions about bird behavior, bird feeding and bird identification.
From the death of the Prophet Mohammed in 632 to the beginning of the Abbasid Caliphate in 750, the world saw a rapid and unprecedented expansion of the faith of Islam. How and why did this happen? How did this untrained army of the faithful conquer almost all of the Middle East?
For most of the 19th Century, there was no federal control over currency in the United States. It was total monetary anarchy. Hundreds of independent banks designed and issued their own bills.
Think the world can live happily without DJ Danger Mouse, Shepard Fairey’s graffiti, or those perky Manolo Blahnik pumps? Well, think again.
We speak with award-winning journalist CORA DANIELS about big money, the music business and “gangsta rap”.
ALICIA REBENSDORF was working in a dead end job with no relief in sight. So she decided to quit and take a classic American road trip. But this was a road trip with a difference.
Two films released in 1931 by Universal, Dracula and Frankenstein, forever changed the cinematic look and experience of horror in movies. Though these films may not seem very scary compared to today’s blood and gore spectacles, in their day these films terrified audiences around the globe.
TOM PHILLIPS has spent 30 years composing and producing award-winning scores for network television.
We talk with artist and writer BRET M. HERHOLZ about the appeal of comics, getting yourself published and about his new gothic comic series DIARY OF THE BLACK WIDOW.
Inquiry speaks with teacher, writer, editor and science fiction scholar GARY WESTFAHL about the life and work of Hugo Gernsback.
Werner von Braun was one of the most complex and troubling figures of science and technology of the Twentieth Century.
How does our sense of smell affect our sex lives? Can an odor elicit long forgotten memories? Does a perfume affect a woman in the same way it affects a man? Did Michael Hutchence of the band INXS kill himself because he could no longer smell?
Inquiry welcomes back KATHERINE C. GRIER, professor of material culture studies, Winterthur Program in Early American Culture.
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