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Jul 6, 2016

Lighthouses have been welcome beacons for mariners along America’s shores since the early 1700s.The story of their evolution, construction, management and their importance in time of war are just some of what we will talk about tonight when Inquiry welcomes writer and historian ERIC JAY DOL

Jul 6, 2016

After World War I, young reporter Ernest Hemingway moved to Paris with his new wife determined to become a famous writer of fiction. This was at a time when people like Gertrude Stein and F. Scott Fitzgerald dominated the scene.

Jun 29, 2016

Bzzzzt! Have you ever been stung by a yellow jacket or honey bee? Why do wasp stings hurt so much? Tonight’s Inquiry is all about the biology, ecology and biochemistry of stinging insects. We talk with JUSTIN O.

Jun 23, 2016

Walking through a city, we rarely look up. Tonight on Inquiry, my guest is writer JACK COOKE who goes one better. He goes up. Jack Cooke has a passion for climbing trees in and around London. Trees in parks, cemeteries, along rivers and even in those secret gardens London is famous for.

Jun 22, 2016

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writer and journalist JILLIAN KEENAN. Her new memoir is about many things. It is a brilliant and lively look at sex and love in Shakespeare’s plays. Her book is also about her own search for a loving relationship.

Jun 16, 2016

THOMAS THWAITES is a designer in London, where he ponders technology, science and futures research. One day he realized he was tired of all the worry and stress of human life and decided to try to become a goat.

Jun 16, 2016

The Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Eleventh Edition, publish in the early years of the Twentieth Century, is considered “the last great English language encyclopaedia.” But the story of its creation is a complicated and chaotic tale of the clash of British and American culture.

Jun 15, 2016

Do you find it tough to find the groove in the music of Coltrane? Do you have a hard time finding new music you like? Inquiry welcomes back jazz pianist, music historian, critic and writer TED GIOIA.

Jun 8, 2016

At least 51% of American school children live below the government’s threshold for low income. Low income for children can often mean a life of stress, chaos and uncertainty and this can lead to poor success at school. How can we ensure that these children succeed at learning?

Jun 2, 2016

Inquiry welcomes back HONEE A. HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. Joining her in the studio tonight are artists in residence DÉSIRÉE PETTY.

Jun 2, 2016

Helen Gurley Brown dedicated her life to celebrating the single working “girl”.

May 26, 2016

Herbert Hoover is widely regarded as having the greatest failed presidency in American history because of his inability to deal with the crushing Depression. But how well do we really know about Hoover’s real history in the White House?

May 26, 2016

Can looking at paintings in an art museum improve your skills as a police officer or a surgeon? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with lawyer and art historian AMY E.

May 19, 2016

The conventional wisdom is that World War I had little effect on American art. But is this really true? Tonight on Inquiry our guest is DAVID M. LUBIN, the Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University.

May 19, 2016

Tonight on Inquiry, our guest is novelist and poet MICHAEL BLUMENTHAL. He is the son of Holocaust survivors. His new book is a tribute to his friend RITA MILJO. She spent her life rehabilitating and caring for orphaned and abused baboons in South Africa.

May 12, 2016

Inquiry welcomes back HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS. Joining her in the studio is LORI MADER, ceramics faculty member and PAM FARREN, metals instructor. They will be talking about their work and the upcoming FACULTY SHOW at the Center for Crafts.

May 12, 2016

When JULIANA BUHRING set off on her record breaking 18,063 mile trip around the world on her bicycle Pegasus she had no sponsors or funding. Even more amazing is the fact that when she had come up with the idea of doing this feat she had not ever seriously ridden a bike!

May 5, 2016

“Why are some people so amazingly good at what they do?” Have you ever tried to learn golf or the piano and given up after months of practice because you never seemed to improve? Do you think that people who excel at singing or chess are gifted? That they are born that way?

May 5, 2016

For a long time it has been assumed that birds are, well….”bird brained”. Birds have small brains and it has been thought  that they are therefore not anywhere near as intelligent as mammals.

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