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May 20, 2015

Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage were two real and somewhat eccentric Victorians who conceived of the foundations for modern computing.

May 20, 2015

What is the future of coal and oil as our primary sources of energy? Can we continue down the road of unlimited growth combined with continued environmental degradation? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and Senior Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute RICHARD HEINBERG.

May 13, 2015

During World War II there was an army unit that specialized in deception. They used inflatable tanks, created sound effects of troop movements and impersonated Morse code senders. They were the Ghost Army, an incredible group that included many artists like Ellsworth Kelly and Bill Blass.

May 13, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry we speak with artist MICHELLE SAMOUR, whose work was recently on exhibit at the Fitchburg Art Museum. Her work is about the aesthetics of the natural world and our obsession with classification and collecting.

May 6, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist GINA SIEPEL about her latest series of drawings of John James Audubon’s actual bird specimens.

May 6, 2015

HONEE H. HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS returns to Inquiry to talk about the latest exhibition “I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR” featuring work by painter DON HARTMANN and photographer LOUIE DESPRES (pictured) , who join us to talk about their work. 

Apr 29, 2015

We have an ever-increasing need for some of the rarest metals on the planet. These include elements like niobium, tantalum, rhodium and platinum. You may never have heard of them, but these names from the bottom of the Periodic Table are used in smartphones, cars,  medicine and dentistry.

Apr 29, 2015

Ethel Payne was considered the First Lady of the Black press from the fifties and for decades after “but she was generally out of sight of white America.”.

Apr 22, 2015

Today children and adolescents are spending less and less time out of doors and more and more time in front of computer screens. Because they don’t go outside, they have a very poor connection with the natural environment this causes health and even emotional problems.

Apr 16, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back BRET HERHOLZ. Not only is Bret an artist, but he is also an illustrator, children’s book author, screenwriter and set designer. Tune in and find out how he developed his career in art and what a few of his latest projects are.

Apr 16, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back BARRY STRAUSS, Professor of History and Classics at Cornell University. His latest book is THE DEATH OF CAESAR: THE STORY OF HISTORY’S MOST FAMOUS ASSASSINATION.

Apr 15, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back JULIET FEIBEL, Executive Director of ARTSWORCESTER and curator SUSAN STOOPS to talk about the 14th ARTSWORCESTER BIENNIAL. This year’s biennial includes works from other New England states and Susan Stoops was the juror.

Apr 15, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with poet MICHELLE PEŇALOZA. She talks about her new collection of poetry LANDSCAPE/HEARTBREAK inspired by walks she took with people to the location of their heartbreak. This project was an attempt to “map heartbreak”.

Apr 8, 2015

Ian Dury once sang “Sex and drugs and rock and roll is all my brain and body need.” But why are humans so attracted to these three things that often lead us into doing very rebellious and crazy things?

Apr 8, 2015

It began with the simple act of throwing table scraps out of the backdoor of rural homes but over the decades turned into a major avocation for millions of Americans and a big business.

Mar 25, 2015

We know that whales and dolphins are very intelligent creatures, but do they have a culture? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with HAL WHITEHEAD, University Research Professor in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Mar 25, 2015

What would Plato think of an MRi of his brain or a visit to the Google campus? Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back writer and philosopher REBECCA NEWBERGER GOLDSTEIN to talk about her new book: PLATO AT THE GOOGLEPLEX: WHY PHILOSOPHY WON’T GO AWAY.

Mar 19, 2015

Writer and Instructor in the Humanities and Arts at Worcester Polytechnic Institute JAMES DEMPSEY returns to Inquiry to promote the upcoming book and author dinner at the Goddard Library, Clark University on April 7.

Mar 19, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back MOLLY GUPTILL MANNING, writer and staff attorney in the United States Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit, New York. Tonight we discuss one of the weirdest and wildest literary hoaxes.


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