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Feb 10, 2016

Was there really a Frankie and Johnny? What did Tom Dooley actually do that he had to be hung? Did Casey Jones really engineer a train that was wrecked?  A number of American folk ballads were inspired by real-life events.

Feb 3, 2016

VICTORIA LOOSELEAF is an award-winning dance and arts writer and now a published poet. Her first book of poems is titled ISN’T IT RICH? Tune in and hear her read several of her poems and discuss her amazing life.

Feb 3, 2016

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with MEGAN PUGH, teacher and writer on American art and culture. Her latest book is AMERICA DANCING: FROM THE CAKE-WALK TO THE MOON-WALK. Tune in tonight and learn about the first American dance craze and what Michael Jackson learned from James Brown and Bob Fosse.

Jan 28, 2016

Feeling blue? Tune in tonight as Inquiry welcomes back JAMES A. WELU, Director Emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum and NANCY BURNS, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Worcester Art Museum.

Jan 28, 2016

Inquiry welcomes JANE MAYER, staff writer  for the New Yorker and award-winning journalist. She will be talking about her latest stunning and frightening book: DARK MONEY: THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE BILLIONAIRES BEHIND THE RISE OF THE RADICAL RIGHT.

Jan 27, 2016

E. PAUL ZEHR, writer and professor at the University of Victoria returns to Inquiry to talk about his amazing and fun new book for young readers: PROJECT SUPERHERO. Part fiction, part real training guide and part examination of what it means to be a real hero, this book is like no other.

Jan 27, 2016

The Red Knot is a small shorebird that  migrates from it’s breeding grounds in the Arctic south to Tierra del Fuego. In between, it stops to eats at a few select coastal spots that have large numbers of horseshoe crabs laying eggs. Knot numbers are declining worldwide.

Jan 13, 2016

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome RICHARD E. NOBLE, writer, educator and WICN host. His latest book is a truly monumental local history: THE ECHO OF THEIR VOICES: 150 YEARS OF ST. MARK’S SCHOOL.

Jan 7, 2016

Can you imagine checking out a genuine astronomical telescope from a local library to view the moon, plants and stars?

Jan 6, 2016

From 1969 to 1972, Howard Smith interviewed some of the most iconic musicians and cultural figures of the time and aired those fascinating interviews on his New York radio show. These interviews included luminaries like Lou Reed, Norman Mailer, Andy Warhol and Jim Morrison.

Dec 18, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with artist SALLY CURCIO. Her “Bubble Series”, which was shown recently at the Fitchburg Art Museum, is a collection of tiny “imagined ecologies” that resemble complex and detailed snow globes.

Dec 17, 2015

Gerry Mulligan was a legendary composer, arranger, bandleader and baritone saxophonist. He was able to sit in with any musician because he could embrace all styles of jazz regardless of his specialty.

Dec 9, 2015

Inquiry welcomes award-winning cartoonist, painter and educator CAROL TYLER to discuss her complex and moving new book SOLDIER’S HEART: THE CAMPAIGN TO UNDERSTAND MY WWII VETERAN FATHER. A DAUGHTER’S MEMOIR.

Dec 9, 2015

During the middle years of the 20th Century, graphic artists working for technical corporations and journals had to creatively depict some of the important new components for advertisements and promotional material.

Dec 3, 2015

We tend to think about atheism as a modern creation, a product of the Enlightenment. In fact, there have been skeptics and non-believers since ancient times. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with TIM WHITMARSH, the A.G.

Dec 3, 2015

The year 1606 was a disastrous one for England. There was the plague, and the infamous Gunpowder Plot and unrest and even demonic possession. King James had succeeded Queen Elizabeth and the transition was a difficult one.

Dec 2, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry we present a special full hour conversation with journalist, writer, novelist and essayist JAMES KAPLAN about his monumental new biography: SINATRA: THE CHAIRMAN. This is the second volume of Kaplan’s definitive life of Frank Sinatra.

Nov 19, 2015

Inquiry welcomes back HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the WORCESTER CENTER FOR CRAFTS to talk about the 2015 annual FESTIVAL OF CRAFTS sponsored by UniBank and the upcoming exhibition: NOW: NEW WORK, NEW ARTISTS (sponsored by the Worcester Business Journal).

Nov 19, 2015

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back two guests committed to quality and fun natural history and environmental education for young people. STACY TORNIO is a writer, editor, master gardener and master naturalist. KEN KEFFER is a naturalist and environmental educator.

Nov 11, 2015

Inquiry welcomes back writer and journalist GINGER STRAND to talk about her new dual biography THE BROTHERS VONNEGUT: SCIENCE AND FICTION IN THE HOUSE OF MAGIC.


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