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Nov 5, 2014

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with writer and philatelist CHRIS WEST about his new book A HISTORY OF AMERICA IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS. West uses a wonderful selection of stamps to illustrate the history of the United States from the Stamp Act to the selfie.

Oct 30, 2014

ROBERTO TROTTA, astrophysicist at Imperial College, London has written of the most unique and lyrical books about cosmology: THE EDGE OF THE SKY: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE ALL-THERE-IS.

Oct 30, 2014

Novelist CHUCK PALAHNIUK returns to Inquiry to talk about his new novel BEAUTIFUL YOU, which is about sex addiction and sinister corporate forces, among other things.

Oct 23, 2014

Photographer and author TRAER SCOTT’s newest published collection of her photography is titled NOCTURNE: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT and features stunning and close up photographs of some of the world’s most engaging nocturnal animals and birds.

Oct 23, 2014

Inquiry welcomes BOB HERBERT, opinion columnist for the New York Times from 1993-2011 and Distinguished Fellow at Demos, a public policy think tank. His latest book is LOSING OUR WAY: AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF A TROUBLED AMERICA.

Oct 22, 2014

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer CHRISTOPHER MILLER who has compiled and hilarious and fascinating encyclopedia of funny objects and conventions from the comics, jokes and films of the early decades of the Twentieth Century.

Oct 9, 2014

We live at a time in which we are surrounded by visual media and bright colors.  But our experience of color is never just about vision. Colors can also be used to manipulate and control.

Oct 8, 2014

BARRY B. POWELL, the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison, returns to Inquiry to talk about his new dynamic translation of one of the greatest epics in the world: HOMER’S THE ODYSSEY. 

Oct 8, 2014

Adolescence is typically portrayed as a time of out of control emotions, fed by hormones, that is, at best, survived.

Oct 1, 2014

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back NICHOLAS CAPASSO, Director of the Fitchburg Art Museum. With him in the studio is photographer MARIO QUIROZ.

Oct 1, 2014

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back HONEE A. HESS, Executive Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts. With Hess in the studio is artist and painter KAT O’CONNOR.

Oct 1, 2014

Once their miles long flocks darkened the skies for hours. But now they are extinct. Gone forever. Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome back artist, writer and world authority on bird and animal extinction ERROL FULLER.

Sep 25, 2014

In the 1960s and early 70s, rock music took a surprising turn in West Germany. Bands wanted to create something particularly “German” yet apart from their country’s horrific past. But they also wanted something not American.

Sep 24, 2014

In the 17th Century both England and Italy were recovering from a period of political and social chaos. In Italy, the Catholic Church had lost a lot of power to the new Protestant movement and Britain was still reeling from the Interregnum and revolution.

Sep 17, 2014

KRISTA BUCKLAND REISER, General Manager and violinist for the WORCESTER CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY returns to Inquiry to talk about the wonderful and varied and programs the society is offering this fall and early winter.

Sep 17, 2014

Movie musicals lead a “preposterous existence”. They are “crass, not respected, and several times almost extinct”. But they are also wildly popular and beloved. Movie musicals are wonderful, but musicals can also be trash!

Sep 11, 2014

Students in Finland and Poland consistently score better at math and problem solving than American students. Why? What are their school systems doing that we aren’t?

Sep 11, 2014

Are we significant in the universe? Is life on this planet a unique accident of chemistry or are there several or maybe even many planets that host life? Those are just a few of the very big questions that tonight’s guest on Inquiry will attempt to answer.

Sep 10, 2014

Why do we cry during movies when we know they aren’t real? Why do some people believe the most outrageous conspiracy theories? Why do we find gossip or sports so compelling?

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