Two thirds of Americans and Europeans no longer experience real night. Light pollution from numerous malls, parking lots, streetlights and sports fields have bleached our night sky so that we can only see a tiny fraction of the stars that are above us every night.
Professor of Biology and Director of the Hopkins Marine Station at Stanford University STEPHEN R. PALUMBI returns to Inquiry to continue talking about his new book THE EXTREME LIFE OF THE SEA. This book was co-written with his son Anthony R. Palumbi.
Writer LYANDA LYNN HAUPT returns to Inquiry to talk about her book CROW PLANET: ESSENTIAL WISDOM FROM THE URBAN WILDERNESS. Crows are all around us even in cities and as Lyanda writes they are the single most often encountered native wild animals we are likely to see.
Why are Japanese game shows so funny to the Japanese but don’t seem so funny to Americans? What makes a New Yorker cartoon hilarious? What kind of humor is found in Palestine? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with journalist and writer JOEL WARNER.
Why are some species of birds increasing in numbers while other species numbers are declining? What are the factors that influence a bird’s population? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with IAN NEWTON, ornithologist, applied scientist and a leading expert on bird ecology and biogeography.
Writer ARLO CRAWFORD grew up on his parent’s organic farm in rural Pennsylvania but left as soon as he could.
Photographer and teacher ROBERT DAWSON traveled across the United States for 18 years photographing public libraries. What he found were unique, vibrant institutions that were crucial to their local communities.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist MITCHEL KING AHERN visual artist, musician, and sound artist. He has also been described as a fiber performance artist. Tune in for a lively conversation with him and learn about the upcoming re-filming of PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE!
Historian and curator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution WILLIAM L. BIRD JR drops by Inquiry once again to talk about his book AMERICA’S DOLL HOUSE: THE MINIATURE WORLD OF FAITH BRADFORD.
Tonight on Inquiry we have a wild and wide-ranging and informative talk with visionary artist HOWARD JOHNSON. Howard talks about his early days, how he started out as an artist and how he creates his unique works.
Inquiry welcomes back writer, physicist and physics professor at M.I.T. MAX TEGMARK to continue his conversation about his latest book OUR MATHEMATICAL UNIVERSE: MY QUEST FOR THE ULTIMATE NATURE OF REALITY.
Tonight we welcome back writer and expert on extinct birds and animals ERROL FULLER. His latest book is LOST ANIMALS: EXTINCTION AND THE PHOTOGRAPHIC RECORD. Though many people know Errol Fuller as the author of books about the Dodo and the Great Auk, in fact his real passion is painting.
Inquiry welcomes ARTHUR I. MILLER, Professor Emeritus at University College London. Since the 1980s, Professor Miller has been interested in what he calls ARTSCI, the fascinating area where art and science meet.
Tonight on Inquiry we talk again with CARY GINELL, award-winning writer, jazz historian and discographer. This time around Gary talks about his latest jazz biography MR B: THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF BILLY ECKSTINE.
Do you think it is a simple thing to tell if a work of art is a genuine masterpiece or a forgery? Well think again. Sometimes the process can be very complicated and even bizarre.
The Passenger Pigeon once existed in numbers that defy belief. One nesting colony took up 850 square miles. They migrated in flocks that were measured in many miles. These flocks darkened the skies and took hours and even days to pass overhead.
Ornithology since the time of Charles Darwin has made some exciting discoveries that have been important to all the natural sciences.
Inquiry welcomes back EDWARD H. BURTT JR, Cincinnati Conference Professor of Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University. He is the author, along with William E Davis Jr, of the book ALEXANDER WILSON: THE SCOT WHO FOUNDED AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGY.
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