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Oct 16, 2013

Tonight we talk with the one and only MIKE O’CONNER, the owner of Bird Watcher’s general Store and author of a great newspaper column on birds. A second collection of these funny and informative pieces has been publish as WHY DO BLUEBIRDS HATE ME?

Oct 10, 2013

When the G & C Merriam Company of Massachusetts published the third edition of Webster’s Dictionary in 1961, little did they realize that they would start “America’s greatest language controversy”. All over a few words that had been classified as slang.

Oct 10, 2013

Sydney and Violet Schiff were an amazing couple. They lived in the 1920s in Britain. They were madly in love with each other and each was a connoisseur of the visual arts and of modernist writing. Their close friends included some of the most legendary writers of that era.

Oct 9, 2013

“All people long for justice, but we feel horrible when those who have created harm go unpunished”. We are of two minds about revenge: we talk about it and joke about it, enjoy movies about the hero seeking revenge, but feel conflicted about actually doing it ourselves.

Oct 9, 2013

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with photographer RUBY RAY. Her new book, which also contains a great CD, is titled FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD: CALIFORNIA PUNK 1977-81.

Sep 26, 2013

Tonight we speak with STAN ULANSKI, Professor or Meteorology, Oceanography and Marine Resources in the Geology and Environmental Science Department. He has written a very entertaining and informative book on billfish: those large and fast fish that have the long pointy “swords”.

Sep 26, 2013

Inquiry welcomes back the one and only BILL THOMPSON III, Editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest and author of many books on birds. His latest book is titled BIRD HOMES AND HABITATS.

Sep 25, 2013

Do you love chocolate? If the answer is YES, then tune in tonight when Inquiry welcomes back MELISSA STEWART, author of more than 150 science books for children.

Sep 19, 2013

Inquiry welcomes back internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and author RICHARD CROSSLEY.

Sep 19, 2013

Inquiry welcomes back HONEE HESS, Executive Director of the Worcester Center for Crafts. Also in the studio is EMILEE WOOTEN, one of the new crop of “Artists in Residence” at the Worcester Center for Crafts.

Sep 11, 2013

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with MICHELLE MAY, artist, designer and creator of the CIRQUE DU NOIR. The Cirque du Noir is a wonderful costumed art event held this year on October 27 here in the city. that helps raise money for the Worcester County Food Bank.

Sep 11, 2013

A small piece of the Connecticut Charter Oak. A wooden chip cut from a railroad tie. A piece of cake from President Roosevelt’s birthday ball. A magnifying glass and chads from Broward County, Florida.

Sep 4, 2013

Many of the print newspapers that we grew up with are declining or even going extinct. Where will we now get news and information that maintains the current high standards of print journalism?

Sep 4, 2013

Inquiry welcomes back MARY M. TINTI, Associate Curator at the FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM. She talks about the exciting new exhibition STILL LIFE LIVES! Which combines still life artworks from the museum’s collection with works from a number of contemporary artists.

Aug 28, 2013

Inquiry welcomes back WILLIAM WALLACE, Executive Director of the Worcester Historical Museum. Tonight Bill talks about the upcoming HARVEY BALL awards gala and the exciting WORCESTER IN THE 1960S exhibition. For more information about the Harvey Ball and the exhibition, go to:

Aug 28, 2013

Inquiry welcomes VERLYN KLINKENBORG, writer, teacher, editor and farmer. His new book MORE SCENES FROM THE RURAL LIFE collect years of his columns and pieces for the New York Times and other publications about working and living on a small farm in upstate New York.

Aug 22, 2013

What would it be like to experience the end of the world? My guest tonight is CRAIG CHILDS, writer, journalist and commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition. Childs decided to investigate for him self the feeling of the apocalypse.

Aug 22, 2013

The Green River Formation of the former Fossil Lake in Wyoming contains some of the most detailed and beautiful fossils you have ever seen. These are fossils of fish, mammals, reptiles, invertebrates and plants that have the quality of a fine work of art.

Aug 15, 2013

North American warblers are among the most beautiful of our migrant breeders, but identifying them can be a real challenge. Though often colorful, they are also small, very active and often stay high up in foliage or hiding in dense cover.

Aug 15, 2013

Inquiry welcomes back artist CARRIE CRANE. Her latest series of work is the result of her artistic responses to a researcher’s work in the Clark University Physics Department. Andreea Panaitescu was examining “the order and disorder of packing spheres in a confined cube.

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