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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.

Aug 8, 2013

Peter Cushing starred in some of the most iconic horror and adventure films of the last half of the 20th Century. He has played Dr. Frankenstein a number of times in Hammer films, as well as van Helsing is another series of films.

Jul 31, 2013

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back WHEELER WINSTON DIXON. He is the James Ryan Endowed Professor of Film Studies and professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His new book is STREAMING: MOVIES, MEDIA, AND INSTANT ACCESS .

Jul 24, 2013

“Our body is a site of continual invention” writes tonight’s guest on Inquiry, HUGH ALDERSEY-WILLIAMS.

Jul 17, 2013

What are worst, most deadly events in human history? Our guest tonight on Inquiry has written a book that describes and ranks the world’s worst wars, genocides and religious persecutions. MATTHEW WHITE is a writer, researcher and creator of the on-line Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century.

Jul 11, 2013

Today children spend far less time out of doors than then did 30 years ago. How can we get our kids back outside and have them enjoy the natural world?

Jul 11, 2013

Does America have a future in outer space? China is aiming to land a crew on the moon by 2025. Will America ever go back to the moon? And what about the dream of a manned mission to Mars? What will it take to finally travel to another planet? Our guest tonight is Dr. CLAUDE A.

Jun 26, 2013

The story of Paul Du Chaillu’s life was as astounding as it was complex. As a young man he led a pioneering expedition into the interior of Gabon, Africa and brought back specimens of the little known legendary gorilla.

Jun 19, 2013

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and author RICHARD CROSSLEY. His identification guides are innovative, fun and like no other nature guides.

Jun 19, 2013

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist, writer, musician LUCY KNISLEY about her wonderful new graphic novel RELISH: MY LIFE IN THE KITCHEN.

Jun 12, 2013

“A corpse is always a problem” writes author, researcher and editor BESS LOVEJOY in the introduction to her wild new book REST IN PIECES: THE CURIOUS FATES OF FAMOUS CORPSES. You may think that when a person dies and put into the ground, that is the end of the story.

Jun 12, 2013

Many of the smaller industrial cities of America are in serious decline due to the forces of de-industrialization, outsourcing, globalization and white flight.

Jun 6, 2013

Is there really an “epidemic” of obesity in America? What are the social consequences of addressing people’s weight as a health crisis? What do issues of body size and inequality have to do with class, race and gender? Tonight we speak with DR. ABIGAIL C.

Jun 6, 2013

Writer and children’s book author MELISSA STEWART returns to Inquiry to talk about her latest title in her wonderful series. This volume is titled A PLACE FOR TURTLES.

May 30, 2013

Working men of the 1940s and the 1950s have been idealized, satirized and criticized in print, in film and on television. But what was it really like to be a middle class working stiff in those decades before The Pill and Women’s Liberation?

May 30, 2013

AMY ELIZABETH SKINNER is a photographer and Director of Digital Communications at the Guggenheim Foundation. For almost a year now she has been taking photographs of herself in the office, at home and on the streets of New York City every single day and posting them for the public to critique.

May 16, 2013

Artist and teacher BARRY VAN DUSEN returns to Inquiry to talk about his new work, his teaching, and working with Guy Tudor on the monumental Birds of Brazil.

May 16, 2013

You may think you know a definition of life, but you would be wrong. Many biologists and scientists are struggling to come up with a theory of life that we can test. In recent decades bacteria have been discovered living in hot springs in temperatures high enough to cook all other life.

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