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Dec 5, 2012

In the 1970s photographers were shooting a billion Polaroid photographs each year yet today the company is essentially non-existent.  What went wrong?

Dec 4, 2012

The Nazis reviled Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and considered it a danger to the Third Reich. They referred to it as the worst example of “Jewish science” and “scientific dadaism”. Why was Einstein’s work on space and time such a threat to the Nazis?

Nov 28, 2012

Can talking a long hike in the forest actually lower our blood pressure, improve our cognition and creativity and relieve anxiety and depression?   Amazingly, scientists from around the globe are discovering that spending time in nature can do wonders for us.

Nov 22, 2012

Have you wondered why there seems to have been such a dramatic rise in disorders like asthma, food allergies, and Multiple Sclerosis in the last decades? Some researchers believe it is because our autoimmune system has run out of control.

Nov 22, 2012

Insects are all around us in the air, on land, in the water and even in our houses. There are thousands of species that live in New England alone. Most of us are familiar with butterflies, moths, grasshoppers and fleas. But how many of you have heard of Blister Beetles or Snow Scorpionflies?

Nov 14, 2012

JOHN H. McCORMACK is a truly unique artist and landscape designer.

Nov 6, 2012

This week on Inquiry we talk with MADELINE MILLER. Ms Miller teaches Latin and Ancient Greek and has studied at the Yale School of Drama, specializing in adapting classical tales for modern audiences.

Nov 1, 2012

The special guests on tonight’s Inquiry are LEXI LEE SULLIVAN, Assistant Curator at the Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum and RACHAEL ARAUZ independent curator.

Nov 1, 2012

Massachusetts historian and natural historian JOHN GALLUZZO decided that for the year 2011 he would take a 30 minute hike in a green space in every town and city in the state. It was a mammoth task to undertake and plan.

Oct 23, 2012

Could medical cannabis be the next big cash crop for America? What is the real cost of America’s on-going drug war?

Oct 23, 2012

What is human consciousness and does it emerge from some particular part of our brain? Do other animals experience consciousness and is there any proof for the evolution of consciousness. These are some of the most essential and important questions of our existence.

Oct 16, 2012

Imagine in the middle of a job interview being asked the following question: “You are shrunk to the height of a nickel and thrown into a blender. Your mass is reduced, so your density is the same as usual. The blades start moving in 60 seconds.

Oct 16, 2012

America’s trade relationship with China began right after the Revolutionary War. But trade with China at that time was not easy. The Middle Kingdom did not trust foreigners and confined American and European ships to the port of Canton.

Oct 10, 2012

Is there such a thing as “gay culture”? If so, what is the relationship between gay culture and sexuality? Is there a “right way” to be gay? What is the function of a camp take on Mildred Pierce? The answers to these complex questions also help define sex roles in the larger American culture.

Oct 9, 2012

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back ADAM ZAHLER, Associate Professor of Theatre at Worcester State University and also the Chair of Visual and Performing Arts Department. Adam talks about the new production of Tony Kushner’s masterpiece ANGELS IN AMERICA: THE MILLENNIUM APPROACHES.

Oct 1, 2012

Artist CHRIS WARE has single-handedly re-defined the possibilities of the graphic novel form. His work is complex, serious and stunningly beautiful.

Oct 2, 2012

Artist, photographer and teacher STEPHEN DIRADO has been taking deeply beautiful and mysterious black and white portrait photographs of people at the clothes optional beach in Martha’s Vineyard since 1988.

Sep 25, 2012

IN 1835, the capital of the United States was known as Washington City. The President at that time was Andrew Jackson, who was pro-slavery. But at least 4000 inhabitants of the city were former slaves called “free men”.

Sep 25, 2012

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome writer, editor and chef TAMAR ADLER. Her new ground breaking book AN EVERLASTING MEAL: COOKING WITH ECONOMY AND GRACE is definitely not a cookbook, though there are many recipes in it. Instead, her book follows in the tradition of past writers like M.F.K.

Sep 19, 2012

“Faster than a speeding bullet…More powerful than a locomotive….Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s Superman!” Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer LARRY TYE.

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