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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.

Sep 11, 2012

Thomas Hart Benton was one of the great Regionalist painters during the American Depression. He painted some of the greatest murals of the twentieth century and captured a unique sensibility of life in the Midwest and rural America on his canvases.

Sep 11, 2012

Inquiry welcomes writer INGE AURERBACHER to talk about two of her books: FINDING DR.SCHATZ : THE DISCOVERY OF STREPTOMYCIN AND THE LIFE IT SAVED and I AM A STAR: CHILD OF THE HOLOCAUST. Inge Aurerbacher has led a singularly dramatic and inspiring life.

Sep 4, 2012

Orion Magazine is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To celebrate that milestone, the magazine invited thirty writers from different backgrounds to write about what people are going to need to do and think to create positive change in the next thirty years.

Aug 29, 2012

Writer, journalist and Contributing Editor to Outside Magazine, FLORENCE WILLIAMS really didn’t think much about her breasts until she became a mother. It was then that she began a years long investigation into what is known about the evolution and health of human breasts.

Aug 21, 2012

Film maker and teacher SHAWN CAREY returns to Inquiry to talk about Migration Productions new dynamic film EPIC JOURNEYS.

Aug 15, 2012

On a remote beach in Western Australia it is possible to see living examples of some of the oldest life on the planet.

Aug 14, 2012

Tonight poet JOHN DERVISHIAN returns to Inquiry. There are two new collections of his work: YOU CAN’T GET INSIDE MY HEAD IT’S ALREADY OVERCROWDED and NIGHTMARES & LULLABIES which features poems by John and Adam Schirling.

Aug 1, 2012

Tonight on Inquiry we have a special discussion about the new documentary ALL AGES: THE BOSTON HARDCORE FILM. In the early 1980s a dynamic homegrown music scene evolved around local hardcore rock bands. This included bands like S.S. Decontrol, Gang Green and Jerry’s Kids.

Jul 25, 2012

Inquiry welcomes WILLIAM WALLACE Director of the Worcester Historical Museum. Bill talks about the exciting new “Worcester Talks” program in which the museum is recording people talking about their experiences and memories of Worcester in the 1960s.

Jun 27, 2012

Tonight’s guest is writer and editor JOY M. KISER. When she was an Assistant Librarian at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Ms Kiser saw on display a truly beautiful book from the late nineteenth Century illustrating birds nests.

Jun 26, 2012

The passage of the planet Venus across the face of the Sun as seen from Earth is called “the Transit of Venus”. It is the rarest eclipse in our solar system and occurs typically only twice every century.

Jun 20, 2012

“We do not come from dust, nor do we return to dust” writes tonight’s guest internationally recognized scientist BERND HEINRICH in his latest book LIFE EVERLASTING: THE ANIMAL WAY OF DEATH. In the natural world every death helps nourish and feed other life.

Jun 12, 2012

Our guest on Inquiry tonight is broadcast journalist, writer and passionate swimmer LYNN SHERR. Lynn has written an endlessly fascinating book about why humans love to swim in pools, lakes and the ocean. What is it about moving about in water that makes even casual swimmers blissfully addicted?

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