Inquiry welcomes back Stage Director and professor ADAM ZAHLER to talk about his next project directing Hugh Whitemore’s BREAKING THE CODE at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge April 7 to May 8.
Today we often talk about the exhaustion, the surfeit and the pressure from the vast amount of electronic and digital information that is always swirling around us.
On this Inquiry, we welcome back author and teacher MARY ELIZABETH STRUNK to continue her conversation about her unique social history WANTED WOMEN: AN AMERICAN OBSESSION IN THE REIGN OF J. EDGAR HOOVER.
KEVIN WHITEHEAD is a well-known writer about jazz and the jazz critic for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. His new book WHY JAZZ? A CONCISE GUIDE is a marvelous account of the history and art of jazz in an engaging “question and answer” format.
If you want to write that next great American novel, STANLEY FISH has a useful and counter intuitive recommendation for you. Don’t begin with the big idea, the grand conception. Instead begin with the sentence. Learn to love well written sentences.
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back NICK CAPASSO, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Joining him is artist RACHEL PERRY WELTY, whose first large scale solo show 24/7 is on view at the deCordova until April 24.
My very excellent mother just served us nine pizzas. This was just one of the many mnemonic phrases we learned as children to help us learn the names and order of the planets of our solar system.
Hedy Lamarr was one of the iconic actresses of the 40s and 50s in American film. She was considered one of the most beautiful women in cinema, but often this came at the price of directors, lovers and other actors thinking that Hedy was all looks and no brains.
Ever since people have been writing about birds, poets, playwrights and natural historians have been trying to translate the songs and calls of birds into the English language. Sometimes if has been as simple as a zeet or as complex as the mnemonic a little bit of bread and no cheese.
Imagine a secret society and spy ring that was organized by George Washington but that is still in existence today, working very much behind the scenes in Washington.
CRAIG A. MONSON, Professor of Music at Washington University in St. Louis is a self-confessed topo d’archivio, an archive mouse who spent countless hours deep in the Vatican Secret Archives Reading Room researching nun’s music in the sixteenth century.
JENNIE ERIN SMITH is a free-lance science reporter and a frequent reviewer on natural history for the Times Literary Supplement. Her new book, STOLEN WORLD: A TALE OF REPTILES, SMUGGLERS AND SKULLDUGGERY is a wild and woolly look at the secret world of snake and lizard smugglers.
The 1960s television series The Fugitive was immensely popular but it was a show unlike any other on the air at the time. It had a dark, claustrophobic film noir atmosphere in which no one ever relaxed.
We have all eaten and drunk foods with artificial sweeteners in them like Saccharin, Sucaryl and NutraSweet, often in futile attempts to diet and lose weight. But what do we know about these chemicals? Are they good for us?
Tonight is Part Two of our conversation with WILLIAM C. GERRITY, a man who has spent from the 60s well into the 90s working on some of the greatest and best-known films of the time. These include movies like KLUTE, TRADING PLACES and PATRIOT GAMES.
WILLIAM C. GERRITY had lived an amazing life working in film and television. He has worked on such seminal films as ALICE’S RESTAURANT, THE FRENCH CONNECTION, THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT, SOPHIE’S CHOICE and on into such films of the 90s as SEVEN.
In the mid 1800s, a number of Americans formed unique communes to live separate form the rest of society and aspire to a more spiritual life. None of these experiments in living were as unique or as destined for failure as the Fruitlands in Harvard, Massachusetts.
Richard Meinertzhagen was one of most controversial and exciting figures of the Twentieth Century. There are several histories written and movies made about his life. He was a star of military intelligence in both World Wars. His legendary “Haversack Ruse” helped turn the tide of World War I.
Between 1947 and 1955, certain comic books printed horror and crime stories that were gory, lurid and unique. These wild books were “genuinely and bravely subversive” and featured art by the likes of such luminaries as L.B. Cole, Steve Ditko, Reed Crandall, Al Feldstein and Basil Wolverton.
Sea Turtles are among the ocean’s most mysterious and threatened species. Coming to land at night on the beaches of select areas of the world, they lay hundreds of eggs in their nests. The threats to these nests and their tiny hatchlings are numerous. There are often human and animal predators.
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