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Florence Williams and Justin Wolff

Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 9:00pm

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. For instance, though much is now known about the medical benefits of breast feeding babies, it is now also known that breasts can concentrate environmental pollutants particularly non-natural estrogens. Tune in tonight when Ms Williams discusses the mystery of the
increasing early onset of puberty in our children; the benefits and possible risks of breast-feeding and the strange concentration of cases of male breast cancer among the Marines of Camp Lejeune. William’s entertaining and very informative book is titled: BREASTS: A NATURAL AND UNNATURAL HISTORY.

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. Yet he was at times ornery, crude, dogmatic and virulently homophobic. He had personal lifetime fueds with artists like Alfred Stieglitz, Stuart Davis and his student Jackson Pollack. What are we to make of such an “anti-intellectual intellectual” artist?. Tune in tonight for some answers when
Inquiry welcomes JUSTIN WOLFF, assistant professor of art history at the University of Maine. Professor Wolff discusses his revealing and dynamic new book THOMAS HART BENTON: A LIFE.

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