Babysitting is really a 20th Century phenomena, that only took off in the Depression. But society’s ideas about the babysitters were often at odds with the reality, and these differences reflect a cultural battlefield that existed over the development of a teen girl culture. Did you know that for decades babysitters have tried to organize? Or that many teen girls have always been very ambivalent about babysitting? Why have babysitters been shown to be the victims of so many slasher films? Why are there so many apocryphal stories about bad babysitters? What do the answers to these questions say about how our society looks at teenage girls? Tune in to Inquiry tonight when we speak with MIRIAM FORMAN-BRUNELL about her complex and fascinating book BABYSITTER: AN AMERICAN HISTORY. Professor Forman-Brunell is also the co-director of the educational website resource CHILDREN AND YOUTH IN HISTORY, which can be found at: http://chnm.gmu.edu/cyh/
Kathryn Walt Hall is the proprietor of HALL Wines in Napa Valley and
has been involved in the California wine industry since her family
first purchased a vineyard thirty years ago. She has had a
distinguished career as a successful businesswoman, community activist,
and most recently as the United States Ambassador to Austria. Kathryn
is passionate about her career in the wine industry and talks about the
impact women have had on this industry.
Imagine Dante’s classic L’Inferno, told entirely through Bazooka Joe Bubble Gum comics complete with cheesy prizes and gum wrappers. Or perhaps you would like to see Charlie Brown as Gregor Samsa and Little Lulu as Hester Prynne. Or maybe Beavis and Butthead in a production of “Waiting for Godot”. Welcome to the wild world of MASTERPIECE COMICS: WHERE CLASSICS AND COMICS COLLIDE. Tonight, Inquiry welcomes artist, teacher and cartoonist R. SIKORYAK, who has created a unique literary art form, a surprising smash up between great literature and classic comics, many now compiled for the first time in one large insanely wonderful volume..
One of the most unique and exciting graphic novels created in some time centers around the unlikely subject of Bertrand Russell’s search for mathematical proof based on logic and his decades long struggle to write the Principia Mathematica. This almost unreadable series of highly technical logic books takes 362 pages just to prove that 1+1=2. And ultimately this life’s work was shown to be a pointless and impossible endeavor! CHRISTOS PAPADIMITRIOU, writer and C. Lester Hogan Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley teamed up with APOSTOLOS DOXIADIS, a writer who has done award-winning work in film and theatre. Together with artists ALECOS PAPADATOS and ANNIE DI DONNA, they have created a stunning graphic history of 20th Century logic, mathematics and philosophy that manages to be compelling, thrilling and beautiful. LOGICOMIX: AN EPIC SEARCH FOR TRUTH weaves the passionate conversations of Christos and Apostolos with the life stories Russell, Alfred North Whitehead, Ludwig Wittgenstein and many others and along the way, the ancient Greek play, The Oresteia, is even retold! Against all odds, it all hangs together wonderfully and the result is truly unique and moving work of writing and art.
Inquiry continues its series of conversations with people who work at FERMILAB. Fermilab is a leading research facility for high-energy physics as well as the United States largest proton accelerator. Tonight, we talk with MARGE BARDEEN, MANAGER OF THE FERMILAB EDUCATION OFFICE, because Fermilab is also a leader in science-education for grades K-12. For decades now, Fermilab has reached out to students and educators around the world, offering tours, summer programs, numerous educational materials and many opportunities learn how to bring hard science back into the classroom. Tune in and learn about the Lederman Science Center, Quarknet, the Fermilab teacher resource center and their Summer Institute for Science Teachers. Fermilab has even developed a way to bring something of high energy accelerator physics right into your classroom by developing a muon detector kit. If you are a science teacher, student interested in physics or a parent don’t miss tonight’s show. The Fermilab Education Resources website can be found at: http://ed.fnal.gov/
When we put a picture on Facebook, buy something on Amazon or search for something using Google, that very personal information remains available to prying eyes in perpetuity. The Internet never forgets anything. Inquiry’s guest tonight believes that is a very unnatural and dangerous development. VIKTOR MAYER-SCHÖNBERGER, currently the director of the Information and Innovation Policy Centre at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. His latest book DELETE: THE VIRTUE OF FORGETTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE describes how the digital age is denying us the human act of forgetting. What will happen to society when everything we post is recorded and available on-line throughout our lives? Is there something we can do to change this Orwellian state of affairs? Tune in to Inquiry and find out.
Inquiry welcomes back DAVID ALLEN SIBLEY, artist and writer of a number of critically acclaimed field guides. His latest monumental guide is THE SIBLEY GUIDE TO TREES. Though trees are found everywhere we go, and we see them everyday in our back yards and on our streets, very few people can identify the common trees of their home turf. Sibley has spent seven years painting the trees of North America and assembling his work in a new and beautiful field guide. Tune in and find out what it takes to create a new field guide, how Sibley changed some of his techniques when painting trees, and how id’ing trees is very different from id’ing birds.
One of the darkest periods in American military history began on June
25, 1950, when hordes of North Korean troops stormed across the 38th
Parallel into South Korea. The Communists' blitzkrieg-style invasion
came less than five years after the end of World War II, when the
United States had owned the world's mightiest war machine, but it
caught a toned-down, ill-equipped U.S. Army woefully unready.
The Darkest Summer is the dramatic story of the first three
months of the Korean War, captured through author interviews with
dozens of surviving U.S. veterans, as it has never been told before.
Seldom have American forces faced so grave a challenge or has faith in
their ability to halt the enemy sunk lower.
Gloria Barsamian spent twenty-eight years as one of the first medical
social workers at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Massachusetts. She
is a licensed social worker with a Master"Degree in Psychology and
Social Relations from Harvard University.In her book Sustenance and
Hope for Caregivers of Elderly Parents she intimately describes results
of her life time work including research with Adult Children, Elderly
Parents and Grandchildren. She argues that the core of the relationship
between Adult Children and Elderly Parents is a special engagement
between generations, with ones adult children in an empathetic and
responsive way, with respect for their needs, limitation abilities and
The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance’s mission is to restore and enhance an enduring marine system supporting a healthy diversity and an abundance of marine life and human uses through a self-organizing and self-governing organization.
For the past decade, we have set the standard for effective collaboration in the pursuit of one question: if we truly care about the health of our oceans, does it matter how, where and when we fish; and, who catches the fish that end up on our dinner plates?
On The Business Beat we hear from Niaz Dorry of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance about the economic and environmental impact of overfishing.
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Arts, sciences and humanities build healthier, more livable, vital communities. They are essential to a strong education system. They contribute enormously to our economy.