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.
In the late 1700s, America as a nation was just getting underway. At the same time the most famous and influential French philosopher and natural historian Georges-Louis LeClerc Buffon published his theory that all of the New World’s wildlife was “degenerate”. Our birds sang inferior songs, all our animals were puny and weak and our Native Americans were so effeminate that the men gave milk. This theory of American degeneracy became so popular that philosophers like Kant and poets like Keats and Byron also wrote about it. As you can imagine, our Founding Fathers were not about to take this Euro-trashing of America lying down, and before you knew it James Madison was measuring weasels and Jefferson began a unique search for a living Mastodon! This is a wild and crazy history of early America, not generally known. Our guest tonight on Inquiry is DR. LEE ALAN DUGATKIN, Professor of Biology at the University of Lousiville and he discusses his new and very unique history MR. JEFFERSON AND THE GIANT MOOSE: NATURAL HISTORY IN EARLY AMERICA.
Rock music thrives on its visual images. Think of all the original album covers that have become iconic symbols of our youth or the rock posters that decorated our rooms growing up. From Elvis on, there have been photographers who have captured the essence of the anarchy of a rock show or a band’s frenzied performance. Some artists like Dylan have always carefully controlled their image, and his pose is as much a part of his act as his sound. Tune in tonight when Inquiry talks with GAIL BUCKLAND, author, curator and professor of the history of photography at The Cooper Union. Ms Buckland has assembled a wonderful dynamic collection of photography that celebrates the typically unsung artists who documented the history of rock. Both a book and a traveling exhibition, WHO SHOT ROCK: A PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY 1955 TO THE PRESENT will soon to be coming to the Worcester Art Museum in March of 2010.
Before the 1870s, most Americans rarely saw a picture of a doctor or a hospital in a newspaper of a magazine. This is because doctors were to be avoided at all costs and hospitals were only for the truly desperate. Then Louis Pasteur discovered the rabies vaccine and the press discovered medical research and breakthrough cures could be a hot copy. From that point on, the press, literature, films and even comics became fascinated with telling the story of “breakthrough” medicine, especially if that story had dogs, horses and children in it. Tune in tonight when Inquiry speaks with historian, teacher and author BERT HANSEN about his latest unique book PICTURING MEDICAL PROGRESS FROM PASTEUR TO POLIO.
During the Great Depression in America, an expressive populist culture grew out of the Modernism of the 1920s. There were novels and plays about the horrors of dire poverty, but there were also dream-like fantasies of a world far way from the bread lines. The Gay Divorcee was enjoyed side by side with The Grapes of Wrath. It was a time of Woody Guthrie and Cole Porter, Art Deco and Regionalism. How can we make sense of what appears to be such a paradoxical culture? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with MORRIS DICKSTEIN, Distinguished Professor of English and Theatre at CUNY Graduate Center. Professor Dickstein discusses his new book, one of the most original and enjoyable histories of The Depression: DANCING IN THE DARK: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION. If you are a fan of the American Songbook, the great writers of the Depression or the films of the 1930s, don’t miss this show!
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