For most of his checkered career, J. Edgar Hoover considered women gangsters a special thorn in the side of the F.B.I. and set out to reconstruct the way the public viewed the likes of Bonnie Parker, Kathryn Kelly (wife of “Machine Gun Kelly”) and especially Ma Barker. These celebrity outlaw women were the subject of a number of films and endless media coverage. To counter all this attention, Hoover often created numerous fictions about their habits and lives to emphasize the deviant aspects of these women and make them monsters in the public’s eyes. But who really were these “girls behind the men behind the guns”? Tune in tonight when we talk with MARY ELIZABETH STRUNK, writer, teacher and Associate of Five Colleges Incorporated about her revealing history: WANTED WOMEN: AN AMERICAN OBSESSION IN THE REIGN OF J. EDGAR HOOVER.
This week, Steve talks with Tim McGourthy and Joel Fontaine of the City of Worcester. They'll be discussing growing and expanding Worcester’s tax base in healthy, sustainable ways. Airs Sunday, November 7th at 10 pm!
Nearly 10 years after the September 11th attacks, Americans are still reckoning with what our government has done and continues to do in the name of national security. Join host Al Vuona as he talks with reporter Steve Hendricks about his new book, A Kidnapping in Milan: The CIA on Trial. Tune in Sunday, October 31st, at 10:30 pm!
Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back artist; painter GUSTAVE BLACHE III, whose beautiful, painterly works have been described as “Contemporary Impressionist”. Tonight he talks about a wonderful new series of work he has finished that honors one of the great restaurateurs of New Orleans and much more. To look at examples of Gustave’s work, go to: http://gustaveblache.com/
Professor of Philosophy at City University of New York, MASSIMO PIGLIUCCI returns to Inquiry to continue our conversation about his important book NONSENSE ON STILTS: HOW TO TELL SCIENCE FROM BUNK. In 1986 there was a rash of sightings of U.F.O.s. But just because hundreds of people saw “something”, does that make alien visitation a reality? How do we tell an honest expert from just another person who acts like they know something? Can we ever rely on our intuition? These are important questions to discuss at a time when so many divergent opinions are thrown at us in the media. If you care about getting to the truth of a report, a media project or a politician, tune in tonight.
This week, host Steve D'Agostino talks with Tripp Jones, chairman of The Campaign to Protect the Affordable Housing Law. The Campaign is a grassroots coalition of nearly 1,000 individuals and organizations, representing hundreds of thousands of residents. The coalition includes: civic, religious, business, municipal, and environmental, leaders as well as the leading senior, housing, human services, and civil rights groups. It is the largest and most diverse coalition ever assembled on affordable housing in our state. Hear more about his work with the Campaign, as well as with The MENTOR Network and MassINC, this Sunday October 24th at 10 pm right here on WICN!
Host Steve D'Agostino talks with Casey Starr of Main South Community Development Corp. and Fardeen Chowdhury of Cool Hat Web Design. They talk about celebrating Worcester's Main South neighborhood. Listen this Sunday, September 19 at 10 p.m. (Eastern) on The Business Beat on WICN/90.5 FM and in streaming audio at WICN.org.
In an all-new episode, Steve D'Agostino talks with Norm Ringdahl of The Prints and the Potter Gallery and Mark Waitkus of Waitkus Studios. They talk about the 35th anniversary of The Prints and the Potter Gallery and the "Paint the Town" show to celebrate it. Airs Sunday, September 12 at 10 pm on WICN!
About 365 million years ago the first vertebrates left the water and walked on land on four legs. But why leave the warm and bountiful seas? Was it safer on land? Was there more food? What were these early tetrapods like and were they related to the frogs and salamanders were are familiar with today. What can the fossil record tell us about how these creatures lived? Tune in tonight to Inquiry when we welcome ROBERT CARROLL, among the most highly regarded experts on the evolution of amphibians and reptiles, Professor Emeritus at McGill University, longtime Director of the Redpath Museum and Chairman of the Department of Biology. Professor Carroll talks about one of the most fascinating developments in vertebrate evolution: becoming terrestrial. Professor Carroll’s book monumental book is titled THE RISE OF AMPHIBIANS: 365 MILLION YEARS OF EVOLUTION.
Can animals like chimpanzees, elephants or dogs have a kind of moral intelligence? Do some animals act altruistically and have the capacity for empathy, forgiveness and trust? Can animals be immoral? Tune in tonight to Inquiry for a fascinating conversation with cognitive ethologist MARC BEKOFF. Bekoff, with philosophy writer Jessica Piece, has written a controversial and thought provoking book which may change the way you look at the other inhabitants of this planet: WILD JUSTICE: THE MORAL LIVES OF ANIMALS.
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