Steve D'Agostino chats with David Barclay of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and Marc Sternick of Deitz & Company Architects about NESEA's Building Energy '09 Conference and Trade Show.
Every sentence ends with them. Three of them in a row are called an ellipsis, but one atop another is a colon. They are the working stiffs of mathematics and the soul of computer programming. They are dots, plain and simple, and without them the modern world would cease to function. Tonight on Inquiry we speak with writers ALEXANDER HUMEZ and NICHOLAS HUMEZ about their crazily entertaining and always surprising history ON THE DOT: THE SPECK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD.
After too long an absence, Inquiry welcomes back explorer and writer RORY NUGENT. His latest book is a tour de force intimate portrait of the people that still try to live off the sea in what was once one of the most important fishing ports in the United States: New Bedford. This is a gritty tale of men against the sea, drugs, organized crime, declining fish stocks and losing battles against government regulations. What was once the last wild frontier begun in the heyday of whaling is now reduced to a sad shadow of it’s former self. Rory Nugent’s compelling story of a culture about to be forever lost is DOWN AT THE DOCKS.
Tonight on Inquiry we have a weird and wild discussion about “zooform” creatures, beings that “straddle the line between flesh and blood and the completely surreal.” Our guest is author and Fortean researcher NEIL ARNOLD, whose latest book MONSTER! THE A-Z OF ZOOFORM PHENOMENA is a raucous compendium of creatures from local legends, odd sightings and contemporary mythology. Tune in and learn about the likes of such strange creatures as The Mothman; Spring-heeled Jack and the ever-popular Chupacabra!!
Do creatures other than humans use a complex language? What does this say about animal intelligence and consciousness? Can we have a dialog with another species? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with DR. IRENE M. PEPPERBERG, Associate Research Professor at Brandeis University about her years long research attempting to communicate with an African Gray Parrot. Her research has been considered very controversial, but tune in tonight and you can decide for yourself. Dr. Pepperberg talks about learning to talk with her long time partner in research, Alex. Dr. Pepperberg’s popular account of her research is titled ALEX AND ME: HOW A SCIENTIST AND A PARROT UNCOVERED A HIDDEN WORLD OF ANIMAL INTELLIGENCE AND FORMED A DEEP BOND IN THE PROCESS.
evenhanded and elegant describes how famed historian Ronald White
informs and inspires with this new biography about our sixteenth
president Abraham Lincoln. With a new emphasis on the complex meaning
and timeless importance of Lincoln’s great words he re-kindles the
flame and continues to define Lincoln.This is a stand out biography by
one of our finest historians so tune in Sunday evening at 10:30.
Inquiry welcomes back writer, journalist and editor MARCUS REEVES, whose latest book is SOMEBODY SCREAM! RAP MUSIC’S RISE TO PROMINENCE IN THE AFTERSHOCK OF BLACK POWER, now in paperback. Tonight, Marcus talks about an interesting and controversial topic: the relationship of President Obama to the hip hop community. Will rap music be even more political now that Obama has been elected president or does his election in fact render the more political hip hop music irrelevant? Tune in for an honest and complex conversation about hip hop and politics.
One person may spend their entire life thinking about nothing but sheep, while another may be a scientist who spends all their time studying sheep. One of those people is considered an obsessive neurotic while the other is considered an icon of research. Where is the line between the clinical diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and someone who just wants to avoid colds and flu by washing their hands often? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with LENNARD J. DAVIS, Professor in the Departments of English, Disability and Human Development and Medical Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Professor Davis will talk about the social and cultural history of obsession and the development of a bio-cultural view of this now widespread disorder. Before the 1970s, OCD was hardly known yet today it allegedly affects one out of a hundred people. Is it a brain dysfunction? A genetic dysfunction? Or is it a product of societal pressures? What IS obsession? Professor Davis’ fascinating and controversial book is OBSESSION: A HISTORY.
What would it take to actually become the “Caped Crusader”? Unlike all other superheroes, Batman is just a "mere mortal" like you and me. Would it be possible to develop a physical training program that would allow us to swing from building to building and take countless blows from nefarious evildoers? Tonight on Inquiry we seriously attempt to answer those questions and many more. Our guest is E. PAUL ZEHR, Professor of Neuroscience and Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia. He has written an introduction to the physiology of exercise and martial arts that describes what would happen to our bodies if we were to train to become something more than Bruce Wayne. Did Batman ever take steroids? Does Batman exceed at strength or power? If Batgirl fought Batman, who would win? The answers will teach you a lot about what happens to your body and mind when you exercise. Professor Zehr’s book is titled BECOMING BATMAN: THE POSSIBILITY OF A SUPERHERO.
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