All aboard! Tonight, Inquiry is joined by “Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park” curator NICK CAPASSO. Nick has organized the museum’s latest exhibition called TRAINSCAPE: INSTALLATION ART FOR MODEL RAILROADS. This exhibition has actual “O” scale locomotives chugging their way through twelve contemporary artists’ installations. Nick will explain how the museum keeps the artwork running on time and what “Dyna-chuff” is. Also in the studio are two of the artists from this dynamic show. RALPH HELMICK is a renowned public art sculptor. His piece has a train huffing and puffing through the words of a Wallace Stevens poem. ELLEN WETMORE is a multi-media artist. Her trainscape is a hilarious post-birth meditation on what happened to her body. Go to:http://www.decordova.org/decordova/exhibit/2007/trainscape/trainscape.ht... further information.
Inquiry welcomes back author and historian WALTER R. BORNEMAN. Walter’s new book is a revealing account of America’s first truly international conflict, a series of battles that changed the political landscape of the world and prepared America for it’s own War of Independence. Yet, it’s a history most American’s barely know. Tune in as we discuss Walter’s book THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR: DECIDING THE FATE OF NORTH AMERICA.
Inquiry welcomes back KATHERINE C. GRIER, professor of material culture studies, Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. Tonight we continue our discussion of Grier’s landmark book PETS IN AMERICA: A HISTORY, looking at how 19th Century religious and philosophical ideas of domesticity, kindness and gentility to people forever changed the way Americans looked at the dogs and cats that also lived in their homes.
Atlanta, Georgia is facing critical water shortages, as are many major cities in the southwest. Think it can’t happen here? Massachusetts has plenty of rainfall in most years, yet lately many city reservoirs have been running critically low and there has been an increase in summer water bans. What is going on? The answer lies in poor water management, profligate water use and unbridled and uncontrolled sprawl, perhaps the single greatest environmental concern in New England. Inquiry welcomes COLIN D. POLSKY and R. GIL PONTIUS JR. of Clark University’s Graduate School of Geography and the George Perkins Marsh Institute who have been carefully investigating the effect that Mac-mansions with golf-course lawns have on the water we all need to live.
Writer, journalist and editor JONAH LEHRER has a new book about artists of the 19th Century whose works anticipated the discoveries of 20th Century science. Tonight on Inquiry we discuss how legendary French master chef Auguste Escoffier, inventor of veal stock and Peach Melba, discovered the chemistry of “deliciousness” and how novelist George Eliot got her heart broken and then wrote about the biology of freedom. Tune in for a discussion both lively and totally unexpected. Lehrer’s book is PROUST WAS A NEUROSCIENTIS
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