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Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 9:29am

Dan Thurmon’s new book, Off Balance On Purpose – Embrace Uncertainty and Create a Life You Love, shows us that maintaining our balance in today’s off-balance world is a never-ending challenge.

That’s why he tells us to give up trying to live our life “on balance,” and start livingOff Balance On Purpose

This, he maintains, is the only way we will experience true happiness, accomplish meaningful goals, and lead a life which has lasting significance.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 1:24pm

The Worcester County Food Bank is a community-based non-profit organization whose mission is: To Engage, Educate and Lead Worcester County in Creating a Hunger-Free Community 
During fiscal year 2009, the Worcester County Food Bank distributed 5.3 million pounds of donated food and grocery product to its network of 178 partner agencies that have programs for feeding people including food pantries, community meal sites, and shelters. These agencies provided food to more than 93,000 different people living in Central Massachusetts. 
Between 2008 and 2009, the number of people receiving emergency food assistance increased by 13%.

Friday, January 29, 2010 - 10:58am

JOSEPH FARBROOK is an artist, poet and Assistant Professor of Interactive media and Game Development at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Tonight he talks about the evolution of his unique and thought provoking “media-reflexive performance” work that explores the intersections between video, video games and sculpture. His work poses difficult questions to the viewer about how new electronic media is affecting our lives and sense of community. To see some of Farbrook’s work, go to:

http://farbrook.net/

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 11:12am

When we think of a “Wanted: Dead or Alive”” poster, we think of a crudely printed notice nailed to a tree in the Old West picturing some dangerous desperado. The truth is that the first “Wanted” notices didn’t come into existence till World War I. That’s just some of what you will learn on tonight’s Inquiry when we speak with RACHEL HALL, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University. In her new book WANTED! THE OUTLAW IN AMERICAN VISUAL CULTURE, Professor Hall traces the origins of the “Wanted” poster to colonial period execution sermons, broadside crime reports and the coming of the Rogues Gallery as entertainment.   But how were the general public supposed to use these pictures of criminal activity? Tune in tonight and find out.

Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 4:04pm

During the Civil Rights protests of the ‘60s, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) played a crucial role in organizing grass roots sitdowns, protests and in voter registration in the Deep South. Staffed by youthful idealists like Julian Bond, John Lewis, Diane Nash and Stokely Carmichael, the SNCC often differed with Dr. Martin Luther King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on the tactics of protest and the pace of change. All those who worked for SNCC would be forever changed by their experiences. Writer, editor and teacher ANDREW B. LEWIS has written a dynamic and inspiring history of these young activists titled THE SHADOWS OF YOUTH: THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS GENERATION. Tune into Inquiry tonight for a unique perspective on one the most crucial periods in our country’s history and of those people that changed that history forever.

Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 10:28am

From the bestselling presidential biographer, a stirring tale of young men in old planes who achieved the "impossible.": with planes landing and taking off 90 seconds apart supplying the food and fuel and medicines to supply a city of more than two million people by air for
almost a year.

This week on The Public Eye, host Al Vuona chats with author Richard Reeves about his latest book, Daring Young Men.

Monday, December 21, 2009 - 10:25am

Johnny Mercer was one of the most prolific songwriters of 20th Century America. During his decades long career he wrote the lyrics for such memorable songs as “Moon River”, “Blues In the Night”, “Hooray For Hollywood”, “Laura”, “Something’s Gotta Give”. The list Mercer’s hits goes on and on. He was nominated for 18 Academy Awards and wrote songs for Broadway too. If that wasn’t enough, he was also one of the founders of Capitol Records. Tonight on Inquiry we chat with ROBERT KIMBALL, writer, music critic of the New York Post and Editor of the Complete Lyrics series of books. The latest monumental volume in that wonderful series is THE COMPLETE LYRICS OF JOHNNY MERCER. Tune in and find out who dubbed Lauren Bacall’s singing voice in “To have and To Have Not”. The answer will surprise you.

Friday, December 18, 2009 - 11:09am

She looked like a “tiny, troubled wisp of a human being” as she stepped up to the mike, but when she opened up her mouth, out came “an atom bomb voice”. This is how JIMMY McDONAUGH , writer, autobiographer and tonight’s guest on Inquiry, describes Tammy Wynette. She sang before five presidents, had twenty #1 hits and five husbands, and is loved fiercely by her fans. Tammy was one of the great country music stars of the 20th Century, with hits like “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad”, “Stand By Your Man”, and “Apartment #9”. Yet as her success mounted, her health crumbled until her untimely death. McDonough has talked with many of the people involved in her life, her producers, her friends and exes, and has created a monumental, wild yet still moving, biography. His book is titled: TAMMY WYNETTE: TRAGIC COUNTRY QUEEN.

Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 12:07pm

Inquiry welcomes back artist and teacher ROSEMARY LeBEAU. Rose’s work includes unique hand painted transferred photography, glass etching, book making and large complexly beautiful assemblages of found objects. After decades of creating work, in 2009 she had her first retrospective at her house, and that exhibition garnered many critical raves. Tune in and listen to one of the most unique artists in New England talk about her amazingly varied work.

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