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Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 1:28pm

Drawing on both new and neglected evidence, this book reconstructs Old John Brown’s aborted “war” to free the 3.8 million slaves in the American South before the Civil War. John Brown’s War Against Slavery chronicles how this aged American apostle of violence in behalf of the “downtrodden,” this abolitionist “fanatic” and “terroriser,” ultimately rescued his cause by going to the gallows with resolution and outward calm. By embracing martyrdom, John Brown helped to spread panic in the South and persuaded northern sympathizers that failure can be noble and political violence “righteous.”

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 10:52am

The oldest known surgical procedure that we have evidence for goes back to the Neolithic period. It was not setting a broken leg or repairing a flattened nose. It was cutting a three-inch hole in the skull using primitive stone tools! Yikes!!! Trepanation or trephination, was a known surgical practice to the Indians of Cuzco, the Ancient Greeks and was done in many European countries. It is still being done in certain cultures of Africa. The amazing thing is that most patients lived! Tonight on Inquiry we talk with DR. CHARLES M. GROSS, a neuroscientist specializing in vision and the functions of the cerebral cortex. His latest collection of interesting essays A HOLE IN THE HEAD: MORE TALES IN THE HISTORY OF NEUROSCIENCE reveals what is known about trephination and how it was done. Other essays in his book look at Dutch and Flemish art that show the infamous “The Stone of Folly”, Rembrandt’s paintings of anatomy lessons and whether in fact our brain can grow new neurons. Tune in tonight for a unique and far-ranging discussion of art, science and medicine.

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 11:31am

NaviCare HMO is a health-care program sponsored by Fallon Community Health Plan whose aim is to help you get the most out of your Medicare and MassHealth Standard benefits and offers you extra services that can help you stay healthy at no extra cost.
Under NaviCare, your primary-care physician will work with a team to develop your own personal-care plan based on what kind of care you need.
You will have a geriatric-support-service coordinator who will help arrange for community services.
You'll also have your own personal nurse case manager and navigator, who will work together to coordinate and manage your health-care needs along with your doctors, social workers and other health-care specialists.
My guests are: Katherine “Kathie” Metzger, executive director of NaviCare; and Lynn Patterson, director of government-services clinical programs for Fallon Community Plan.

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:

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.


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