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May 17, 2018

Inquiry welcomes MARTHA H. KENNEDY. She is the curator of popular and applied graphic art in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.

May 17, 2018

Writer KUSHANAVA CHOUDHURY grew up in Calcutta and in New Jersey where he got his PhD in Political Theory from Yale University. Experiencing an early “mid-life crises”, he returns to live in Calcutta.

May 17, 2018

Inquiry welcomes back anthropologist and animal behaviorist ELIZABETH MARSHALL THOMAS. Her new book is an opinionated and chatty recap of the evolution of animal life combined with a wonderful memoir of her time spent with the San people, who were sometimes called “bushmen”.

May 16, 2018

Science writer ADAM BECKER has written a new history of quantum physics unlike any other. It is a book that focuses on the dissenting theories and the scientists who have been skeptical of the traditional “Copenhagen interpretation”. WHAT IS REAL?

May 16, 2018

Tonight on Inquiry we welcome back E. PAUL ZEHR. He is an award-winning science communicator and the director of the Center for Biomedical Research at the University of Victoria.

May 10, 2018

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with poet and teacher ERIC MORAGO. He will be reading poems from his new collection FEASTING ON SKY.

May 2, 2018

Sea otters are the definition of cute to many people.  They are also a keystone species in several ecosystems. They once were almost extinct, but populations have rebounded in recent decades.

May 2, 2018

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with poet and novelist BEATE SIGRIDDAUGHTER. She is the Poet Laureate of Silver City, New Mexico. She will be talking about, and reading some selections from, her new collection: XANTHIPPE AND HER FRIENDS. 

Apr 26, 2018

How did ancient Romans manage to build the largest unsupported dome in the world? How do today’s skyscrapers manage to keep standing? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with structural engineer ROMA AGRAWAL. She builds BIG, like bridges, skyscrapers, and train stations.

Apr 26, 2018

Albatrosses, shearwaters, and petrels are just a few of the species of birds who spend most of their life at sea. Some only touch land to breed. Many of these species stage spectacular migration flights covering thousands of miles.

Apr 25, 2018

David Fairchild spent his life traveling the globe tasting the fruits and vegetables of the world and sending seeds and cuttings back for American farmers to grow. If you have ever enjoyed and avocado or a mango, you can thank Fairchild. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with DANIEL STONE.

Apr 25, 2018

On April 2, 1969 the film 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY opened. Fifty years later, tonight on Inquiry, we talk with writer, artist, and filmmaker MICHAEL BENSON about his revealing new book SPACE ODYSSEY: STANLEY KUBRICK, ARTHUR C. CLARKE, AND THE MAKING OF A MASTERPIECE.

Apr 12, 2018

“The role of the television is in large part to remove itself from the world in order to produce images.” Tonight on Inquiry we talk about the strange evolution of the television set with CHRIS HORROCKS.

Apr 11, 2018

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with artist, painter JOHN PAGANO

Apr 11, 2018

Writer AMY FUSSELMAN’s new book IDIOPHONE is unlike any book you have read before. Part essay, part hallucinatory poem, it is about her family relations, past addictions, the plight of women writers and most of all a meditation on The Nutcracker.

Apr 5, 2018

Tonight Inquiry welcomes WAYNE PETERSEN. He is a long-time educator, trip leader, the Director of the Massachusetts Important Bird Area (IBA) program at Massachusetts Audubon, and co-editor of the Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas II.

Apr 5, 2018

Around the world, in a variety of large cities, an amazing amount of wildlife are adapting to the urban environments and actually thriving. What is this happening?

Apr 4, 2018

Tonight on Inquiry we continue our conversation (part 3) with BRIAN FAGAN, emeritus professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara about his book FISHING: HOW THE SEA FED CIVILIZATION.

Apr 4, 2018

Print newspapers today are very much on the decline and with them is the critical journalism they support. Some papers are struggling to make the switch to digital versions, but have yet to completely succeed in making enough revenue to keep the paper solvent into the future.

Mar 29, 2018

You may see them every day, but have you ever thought about their design? If you drink coffee and hot tea from a store, then you have seen coffee lids. These everyday objects have an entire design taxonomy and evolution.


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