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Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 3:00pm

What is a butterfly worth? Why should we care if a butterfly species becomes extinct? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with NICK HADDAD. He is a professor and senior terrestrial ecologist in the Department of Integrative Biology and the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station at Michigan State University. He has worked to help secure the remaining populations of rare butterflies and has written an important book on what it takes to turn declining butterfly populations around: THE LAST BUTTERFLIES: A SCIENTIST’S QUEST TO SAVE A RARE AND VANISHING CREATURE.


Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 10:00am

Tonight we continue our lively discussion with writer and cosmology consultant MARCUS CHOWN. Is time travel possible? What IS time anyway? Do we live in a bubbly foam of infinite universes? Or maybe it is all just a hologram? Be prepared for a wild ride as we continue our talk about Marcus Chown’s new book: INFINITY IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND: FIFTY WONDERS THAT REVEAL AN EXTRAORDINARY UNIVERSE

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 3:30pm

You may think of algae as simply pond scum or the seaweed that washes up on the shore of your favorite beach. But algae has played a critical role in the history of the planet’s biosphere, is an important food around the world, and may help us create a truly green fuel. Our guest tonight is RUTH KASSINGER, award-winning author of science and history books. We will be talking about her latest book: SLIME: HOW ALGAE CREATED US, PLAGUE US, AND JUST NIGHT SAVE US. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 3:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with TYRA PENN, visual artist and singer with Tyra Penn and her Army of Snakes. Joining her is pianist, music director, and recording artist MOLLY FLANNERY. Tyra’s latest project is inspired by John Crowley’s critically acclaimed novel Little, Big or the Fairies Parliament. There are shadowboxes. There will be singing and lots of music. It will be first performed at The Stomping Ground on August 31. Tune in and find out all about it. 

Sunday, July 21, 2019 - 9:30am

String Theory. Magnetic Monopoles. Supersymmetry. Some of the most promising concepts of theoretical physics were generated by ideas originating in advanced mathematics, not based on the results of physical experiments. Can only pure thought grasp reality as Einstein believed? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with author GRAHAM FARMELO (pictured). He is a fellow at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge; an affiliated professor at Northeastern University; and is a regular visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. We will be talking about his latest book: THE UNIVERSE SPEAKS IN NUMBERS: HOW MODERN MATH REVEALS NATURE’S DEEPEST SECRETS

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 3:00pm

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with LAURA THOMPSON, Director of Education and Curator of Kidspace at Mass MoCA about the exhibition STILL I RISE on view till May of 2020. Also joining us is painter and longtime friend of Inquiry, GUSTAVE BLACHE III, an artist whose work appears in the show.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 12:30pm

Our special guest tonight is ROD ARGENT, keyboardist and vocalist for THE ZOMBIES. The Zombies were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. Their first hit single was the classic “She’s Not There” (1964) and their latest album “Breathe Out and Breathe In” was released in 2011. They will be playing at The Cabot in Beverley Friday August 23.

Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 11:00pm

The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O'Terry
Jayme Washington has made a name for herself as the Founder & CEO of Washtone Media. A digital architect with 650 clients worldwide, Jayme's company specializes in SEO: search engine optimization, social media marketing and strategy, branding, small business start-ups, product launches and more. A business leader and a fearless entrepreneur, Jayme is also a devoted community leader, a mentor, a public speaker, a coach and a trailblazer.  But if you were to ask Jayme what she is most proud of, this loving wife and mother of five will point to her family, the power of her faith, and the lessons she has learned as a breast cancer survivor.  #mydoveproductions  #storybehindhersuccess   #16LifeLessons  @CandyOterry

On Mic with Jordan Rich
Best-selling award-winning author William Martin, talks with Jordan about his latest novel of history and suspense, “Bound for Gold: A Peter Fallon Novel of the Gold Rush.” Listen to the On Mic with Jordan Rich podcast at Now on Google Podcasts too!

Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 9:00pm

Movies and television shows about outbreaks of contagious diseases and plagues of zombies are common. But why are these stories so popular? Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with DAHLIA SCHWEITZER, an adjunct professor at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Her new book unearths the “outbreak narrative” : GOING VIRAL: ZOMBIES, VIRUSES, AND THE END OF THE WORLD.

Did Facebook help Trump get elected? Facebook may seem an innocent way to pass some time, but tonight’s guest on Inquiry declares Facebook: “too big to govern, and we are victims of its success.” Facebook is great at motivation but it’s terrible for deliberating, which is the cornerstone of all democracies. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with SIVA VAIDHYANATHAN. He is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. His new book is: ANTI-SOCIAL MEDIA: HOW FACEBOOK DISCONNECTS US AND UNDERMINES DEMOCRACY.

Sunday, July 14, 2019 - 10:30am

Tonight on Inquiry, we speak with MIKE JAY. He has written extensively on scientific and medical history. His new book is a cultural, social, and scientific history of mescaline. “No mind altering substance has been described more thoroughly and from such a variety of perspectives.” Jay’s book is: MESCALINE: A GLOBAL HISTORY OF THE FIRST PSYCHEDELIC. 


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