Edgar B. Herwick III, WGBH

Edgar B. Herwick III


Boston, MA, United States

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Past articles by Edgar:

Why is Massachusetts a commonwealth, not a state?

It's a distinction without a difference, Curiosity Desk's Edgar B. Herwick, III found. → Read More

Massachusetts has seven (yes, seven!) state songs. But, is it enough?

Meet the seven: Original state song, patriotic song, ode, folk song, glee club song, ceremonial march and a polka number. → Read More

How did the MBTA train lines get their colors?

It's Boston lore, but probably not the story you've heard. → Read More

Why do so many Massachusetts' town names end in 'ham'?

Here's a hint: Each one has a counterpart in England. → Read More

What’s the difference between a rotary and a roundabout?

Plus, other Curiosity Desk audience questions answered. → Read More

How do fruit flies appear, seemingly, out of nowhere?

They may be a blight on bananas, but they're a boon for biochemistry. → Read More

Why do all microwaves have the same 'beep'?

We gathered as many microwaves as we could get our hands on. → Read More

Do birds have a sense of smell?

Local bird lover John Goldthwait has wondered for years. → Read More

Why Do We Carve Pumpkins Into Jack-O'-Lanterns For Halloween?

It's a tale thousands of years in the making. → Read More

Is It Really Illegal To Remove That Tag On Your Mattress?

It all goes back to the mattress-making industry’s “wild-wild west” phase. → Read More

As We Close The Book On Summer, What (And Exactly When) Are Those Dog Days?

And what do they have to do with the ancient Greeks, the Earth's orbit and bloodletting? → Read More

Boston Archdiocese To Launch First New Catholic School In Half A Century — Online

Lumen Verum Academy will be a "blended learning" experience. → Read More

MOXIE Has Pulled Breathable Oxygen Out Of Thin Martian Air

MIT's Michael Hecht, MOXIE's chief scientist, is "giddy." → Read More

Massachusetts' New Pre-Registration System For COVID Vaccination: An Explainer

How does it work? What will I need? We got you covered. → Read More

The Pandemic Has Transformed The English Language

Lockdown, super-spreader, bubble, cancel -- how the COVID-19 pandemic has added new words and meanings to our pandemic vocabulary. → Read More

Can We Make Oxygen Out Of Thin (Martian) Air? MIT's Michael Hecht Has The MOXIE To Try

MOXIE is one of seven scientific instruments aboard NASA's Perseverance rover. → Read More

Computers Gave Us The Word Multitasking, But Can We Actually Do It?

"When you think you’re multitasking what you’re actually doing is task switching," says an MIT neuroscientist. → Read More

COVID Has Come, And COVID Will Eventually Go, But Snow Space Saver Controversy Is Part Of Boston's Soul

Walsh also addressed how the homeless and the elderly will fare this winter. → Read More

Election Results: Why It Could Take Days, Weeks — Or Not Much Longer Than Usual

Mail-in voting means it could be days. Litigation means it could be weeks. But maybe not. → Read More

Massachusetts Trump Supporters Join Thousands At New Hampshire Rally

"It’s very tough to support your president where we live right now," said Braintree resident Joe Silveira. → Read More