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Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Author and curator Ross MacPhee of the American Museum of Natural History looks at the rival expeditions led by a pair of “ideal antagonists” that resulted in grand heroism, bitter tragedy, and myths that have lingered for generations.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 6:45 PM

As part of the series Uncharted Territory: Great Expeditions and the Trailblazers Who Led Them, high-altitude mountaineer and author David Roberts looks at the notable climbers who faced the challenge of the world’s highest peak—and triumphed.

Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Was there anything in the musical world that Leonard Bernstein couldn’t do? Saul Lilienstein, who studied conducting and frequently performed with him, explores his achievements from Broadway hits to symphonic works and offers a personal perspective on the larger-than-life maestro.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM

As the beloved Dr. Seuss, writer and illustrator Theodor Geisel taught generations of children to read—as well as to think. With a recently rediscovered book set to be published this summer, it’s the perfect time to join Seuss scholar Philip Nel for a look at Geisel’s life and work.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The description swashbuckler seems tailor-made for this Victorian-era explorer, whose expeditions to the African continent opened up not only new geographic realms, but cultural inquiries into religion, race, and sexuality. His biographer Dane Kennedy introduces the colorful—and sometimes controversial—adventurer.

Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Historian, prescient political analyst, and insightful proto-anthropologist, Herodotus chronicled a vivid depiction of ancient civilization. Classicist Frederick Winter examines Herodotus’ writings and what they reveal about the man and his world.