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Biography and Autobiography Programs

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Monday, August 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Gen. Colin Powell is one of America’s most respected and admired public figures. He shares his thoughts on reaching goals and realizing dreams during a life spent in service to his country.

Monday, September 8, 2014 at 6:45 PM

As a figure whose creative and public lives combined achievement, controversy, and fame, James McNeill Whistler created the modern model for artist as celebrity. Biographer Daniel E. Sutherland and director Karen Thomas, whose documentary on Whistler premieres on PBS in September, examine the complex creator behind the flamboyance and flair.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The nearly 40-year friendship of Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt reflects a professional and personal connection between two strong and distinct artistic sensibilities. Aneta Georgievska-Shine traces the influence that relationship had on the painters—and on impressionist art.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s personal and musical life was inextricably bound up in the city of Vienna. Musicologist Daniel Freeman traces the creative interplay of artist and place.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Thomas Jefferson, an inveterate correspondent, left behind roughly 18,000 letters. J. Jefferson Looney, who served as editor (and sometimes, detective) on an edition of the documents of his final years, reveals the insights into Jefferson’s brilliant mind that these materials offer.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Lynn Sherr, a former ABC News reporter who covered the space program, discusses her new biography of the daring and brilliant woman who broke NASA’s “celestial ceiling.”

Monday, September 29, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Though Andy Warhol coined the phrase “famous for 15 minutes,” he’s never been out of the spotlight since he unveiled those now-iconic soup cans in the early 1960s. Biographer, pal, and confidant Bob Colacello offers a highly personal portrait of the artist as a new edition of his book, Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up, makes its appearance.