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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. Part of the Uncharted Territory: Great Expeditions and the Trailblazers Who Led Them series.

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.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Bestselling author and respected forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has found the perfect blend of her work and her art. Tonight, she discusses the challenges of translating real-life drama into the stuff of fiction, and a career that includes work on high-profile cases even she couldn’t make up.

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:45 PM

In 1925 British explorer Percy Fawcett launched his final—and fatal—expedition into the depths of the Amazon to find a legendary city of gold. Writer David Grann tells the tale of that doomed adventure, and of his own journey along the explorer’s path. Part of the Uncharted Territory: Great Expeditions and the Trailblazers Who Led Them series.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Cellist Yvonne Caruthers offers an in-depth musician’s perspective on the life and work of the Finnish national musical hero whose compositions span genres from Christmas carols to pioneering minimalist pieces.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 6:45 PM

American music specialist Robert Wyatt raises a toast to the romance, sparkle, and wit of songs by the creators of My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Camelot, and other classic shows.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 6:45 PM

On the 166th anniversary of his death, the original “man in black” gets a literary toast from writer Daniel Stashower and actor Scott Sedar. Raise your glass along with them.