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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The roots of Mardi Gras, like those of New Orleans itself, are complex, rich, and wonderfully varied. Historian Emily Landau guides you through a lively social history of this pre-Lenten celebration—and offers a king cake tasting, too.

Friday, February 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM

You may know him as Ryan from the The Office, but there’s more to B.J. Novak than you might expect. Hear Novak discuss his path after Harvard and his experiences in the entertainment industry. The program includes a book signing.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM

In conversation with Ken Walsh, actor Martin Sheen discusses his iconic role in The West Wing, as well its impact on television’s depiction of government and how we view our real-life national leaders.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Build up some buzz for awards night by joining film writer Noah Gittell for an evening that focuses on all things Oscar. The movie-inspired fun includes history and trivia, film clips, a predictions contest, and a chance to join some screen legends (the Madame Tussauds versions, that is) for photos on the red carpet.

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Production designer Deborah Riley is responsible for creating the stunning settings against which HBO’s saga of power, family, revenge and romance plays out. Learn how she and a small army of craftsmen give the series its distinctive visual style.

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Step into the Grantham dining room with food historian Francine Segan as she offers a guide to the meals and manners of the British aristocracy of the early 20th century.

Monday, March 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Legendary University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams talks with attorney and sportscaster Phil Hochberg about the game, college athletics, the conference system, and local sports. UMD play-by-play announcer Johnny Holliday and Rich Chvotkin, voice of the Hoyas, join in the conversation.

Monday, March 16, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Tonight, George Solt shows ramen’s transformation from a food custom into a worldwide phenomenon. Hosted at the restaurant BUL, the program includes a three-course dinner prepared by Sakuramen, a ramen bar in Adams Morgan.

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