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Roald Dahl: The Curmudgeon Who Built Charlie’s Chocolate Factory
On the anniversary of Dahl’s birth, explore the life and art of this storyteller with author Daniel Stashower. Actor Scott Sedar offers a dramatic reading of some of Dahl’s most memorable writings as we raise a toast in celebration and enjoy a special cake.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Alessandro de’ Medici, the Black Prince of Florence
Drawing on her new book, The Black Prince of Florence: The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de’ Medici, historian Catherine Fletcher presents the story of a man and a family that is a never-ending source of fascination.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Origin Stories and the Star Wars Trilogy: Joseph Campbell and Myth in the 21st Century
Joseph Campbell called mythology “Humankind’s one great story.” Explore that story with Doug Herman, senior geographer at the American Indian Museum, and Robert Walter, president and executive director of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, as they carry on a wide-ranging conversation about myths, culture, and what it means to be fully human.
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6:45 PM
Taraji P. Henson: This Cookie Doesn’t Crumble
At the center of Fox’s wildly popular hip-hop drama, Empire, is the captivating Cookie Lyon. The force behind Cookie is D.C. native Taraji P. Henson, an Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner. Henson talks about her new memoir, Around the Way Girl, about making a life and building career—and what really happens behind the scenes on Empire.
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 1:00 PM
Supreme Court Justice Stephen C. Breyer
This evening, Nina Totenberg, NPR’s Legal Affairs correspondent, talks with Justice Stephen Breyer about his life before and after becoming a Supreme Court justice and his interpretation of the Constitution as a “living” document.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 7:00 PM