Popular Culture Programs
John Feinstein: Basketball Legends, March Madness, and More

The writer shares stories from his newest book (on college basketball’s fiercest rivalry among three North Carolina coaches), previews March Madness, and talks with announcer Phil Hochberg about the sports world he knows so well.

Date
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Are the Cards Collapsing?: A “House of Cards” Season 5 Preview

Stef Woods, who explores the intersection of television, politics, and ethics in a course at American University, finds plenty of juicy material in “House of Cards.” Get ready for the newest season as she examines what might be in the cards for the power-hungry Underwoods.

Date
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Diane Rehm: In Conversation

Veteran broadcaster Diane Rehm, who has spent 37 years at the helm of her celebrated WAMU show, has been called “the class act of the radio talk world.” Listen in as she joins NPR’s Tom Gjelten  for a sure-to-be-fascinating interview, and learn a bit more about the person behind the voice.

Date
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Music specialist Robert Wyatt raises the curtain on a lively evening that examines and celebrates Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mix of showmanship and superb craft, filled with clips and recordings that cover the full range of his career from his earliest hits to his most recent works.

Date
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Tim Robbins

The Academy Award-winning actor and activist adds another honor to the list tonight: recipient of Smithsonian Associates’ 16th annual Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Award.

Date
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
John Eaton Salutes Four Giants of American Song
4-Session Daytime Course

Pianist extraordinaire John Eaton shares insights, fascinating observations and performs selections from four legendary composers of popular American song in this engaging and entertaining course: Jerome Kern, Cole Porter; Harold Arlen; and George Gershwin.  And, of course, he always takes requests!

Date
Wednesday, April 12 to May 3, 2017 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
A Conversation with Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin has spent three decades in the spotlight, creating memorable comic and dramatic roles in films, on TV as Jack Donaghy in 30 Rock, and most recently, a certain recurring portrayal on Saturday Night Live. In a conversation, he discusses his career and life, including private facets that his new memoir, Nevertheless, makes public.

Date
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Handmaid’s Tale: An Exclusive Series Preview
With Margaret Atwood and Elisabeth Moss

The Handmaid’s Tale, a chilling story of life in the totalitarian dystopia of Gilead, has captured the imaginations of readers around the world since its publication in 1985. The novel is the basis for a new Hulu series, which debuts April 26.

Date
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.