Popular Culture Programs
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.

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’ 15th annual Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Award.

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!

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.

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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Scott Turow: Testimony

The master of the legal thriller returns with Testimony, set against the backdrop of the International Criminal Court and an investigation into the baffling disappearance of an entire refugee camp during the Bosnian War. Join Scott Turow as he discusses his career and the process of researching and writing his latest novel.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Alan Alda: The Science and Art of Communicating

Interviewing a wide range of guests as host of “Scientific American Frontiers” on PBS propelled Alan Alda to investigate new ways to communicate complex ideas more effectively. He digs into the heart of what it means to be a true and empathetic communicator as he shares techniques, which also draw on the actor’s arts of storytelling and improvisation, that can be incorporated into everyday communications.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.