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Biography & Autobiography Programs
Haydn and His Famous Student

In this 6-session course Saul Lilienstein reveals the range of Haydn’s genius and the strong influence he had on his willful student, Ludwig van Beethoven. Session 5 - The Old Master and the New.

Date
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Rumi: The Sound of One Soul Speaking

The ecstatic love poems of Rumi, the 13th-century Persian poet and Sufi mystic, are beloved by millions of readers around the world. Biographer Brad Gooch discusses the less-known life of the man behind those works, and why his poetry remains among the most-read today.

Date
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Henry VIII: The Man Behind the Crown

An egomaniacal monarch? A driven political and religious reformer? A notorious serial queen-maker? If any king suffered from a centuries-old image problem, it’s Henry VIII. Join scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger for an unvarnished and comprehensive look at the man whose bigger-than-life royal legend masks a complex man.

Date
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Haydn and His Famous Student

In this 6-session course Saul Lilienstein reveals the range of Haydn’s genius and the strong influence he had on his willful student, Ludwig van Beethoven. Session 6 - Beethoven Breaks Away.

Date
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 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 Double Lives of Jack Barsky: The Spy Next Door

Forged identities, a smokescreen suburban life, and wives and children on two continents were all elements of Jack Barsky’s career as a KGB operative in America. Vince Houghton of the International Spy Museum interviews Barsky about his immersion in espionage, juggling allegiances, and assembling a new life after decades as spy.

Date
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.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.
Gustav Mahler: The Symphonies, the Songs, the Life
6-Session Daytime Course

The music-loving public has embraced Mahler as the most important symphonic voice of fin-de-siecle Vienna. Popular Smithsonian music lecturer Saul Lilienstein takes an in-depth look at this seminal figure of the modern age and his music. Sessions are highlighted by music and DVD recordings.

Date
Tuesday, April 18 to May 23, 2017, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Maurice Ravel in 1920s Paris

He readily comes to mind as the composer of the great orchestral work, Bolero, but Maurice Ravel was one of the great mainstays of musical life in Paris of the 1920s. His work celebrated the greatness of France’s musical past as he also drew on modern techniques of musical composition.  Explore his musical genius and virtuosity in a lively daylong program highlighted by recordings and live piano performances.

Date
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Mark Twain: A Celebration

It's been 106 years since the death of Samuel Langhorn Clemens, but his beloved works seems as fresh, funny, and pointed as ever. Author Daniel Stashower and actor Scott Sedar illustrate why we’re still quoting the wisdom of his words.

Date
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.