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Barbra Streisand: She’s All That

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

She’s all-daring and all-voice, magnificent and maddening, improbable and irreplaceable. You’ll be saying “Hello, Gorgeous” when you join documentary filmmaker and writer Sara Lukinson, whose commentary and abundant sampling of clips set the stage for a fun night to spend with La Streisand.


Wonder Tales from Japan

Monday, April 3, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. ET

Like their Western fairy tale counterparts, Japan’s fantastical stories—otogi-banashi—are part of the body of stories folklorists call “wonder tales.” Folklorists Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman explore these traditional tales from Japan, the ghosts and spirits that haunt them, and how contemporary creators translate their supernatural enchantments into genres like anime (animation) and manga (comics).


The Changing Face of Television: YouTube, Bingeing, Streaming, and Beyond

Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Television is changing in front of our eyes. More and more viewers prefer to watch new online-only channels like Netflix or Disney+. An entire generation of younger viewers has given up on the TV set altogether. Drawing on video clips to illustrate his talk, media expert Brian Rose explains why the old days of simply “watching TV” are fast disappearing.


Moviegoing in America: From Nickelodeons to Movie Palaces to IMAX to Streaming

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

The silver screen has changed drastically since its beginnings in the 19th century. Media expert Brian Rose looks at the history of movie theaters and considers what might happen next in the age of streaming services. BYOP—bring your own popcorn!


Bill Nye: The End is Nye

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

In Peacock’s The End is Nye, Bill Nye, aka “the science guy,” uses camera magic to venture into large-scale global disasters, both natural and unnatural, as he demystifies them. Hear Nye, along with showrunner and executive producer Brannon Braga as they discuss the making of the series and hopeful, scientifically informed ways forward from some of today’s possibly most devastating disasters. Clips from The End is Nye illuminate the conversation.


How Disney Conquered the Entertainment Universe

Monday, June 12, 2023 - 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. ET

There’s nothing Mickey Mouse about the impact the Walt Disney Company has had on the entertainment business. Media historian Brian Rose traces how the company evolved from a small cartoon studio in 1923 to one of the most powerful forces in worldwide entertainment today.