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Popular Culture Programs

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET

The new film Tesla is a freewheeling take on the career of visionary inventor Nikola Tesla (played by Ethan Hawke) and his frustrations and breakthroughs in transmitting electrical power and light. Join award-winning filmmaker Michael Almereyda, who wrote, directed, and produced Tesla, and Kyle MacLachlan, who plays Tesla’s rival Thomas Edison, as they discuss their experiences in making a biographical film that—like its subject—is highly unconventional.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET

The novelist behind the runaway hit film reveals how his newest book gives a glamorous and contemporary East Asian spin to one of E.M. Forster’s most beloved romances.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET

Two and a half millennia ago, the Buddha taught that inner peace and freedom could be developed and cultivated through training in the mindfulness, compassion, and insight found in the practice of meditation. Join Deepak Chopra to explore how meditation can serve as a potentially powerful tool to meet the challenges of the moment.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET

The bestselling author offers a very personal look at how she created a riveting new novel about the choices that change the course of our lives.