This week on News and Views we'll journey through gardens around the globe. "Passport to the World," the theme of this year's Philadelphia International Flower Show, features thousands of exotic plant and floral exhibits designed by some of the region's most highly acclaimed horticultural enthusiasts. Windsor Johnston reports from the showroom floor at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The 2010 Philadelphia Flower Show runs until March 7th.
Today, the idea of a "print" is so ubiquitous that many people take it for granted, or don't think of it as relevant to art. Philagrafika, an international festival in Philadelphia showcasing the role of printmaking in contemporary art, aims to shatter those attitudes. On this week's News and Views, Susan Lewis explores Philagrafika 2010, which includes over 300 artists and 80 Philadelphia-area venues. The festival runs until April 11, 2010.
A classic children's story, a 17th-century French comedy, and a fairy tale are just the starting points for three Philadelphia-area theatrical productions that reach out to audiences of multiple generations. WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at productions by the Arden Theatre Company, People's Light and Theatre, and the Lantern Theater Company.
Two pivotal figures in history - British naturalist Charles Darwin, and American President Abraham Lincoln - were born an ocean apart, on the same day in February, 1809. Each led movements that changed the way we think about human beings. WRTI's Susan Lewis talks to historian David Contosta, author of Rebel Giants, about their different lives and the things they had in common.
Walter Cronkite, the man who defined the term "anchorman," has died at age 92. The legendary CBS news reporter visited WRTI in 2006 and spoke with Windsor Johnston about a variety of topics including the war in Vietnam, his love of boating, how technology has re-shaped the news since his time behind the anchor desk, what he considered the biggest story of the 20th century, and also some of his regrets.
Frank McCourt came to attention in 1996 with the publication of Angela's Ashes, a memoir of his childhood in Ireland in the 1930s and '40s. The book won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography and was made into an Oscar-nominated movie.
The author of The Satanic Verses reveals how he's moved far beyond the controversy ignited by the book's publication. Rushdie, who now spends one month a year teaching at Emory University, shares his insights on literature and the young, and the current status of fiction writing.
The Booker Prize winner entertained a packed audience at the Kimmel Center when he spoke as part of the 2007-2008 Philadelphia Speakers Series presented by Widener University, and sponsored by WRTI.
First published in 1989, The National Endowment for the Arts recently chose Amy Tan's first novel, The Joy Luck Club, as one of its "Big Reads" for 2007. Meridee Duddleston had a chance to speak with the author whose first and subsequent works resonate with readers in the United States and around the world.