Sunday, September 21, 2014, 4:00pm
Bernard Herrmann’s first assignment as a film composer was as big as they get—Citizen Kane—and he went on to write music for some of the great films to come, including Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, North By Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, and Marnie. He also provided the music for Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and The Seven Voyages of Sinbad, and Fahrenheit 451. He also wrote for directors Brian de Palma, and Martin Scorsese in addition to providing music for many of radio’s outstanding productions. Author and composer Raymond Benson takes us through Herrmann’s career and provides excerpts from the music that made Bernard Herrmann one of the most sought-after composers in Hollywood.
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 4:00pm
A national program asks pediatricians to give young children new books and a prescription for reading because of growing evidence that such efforts can make a lifetime of difference. UW Hospital’s Dr. Dipesh Navsaria discusses the science behind early intervention in literacy, and Wisconsin’s former First Lady Jessica Doyle and Martha Vukelich-Austin add their experiences as co-chairs of Wisconsin’s Reach Out and Read program.
Sunday, October 26, 2014, 4:00pm
From 1939 to 1975 Francisco Franco was the dictator of Spain, a role that he acquired through military victories and retained through repression that included tens of thousands of executions. Stanley Payne, co-author of new biography of Franco, gives us a detailed picture of the still-controversial dictator and general who gained control of Spain during a civil war and kept control of the coutnry during World War II and the Cold War.
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 4:00pm
David Walker, Maria Stewart, and Frederick Douglass were revolutionary black abolitionists in the 19th century who raised their voices to try to end slavery. Professor Christy Clark Pujara introduces these figures and their turbulent times. Two graduates of the UW Odyssey Project (Tosumba Welch and Molinda Henry) read eloquent passages from the abolitionists.