How common are geniuses? An exhibit on display at the Morgan Library in New York City features dozens of priceless manuscripts and artifacts — all reflecting the idea of genius throughout world history. But experts say society may be returning to the idea that everyone has the capacity to be a genius. NewsHour Weekend’s Zachary Green reports. Continue reading
The most famous words of the most famous play of the most famous playwright of the English language will soon be echoed all over the earth. In honor of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater hopes to perform “Hamlet” in every country in the world. Jeffrey Brown talks to artistic director Dominic Dromgoole about the ambitious project and the timeless text. Continue reading
In Colorado, some schools are tapping an unlikely bullying prevention tool: the plays of William Shakespeare. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival adapts the bard’s works as a way to start discussions on bullying, violence and the moment of choosing between right and wrong. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown talks with Gerald Stern, one of America’s most acclaimed poets. At 87, Stern received the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress for his collection, "Early Collected Poems: 1965-1992." Stern reflects on his working class upbringing and 70 years of writing verse. Continue reading
Asha Tanna of Independent Television News reports on a big archaeological find that appears to have solved a 500-year mystery. Using carbon dating and mitochondrial DNA testing, researchers say they have conclusively found and identified the final remains of King Richard III in Leicester, England. Continue reading
An archaeological dig has led to the discovery of the remains of Richard III, one of the most legendary and reviled British monarchs. But did the 15th century king deserve his reputation? Gwen Ifill talks to New York Times reporter John Burns about the historic find and what will happen to the king’s bones and notoriety now. Continue reading
In a new book, “Shakespeare’s Tremor and Orwell’s Cough: The Medical Lives of Famous Writers,” Dr. John J. Ross of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital looks at how disease and mood disorder may have infected the lives, creativity and words of some of the world’s most beloved authors.
In his new book, “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern,” author Stephen Greenblatt unearths the tale of a book collector whose discovery of poet Lucretius’ “On the Nature of Things” helped change the direction of human thought. Jeffrey Brown and Greenblatt discuss the book and its many cross-generational messages. Continue reading