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Morgan Freeman Discusses Shakespeares take on the Shrew

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


The shrew is the oldest comic role for women. It goes back to medieval plays and persists into the late 20th century. The traditional shrew tales make a mockery of the woman, but the one in Shakespeare's play is different. Continue


Christopher Plummer on Shakespeare's Dramatic Storm Scene

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


Christopher Plummer examines the different adaptations of Shakespeare's dramatic storm scene in King Lear. Continue


Nigeria's new literature prize boosts African writers

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Here's a story that isn't dominating the headlines, but deserves a close look: Three African authors are nominated for a relatively new fiction literature prize, and the finalist will walk away with £15,000 and a continental book tour. The Etisalat Prize is funded by  Dubai-based Etisalat, a prominent telecom company in Africa, with the goal of Continue


Shakespeare Uncovered Series II | Preview

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


Series II of Shakespeare Uncovered continues on PBS, beginning Friday, January 30 at 9 p.m. and continuing the following two successive Fridays. The series investigates A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and The Taming of the Shrew and combines history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of its celebrated host Continue


Romeo and Juliet with Joseph Fiennes | Preview

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


Joseph Fiennes has a unique perspective on Romeo and Juliet. He played Shakespeare – both writing and performing as Romeo – in the film Shakespeare in Love. Now he wants to examine why it remains the most-performed of all Shakespeare plays. Adaptations by London's Royal Ballet and Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story) are examined as are films by Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrman. Continue


Othello with David Harewood | Preview

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


David Harewood was the first black actor to play Othello at London’s National Theatre, triumphantly taking on the role in 1997. Now he returns to the play to discover how the centuries have changed our views of it. A forensic psychiatrist helps to analyze Iago ( an extraordinary psychopath) and how he manipulates Othello by persuading him that his wife is having an affair. Continue


King Lear with Christopher Plummer | Preview

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


King Lear is universally acknowledged as one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragic roles. Christopher Plummer has played the role under the direction of Sir Jonathan Miller. Ian McKellen and Simon Russell Beale share their insights into this often-difficult character. And Plummer examines what inspired Shakespeare to write a play about a kingdom divided at a delicate moment. Continue


Political Histories: John W. Dean and Rick Perlstein

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Book View Now
PBS


Political Histories: John W. Dean on The Nixon Defense and Rick Perlstein on The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. Continue


Mark Strand Tribute at Miami Book Fair

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Book View Now
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Mark Strand: A Poetry Reading and Tribute with Adam Fitzgerald, Jorie Graham, Carl Phillips, Robert Polito and Vijay Seshadri. Continue


Phil Klay Interview at Miami Book Fair

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Jeffrey Brown interviews author Phil Klay about his National Book Award winning novel, Redeployment, at Miami Book Fair International 2014. Continue


A Writer's Workshop

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The Open Mind
PBS


A 1993 graduate and now Director of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop Lan Samantha Chang considers the contemporary teaching of prose and poetry and the central dilemmas facing the next generation of aspiring artists. Continue


Nigeria's new literature prize boosts African writers

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Here's a story that isn't dominating the headlines, but deserves a close look: Three African authors are nominated for a relatively new fiction literature prize, and the finalist will walk away with £15,000 and a continental book tour. The Etisalat Prize is funded by  Dubai-based Etisalat, a prominent telecom company in Africa, with the goal of Continue


Hugh Bonneville on Shakespeare's Poetic Forms

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


Hugh Bonneville discusses how Shakespeare uses poetic from to instruct the actors on how to play their role in a scene. Continue


Get a Sneak Peak at Scenes from "The Jewel in the Crown"

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PBS
PBS


Flip through photos from "The Jewel in the Crown," the dramatic series about men and women in India facing violent change from 1939-45. The program was originally adapted from novels by Paul Scott in 1984. Airs throughout January. Check your local listings. Continue


Anthony & Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall | Preview

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


Kim Cattrall has played Cleopatra twice. Now she explores the real character of the great Queen of Egypt, and travels to Rome, Marc Antony’s city, in her quest to find out more about the historical Cleopatra. She also meets with her director, Dame Janet Suzman, who herself made an iconic Cleopatra at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1973, and with Harriet Walter and Vanessa Redgrave. Continue


The Taming of the Shrew with Morgan Freeman | Preview

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


For many, the play The Taming of the Shrew is uncomfortable to watch. It was one of Shakespeare’s very first plays and may seem too brutal for modern audiences. It ends with a speech about how women should obey their men. But is this the sexist propaganda that it first appears – or is there something more complicated going on? Morgan Freeman hosts. Continue


A Midsummer Night's Dream with Hugh Bonneville | Preview

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Shakespeare Uncovered
PBS


Bonneville started his career at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, understudying Ralph Fiennes as Lysander, one of the four lovers in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He and Fiennes meet up to try to untangle the extraordinary plot of one of Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular plays. Bonneville also sees the play at the Globe Theatre and talks to the Globe’s Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole. Continue


Azar Nafisi on The Republic of Imagination - Miami Book Fair

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Azar Nafisi invites us to join her as citizens of her “Republic of Imagination,” a country where the villains are conformity and orthodoxy and the only passport to entry is a free mind and a willingness to dream. Continue


Nicholson Baker in conversation with NPR’s Alan Cheuse

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Nicholson Baker on The Paul Chowder Chronicles: The Anthologist and Traveling Sprinkler, Two Novels in conversation with NPR’s Alan Cheuse Continue


Charles M. Blow Interview at Miami Book Fair

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Rich Fahle interviews New York Times columnist and author, Charles Blow about his new memoir, Fire Shut Up In My Bones at Miami Book Fair International. Continue


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