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  Benito Mussolini created the political system know as fascism. He took advantage of public disillusionment after Word War I to become the supreme authority in Italy.  The unfortunate part Read More

Dante: Journey of Our Life

  A compelling introduction to the life and work of Dante Alighieri, this program features readings from The Divine Comedy and New Life. Written and narrated by Robert Hollander of Read More

Profile of A Writer: Alberto Moravia

  Moravia achieved fame in 1929, when, at age 22, he published Time of Indifference, the book considered by many to be the first existentialist novel. In this interview, Italy’s Read More

Goldoni’s “The Venetian twins”

  In this physical/​situation comedy the stock character types of the servant, buffoon, young lover, meddling father, and pompous peasant are all maintained in their traditional costumes (as is done Read More

Michelangelo: Artist and Man

  He is one of the greatest artists of all time, a man whose name has become synonymous with the word masterpiece: Michelangelo Buonarotti. Creator of unparalleled works of art Read More

Rome The Eternal City

  City of Julius Caesar, Marcus Aurelius, the Emperor Constantine. City of the Roman Forum. Temple of the Vestal Virgins, Caracalla’s Baths. City of seven hills. The Trevi Fountain, the Read More

Dante: Visions of the Inferno

  Drawing upon the insights of numerous international scholars-and illustrating crucial passages with stunning animation sequences-this program guides viewers through the Inferno of Dante’s Divine Comedy. With detailed analysis of Read More

Restless Flights: The Literature of JMG Le Clezio

  In its citation for the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy described Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio as an “author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, Read More

The Modern Masters: Louise Bourgeois

  Every year, the renowned lectures given by Rosamond Bernier at the Metropolitan Museum of Art are sold out months in advance. Her lectures are really conversations, intimate chats about Read More

Black Women On: The Light, Dark Thang

  BLACK WOMEN ON: THE LIGHT, DARK THANG explores the politics of color within the African-American community. Women representing a variety of hues–from honey-vanilla to brown-sugar chocolate–speak candidly about the Read More