March 10, 2016 |
If Jim Mundy had it his way, we'd toss the Liberty Bell into the Delaware, and dig up Ben Franklin and send him back to Boston. "Ben Franklin is this black hole," Mundy said while standing in the soft light of the Union League's Lincoln Room. "It just worked out that way. He sucked up all the rest of Philadelphia history. "If it doesn't have to do with Ben Franklin and the Liberty Bell, it doesn't matter. " Mundy is the director of education and programming at the Union League, a preeminent authority on Philadelphia history, and an exceedingly gracious man. He is not actually advocating for the exhumation of our most beloved founding father.
March 8, 2016 |
The populist presidential campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been fueled by the deep disillusionment millions of Americans feel about what they believe is a rigged political and economic system. A stark rift has opened between those two candidates and the establishment wings of the two parties. A similar rift has opened over foreign policy, and the issue separating the populists from the establishment candidates is the Iraq war. In October 2002, Sen. Hillary Clinton voted for the resolution to authorize the use of force against Iraq.
December 26, 2015
Peggy Say, 74, who spent nearly seven years on a tireless quest for the release of her brother, journalist Terry Anderson, and his fellow hostages from kidnappers in Lebanon, died on Wednesday in in Cookeville, Tenn. Anderson, the chief Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press when he was abducted from the streets of Beirut in 1985 in the midst of the country's civil war, said his sister died after a long illness. A self-described housewife, Mrs. Say quickly became her brother's most prominent public champion, keeping his fate and that of the other hostages in Lebanon in the public eye as the years went by. "We were allowed a radio from time to time, and we did hear about her efforts and the efforts of other hostages' families on the radio, and of course it was always a great comfort," said Anderson, who was held by the pro-Iranian Shiite Muslim militant faction Islamic Jihad for 2,454 days.
October 20, 2015 |
Philly's newish Irish Heritage Theatre has made its way through two-thirds of Sean O'Casey's Dublin Trilogy. Last season featured The Shadow of a Gunman , that drawing back of the curtains on a tenement apartment and its inhabitants during Ireland's War of Independence. Two years later in O'Casey's Dublin, it's another apartment, in perhaps another tenement, as Juno and the Paycock make their way through the wreckage of one war even as they're listing into another: the Irish Civil War. This being classic Irish theater, between bombings and shootings, there's lots of yarn spinning, drinking, a bit o' hoofing and balladeering, and gossip galore in Juno and the Paycock . Kirsten Quinn's Juno, matriarch of the Boyle clan, seems to be always tidying up, forehead creased with worry, sharp eyes cutting through whatever nonsense her ne'er-do-well husband, "Captain" Jack (Ethan Lipkin)
October 3, 2015 |
Director Daniel Barber has a talent for sussing out the brutality intrinsic in the everyday. In 2009's Harry Brown , Michael Caine played a Cockney retiree who avenges his best friend by taking on the hoodlums who live in the same council estate. It was revenge both Caine, and cane, style. In The Keeping Room , Barber, working off a script by Julia Hart, explores the violence for those left at home during wartime. It's the waning days of the Civil War, Augusta (Brit Marling)
October 2, 2015 |
The 2016 selection for One Book, One Philadelphia is the 1997 Civil War novel Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. The Free Library of Philadelphia and the mayor's office were scheduled to announce the selection Thursday morning in an event that will kick off the program's four-month reading period, during which about 800 copies of the book will circulate throughout each of the library's 61 branches. Cold Mountain was chosen for its Civil War theme, and also to coincide with the debut of a new opera by local composer Jennifer Higdon, based on the book.
September 30, 2015 |
* FRONTLINE: MY BROTHER'S BOMBER. 10 tonight, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13, WHYY12. KEN DORNSTEIN'S story reads like a feature film. A man who's spent his career behind the scenes of a TV news magazine decides to leave behind his wife and two young children and sneak into Libya, a country in turmoil, in search of the people who might be responsible for the murder of his older brother, and 269 others, in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103. Starting tonight,...
September 6, 2015 |
* MASTERS OF SEX . 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. The story of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson reaches one of its most controversial points with the initiation of their surrogacy program. * THE CIVIL WAR . 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, WHYY12. With the Confederate flag so much in the news, the timing couldn't be better for the 25th anniversary rebroadcast of the Ken Burns classic - restored for high-def. * EMPIRE: SEASON 1 MARATHON . Noon Monday, FX. Get ready for the Sept.
August 21, 2015 |
A retired plumber in Magnolia who is a Civil War buff, his musician/optician brother from Barrington, and a Voorhees video editor have teamed up to make a documentary. And it's a powerful piece of work. The South Jersey premiere of Civil War Prisons - An American Tragedy is set for Civic Hall on the Blackwood campus of Camden County College at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Featuring professional voice actor Scott R. Pollak's polished narration, 300 evocative historical images, and a wistful soundtrack, the 77-minute movie is elegiac and unequivocal.
May 1, 2015 |
With "Avengers: Age of Ultron" projected to do at least $200 million domestically - after opening to over $200 million overseas last weekend - it is clear that Marvel Studios remains hotter than ever, years after some movie pundits declared the comic-book movie craze over. "We are under incredibly crushing expectations," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in an exclusive interview. Indeed, it says something that if "Avengers: Age of Ultron" does "only" $500 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide, it would be considered something of a disappointment.