July 25, 2015 |
More than a century ago, a Doylestown man crossed the globe and became the first person to walk the entire Great Wall of China. This week, crews from Chinese television embarked on a reverse journey. They brought their cameras to William Edgar Geil's childhood home and the 30-room estate where he once lived, flipped through thousands of his photographs, and filmed the cemetery where he is buried. Their six-part documentary will detail the nearly 3,000-year history of the wall.
July 22, 2015 |
PICTURE A grizzly, swashbuckling pirate who sails the high seas in search of ships to plunder. Now, add a yarmulke. Actually, Jewish pirates who ransacked Spanish ships in Caribbean waters during Colonial times wore more intimidating Cavalier-style hats. But make no mistake: There were Jewish pirates of the Caribbean. "They were pirates through and through," said Sahar Oz, director of programming for the Gershman Y, which hosts a talk about the Sephardic seafarers Thursday, in conjunction with a photo exhibit on Caribbean synagogues.
July 10, 2015 |
Sex, romance, and love are put under the glass by two shows this week, Dates , a clever new British comedy imported by CW, and Showtime's sexplicit Masters and Johnson biography, Masters of Sex , which returns for its third season. The sexual response Masters of Sex , back for a third season at 10 p.m. Sunday on Showtime, has a good deal in common with Mad Men . Both shows are set during the same era - the mid 1950s through the 1960s - and both have tried to capture some essential truth about what it means to be an American in the post-World War II world.
July 5, 2015 |
Karen Warrington is anything but a shrinking violet. She resists categories. Early on, back in the 1950s and 1960s, she studied dance with Sydney King and then became a member of Arthur Hall's Afro American Dance Ensemble. Always interested in writing and communication and politics, she moved into journalism, becoming news director for WDAS radio, and has been an off-and-on reporter and talk host on black radio in the city for nearly 40 years. From 1984 to 1992, she was press secretary for Mayor W. Wilson Goode.
June 30, 2015 |
FRONTLINE: GROWING UP TRANS. 10 p.m. Tuesday, WHYY12. Nine-year-old Daniel is worried about his changing body. "I've been feeling a little weird," he tells an interviewer. Propped up in bed, clutching one of several stuffed animals, he adds, "I stay up a lot of nights talking with my parents about it. " "To develop breasts would be horrifying for him," says his father. But as PBS' "Frontline" reports tomorrow in the thoughtful and provocative "Growing Up Trans," there are options for children like Daniel that mean they don't have to go through the puberty of a gender they don't consider their own. As long as they move fast.
June 29, 2015 |
BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. - As the ferry pulled away from its dock in New London, Conn., glided past the General Dynamics submarine manufacturing plant, and steered toward its destination, one of five alpha males on the top deck - already delighting in the $5 domestic drafts available onboard - put back his head and stretched out his arms, as only an alpha would. "What time is it?" he bellowed, as his fellow passengers' eyes rolled. "It's Block Island time!" The bro's shtick was out of place - after all, that spring break bacchanal, Myrtle Beach, was 650 miles south - but his sentiment was spot-on.
June 26, 2015 |
I think we can all agree that Siri, the iPhone's voice-activated helper, doesn't count as a person, even though it sometimes tells a joke. (Ask it to marry you.) What about Pepper, the humanoid robot that sold out within a minute Saturday in Japan? It's designed to read your face and voice and react to your various emotional states. But is it worthy of the same respect as your neighbors? Or your dog? These are some of the questions AMC's Humans will no doubt inspire. A charming, exciting, and impeccably written sci-fi drama for grown-ups co-produced by AMC and Britain's Channel 4, it premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday.
June 14, 2015 |
The board of Princeton Healthcare System, which less than three years ago opened a new hospital in Plainsboro, N.J., has decided it's time to "evaluate the option to partner with another healthcare system," chief executive Barry S. Rabner told doctors in an email Friday. "Partnering with another healthcare provider could help us build on our position of strength," Rabner said in the letter. "It could help PHCS to adapt to new regulations and new and dramatically different ways in which health care is remibursed," he said.
June 8, 2015 |
HAVANA - Palm fronds shade Margarita Alvarez's magnificent mansion, a classic beauty, but showing its age. Built in 1901, it has 18-foot ceilings, foot-wide crown moldings, marble floors, and columns of veined marble. A portrait of a previous owner, a Cuban secretary of state from the 1920s, hangs in the parlor. Out back are the two rooms that Alvarez rents in her bed-and-breakfast, casa particular . The house, three blocks from the iconic Hotel Nacional, is desirable in many ways.
May 22, 2015 |
Archbishop Wood didn't take the easy route in advancing to the Catholic League baseball final for the first time since prevailing in 1993. Trailing La Salle by 3-1, the Vikings rallied for three runs in their last two at-bats, with the deciding score coming on a two-out throwing error, and eked out an improbable 4-3 semifinal win Wednesday at sun-splashed Neumann University. "Survive and advance, baby," elated Wood skipper Jim DiGuiseppe Jr. said. "It's playoff baseball. We kept getting at it. We were resilient today.