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Drexel Interview

The Drexel InterView TM is a half-hour, original series featuring interesting people and interesting talk. Hosted by best-selling author, critic and Drexel University Distinguished Professor of English Paula Marantz Cohen, each episode features an interview with a noteworthy figure. Guests reflect a diversity of opinions and backgrounds and come from fields including art, politics, science and business. The show's host, Paula Marantz Cohen, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in a wide range of subjects. In addition to her Drexel teaching, she is the author of nine books, including the award-winning Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth (Oxford UP) and the best-selling novel, Jane Austen in Boca (St. Martin's Press). She writes regularly for The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Yale Review, has a bi-weekly column on the online journal, TheSmartSet.com, and is a co-editor of jml: The Journal of Modern Literature. Her newest novel, What Alice Knew (Sourcebooks), a literary thriller, published in September, 2010.

Drexel Interview  
  • James Kaplan, Part 1
    Monday, April 22
    10:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This is the first part of a two-part interview focusing on the life and career of cultural icon Frank Sinatra, as told by acclaimed biographer and character journalist James Kaplan. Kaplan is a writer and expert on all things Sinatra, as detailed in his two volumes: Frank: The Voice and Sinatra: The Chairman. In this episode, Kaplan highlights Frank: The Voice, discussing Sinatra's formative years, his tremendous early success, a career slump, and his comeback. Throughout this compelling conversation, the author shares rare anecdotes and insight into Sinatra's complex public persona and stardom.
  • James Kaplan, Part 1
    Friday, April 26
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This is the first part of a two-part interview focusing on the life and career of cultural icon Frank Sinatra, as told by acclaimed biographer and character journalist James Kaplan. Kaplan is a writer and expert on all things Sinatra, as detailed in his two volumes: Frank: The Voice and Sinatra: The Chairman. In this episode, Kaplan highlights Frank: The Voice, discussing Sinatra's formative years, his tremendous early success, a career slump, and his comeback. Throughout this compelling conversation, the author shares rare anecdotes and insight into Sinatra's complex public persona and stardom.
  • James Kaplan, Part 2
    Monday, April 29
    10:01 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This is the second part of a two-part interview focusing on the life and career of cultural icon Frank Sinatra, as told by acclaimed biographer and character journalist James Kaplan. Kaplan is a writer and expert on all things Sinatra, as detailed in his two volumes: Frank: The Voice and Sinatra: The Chairman. In this episode, Kaplan highlights Sinatra: The Chairman, discussing Sinatra's later tumultuous years and emergence as an iconic figure in American entertainment. Throughout this compelling conversation, the author shares rare anecdotes and insight into Sinatra's complex public persona and stardom.
  • James Kaplan, Part 2
    Friday, May 3
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This is the second part of a two-part interview focusing on the life and career of cultural icon Frank Sinatra, as told by acclaimed biographer and character journalist James Kaplan. Kaplan is a writer and expert on all things Sinatra, as detailed in his two volumes: Frank: The Voice and Sinatra: The Chairman. In this episode, Kaplan highlights Sinatra: The Chairman, discussing Sinatra's later tumultuous years and emergence as an iconic figure in American entertainment. Throughout this compelling conversation, the author shares rare anecdotes and insight into Sinatra's complex public persona and stardom.
  • Deborah Lipstadt
    Monday, May 6
    10:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    As an historian, author, and professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Deborah Lipstadt has spent decades spearheading the effort to challenge Holocaust denial all across the world. Author of seminal works Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory and History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, Lipstadt's life and work are now central to Denial, a major film release starring Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt herself. In this interview, Host Paula Marantz Cohen speaks with Lipstadt about details related to the international trial associated with History on Trial, the role of free speech in Holocaust denial, and the adaptation of Lipstadt's life and experiences on the big screen.
  • Deborah Lipstadt
    Friday, May 10
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    As an historian, author, and professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, Deborah Lipstadt has spent decades spearheading the effort to challenge Holocaust denial all across the world. Author of seminal works Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory and History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, Lipstadt's life and work are now central to Denial, a major film release starring Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt herself. In this interview, Host Paula Marantz Cohen speaks with Lipstadt about details related to the international trial associated with History on Trial, the role of free speech in Holocaust denial, and the adaptation of Lipstadt's life and experiences on the big screen.
  • Christopher D. M. Atkins
    Monday, May 13
    10:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In a unique turn of events, Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Christopher D. M. Atkins made a revelation and uncovered a connection across classic works of art to be later included in the exhibition and book The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian. Drawing comparison and affiliation among Rubens's "Prometheus Bound," Titian's "Tityus," Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, and others, Atkins assembled the imagery highlighted in this episode. Host Paula Marantz Cohen speaks with Atkins about the affinity among these artists' lives and work, the influence of mythology and religion, what it takes to stage an exhibition of this sort, and themes and symbolism of hulking male bodies overturned.
  • Christopher D. M. Atkins
    Friday, May 17
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In a unique turn of events, Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Christopher D. M. Atkins made a revelation and uncovered a connection across classic works of art to be later included in the exhibition and book The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian. Drawing comparison and affiliation among Rubens's "Prometheus Bound," Titian's "Tityus," Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, and others, Atkins assembled the imagery highlighted in this episode. Host Paula Marantz Cohen speaks with Atkins about the affinity among these artists' lives and work, the influence of mythology and religion, what it takes to stage an exhibition of this sort, and themes and symbolism of hulking male bodies overturned.
  • William Horberg
    Monday, May 20
    10:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Film producer William Horberg has worked on countless films as an executive at Paramount Pictures, for years with Sydney Pollack, and then with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. He is best known for having produced The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Moutain, both versions of Death at a Funeral, Milk, and The Kite Runner; he also oversaw production for such renowned films as Ghost, The Godfather Part III, and Tootsie. In this interview, Host Paula Marantz Cohen examines the path that led Horberg from his early Chicago roots as a jazz musician and revival theater manager to producing some of the greatest and most popular films of recent decades. Horberg shares personal memories of his interaction with Hollywood greats, as well as insight into the machinations of the film industry.
  • William Horberg
    Friday, May 24
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Film producer William Horberg has worked on countless films as an executive at Paramount Pictures, for years with Sydney Pollack, and then with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. He is best known for having produced The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Moutain, both versions of Death at a Funeral, Milk, and The Kite Runner; he also oversaw production for such renowned films as Ghost, The Godfather Part III, and Tootsie. In this interview, Host Paula Marantz Cohen examines the path that led Horberg from his early Chicago roots as a jazz musician and revival theater manager to producing some of the greatest and most popular films of recent decades. Horberg shares personal memories of his interaction with Hollywood greats, as well as insight into the machinations of the film industry.
  • Camille Paglia and Laura Beth Nielsen, Part 1
    Monday, May 27
    10:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This is the first part of a two-part interview featuring a charged dialogue between controversial cultural critic and humanities/media studies professor Camille Paglia and legal studies expert and sociologist Laura Beth Nielsen on the topic of free speech on the college campus. Host Paula Marantz Cohen navigates this vexed subject, while Paglia and Nielsen explore a range of related themes including the role of higher education administration in students' personal lives and social choices; fostering dialogue around cultural transgression; the evolution of social activism on the college campus; racial/ethnic profiling; the state of higher education; and the implications of Title IX policy with regard to gender and sexual assault/harassment.
  • Camille Paglia and Laura Beth Nielsen, Part 1
    Friday, May 31
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This is the first part of a two-part interview featuring a charged dialogue between controversial cultural critic and humanities/media studies professor Camille Paglia and legal studies expert and sociologist Laura Beth Nielsen on the topic of free speech on the college campus. Host Paula Marantz Cohen navigates this vexed subject, while Paglia and Nielsen explore a range of related themes including the role of higher education administration in students' personal lives and social choices; fostering dialogue around cultural transgression; the evolution of social activism on the college campus; racial/ethnic profiling; the state of higher education; and the implications of Title IX policy with regard to gender and sexual assault/harassment.
  • Camille Paglia and Laura Beth Nielsen, Part 2
    Monday, June 3
    10:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This is the second part of a two-part interview featuring a charged dialogue between controversial cultural critic and humanities/media studies professor Camille Paglia and legal studies expert and sociologist Laura Beth Nielsen on the topic of free speech on the college campus. Host Paula Marantz Cohen navigates this vexed subject, while Paglia and Nielsen explore a range of related themes including the implications of Title IX policy with regard to gender and sexual assault/harassment; the role of higher education administration in students' personal lives and social choices; the rising culture of anxiety among college students; affirmative consent codes in student sexual relationships; and free speech rights on the college campus.
  • Camille Paglia and Laura Beth Nielsen, Part 2
    Friday, June 7
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This is the second part of a two-part interview featuring a charged dialogue between controversial cultural critic and humanities/media studies professor Camille Paglia and legal studies expert and sociologist Laura Beth Nielsen on the topic of free speech on the college campus. Host Paula Marantz Cohen navigates this vexed subject, while Paglia and Nielsen explore a range of related themes including the implications of Title IX policy with regard to gender and sexual assault/harassment; the role of higher education administration in students' personal lives and social choices; the rising culture of anxiety among college students; affirmative consent codes in student sexual relationships; and free speech rights on the college campus.
  • Jennifer Shahade
    Monday, June 10
    10:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Jennifer Shahade is a U.S. Chess Champion and Woman Chess Grandmaster, professional poker player, author, and performance artist. The author of Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport, Shahade has traveled the world as a professional gamer with special interest in promoting access for youth and female players. In this interview, Host Paula Marantz Cohen talks with Shahade about her advancement to international success in chess and poker, as well as her ability to defy gender stereotypes and cultural standards across the board.
  • Jennifer Shahade
    Friday, June 14
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Jennifer Shahade is a U.S. Chess Champion and Woman Chess Grandmaster, professional poker player, author, and performance artist. The author of Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport, Shahade has traveled the world as a professional gamer with special interest in promoting access for youth and female players. In this interview, Host Paula Marantz Cohen talks with Shahade about her advancement to international success in chess and poker, as well as her ability to defy gender stereotypes and cultural standards across the board.
  • Edward G. Rendell with Richardson Dilworth
    Monday, June 17
    10:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Former Philadelphia Mayor and Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell and political scientist/historian Richardson Dilworth are both experts in the industry and politics of American metropolitan regions. In this special episode of The Drexel InterView paying tribute to the 125th Anniversary of Drexel University-where "art, science, and industry" are at the institutional core-Host Paula Marantz Cohen delves into discussion with Rendell and Dilworth about the influence of government personality and policy on industry, economy, urban demographic trends, and even the role of popular sports and labor unions.
  • Edward G. Rendell with Richardson Dilworth
    Friday, June 21
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Former Philadelphia Mayor and Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell and political scientist/historian Richardson Dilworth are both experts in the industry and politics of American metropolitan regions. In this special episode of The Drexel InterView paying tribute to the 125th Anniversary of Drexel University-where "art, science, and industry" are at the institutional core-Host Paula Marantz Cohen delves into discussion with Rendell and Dilworth about the influence of government personality and policy on industry, economy, urban demographic trends, and even the role of popular sports and labor unions.
  • Bernard Amadei and Michele Marcolongo
    Monday, June 24
    10:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Founder of Engineers Without Borders and civil engineering professor Bernard Amadei and materials science and engineering professor Michele Marcolongo are both experts in the field of engineering. In this special episode of The Drexel InterView paying tribute to the 125th Anniversary of Drexel University - where "art, science, and industry" are at the institutional core - Host Paula Marantz Cohen delves into discussion with Amadei and Marcolongo about engineering science's impact on modern society, the applied nature of the field, its potential for humanitarianism, and the leadership necessary to help move a global society forward.
  • Bernard Amadei and Michele Marcolongo
    Friday, June 28
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Founder of Engineers Without Borders and civil engineering professor Bernard Amadei and materials science and engineering professor Michele Marcolongo are both experts in the field of engineering. In this special episode of The Drexel InterView paying tribute to the 125th Anniversary of Drexel University - where "art, science, and industry" are at the institutional core - Host Paula Marantz Cohen delves into discussion with Amadei and Marcolongo about engineering science's impact on modern society, the applied nature of the field, its potential for humanitarianism, and the leadership necessary to help move a global society forward.
  • Klaus Krippendorff with David Raizman
    Monday, July 1
    10:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Design scholar, communication professor, and author of the classic work The Semantic Turn: A New Foundation for Design Klaus Krippendorff and art history/interior design professor David Raizman are both experts in the study of design as it relates to art and user functionality. In this special episode of The Drexel InterView paying tribute to the 125th Anniversary of Drexel University - where "art, science, and industry" are at the institutional core - Host Paula Marantz Cohen delves into discussion with Krippendorff and Raizman about the transformative power of design, as well as the intersection of design, culture, technology, and art aesthetics in a global market.
  • Klaus Krippendorff with David Raizman
    Friday, July 5
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Design scholar, communication professor, and author of the classic work The Semantic Turn: A New Foundation for Design Klaus Krippendorff and art history/interior design professor David Raizman are both experts in the study of design as it relates to art and user functionality. In this special episode of The Drexel InterView paying tribute to the 125th Anniversary of Drexel University - where "art, science, and industry" are at the institutional core - Host Paula Marantz Cohen delves into discussion with Krippendorff and Raizman about the transformative power of design, as well as the intersection of design, culture, technology, and art aesthetics in a global market.
  • Monday, July 8
    10:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
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  • Friday, July 12
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
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  • Garry Kasparov
    Friday, April 19
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Chess Grandmaster, author, and human rights activist Garry Kasparov spent two decades as the world's number-one-ranked chess player, before eventually leading the pro-democracy opposition against Russian President Vladimir Putin. He went on to become Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, and is the author of How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves, From the Board to the Boardroom and Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped. In this interview, Host Paula Marantz Cohen moves through Kasparov's rise to iconic status as a chess champion, the cultural impact of chess as a mind sport, and symbolism and strategy employed both on the board and in the political arena. Kasparov discusses Winter Is Coming (which criticizes the tyranny of Putin's Russia), and calls on leaders of the free world to advocate for global human rights and social change.
  • Garry Kasparov
    Monday, April 15
    10:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Chess Grandmaster, author, and human rights activist Garry Kasparov spent two decades as the world's number-one-ranked chess player, before eventually leading the pro-democracy opposition against Russian President Vladimir Putin. He went on to become Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, and is the author of How Life Imitates Chess: Making the Right Moves, From the Board to the Boardroom and Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped. In this interview, Host Paula Marantz Cohen moves through Kasparov's rise to iconic status as a chess champion, the cultural impact of chess as a mind sport, and symbolism and strategy employed both on the board and in the political arena. Kasparov discusses Winter Is Coming (which criticizes the tyranny of Putin's Russia), and calls on leaders of the free world to advocate for global human rights and social change.
  • Wendell Pierce, Part 2
    Friday, April 12
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This is the second part of a two-part interview focusing on the work and career of actor, author, and community activist Wendell Pierce. Pierce is best known for his recurring roles on the HBO series The Wire and Treme, but has appeared in a range of television series and feature films including Waiting to Exhale and Selma. In this episode, Pierce discusses his upbringing in New Orleans, the destruction and healing he experienced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and his devotion to family and community. He also addresses the universal message of Waiting for Godot, which he performed on his ravaged hometown streets in the wake of Katrina. This episode features a moving reading by Pierce, who is the author of the memoir and New Orleans tribute The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, a Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken.
  • Wendell Pierce, Part 2
    Monday, April 8
    10:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This is the second part of a two-part interview focusing on the work and career of actor, author, and community activist Wendell Pierce. Pierce is best known for his recurring roles on the HBO series The Wire and Treme, but has appeared in a range of television series and feature films including Waiting to Exhale and Selma. In this episode, Pierce discusses his upbringing in New Orleans, the destruction and healing he experienced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and his devotion to family and community. He also addresses the universal message of Waiting for Godot, which he performed on his ravaged hometown streets in the wake of Katrina. This episode features a moving reading by Pierce, who is the author of the memoir and New Orleans tribute The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, a Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken.
  • Wendell Pierce, Part 1
    Friday, April 5
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This is the first part of a two-part interview focusing on the work and career of actor, author, and community activist Wendell Pierce. Pierce is best known for his recurring roles on the HBO series The Wire and Treme, but has appeared in a range of television series and feature films including Waiting to Exhale and Selma. He is the author of a post-Hurricane Katrina memoir and tribute to his hometown of New Orleans, The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, a Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken. In this episode, Pierce discusses his formative journey as an actor, the social impact of The Wire, and his role as Clarence Thomas in the HBO feature Confirmation.
  • Wendell Pierce, Part 1
    Monday, April 1
    10:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This is the first part of a two-part interview focusing on the work and career of actor, author, and community activist Wendell Pierce. Pierce is best known for his recurring roles on the HBO series The Wire and Treme, but has appeared in a range of television series and feature films including Waiting to Exhale and Selma. He is the author of a post-Hurricane Katrina memoir and tribute to his hometown of New Orleans, The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, a Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken. In this episode, Pierce discusses his formative journey as an actor, the social impact of The Wire, and his role as Clarence Thomas in the HBO feature Confirmation.