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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.

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  • Gordon S. Wood, Part 1
    Tuesday, December 18
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This is the first part of a two-part interview with eminent Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood, focusing on the complex relationship between two United States forefathers detailed in Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Wood's biographical account brings to light the friendship and intellectual connection of these prominent public figures, as well as their stark differences of opinion in the face of the American Revolution. Host Paula Marantz Cohen and Wood reflect on the ideals and intellectual consequences of the Revolution; the importance of contextualizing the past; and the prominent differences between Jefferson the idealist and Adams the pragmatist.
  • Salman Rushdie
    Tuesday, December 11
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Salman Rushdie is an international best-selling author shrouded for many years in controversy stemming from his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses, which invoked protest and an Islamic fatwah. Rushdie is the author of numerous novels including The Man Booker Prize-winning Midnight's Children, The Moor's Last Sigh, Shalimar the Clown, and his recent The Golden House. His body of work integrates an autobiographical international trajectory, the hybrid identity of both insider and outsider perspectives, and the globalism of place. Host Paula Marantz Cohen explores the range of Rushdie's most notable works, his cosmopolitan timeline, and his early rise to critical acclaim all while working as a part-time "mad man" copywriter.
  • Tom Perrotta
    Tuesday, December 4
    3:30 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Author Tom Perrotta's work gained unusual access into popular culture through film and television relatively early on in his career. Best known for his books Election, Little Children, and The Leftovers (all of which have been adapted for the screen), Perrotta's diversity of themes resonate with the current social climate of politics, class, religion, and sexuality. Host Paula Marantz Cohen discusses Perrotta's popular works, the recent Mrs. Fletcher, and the catharsis of his writing.