Dr. Daniel Otte, the Academy of Natural Sciences' curator of entomology, has described over 1500 insect species, and recorded the songs of crickets from all over the world in a new exhibition at the Academy. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the art and science of DUAL NATURE: SCIENCE ILLUSTRATIONS OF DAN OTTE, on view until December 4th.
As America's first president is considered through the material culture of two of his households - one at Mount Vernon and one in Philadelphia - WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at the man behind the myth. NEW VIEWS FROM MOUNT VERNON, and THE PRESIDENT'S HOUSE: THE UNTOLD STORY IN QUILTS run through September 5th at the Nat'l Constitution Center.
Since 1824, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has been collecting documents that tell the story of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia region. WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at the Society and how it is carrying forth its mission.
WRTI's Meridee Duddleston returns to St. Francis de Sales school in SW Philadelphia to check in on TUNE UP PHILLY - a unique after-school classical music program launched in 2010. Program Director Stanford Thompson, teaching artists, and parents share their thoughts on this Phila. Youth Orchestra project modeled after Venezuela's youth orchestra system.
Need to lose weight? Can't decide between two popular weight-loss strategies? In the largest study of its kind, researchers compared low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets over a two-year period. WRTI's Meridee Duddleston learns about the findings from lead researcher Gary Foster, PhD of Temple University's Center for Obesity Research and Education.
Andy Warhol's first solo museum opening at Philadelphia's ICA drew thousands, even though the art had been taken off the walls. WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at this turning point in the world of contemporary art.
The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts is now taking place at venues throughout the city with 135 events and 1,500 artists. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the historical context of PIFA, with a look at the arts and culture of early 20th-century Paris.
The success of the movie BLACK SWAN has thrown a Hollywood spotlight on classical ballet. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers Pennsylvania Ballet's current production of SWAN LAKE, its relationship to the original ballet, and its connection to the hit film. The reprisal of the 2004 production has a score by Tchaikovsky.
The life of the popular composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has engendered conjecture and controversy. WRTI's Susan Lewis looks at the musical rivalry between Mozart and composer Antonio Salieri, suggested in Walnut Street Theatre's production of AMADEUS.