Cars and Cities; Frank Langella and "King Lear" at BAM; the Story of a Slave Rebellion

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson looks at what cities with fewer cars can tell us about driving and density. Frank Langella on playing King Lear in the new production of Shakespeare’s tragedy at the BAM. Jamie Ford talks about his latest novel, Songs of Willow FrostGreg Grandin discusses an 1805 slave rebellion aboard a ship in the South Pacific. and what it reveals about anti-slavery views.

Smart Cities, Fewer Cars

Cities with the smallest amount of cars tend to have more educated populations. The Atlantic's Derek Thompson on what the cities with the fewest cars tell us about driving and density.

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Frank Langella as King Lear

Frank Langella talks about playing King Lear in BAM’s production of Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear.” It’s playing through February 9. 

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Novelist Jamie Ford on "Songs of Willow Frost"

Jamie Ford discusses his second novel, Songs of Willow Frost. Set in the 1920’s Depression-era Seattle, it follows a young orphan who has big dreams as he sets out in search of a woman who’s trying to escape her haunted past. 


Greg Grandin on The Empire of Necessity

Greg Grandin tells the story of a remarkable slave rebellion that occurred in 1805. Off a remote island in the South Pacific, Captain Amasa Delano, a New England seal hunter, climbed aboard a distressed Spanish ship carrying scores of West Africans he thought were slaves. They weren’t. Having earlier seized control of the vessel and slaughtered most of the crew, they were staging an elaborate ruse, acting as if they were humble servants. The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World explores this extraordinary event, which inspired Herman Melville’s masterpiece Benito Cereno.

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