KentPresents 2015 Aperitifs

13 speakers each give 4-minute previews of their panels to be presented subsequently in the program. An informative and humorous introduction to the world of KentPresents, moderated by Frank Delaney, seen here with Jay Kriegel. Presented at KentPresents 2015 by: …Read More

U.S. Risks Around the World

At KentPresents 2015. Former ambassador to Jordan and Russia, William Burns sits down with David Sanger of The New York Times to discuss Burns’ secret negotiations in the Iran deal and some of the major issues on today’s global political scene, such …Read More

Climate Change: Certainties? Uncertainties? Values.

The world is heating up. Or is it? Gavin Schmidt and Steve Koonin participate in this panel moderated by Dan Kevles to discuss what we know and what we don’t know about climate change. And most importantly our moral obligation …Read More

Interview with Siddhartha Mukherjee

Michael Moritz (right) has a conversation with Siddhartha Mukherjee — the renowned cancer researcher, clinician and author — and they discuss clips from the the Ken Burns adaptation of Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Emperor of All Maladies — A …Read More

Race and Criminal Justice

Racism in the criminal justice system is a problem that does not seem to be ending anytime soon. Here, we bring together moderator Soledad O’Brien, the Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker, Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Mayor of New Orleans Mitch …Read More

Remembering Sid Caesar

Having just gotten through the pleasure of presenting “Little Me” at Encores!, and then reading of the loss of Sid Caesar nearly the moment we closed (the show was written for him, to be clear about the connection), I’m recommending …Read More

The Sydney Opera House: Art In The Computer Age

The Sydney Opera House, completed in 1973, although famous for its roof of “shells,” or colloquially, “sails”, has never before looked like this. The Light Show, using computer imagery, creates a animated tapestry in vivid ever-changing patterns and colors that …Read More

Larry Griswold

These last two weeks of August, who’s really doing culture? It’s sit by the pool and wait for cocktail time. So for those who are thinking of pools, and far away from serious culture, here’s a vaudeville-style clip from old …Read More

Astaire & Powell, Hope & Cagney

What is one to do when the temperature is in the 90s and the humidity is not far behind? When the world news is so depressing it’s hard to read the papers? And when movies for grown-ups are still months …Read More


I recently discovered Op-Docs, a new visual online section of the New York Times. These small opinionated videos are fresh and exciting and short. I was thrilled by the concept. Created by experienced as well as aspiring filmmakers, the videos are provocative, informative, original …Read More

Outstanding Celebration of Why It’s Great to be Alive

In case you’re one of the 8,472,236 who has already watched this stirring video on YouTube, ignore this. But if you’re like me, who was oblivious to it until this week when jamie niven sent it to me, you’re in for a …Read More