Monday, August 1, 2011 | Categories: Coming Up |
Monday, August 1
THE MYSTERY OF THE STRATEMEYER LEGACY
A thrilling episode, in which the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, and IDEAS producer Dave Redel investigate the juvenile pulp fiction factory that accidentally created cultural icons.
Tuesday, August 2
GAME SET AND MATCH
Human loves and fears, and office politics too, are what drive the world of espionage in Len Deighton's great novels. A profile by Philip Coulter of one of the masters of the modern spy thriller.
Wednesday, August 3
WHY THE MONA LISA?
What's so special about the Mona Lisa? How did this small Renaissance artwork become the one painting that even Homer Simpson would have heard of? Barbara Nichol traces its path to a unique global celebrity.
Thursday, August 4
THE GHOSTS OF CANNAE
In 216 BCE, forty-eight thousand men were killed a massive knife fight between the Romans and Carthaginians in a single day. Military historian Robert O'Connell tells us about that gruesome day, and how armies fought then and now.