Today, Friday host Esty Dinur spends a music-filled hour with Gail Holst-Warhaft discussing the life, music, and revolutionary politics of Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, who passed away on September 2, 2021. Gail Holst-Warhaft is an adjunct professor of comparative literature and director of the Mediterranean Studies Initiative at Cornell University. Her areas of interest include […]
In the fifth century B.C.E., the City of Athens was laid low with a terrible plague that killed many of the Ancient Greek city’s citizens. In 1998, researchers extracted dental pulp from bodies found in an ancient cemetery unearthed during excavations for the 2004 Olympics. The researchers were able to identify the disease that laid […]
Today we welcome Mary Norris, the Comma Queen, back on the air with us to discuss her latest book, Greek to Me. The book traces her journey learning the Greek language and falling in love with Greece, its literature, and its culture. Mary Norris joined the editorial staff of The New Yorker in 1978 and was a […]
As the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, pass their midpoint, you might be wondering about what’s the deal with the Olympic flame and why do the Games have a torch? Sarah Hopefl and Eli Radtke look at the history of the Olympics and explain some of it’s grander, and stranger, traditions.