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Archive for February 25th, 2011

Damion Searls with Peter Stein

on Hans Keilson

Damion Searls translated the book, Comedy in a Minor Key, by the 100-year old German-Jewish resistance writer Hans Keilson. First published in 1947 and never before translated into English, Comedy in a Minor Key, a penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation and a dark comedy of wartime manners, tells the story of a Dutch couple who hide a Jew during WWII. Searls is joined in conversation by Peter Stein, Executive Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

The Man Who Killed Pluto — Mike Brown

Mike Brown is a self-described scientist geek, an astronomy professor and the man who was determined to discover our tenth “planet,” Eris. Thanks to him, the solar system now has only eight, and Pluto has been demoted to a dwarf planet. This “planet killer” gives a hilarious perspective on the outrage that followed his discovery and introduces complex, scientific concepts, like “What’s a planet?”