Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Check out "Darwin's Darkest Hour" on PBS! (plus the art of Darwin @ the Fitzwilliam Museum)

I'm excited about the new season of Nova, which is focusing on evolution. Last night the season kicked off with something new for the Nova series: Darwin's Darkest Hour, an excellent two-hour scripted drama starring Ian Henry Cusick (Desmond from Lost) as Charles Darwin. The movie depicts some of the same situations covered in the controversial Creation (starring Paul Bettany), so it'll be interesting to see which film better captures the Darwin story. I'm kinda rooting for the Nova special. In any case, you can watch it online at PBS.

In bonus Darwin news, I'd trade my pinky toe to visit the Endless Forms: Charles Darwin art exhibit at Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University, which examines the impact of evolutionary science on the world of visual expression. Fortunately, the museum has put together a fantastic-looking collection of podcasts I hope to work through over the next few days. Topics include "The Predatory Ape: Sex, Simians and Society in Nineteenth-Century Europe" and "Darwin, Design and Christianity." Excited!

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