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Dammed Commies: How Singing, Roller-Skating Beavers Destroyed the Federal Theater by Alan Katz
Summary: Once upon a time, the federal government directly produced theater, and it was some of the best around. A revolutionary children's musical and a misguided invitation changed all that, leading to the foundations of McCarthyism, the demise of federally-funded theater, and some sick, sick burns. And I will tell you who's to blame.
Bio: Alan is a theater producer, director, and performer for The Arcanists and Shakespeare in the Pub. He's a critic for DC Theater Scene and a punk ass book jockey for the world's largest museum. He's @dcdramaturg most places. Fun fact: when he was 16, he was offered a position to stay in Mexico indefinitely as a Pentecostal prophet. He refused, but only because he liked school too much.
Nearly Extinct Frogs and How to Stalk Them by Blake Klocke
Summary: A sperm-looking fungus has wiggled its flagella towards driving amphibians (frogs & toads, salamanders, and caecilians <- google it) towards extinction around the globe. At least 501 species have experienced declines due to the amphibian chytrid fungus. Harlequin frogs of Central and South America have been amongst the hardest hit, 30 species of Harlequin frogs are feared to be extinct. The Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project was formed to prevent the extinction of Harlequin frogs in Panama by establishing populations in captivity through captive breeding. I’ll share with you the stories (miracles, heart wrenching moments, and optimism for the future) of reintroducing and radio tracking critically endangered half-dollar sized frogs in the rainforests of Panama for more than 100 field days.
Bio: Blake is an animal nerd, cyclist, podcast enthusiast, and PhD student. His future goals are conserve species on the edge of existence, disseminate knowledge of the natural world and the crisis it faces, and to assist people from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter the field of conservation biology. One time he was on the beltway with a sloth in the car.
How to Win a War With Balloon Animals: The Ghost Army of World War II by Taylor Winkleman, sometimes called The Dogtor
Summary: Nerd Nite alum and perennial weirdo Taylor Winkleman is at it again, bringing you history that is fun, strange, and interactive. There are a lot of unsung heroes in the world, and while it seems strange to say it, some members of The Greatest Generation(TM) are unsung as well. Come learn why the United States Army went to Parsons to recruit for a Top Secret WWII unit, their connection to the worst movie of 2019, and what any of this has to do with balloon animals.
Bio: Taylor is a California native with a doctorate in veterinary medicine, a masters in public health policy, and a never-ending quest to learn the weirdest bits of history. Last time she appeared on this stage, she talked about epidemiology in 18th-century Crimea and set the stage on literal fire, so it makes perfect sense that we're talking about balloon animals in world war 2 today. When she's not learning weird history, you can find her spending her leisure time training at the trapeze school as an amateur circus artist and aerialist- and be sure to check out her show, Friday March 20th at 8pm, tickets available on the TSNY website.
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