The Dark Matter Phenomenon; Classic Stories and Popular Culture in Film & Television

We remain in the dark about what makes up 96% of the universe.

“What has always excited human beings is the unknown. It’s always the edge that we’re working on. But there’s also the idea of going where no one has gone before.” –Dinesh Loomba

Join Physics and Astronomy Professor Dr. Dinesh Loomba as he sheds some light on the dark matter phenomenon.


Why are the stories of the ancient world being told and retold in the movies?

“I think there’re some things about us as Americans and our American culture that we relate back to the Greeks and Romans in ways that are cultural and political, sexual…all kinds of different ways. Ancient Rome is such a great location for talking about the modern world.” –Monica Cyrino

Classics Professor Dr. Monica Cyrino discusses how the movies reconstruct the image of ancient Rome and the intersection between classics and popular culture in film and television.


Viewer Question of the Month

In this month’s Viewer Question, Dr. Christopher Witt, Curator of Birds at UNM’s Museum of Southwest Biology, answers the question “How will global warming affect hummingbirds?”

Original Airdate: Thursday, September 20 at 7pm on New Mexico PBS 5.1

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