The Drexel InterView is a lively and award-winning half-hour original television series hosted by best-selling author, critic, and Drexel University Distinguished Professor Paula Marantz Cohen. The Drexel InterView, which premiered in 2004, currently airs on some 325 PBS, university-affiliated, and community-access television stations throughout the United States. Selected episodes may also be seen on YouTube.com.
Each episode of The Drexel InterView features a half-hour conversation with a nationally known or emerging talent in the arts, culture, science, or business. Guests reflect a diversity of opinions and backgrounds. The series is now in its ninth season and has featured over 100 guests.
The History of The Drexel InterView
The Drexel InterView had its debut in 2004 when Drexel University decided to take advantage of the many important figures in science, business, art, and culture who pass through Philadelphia each year. Drexel's art museum, the A.J. Drexel Picture Gallery, had recently been renovated, making it an ideal setting for a television program that would engage its guests in discussions of some depth. Paula Marantz Cohen, a Distinguished Professor of English, whose fields of research and writing spanned a variety of fields, volunteered to serve as host. Charles Fuller, Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright, was the show's first guest.
Producers Lynn Levin and Eric Mondgock help focus and polish the guest list. Approximately one dozen guests are interviewed each year; more than 100 programs have been produced to date. The shows air on over 325 PBS and community- and university-affiliated stations throughout the country. The Drexel InterView is currently housed in Drexel's Pennoni Honors College, whose Dean, Dave Jones, serves as Executive Producer. It has won numerous awards from the Philadelphia Press Association.