InterView on Location

Drexel Interview Since 2004, The Drexel InterView has provided thoughtful interviews with established and emerging talents in science, business, art, and culture, all filmed inside the A.J. Drexel Picture Gallery. But recently, the InterView began a new occasional series – episodes about, and shot inside, famous cultural institutions.

The first two episodes were shot on location at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the oldest natural history museum in America. “All of the interviews are shot in the beautiful main library of the Academy,” says Drexel InterView host, Distinguished Professor Paula Marantz Cohen. “One episode deals with the museum as a destination, the other with it as a research center," she says. "The b-roll covers everything from the collections (birds, insects, fish, etc.), to the butterfly garden and the turning of the page of the massive folio of Audubon's Birds of America. We also interview a range of experts, from the president of the museum to one of its premier fossil researchers.”

The InterView plans to continue the series at other institutions in Philadelphia and beyond the city as well. “We've done the Museum of American Jewish History on Independence Mall and plan to do the Barnes [Foundation] at its new site soon,” says Cohen. “We also hope to do the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.”

The Drexel InverView is broadcast on more than 350 PBS, academic, and community television stations; airdates and times are available on The Drexel InterView’s website.