Stories of Fascinating People.
Władisław (Ladislas) Starewicz: Idiosyncratic Animation Pioneer
This week's person is one of stop motion animation's forgotten fathers. From his early documentary work in Lithuania to his award-winning feature films, he showcased an innovative mind and a desire to educate. Learn about his life and work in this episode of Persona.
Tom Crean, the Hardest Working Man in Antartica
Tom Crean is a forgotten name from the Heroic Era of Antarctic Exploration. Perhaps that was by his own choice - he rarely gave interviews, never wrote an autobiography and hardly discussed his adventures with his family. But under his quiet and unassuming manner was the heart of an explorer. Joined by Paul Albrect, Persona discusses the man who spent more time on the frozen continent than either Scott or Shackleton.
Sake Dean Mahomed, India's First English Author
This week's person could be called a serial entrepreneur, twice bringing entire industries to the West. Learn how a young soldier managed to make a name for himself thousands of miles from home.
Countess Maria von Maltzan, WW2's Upper Class Rebel
Noblewoman, veterinarian, life-long nonconformist and determined defender of the oppressed. Just a few words to describe this episode's Person. Maria refused to allow the prejudice and complacence of her day to dictate her actions.
James Kirkman, Irish Giant
This week, Persona digs into the story of an unusually tall Irish man who was kidnapped by Prussians to meet strange royal requirements.