Have you ever thought that Wagner’s hero, Siegmund from The Valkyrie has a lot in common with our own Superman? Dr. Glenn Winters, Community Outreach Musical Director for Virginia Opera, shows us how Wagner’s operas influenced a lot of American legends. From magic swords to lightsabers, from The Valkyrie to Star Wars, Dr. Winters has a lot of fun with Wagner. Virginia Opera’s The Valkyrie is at George Mason University Center for the Arts, Friday February 18 at 8 and Sunday, February 20 at 2 pm.
WETA looks back at the people and events of the 1980s — the disorderly decade that saw Washington's emergence as a true global capital.See all broadcast times →
Garrett Peck, author of "Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, D.C." discusses the history of brewing in the nation's capital.Watch video →
WETA Channel 26 hit the Washington airwaves on October 2, 1961, when station manager George Baker introduced viewers to WETA's inaugural broadcast, The New Era.Watch first broadcast →