A Tribute to Black and White

May 6, 2014

Credit Martin Pettitt / Flickr Creative Commons

We crave color. Think of the Spring trip you make to the park, that has beautiful tulips or multicolored roses in the Summer. Think of the enormous travel industry that springs up around fall foliage every year.

Some of us are old enough to remember when black and white was a necessity, not a choice. I was in seventh grade when finally, I started watching color television on a regular basis, at the home of some classmates. I'm not even sure when color television arrived at my own house, but believe me, it was a big deal when it did. Maybe that helps explain my prejudice against black and white. Whenever I hear that a new film is coming out in black and white, I shudder. To me, it means the director is going through a pretentious phase.

This hour, we talk about the esthetics of black and white, including the most famous party ever thrown in New York City: Truman Capote's Black and White Ball. As if that weren't enough, we talk with a zebra expert and biologist about zebras. Why do they have stripes, and how are they different from every other horse?

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