Flock of Dodos," which debuts tonight on Showtime, includes the Scopes Monkey Trial
, during which Clarence Darrow, left, and William Jennings Bryan argued over evolution.
Will these well-meaning, sympathetic citizens of the Bible Belt in a town about 50 miles from where the Scopes monkey trial
unfolded in the '20s take to heart the lessons a paper clip project teaches us?
Partly, it's been overshadowed by the other great trial Clarence Darrow fought in 1925, the famous Scopes Monkey Trial
Perhaps he was best known for his defense of John Scopes, accused of teaching evolution in schools, in what became know as the Monkey Trial
Indeed, people are taking the move seriously in the country that invented the term monkey trial
, which stems from the 1925 case in which rationalists challenged a Tennessee law forbidding the teaching of evolution.
The 1964 Jack Ruby trial was called "the trial of the century" at the time, but was among several other "trials of the century" including the Scopes monkey trial
, Lindbergh baby kidnapping, Leopold and Loeb, O.
Professor Ruse writes with grace and style, serious but never solemn, even about such sacred Darwinian commemorations as the Wilberforce-Huxley debate, when 'everybody enjoyed himself immensely and all went cheerfully off to dinner together afterwards', and the Scopes Monkey Trial
in Tennessee, whose 'ionic status' is questioned.
Providing a unique take on the familiar and less familiar people and events from our country's great past are narrators including Kyle Kinane, Jen Kirkman, Natasha Leggero, and Jenny Slate, who will stumble and slur their way through profiles on figures such as Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, Patty Hearst, Lewis and Clark, Billy the Kid, and Edwin and John Wilkes Booth; seminal moments like The Alamo, Watergate, the Scopes Monkey Trial
, and the Haymarket Riot; and stories such as J.
For example, following the summary of the plot of Planet of the Apes, he describes the achievement of the ape costumes, followed by discussion of how the film reflected concerns about racial hierarchies, the illegitimacy of the House Un-American Activities Committee, and the ignorance of the Scopes Monkey Trial
With evolution and creationism - whoops, make that intelligent design - so very much in the news this year, there couldn't be a better time to revive Peter Goodchild's 1991 play ``The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial
Yet, tragically, this is all happening in the 80th anniversary year of the Scopes Monkey Trial
when a young science teacher, branded an infidel for teaching the theory of evolution in his Tennessee classroom, was acquitted of sin by US courts.
Up until 1925, when the Scopes monkey trial
took place and Scopes lost, American school textbooks included evolution.