History

Dale Carpenter: "Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas"

March 15, 2012

A law professor tells the story behind the landmark Supreme Court decision that expanded the legal rights of millions of gay and lesbian Americans.

Sara Mansfield  Taber: "Born Under an Assumed Name"

Sara Mansfield Taber: "Born Under an Assumed Name"

March 13, 2012

Sara Mansfield Taber joins Diane to discuss her memoir of her exotic childhood as the daughter of a Cold War spy.

David Wolman: "The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Dreamers -- and the Coming Cashless Society"

March 8, 2012

Diane and her guest discuss the future of cash. They explore its cross- cultural past, how cash works today, and what life will be like if it becomes obsolete.

The Dictionary of American Regional English

The Dictionary of American Regional English

March 7, 2012

The fifth volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English covers "slug" to "zydeco." It is part of a 50-year project to capture regional dialects. Joan Hall, chief editor of the dictionary, and linguist Ben Zimmer join Diane to discuss what our language reveals about who we are.

Michigan and Arizona GOP Primary Results

February 29, 2012

The Michigan primary is a crucial test for the Romney presidential campaign: What results there and in Arizona signal for the Republican presidential nomination battle ahead.

Timothy Snyder:  "Thinking the Twentieth Century" by Tony Judt

Timothy Snyder: "Thinking the Twentieth Century" by Tony Judt

February 27, 2012

Historian Tony Judt was stricken by Lou Gehrig’s Disease. But he retained the power of speech and thought. His friend and fellow historian Timothy Snyder describes their collaboration on a book about the clash of twentieth century ideas. during the final months of his life.

Gail Collins: "William Henry Harrison"

Gail Collins: "William Henry Harrison"

January 23, 2012

New York Times columnist Gail Collins on the shortest presidency in American history: The life and untimely death of William Henry Harrison and his landmark campaign of "Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!"

Sally Bedell Smith: "Elizabeth the Queen: The Life a Modern Monarch"

January 17, 2012

Britain's Queen Elizabeth celebrates 60 years on the throne next month. A new biography looks at the public and private life of a modern monarch.

Robert Massie:  "Catherine the Great" (Rebroadcast)

Robert Massie: "Catherine the Great" (Rebroadcast)

December 30, 2011

A new biography of Catherine the Great: Pulitzer prize winning writer Robert Massie recounts the remarkable story of an obscure German princess who rose to become Russia's Empress in the later half of the 18th century and one of the most powerful women in history.

Richard White: "Railroaded" (Rebroadcast)

Richard White: "Railroaded" (Rebroadcast)

December 28, 2011

An award-winning historian on the making of the transcontinental railroads in the 19th century:How they shaped modern America and why he thinks they laid the groundwork for today’s economic problems.

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