History

 New Clues about the Sinking of Titanic

New Clues about the Sinking of Titanic

April 11, 2012

It's been 100 years since the British ocean liner Titanic sank in the North Atlantic, killing more than 1,500 people. Now, high-definition images made possible by advances in optical technology offer new clues about the ship’s violent descent to the sea floor.

Michael Rosen: "Dignity: Its History and Meaning"

March 27, 2012

Dignity plays a central role in current thinking about law and human rights, but there is sharp disagreement about its meaning. Diane and her guest discuss modern conceptions of dignity.

Jon Gertner: "The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation"

March 19, 2012

Bell Labs in New Jersey was to technological innovation in the mid-20th century what Silicon Valley in California is today. An editor at Fast Company magazine describes the environment which fostered 13 Nobel Prize winners and the development of radars, lasers, transistors, satellites and mobile phones.

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!"

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