History

Richard Rhodes:  "Hedy's Folly:  The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr"

Richard Rhodes: "Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr"

December 20, 2011

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author describes how 1940s movie star Hedy Lamarr helped invent the technology that makes cell phones and GPS devices possible.

Legacy of American Cold War Containment Strategy

December 8, 2011

At the dawn of the Cold War, an obscure American diplomat named George Kennan designed a strategy of containment to keep Soviet ambitions in check. Guest host, Steve Roberts, and his panel discuss the imperfect implementation of that plan and how it shapes U. S. policy today.

Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2011

On the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, we'll look at how the events of December 7, 1941, unfolded and the mark they left on America and the world.

David McCullough: "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris" (Rebroadcast)

November 24, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, David McCullough, tells the story of three generations of young American artists, writers, physicians, politicians, and architects who traveled to Paris in the nineteenth century. He talks to Diane about the ways they were transformed by the City of Light, and how they changed the U. S. as a result of their time abroad.

Ha Jin:  "Nanjing Requiem"

Ha Jin: "Nanjing Requiem"

November 21, 2011

The National Book Award winning author returns to his native China in his latest novel. It takes place during one of the darkest moments in 20th century history: the Japanese invasion of Nanjing in 1937.

Jean Baker: "Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion"

November 15, 2011

Margaret Sanger spent her life fighting to give women access to birth control. A new biography of the family planning pioneer and why she remains controversial today.

Robert Massie:  "Catherine the Great"

Robert Massie: "Catherine the Great"

November 9, 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.

Candice Millard:  "Destiny of the Republic" (Rebroadcast)

Candice Millard: "Destiny of the Republic" (Rebroadcast)

October 10, 2011

James Garfield became president with great hopes and ideals. He was dead within four months. On the 130th anniversary of his death, a best-selling author tells the story of Garfield's inspiring life and explains how he really died.

Candice Millard: "Destiny of the Republic"

September 19, 2011

James Garfield became president with great hopes and ideals. He was dead within four months. On the 130th anniversary of his death, a best-selling author tells the story of Garfield's inspiring life and explains how he really died.

The U.S.Ten Years After 9/11

September 8, 2011

Persistently high unemployment rates, political gridlock and airport pat-downs are just a few of the new realities in our post-9/11 world. Diane and guests discuss what is happening in the U.S. a decade later.

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