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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.

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.

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