History

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.

Joseph McCartin: "Collision Course"

September 7, 2011

An historian explains how Ronald Reagan's confrontation with the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization changed the American workplace in ways the former president could not predict and did not advocate.

Conor O'Clery: "Moscow, December 25, 1991"

September 1, 2011

He was the Moscow correspondent for the Irish Times when the the Soviet Union fell apart twenty years ago. Conor O'Clery reflects on the end of the communist superpower.

Steven Brill: "Class Warfare"

Steven Brill: "Class Warfare"

August 16, 2011

On the frontlines of school reform: A veteran journalist reports on an unlikely coalition of parents, teachers, Republicans and Democrats trying to fix America’s failing schools.

Geoffrey Gray: "Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper"

August 10, 2011

The author of a new book on the nation’s only unsolved skyjacking discusses why the 40-year mystery of D.B. Cooper has become a legend and a curse.

Ellen Feldman:  "Next to Love"

Ellen Feldman: "Next to Love"

August 8, 2011

A novelist examines World War II from the perspective of the women left behind. It’s a story about war, love and scars that never go away.

Melanie Benjamin: "The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb"

August 1, 2011

She was a 19th-century woman who stood only 32 inches tall. But she refused to let her gender or her size define her. An historical novel about the real-life Mrs. Tom Thumb.

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