History

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.

Massacre in Norway

July 26, 2011

Norwegians struggle to understand the motives behind last Friday’s massacre: the tragedy in Oslo and the rise of far-right radicalism in Europe.

Cameron McWhirter: "Red Summer"

Cameron McWhirter: "Red Summer"

July 18, 2011

The summer of 1919 saw the worst spate of antiblack violence in American history. A look at the race riots that erupted and how they influenced the Civil Rights movement.

David Wise: "Tiger Trap"

David Wise: "Tiger Trap"

July 14, 2011

A leading expert on intelligence and espionage offers a comprehensive account of China's spy wars with the U-S.

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

July 4, 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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