History

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.

Gordon Wood: "The Idea of America" (Rebroadcast)

July 4, 2011

A Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian argues the American Revolution is still the most important event in our country’s history. Why he credits the era with defining America’s values and aspirations.

Gordon Wood: "The Idea of America"

June 28, 2011

A Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian argues the American Revolution is still the most important event in our country’s history. Why he credits the era with defining America’s values and aspirations.

Peter Hartshorn: "I Have Seen the Future: A Life of Lincoln Steffens"

Peter Hartshorn: "I Have Seen the Future: A Life of Lincoln Steffens"

June 23, 2011

The life and legacy of pioneering investigative journalist, Lincoln Steffens: credited as the father of muckraking, his reporting changed journalism, but came with a steep personal price.

The Civil War: America's 2nd Revolution

June 21, 2011

One hundred fifty years ago four million people were held as slaves in the United States: Historians weigh in on the ongoing efforts to better understand the causes, costs, and consequences of the Civil War.

New State Voting Laws

June 21, 2011

Some states are passing laws that could limit voter fraud. Others claim they are thinly disguised efforts to disenfranchise certain groups of voters:How new voting rules could shape the 2012 election.

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