History

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.

John A. Farrell: "Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned"

June 16, 2011

In the early decades of the 20th century, Clarence Darrow took on big, lost, unpopular causes -- murders, anarchists, the innocent and the guilty. Biographer, John Farrell, explores the life of America's best known defense attorney who forged the heroic archetype of the American lawyer.

David S. Reynolds: "Mightier than the Sword"

David S. Reynolds: "Mightier than the Sword"

June 14, 2011

On the 200th birthday of Harriet Beecher Stowe, a look at the influence of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Richard White: "Railroaded"

Richard White: "Railroaded"

June 13, 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.

Politicians and Ethics

June 9, 2011

The scandal involving Congressman Weiner underscores growing disgust over the behavior of politicians: voter reaction to yet another set of lies and apologies, amid the ongoing partisan stalemate in Washington.

David McCullough: "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris"

June 2, 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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