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David Rohde: "Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence In A New Middle East"

David Rohde: "Beyond War: Reimagining American Influence In A New Middle East"

April 23, 2013

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Rohde on how Islam is being reimagined in countries across the Middle East and what the changes mean for U.S. influence in the region.

Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England"

Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England"

April 9, 2013

The Plantagenets were the dynasty that directly preceded the Tudors, ruling England for longer than any family before or since. Diane and bestselling author and historian, Dan Jones, discuss how their realm shaped England into the country we recognize today.

David Stockman: "The Great Deformation"

April 3, 2013

President Ronald Reagan’s former budget director on today’s economy. David Stockman on what he calls the corruption of capitalism in America.

Peter Andreas: "Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America"

March 28, 2013

The history of America’s porous borders: How smuggling and illegal immigration have driven U.S. economic growth.

Glenn Frankel: "The Searchers"

March 25, 2013

A classic Western called "The Searchers" dramatized the true story of a young girl kidnapped by the Comanche Indians. How a film helped shape the myth of the American West.

Matthew Goodman: "Eighty Days"

Matthew Goodman: "Eighty Days"

March 18, 2013

The true story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's historic race around the world in the late 19th century.

US Foreign Policy Challenges Ahead

March 13, 2013

Foreign policy experts General Brent Scowcroft and Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski discuss the U-S role in Syria, tensions with Iran, and the direction of U-S foreign policy.

Lee Sandlin: "Storm Kings: The Untold Story Of America's First Tornado Chasers"

March 11, 2013

The United States sees an average of 1,000 tornadoes a year. The history and the latest research on American twisters.

Readers' Review: "The March" By E.L. Doctorow

Readers' Review: "The March" By E.L. Doctorow

February 27, 2013

For February's Readers’ Review, E.L. Doctorow’s historic novel about Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s path of destruction through the deep South near the end of the Civil War. The title is “The March.”

Ernest Freeberg: "The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America"

February 25, 2013

A historian places Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb in the context of a period of intense technological creativity in the U.S. More than any other invention, he argues, electric light ushered in modernity.

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