History

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.

Jeanne Theoharis: "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks"

February 6, 2013

In the first comprehensive biography of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, author Jeanne Theoharis debunks the myth of Parks as a quiet seamstress.

Adam Makos: "A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story Of Combat And Chivalry In The War-Torn Skies Of World War II" (Rebroadcast)

January 21, 2013

In his new book, “A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II”, author Adam Makos describes the fateful wartime encounter, and how the two men found each other nearly 50 years later.

David Von Drehle: "Rise to Greatness"

David Von Drehle: "Rise to Greatness"

January 21, 2013

The story of Abraham Lincoln's rise to greatness in 1862, America's most perilous year.

The Rev. Martin Luther King: His Legacy

January 17, 2013

The legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and race in America today.

Readers' Review: "Year of Wonders:  A Novel of the Plague" By Geraldine Brooks (Rebroadcast)

Readers' Review: "Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague" By Geraldine Brooks (Rebroadcast)

December 31, 2012

Join Diane and her guests for our October Readers’ Review of Geraldine Brooks' novel, "Year of Wonders." It's based on the true story of measures taken by the residents of a small 17th-century English town to protect themselves and others from the plague.

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