History

Dennis Drabelle: "The Great American Railroad War"

August 23, 2012

The story of the Central Pacific Railroad, two writers -- Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris -- and their battle in print against one of America's most powerful corporations.

Tal McThenia & Margaret Dunbar Cutright: "A Case For Solomon: Bobby Dunbar And The Kidnapping That Haunted A Nation"

Tal McThenia & Margaret Dunbar Cutright: "A Case For Solomon: Bobby Dunbar And The Kidnapping That Haunted A Nation"

August 14, 2012

In 1912, the 4-year-old son of a wealthy Louisiana family went missing. A legal battle erupted over his identity when he was found months later. His granddaughter Margaret Dunbar Cutright and documentarian Tal McThenia describe the struggle to determine the boy's identity.

The Dictionary Of American Regional English (Rebroadcast)

The Dictionary Of American Regional English (Rebroadcast)

July 4, 2012

The fifth volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English covers "slug" to "zydeco." It is part of a 50-year project to capture regional dialects. Joan Hall, chief editor of the dictionary, and linguist Ben Zimmer join Diane to discuss what our language reveals about who we are.

Political Implications Of  Today's Generation Gap

Political Implications Of Today's Generation Gap

June 27, 2012

Some say the gap between younger and older Americans over economic, social and political issues is wider than at any time since the the 1960s. We explore what this could mean for federal spending priorities and the outcome of the 2012 election.

Frances Osborne: "Park Lane"

June 19, 2012

The latest novel by British author Frances Osborne has been compared with "Downton Abbey." Based in part on her own family history, it features two women of different classes whose lives collide in a London townhouse in the early 20th century.

Simon Mawer: "Trapeze"

June 12, 2012

A best-selling British author describes how he blended fact and fiction in his latest novel, "Trapeze." It's the story of a young English woman who joins the Special Operations Executive in World War II and is parachuted behind enemy lines in France.

Kevin Bleyer: "Me The People: One Man's Selfless Quest To Rewrite The Constitution Of the United States of America"

Kevin Bleyer: "Me The People: One Man's Selfless Quest To Rewrite The Constitution Of the United States of America"

June 11, 2012

Kevin Bleyer is an Emmy Award-winning writer for "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and a joke writer for President Barack Obama. He just published a humorous rewrite of the U.S. Constitution, and joins Diane to discuss what he learned about American history and values along the way.

Our Divided Political Heart

May 30, 2012

Political analysts E.J. Dionne Jr. and Ross Douthat on what divides us as a nation, and finding a balance between individual freedom and community responsibility.

Colin Powell: "It Worked For Me:  In Life and Leadership"

Colin Powell: "It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership"

May 29, 2012

Retired four star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell reflects on life lessons and the controversies he faced in the months before the U.S. war in Iraq.

Leslie Maitland: "Crossing the Borders of Time: A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed" (Rebroadcast)

May 28, 2012

A daughter tells the story of her mother's escape from the Nazis in World War II and what became of the love she left behind in France.

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