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    President Taft to Chief Justice Taft

    Lewis Gould talked about how William Howard Taft became the only man to serve as both U.S. president and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Following his presidential term, Taft remained active in politics, but supported himself as a Yale University professor.

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    Eisenhower and the Frontier

    Timothy Rives talked about President Eisenhower’s belief that social welfare programs could fill the void created by the closing of the American frontier, which limited opportunities for the unemployed.

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    Eisenhower and the Space Race

    Professor Yanek Mieczkowski talked about President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s space policies and priorities. He spoke about President Eisenhower’s efforts to establish a link between the presidency and the scientific community as well as his support for satellites, a civilian space agency, and science education legislation.

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    Race In America

    April Ryan moderated a discussion on race in the media, politics, and American culture. Panelists talked about the rise in race-related incidents, their origins and possible solutions. She was joined by authors Paul Butler, Let’s Get Free, Michael Eric Dyson, Can You Hear Me Now, and Joy-Ann Reid, Fracture.

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    Book Discussion on Saving Capitalism

    Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich talked about his book Saving Capitalism, in which he examines America’s current economic system. He spoke at the 2015 Wisconsin Book Festival, held at the Central Branch of the Madison Public Library.

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    Native Americans and Foreign Disease

    Paul Kelton talked about why Native Americans were so vulnerable to European-introduced diseases. He said that prior to colonization indigenous populations had little to no exposure to diseases such as smallpox. He also argued that illness was only one piece of a larger puzzle regarding the downfall of the native populations.

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    1952 Presidential Election

    John Robert Greene talked about the 1952 presidential election between Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson, as well as the introduction and impact of television political ads.

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    Explorer William Clark and Smuggling

    Jo Ann Trogdon talks about her book, The Unknown Travels and Dubious Pursuits of William Clark, about William Clark’s possibly treasonous activities before he embarked on an expedition with Meriwether Lewis to explore the newly purchased Louisiana Territory.

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    Book Discussion on Scarlet Letters

    Jack Cashill talked about his book Scarlet Letters: The Ever-Increasing Intolerance of the Cult of Liberalism, in which he argues that the progressive agenda has eroded traditional values. Mr. Cashill says that progressives force assumptions on anyone who disagrees with their political and social agenda and argues that all conservatives are an awkwardly worded tweet away from being branded homophobic, racist, sexist, Islamophobic, or worse.

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    Book Discussion on The Oregon Trail

    Rinker Buck talked about his book, The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, about the importance of the Oregon Trail, the 2,000 mile road that runs through six states from Missouri to the Pacific coast. Mr. Buck and his brother made the journey using a covered wagon and three mules. It took them four months.