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    Second Term Presidents

    Panelists talked about second term presidents. Topics included how they worked with Congress, their own party, and the opposing party. They also spoke about how presidents' foreign policy goals shift from their first to second terms, and their engagement with presidential candidates aiming to succeed them.

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    Q&A with Evan Thomas

    Evan Thomas talked about his book, Being Nixon: A Man Divided, about the life and career of Richard Nixon. In his book, Mr. Thomas explores President Nixon’s early years and family life, his courtship and marriage to wife Pat, the inner turmoil he experienced throughout his life, and his relationships with political advisers, friends, and staff.

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    Book Discussion on Reagan

    H.W. Brands talked about his book Reagan: A Life, in which he recounts the life and political career of America’s 40th president.

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    Book Discussion on Sudden Justice

    Chris Woods talked about his book, Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars, about America’s use of drones in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia and the reaction it has caused. Mr. Woods argued that targeted groups in these countries were figuring out ways to protect themselves from drone attacks and were working on making their own drones

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    The Five Cities of June

    This 1963 United States Information Agency film documents events in five cities: the election and coronation of Pope Paul VI at Vatican City, the launch of a Soviet rocket in an unknown city in the Soviet Union, fighting in South Vietnam near Saigon, the integration of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and President Kennedy’s trip to Berlin, Germany. The film is narrated by actor Charlton Heston.

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    Assassination of President McKinley

    Professor Ralph Nurnberger talked about President William McKinley’s foreign policy while in office and the events leading up to his assassination. Professor Nurnberger described McKinley’s troubled family life, the key events of his presidency including the Spanish-American War, and his assassination by anarchist Leon Czolgosz shortly after McKinley was elected to his second term. Smithsonian Associates hosted this event.

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    Newsmakers with Secretary Julian Castro

    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro talked about the Obama administration’s housing policy, the Supreme Court decision issued earlier in the week on housing discrimination, recovery from the mortgage crisis, and other issues concerning U.S. housing policy. After the interview the reporters discussed his responses with the host.

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    Iran Nuclear Negotiations

    Gary Samore talked about the June 30, 2015, deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran. At the time of the program Secretary of State John Kerry and leaders from other P5+1 nations were meeting with Iranian officials in Vienna, Austria, to try to complete an agreement. Among other topics Mr. Samore discussed the obstacles to reaching an agreement, recent comments by Iran’s supreme leader, and what might happen if a deal is not reached. 

    Carol Morello, speaking by phone from Vienna, talked about the status of negotiations.

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    Armstrong Williams on Race Relations in the U.S.

    Armstrong Williams talked about the state of race relations in the U.S. and the recent shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston in which nine people died. Mr. Williams is the cousin Pastor Clementa Pinckney, who was killed in the shooting,