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    Q&A with Erik Larson

    Erik Larson talked about his book, Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, about the state of world politics surrounding the 1915 sinking of the Lusitania. He spoke about the departure and eventual sinking of the ship, focusing on the personal stories of those involved, including the captains of the Lusitania and the German U-Boat, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, and a number of the passengers on board. The Lusitania set sail from New York on May 1, 1915, with over 2000 passengers and crew on board. On May 7, the ship was hit by a German U-Boat’s torpedo and sank off the coast of Ireland. Out of the almost 1200 people who died in the sinking, 128 of them were Americans.

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    Q&A with Daniel Bolger

    General Daniel Bolger (Retired) talked about his book, Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. He also spoke about his deployments to the two war zones, the inherent dangers to U.S. troops there, his job commanding the training operations of Iraqi and Afghan police and military forces, and what he believes what went wrong. In addition, General Bolger discussed his views of other generals such as David Patraeus and Stanley McChrystal, and what he thinks we should have done differently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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    Q&A with Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman

    Dr. Adriane Fugh-Berman, director of PharmedOut, talked about the organization, the money made by the pharmaceutical industry, the advertising the industry produces, how pharmaceutical companies lobby Congress, and how they try to influence doctors. PharmedOut is a Georgetown University Medical Center watchdog project. Its goals are to educate physicians and the public about the marketing practices of the pharmaceutical industry.

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    Q&A with David Stewart

    David O. Stewart talked about his book Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America, in which he explores the role that James Madison played in the founding of the U.S. In his book, Mr. Stewart discusses Madison' friendships and political partnerships with George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Dolley Madison, and James Monroe.

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    Q&A with Anthony Batts

    Anthony Batts talked about the challenges of policing the city of Baltimore, Maryland, tensions between the community and the police force, issues of police brutality, and the U.S. Department of Justice review of the practices of his department. He also spoke about the declining murder and crime rates in the city and his initiatives in the coming year. Commissioner Batts also discussed growing up in a poor neighborhood in Los Angeles, his past experiences as a beat officer and police chief in Long Beach, California, and his tenure as chief of police in Oakland.

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    Q&A with Jan Jarboe Russell

    Jan Jarboe Russell talked about her book, The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II, about the Texas camp, which was home to Japanese, German and Italian detainees.

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    Book Discussion on The Theme Is Freedom

    Mr. Evans, the author of The Theme Is Freedom: Religion, Politics and the American Tradition, published by Regnery Publishing, talked about some of concepts found in his book. He said that common belief about the origins of our country, institutions and freedoms are incorrect and are the product of an accepted “liberal history lesson.” He stresses that the roots of U.S. liberties lie in the Christian understanding of the Bible and that modern political liberalism undermines both religion and freedom.

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    Q&A with Thomas Allen Harris

    Thomas Allen Harris talked about his film, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, in which he explores how African-Americans have been portrayed in photographic images from the time of slavery through the present. He explained how the images of African-Americans presented by white culture and photographers differ from those taken by black people, from family photo albums to famous African-American photographers. He argued that a truer representation of African-American life and success in America is shown through the latter. He also spoke about his estrangement from his father, which played a role in his film.

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    Book Discussion on Strom Thurmond and the Politics of Southern Change

    Ms. Cohodas discussed her book, Strom Thurmond and the Politics of Southern Change, published by Simon and Schuster, including her reasons for writing it. The book focuses on Senator Thurmond’s career as a politician and describes the evolution of his political ideology and the civil rights struggle from a white perspective.

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    Q&A with David Brooks

    David Brooks talked about his yearly “Sidney” awards, which recognize his favorite magazine articles and essays over the course of the year. The awards are named after Sidney Hook, an American philosopher who Mr. Brooks said identified himself as a Social Democrat, but whose views also crossed over into conservatism. Mr. Brooks also spoke about the importance of magazine articles and essays, his connection to Sidney Hook, and the reason the awards are named after him. Mr. Brooks also discussed his approach to writing, how it has changed over the years, and how he writes his columns for the New York Times.