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    Burning of Washington

    Anthony S. Pitch, author of The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814, talked about the attack during the War of 1812 that led to the only foreign occupation of the U.S.…

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    Capitol Hill Preservation

    Stephen Ayers talked about his role in the maintenance and preservation of some of Washington, D.C.'s most significant buildings, including the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, and…

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    Search for Amelia Earhart

    Andrew Jampoler talked about the mystery of Amelia Earhart. The aviatrix and her navigator disappeared in the South Pacific in 1937. Mr. Jampoler summarized her story, detailed…

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    Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586

    Andrew Jampoler talked about his book Adak: The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586, in which he chronicles the crash of a crew on a mission flying over Russia in 1978. In October of 1978 a P-3C…

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    American Presidents in the National Portrait Gallery

    Brandon Fortune talked about some of the important portraits of U.S. presidents, and provided details about the artists who created them and how the works came into the national collections.

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    Supreme Court 2013-2014 Term Preview

    Donald Verrilli and Thomas Goldstein previewed cases on the Supreme Court’s docket for the 2013-2014 term. At the time of this event the Court had cases on campaign finance,…

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    The Secret Plot Against Lincoln

    Daniel Stashower talked about how Allan Pinkerton, the founder of America’s first detective agency, uncovered and foiled a secret plot to murder Abraham Lincoln as he passed through…

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    Civil War Naval Actions and Affairs

    Historian and author Craig Symonds talked about the various naval aspects of the Civil War, from technological developments to the battles themselves. Topics included the Union…

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    History of the House of Representatives

    Walter Oleszek talked about the founders' intentions for the House of Representatives and the evolution of the institution. The House was originally the only part of the national…

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    Book Discussion on The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr

    Historian H.W. Brands profiled Aaron Burr, the former vice president to Thomas Jefferson. Aaron Burr is most remembered for killing former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a…

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    Ernest Hemingway as a World War II Spy

    Military and intelligence historian Nicholas Reynolds talked about the services of World War I veteran and author Ernest Hemingway and other family members as spies for the United States…

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    Book Discussion on How the States Got Their Shapes Too

    Mark Stein examined the many people who shaped state boundaries. The author’s profiles ranged from Brigham Young’s influence in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona to Jeremiah Dixon…

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    Gulf Coast Seafood

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrator Jane Lubchenko talked about her agency’s new policies on aquaculture at a Smithsonian Associates discussion on the impact on seafood of…

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    Former President Jimmy Carter's White House Years

    Ray Suarez interviewed former President Carter about his presidency, experiences in the White House, and his diaries, recently published in his book White House Diary. He spoke about a…

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    Presidential Speechwriting

    Five former presidential speechwriters discussed the role of presidential speechwriters throughout history and their relationships with the presidents they served. Topics included…

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    Political Value of the First Lady

    Allida Black talked about the role of the first lady through American history. While the role of the first lady is not an official political position, Professor Black argued that their…

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    Book Discussion on Spoken from the Heart

    Former first lady Laura Bush discussed her memoir, Spoken from the Heart (Scribner; May 4, 2010), in conversation with journalist Cokie Roberts. Mrs. Bush began and ended by…

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    Book Discussion on Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife

    Francine Prose talked about her book Anne Frank: The Book, the Life, the Afterlife (Harper; September 29, 2009). In her book she examines the impact that Anne Frank’s diary has had on…

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    Book Discussion on The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages, 1851-2008

    Bernard Kalb moderated a panel discussion about the impact of the front pages of the New York Times going back to 1851 and how that impact has changed over time, especially…

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    Book Discussion on Harry S. Truman

    Historian Roberrt Dallek talked about his book Harry S. Truman: The 33rd President, 1945-1953, part of The American Presidents Series (Times Books; September 2, 2008). Mr. Dallek…

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