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    Birth of the 1st Air Commando Group

    Dennis Okerstrom talked about his upcoming book, Project 9: The Birth of the Air Commandos in World War II, about a secret team that was a forerunner to modern special forces units. He…

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    Union and Confederate Calvary

    Author and military history professor Louis DiMarco talked about the evolution and role of the Union and Confederate cavalries over the course of the Civil War. He compared the…

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    1939 New York World's Fair

    Robert Rydell talked about the events that caused New York to host the World’s Fair of 1939. He said the Fair’s “World of Tomorrow” theme both influenced and…

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    A History of the North American West

    Anne F. Hyde talked about her book, Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800-1860, in which she uses the story of three different pioneer families to…

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    1890 Wounded Knee Massacre

    Jerome Greene talked about the events preceding the Wounded Knee Massacre, the killings, their legacy, and the massacre’s connection to the Kansas City region. Mr. Greene is…

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    Book Discussion on Self-Help Messiah

    Steven Watts talked about his book, Self-help Messiah: Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America, in which he chronicles the life and lasting impact of Dale Carnegie, author of How to Win…

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    Book Discussion on Genesis

    John Judis, senior editor of The New Republic, talked about his book, Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict, in which he presents a history of…

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    Public Opinion of Warren G. Harding

    Phillip Payne, author of Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding’s Scandalous Legacy, talked about the 29th President. Warren G. Harding is consistently listed at the…

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    Theodore Roosevelt and William Rockhill Nelson

    Professor Lewis Gould talked about the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and one of his important supporters, Kansas City Star newspaper publisher William Rockhill…

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    Book Discussion on To Marry an English Lord

    Carol Wallace talked about late 19th and early 20th century American heiresses who married English Lords to improve their own social status. She is the co-author of the book To Marry…

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    Book Discussion on Mapp v. Ohio

    Professor Carolyn Long talked about her book, Mapp v. Ohio: Guarding Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures, in which she discusses the Supreme Court decision Mapp v. Ohio, in which the…

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    Frank and Jesse James

    James P. Muehlberger talked about the 1869 killing of a bank cashier in Gallatin, Missouri that has long been considered the first in a long line of robberies by Jesse and Frank…

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    Book Discussion on Plessy v. Ferguson

    Author Williamjames Hoffer talked about his book, Plessy v. Ferguson: Race and Inequality in Jim Crow America, in which he examines the legacy of the 1896 Supreme Court decision that…

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    Lawrence Massacre and the Guerilla War

    Military history professor Tony Mullis talked about the guerrilla attack known as the Lawrence Massacre, which took place on August 21, 1863 in the pro-Union town of Lawrence, Kansas during…

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    Mexico Border

    Rachel St. John talked about the history of the western U.S.-Mexico border from the mid-19th century to the turn of the 20th century. She spoke about the complex issues that arose…

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    Book Discussion on Dred Scott and the Politics of Slavery

    Earl Maltz talked about his book, Dred Scott and the Politics of Slavery, in which he examines the political atmosphere in the U.S. leading up to the Dred Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court…

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    Conversation with Jim Lehrer

    Jim Lehrer talked about the history of presidential debates, his 2011 memoir Tension City, and his post-debate interviews with many of the presidential and vice-presidential…

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    Book Discussion on The Men Who Lost America

    Andrew O’Shaughnessy talked about his book, The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire, in which he profiles the leaders of the…

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    1886 Haymarket Bombing and Trial

    Timothy Messer-Kruse, author of The Trial of the Haymarket Anarchists: Terrorism and Justice in the Gilded Age, talked about the events surrounding the 1886 Haymarket bombing and trial in…

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    Book Discussion on Founding Finance

    William Hogeland talked about his book, Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests, and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation, in which he presents the conflicting views of…

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