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    Greatest Generation in the White House

    Theodore Wilson talked about the military veterans who served in the Oval Office, including Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald…

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    Why the North Won

    Terry L. Beckenbaugh and Ethan S. Rafuse talked about how the North won the U.S. Civil War, what four years of fighting left unresolved, and why the Civil War has remained so…

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    Missouri's Burnt District, 1865-1870

    Tom Rafiner talked about the post-Civil War effect of “Order No. 11,” which mandated the evacuation of non-rural residents in three western Missouri…

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    Kansas City and World War II

    world War II veterans from Kansas City talked about their wartime experiences. Topics included the atomic bomb, the invasion of Normandy, and Harry Truman.

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    National Portrait Gallery History and Mission

    National Portrait Gallery senior historian David Ward and director Kim Sajet talked about the plans for the museum as it approached its 50th anniversary. They also discussed the…

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    Stubby the War Dog

    Ann Bausum talked about her book, Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation, about the life of “Sergeant…

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    Harry Truman and World War I

    Dennis Giangreco talked about his book, The Soldier from Independence: A Military History of Harry Truman, in which he explores the story of Harry Truman’s role as a field artillery…

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    Railroads and the Civil War

    Christopher Gabel talked about the importance of railroads and steam-powered locomotives to the the Union and Confederate armies during the U.S. Civil War. Professor Gabel explained…

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    Missouri's German Americans During World War I

    Petra DeWitt talked about German-Americans in Missouri during World War I. German-Americans made up one of the largest immigrant groups in the state at the time and were often scrutinized…

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    Intelligence and Espionage During World War I

    Mark Stout talked about the history of espionage during World War I. He focused on four American agencies that participated in spying: the Navy Department, the War Department, the State…

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    Discussion on President Ford and the Nixon Pardon

    John Robert Greene talked about why President Ford pardoned Richard Nixon, and considered the existence of a deal between the two men. Professor Greene spoke about the days leading up…

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    Discussion on Barry Goldwater the Conservationist

    Brian Allen Drake talked about the life of political conservative Barry Goldwater, his commitment to the conservation movement, and how this commitment evolved over time.

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    Henry Wallace’s 1948 Presidential Campaign

    Thomas Devine talked about Henry Wallace’s 1948 campaign for president as the nominee of the Progressive Party. Henry Wallace served as Vice President under President Franklin D.…

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    Life of Milton Friedman

    Mark Skousen talked about the life of economist Milton Friedman and his contributions to the study of economics, especially his work to re-establish the American economy following World War…

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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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