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    President Kennedy Audio Tapes on the Bay of Pigs

    On April 17, 1961, a U.S.-backed attempt to overthrow Cuban Premier Fidel Castro failed, in what became known as the Bay of Pigs invasion. Audio recordings of President John F. Kennedy…

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    Federal Bureau of Investigation Mole Hunt

    David Wise talked about about his October 2013 article for Smithsonian Magazine, “When the FBI Spent Decades Hunting for a Soviet Spy on Its Staff.” In the article he traces the…

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    Q&A With Stephen Kinzer

    Stephen Kinzer talked about his most recent book, The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War. He points out that John Foster served as secretary of state and…

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    Book Discussion on Six Months in 1945

    Michael Dobbs talked about his book Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman - from World War to Cold War, the third book in his trilogy on the Cold War. He spoke about…

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    Book Discussion on Stalin's Secret Agents

    M. Stanton Evans talked about his book, Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government. He also responded to questions from students in the audience at the…

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    President Kennedy at American University and in West Berlin

    Panelists talked about the significance and lasting influences of President John F. Kennedy’s commencement address at American University and his June 26, 1963 speech in West…

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    Berlin Tunnel Operation

    Lou Mehrer spoke about the Berlin Tunnel and “Operation Gold,” a 1950s project conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency and the British Intelligence Service to tap into…

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    Nature of War in Dr. Seuss' Butter Battle Book

    Scholars talked about Dr. Seuss' retelling of the Cold War in his Butter Battle book and his themes of war, international disputes, and ideological differences.
    This was part of a New…

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    25th Anniversary of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty

    Former Reagan administration officials talked about negotiating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty with the Soviet Union. The Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), led to the…

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    Living with the Atomic Bomb

    Michael Scheibach, a specialist in the Atomic age, talked about how Americans from 1940-1960 dealt with the threat of nuclear annihilation, including the impact of civil defense drills,…

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    Presidents in World Affairs

    Scholars talked about the differences in leadership styles between Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, as well as President Dwight Eisenhower’s ideology, and how it guided…

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    After Words with David Coleman

    David Coleman, author of The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Secret White House Tapes, discussed using White House tapes and extensive research to…

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    Cuban Missile Crisis 50th Anniversary

    Graham Allison talked about the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis and the lessons learned from that could be applied to the current global environment. He responded to…

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    Cuban Missile Crisis, A 50th Anniversary Retrospective

    Historians, scholars, filmmakers and journalists gathered for a 50th anniversary retrospective on the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. Topics ranged from the history of the incident, its…

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    Book Discussion on OSS in China

    U.S. Naval Academy professor Maochun Yu talked about his book, OSS in China: Prelude to Cold War, in which he examines the history of the Office of Strategic Services in China and its…

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    George F. Kennan: An American Life

    John Lewis Gaddis talked about his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, George F. Kennan: An American Life. Mr. Kennan was considered by many to be the most influential U.S. diplomat of…

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    Hanoi's War

    Lien-Hang Nguyen talked about her book, Hanoi’s War: An International History of the War for Peace in Vietnam. She responded to questions from members of the audience.
    This was an…

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    Book Discussion on George F. Kennan: An American Life

    John Lewis Gaddis talked about his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, George F. Kennan: An American Life. Mr. Kennan was considered by many to be the most influential U.S. diplomat of…

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    America's Foreign Policy at Mid-Century

    Historians discuss the significant change in America’s foreign policy in the wake of World War II. Prior to this war, America was committed to a non-interventionism, reflecting…

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    President Reagan's Berlin Wall Speech

    Next, on American History TV - former Reagan Administration Chief of Staff - Kenneth Duberstein reflects on President Reagan’s speech at the Berlin Wall twenty five years ago when the…

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