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    1939 Documentary The City

    This 1939 documentary argued that modern cities had become unhealthy and that planned communities more like pre-industrial small-town America were preferable. The film was produced for…

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    Jazz Age New York

    Donald Miller talks about Manhattan’s growth and transformation in the 1920s, including its growth from an urban backwater to a capital of culture and the people who made it…

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    Minnesota History Center Toys Exhibit

    Adam Scher talked about toys from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, and explained how they reflect changes in society. He also spoke about what toys reveal about gender roles and…

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    Cultural History of St. Paul, Minnesota

    Patrick Coleman, acquisitions librarian for the Minnesota Historical Society, talked about the cultural and literary history of St. Paul, Minnesota. He spoke about the early…

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    Book Discussion on Whatever Happened to the Metric System

    John Bemelmans Marciano talked about his book, Whatever Happened to the Metric System?: How America Kept Its Feet, in which he discusses the reasons behind the U.S. choosing not to adopt…

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    Communicators with Astra Taylor

    Astra Taylor talked by video link from New York City about her book, The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age, in which she examines the cultural…

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    Book Discussion on 1177 B.C.

    Eric Cline talked about his book, 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed. He spoke in the Science Pavilion of the 2014 National Book Festival, which was held August 30 by the Library…

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    45th Anniversary of Woodstock

    William Greider talked about the 45th anniversary of the Woodstock festival and its enduring political and cultural legacy. Topics included Woodstock’s impact on key aspects of…

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    Book Discussion on American Eden

    Wade Graham talked about his book, American Eden: From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are, in which he looks at America’s gardens…

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    Book Discussion on "And Then I Met..."

    Former Representative James Rogan (R-CA) talked about his memoir 'And Then I Met…' Stories of Growing Up, Meeting Famous People, and Annoying the Hell Out of Them, a collection of stories…

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    Interview with National Archivist David Ferriero

    National Archivist David Ferriero talked about his duties, the extent of the collection, the preservation of the records, and the buildings. He was interviewed in the…

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    Weekly Republican Address

    Representative Steve Womack (R-AR) delivered the weekly Republican address from Bentonville Square in Bentonville, Arkansas’s historic business district. He talked about…

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    Book Discussion on Writing "Blue Highways"

    William Least Heat-Moon talked about his book, Writing "Blue Highways": The Story of How a Book Happened, in which he discusses writing and publishing his 1982 book, Blue Highways, a…

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    Book Discussion on The Ogallala Road and The Hard Way on Purpose

    Julene Bair, author of The Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning, and David Giffels, author of The Hard Way on Purpose: Essays and Dispatches from the Rust Belt, talked about their…

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    Book Discussion on Bohemians

    Paul Buhle talked about his book, Bohemians: A Graphic History, which he co-edited with David Berger. He spoke with author Rick Perlstein. This event took place in the north…

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    Baseball and American Life

    Panelists talked about baseball, the great American game. U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito, New York Times columnist David Brooks, ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian, USA…

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    1960s-Era Counterculture

    Alice Echols and David Farber talked about the 1960s counterculture. This interview took place at the Organization of American Historians 2014 meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.

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    Book Discussion on Pranksters

    Kembrew McLeod talked about his book, Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World, in which he discusses the history of pranking since the time of Benjamin Franklin. Professor…

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    White House Easter Egg Roll

    President Obama and his family participated in the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The event, with the theme “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” featured live…

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    American Small Towns and Cities

    James Fallows and his wife Deborah Fallows talked about their travels to small towns around the U.S. to meet people and hear their stories. They talked about their observations,…

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