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    Smithsonian Exhibit Donation

    Comedian Jerry Seinfeld presented the “Puffy Shirt,” made famous during his long-running television series, to the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History Pop Culture…

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    Book Discussion on All Souls: A Family Story from Southie

    Mr. MacDonald talks about his book, All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, published by Beacon Press. The book describes the author’s upbringing in the Irish borough of…

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    Book Discussion on After America: Get Ready For Armageddon

    Mark Steyn argued that the United States is destined for financial collapse and a decline in its role as a world leader if current political and cultural norms continue. The author…

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    Charles Murray on the State of White America

    Author and political scientist Charles Murray spoke about American cultural values and economic disparity. He said that over the last half century, America had developed not only a new…

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    Book Discussion on Will in the World: Shakespeare

    Mr. Greenblatt talked about his book Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, published by W.W. Norton and Company. He described England during Shakespeare’s…

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    After Words with Alain de Botton

    Mr. de Botton, an atheist, argues that rather than mocking religion, atheists and agnostics should steal the best ideas from world religions, such asthe methods for building strong…

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    Book Discussion on Who Stole the American Dream?

    Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith discussed his book, Who Stole the American Dream?, in which he argues that over the past four decades the American Dream had been dismantled and the U.S.…

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    President Nixon's Meeting with Elvis

    In commemoration of the 75th birthday of Elvis Presley on January 8, 2010, the National Archives held a discussion of his White House meeting with then President Richard Nixon on December…

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    Book Discussion on Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline

    Morris Berman talked about the third book in his trilogy on the decline of the American empire. In this talk, titled “The Way We Live Today,” he argued that self-interest…

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    Book Discussion on Doublespeak

    William Lutz, professor of English at Rutgers University, discusses his most recent book Double-Speak: The Use of Language to Deceive You. A unique analysis of American English, examples of…

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    Book Discussion on America the Beautiful

    Ben Carson presented his thoughts on America’s current social and political landscape. He examined the similarities between empires that declined and the United States and…

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    Life and Artwork of Georgia O'Keeffe

    Carolyn Kastner talked about Georgia O’Keeffe and her impact on American art and culture. She talked about the different phases of Ms. O’Keeffe’s life and art,…

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    Q&A with Roger Mudd, Part 1

    In the first of a two-part interview, Roger Mudd talked about his memoir, The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News, published by…

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    Q&A with Gregg Easterbrook

    Gregg Easterbrook talked about his book, The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America, in which he assesses the role of football in America from a statistical point of…

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    Aristocracy and the Founders

    Historian Gordon Wood talked about the Founding Fathers' attitudes and beliefs about aristocracy in America, where “titles of nobility” are prohibited by the Constitution, but…

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    Book Discussion on Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010

    Charles Murray argued that white America’s classes have diverged in a way different than ever seen before. Utilizing census records from 1960 to 2000, Mr. Murray examined…

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    Book Discussion on Touched By Fire: George Armstrong Custer

    Ms. Barnett talked about her book, Touched by Fire: The Life, Death, and Mythic Afterlife of George Armstrong Custer, published by Henry Holt and Company. She talked about the…

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    Book Discussion on The Monuments Men

    Robert Edsel talked about his book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History (Center Street; September 3, 2009). In his book he recounts the…

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    Religion and Reason Debate

    Reza Aslan and Sam Harris debated the future of religion and its role in society, moderated by Jonathan Kirsch. Topics included whether the Bible provides timeless prescriptions for…

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    Book Discussion on Outliers: The Story of Success

    Malcolm Gladwell talked about his book Outliers: The Story of Success (Little, Brown and Company; November 18, 2008). In the book Mr. Gladwell examines the underpinnings of success and…

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