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  • emConscienceem
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    In her book Conscience, Louisa Thomas recounts the life of her great-grandfather, Norman Thomas, and his three brothers, who had conflicting views during World War I. The sons of a Presbyterian…

  • emA Strange Stirringem
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    A Strange Stirring

    Stephanie Coontz, history and family studies professor at The Evergreen State College, talked about her book, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the…

  • Student Loan Debt
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    Student Loan Debt

    Mark Kantrowitz and Deanne Loonin talked about the impact of student loan debt on both students and parents. According to a recent ProPublica report, parents were being saddled with student…

  • Influence of Nonprofits on Political Campaigns
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    Influence of Nonprofits on Political Campaigns

    Panelists discussed the influence of Super PACs and non-profit political spending in the 2012 election. Topics included the differences between Super PACSs and 501(c)4 organizations, disclosure,…

  • emNew York at Warem
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    New York at War

    In his book Steven Jaffe recounts the attacks on New York City, from its earliest days as a Dutch trading outpost through the 19th and 20th century. The author examines how each conflict…

  • emMargaret Sanger A Life of Passionem
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    Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion

    Jean Baker recounts the life of birth control advocate Margaret Sanger (1879-1966). Ms. Sanger, schooled as a nurse, became a vocal proponent of educating women on the concepts of…

  • emEd Koch and the Rebuilding of New York Cityem
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    Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York City

    Jonathan Soffer, associate history professor at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute, examines Ed Koch’s tenure as mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989. Mr. Soffer recalls the depleted…

  • emThere Is Power in a Unionem
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    There Is Power in a Union

    Philip Dray presents a history of organized labor in America. The author recalls the first unions started in the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, the rise of organized labor, and the…