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  • Aging in Modern America
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    Aging in Modern America

    Lawrence Samuel talked about American views of aging over the last 50 years, including a cultural shift in the 1960s away from revering elders towards embracing the youth culture. He is the…

  • emTalking Back Talking Blackem
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    Talking Back, Talking Black

    Professor John McWhorter talked about his book Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America’s Lingua Franca, in which he examines the controversies around and perceptions of “sounding…

  • emScars of Independenceem
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    Scars of Independence

    Professor Holger Hoock talked about his book Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth, in which he argues that the Revolutionary War has been sanitized and is now devoid of the…

  • emLocked Inem
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    Locked In

    Professor John Pfaff talked about his book Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration-and How to Achieve Real Reform, in which he examines the impact of criminal justice reforms on…

  • emThe First Tycoonem
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    The First Tycoon

    T.J. Stiles talked about his book The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt (Knopf; April 21, 2009). In his book Mr. Stiles recounts the life of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who was central in the…

  • Religious Diversity in Flushing Queens
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    Religious Diversity in Flushing, Queens

    R. Scott Hanson talked about religious diversity, dating back to 1657, in the neighborhood of Flushing, Queens, located in New York City.

  • John McWhorter Discusses emWords on the Moveem
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    Words on the Move

    Professor John McWhorter talked about his book Words on the Move: Why English Won’t - and Can’t - Sit Still (Like, Literally), in which he examines how language and word meanings change…

  • emTrue Believerem
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    True Believer

    Kati Marton talked about her book True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy, in which she remembers the life of Noel Field, an Ivy League-educated employee of the U.S. State Department, who…

  • Dr Louis Sullivan Discusses emBreaking Groundem
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    Breaking Ground

    Dr. Louis Sullivan talked about his memoir, Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine.

  • emThe Reproach of Hungerem
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    The Reproach of Hunger

    David Rieff talked about his book The Reproach of Hunger: Food, Justice, and Money in the Twenty-First Century, in which he questions whether ending extreme poverty and hunger around the…

  • em1932em
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    David Pietrusza talked about his book 1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR-Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny, in which he examines the events that marked presidential races…

  • Alexander Graham Bell and the Telephone
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    Alexander Graham Bell and the Telephone

    Professor Christopher Beauchamp talked about his book, Invented by Law: Alexander Graham Bell and the Patent That Changed America. He argues that Bell is remembered as the inventor of the…

  • emThe Influence Machineem
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    The Influence Machine

    Alyssa Katz talked about her book The Influence Machine: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life, in which she takes a critical look at the U.S. Chamber of…

  • Tour of the Schomburg Center
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    Tour of the Schomburg Center

    Book TV toured the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, part of the New York Public Library, based in Harlem, New York. During the tour, Director Khalil Gibran Muhammad discussed the…

  • Susan Pedersen on emThe Guardiansem
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    The Guardians

    Professor Susan Pedersen talked about her book The Guardians, in which she recalls the internal debates at the Paris Peace Conference following World War I and the creation of the League of Nations,…

  • emMars Up Closeem
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    Mars Up Close

    Marc Kaufman talked about what he learned in two years at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory getting an in-depth look at the challenges and triumphs of the Curiosity mission to Mars. During…

  • emGrand Central How a Train Station Transformed Americaem
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    Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America

    Sam Roberts talked about his book, Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America, in which he presents a history of New York City’s Grand Central Terminal, which opened on February 2,…

  • Discussion on the Shipwreck of the SS Eastland
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    Shipwreck of the SS Eastland

    Michael McCarthy talked about the July 1915 capsizing of the SS Eastland in the Chicago River. 844 people died in the tragedy, including 22 entire families. Mr. McCarthy, author of Ashes…

  • Discussion on Women Aviators During World War II
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    Women Aviators During World War II

    J. Lincoln Hallowell and Judith Berdy talked about American Women aviators, engineers, and air field personnel who served during World War II. Mr. Hallowell argued that these women…

  • Discussion on Former Confederates and Public Office
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    Former Confederates and Public Office

    Professor Taja-Nia Henderson talked about how the 14th Amendment not only freed slaves, but also attempted to bar from public office anyone who had aided or took part in the Confederate…

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