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    Book Discussion on Conscience

    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…

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    Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Remembered

    Kevin Baker spoke with four descendants of garment workers employed at New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. They talked about the March 25, 1911 factory fire and about efforts to memorialize…

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    Book Discussion on 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…

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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…

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    Book Discussion on My American Revolution

    Author Robert Sullivan discussed his book, My American Revolution: Crossing the Delaware and I-78, which explores the role of the middle colonies in the American Revolution. He also…

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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,…

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    Book Discussion on 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…

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    Book Discussion on Island of Vice

    Richard Zacks recounts stories of New York City in the 1890s, the hub of America’s manufacturing and financial world as well as the home of an alternate economy, marked by casinos, brothels, and crime rings. These two worlds…

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    Book Discussion on Money Well Spent?

    Michael Grabell, author of Money Well Spent?: The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History, talked about the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.” He was…

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    Book Discussion on 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…

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    Book Discussion on 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…

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    Book Discussion on The Deeds of My Fathers

    Paul David Pope, the son of National Enquirer publisher Gene Pope, Jr., recounts the founding of the tabloid newspaper. Gene Pope, Jr., was the son of Generoso Pope, an Italian immigrant who was…

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    Book Discussion on 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…

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    Book Discussion on Nice Work if You Can Get It

    Andrew Ross talked about his book Nice Work if You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times (NYU Press; April 1, 2009). In his book he surveys the new topography of the global workplace and finds…

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    Book Discussion on Who Will Write Our History?

    Samuel Kassow talked about Who Will Write Our History?: Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto (Vintage; January 6, 2009). In the book he recounts the efforts by Polish…

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    Book Discussion on The Irish Americans

    Jay Dolan talked about his book The Irish Americans: A History (Bloomsbury Press; October 28, 2008). In his book Mr. Dolan recounts Irish immigration to America during the potato famine,…