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    Stories I Tell Myself

    Juan Thompson talked about his book Stories I tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson, in which he remembers his childhood and formative years with his father. He spoke with…

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    Friday Night Lights

    Buzz Bissinger talked about his book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream, in which he reports on the winningest high school football team in Texas history, the Permian…

    323 views
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    We Could Not Fail

    Richard Paul and Steven Moss talked about their book, We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program, about 10 African Americans who broke the color barrier at NASA.…

    489 views
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    To Explain the World

    Steven Weinberg talked about his book, To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science, about the history of modern science and the challenges faced by those who shaped it.

    728 views
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    Coined

    Kabir Sehgal talked about his book, Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us, about the origins of money around the world and the role it has played throughout human…

    558 views
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    The Train to Crystal City

    Jan Jarboe Russell talked about her book, The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II, about a family…

    1,248 views
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    Lone Star Nation

    Richard Parker talked about his book Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America, in which he argues that Texas, which was undergoing rapid changes, would have as big of an impact on…

    703 views
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    An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz talked about her book, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States, in which she looks at American history through the eyes of indigenous peoples. She spoke at…

    623 views
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    Dr. Mutter's Marvels

    Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz talked about her book, Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, in which she recounts the life of 19th century…

    405 views
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    Unfamiliar Fishes

    Sarah Vowell examines the Americanization of Hawaii that began with the arrival of New England missionaries in 1820. The author recounts the coup, organized by the missionaries, that…

    1,534 views
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    Radiance of Tomorrow

    Ishmael Beah talked about his novel, Radiance of Tomorrow, about life in Sierra Leone following the Civil War that ended in 2002. Beah was a child soldier in the civil war and wrote about…

    204 views
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    Framed: America's Fifty-One Constitutions and the Crisis Over Governance

    Sanford Levinson compares the U.S. Constitution to the constitutions of the 50 states and argues that in many ways the state constitutions are better. Professor Levinson responded to…

    610 views
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    Saving the School

    In his book Michael Brick recounts an academic year at John H. Reagan High School in Austin, Texas, and profiles the school’s principal Anabel Garza and many teachers, students, and staff. The focus is…

    378 views
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    King Larry: The Life and Ruins of a Billionaire Genius

    James Scurlock recounts the life of Larry Hillblom, co-founder of DHL shipping company, who disappeared in 1995 off the coast of Anatahan in the Western Pacific. Mr. Hillblom, raised on a peach farm near…

    1,490 views
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    The Shooting Salvationist

    David Stokes recounted the murder trial of the Reverend J. Frank Norris in 1927. Considered one of the leading fundamentalist voices of his time, J. Frank Norris preached at the First Baptist Church of Fort…

    1,132 views
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    Wolf: The Lives of Jack London

    James Haley talked about his biography, Wolf: The Lives of Jack London (Basic Books, 2010). He recalls the life of writer Jack London, the author of many books including Call of the Wild, White Fang,…

    747 views
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    Theodore Roosevelt's History of the United States

    Daniel Ruddy presents a selection of historical writing by former president Theodore Roosevelt. An avid student of history, Roosevelt’s writing spans America’s past from the Revolutionary War to the early 20th century. The…

    729 views
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    American Dreams: The United States Since 1945

    Historian H.W. Brands presents a history of the United States since 1945. Mr. Brands examines a series of events from the past sixty-five years that have affected the way Americans live…

    673 views
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    Traitor to His Class

    H.W. Brands talked about why he wrote Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, when already so many books on President Roosevelt have already…

    338 views
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    Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life

    Bill Minutaglio, with W. Michael Smith, talked about their book Molly Irvins: A Rebel Life (Public Affairs November 10, 2009). They recalled the life of political journalist and columnist…

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