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    Katherine Scott on the History and Legacy of the Senate Watergate Hearings

    Senate associate historian Katherine Scott discussed the history and legacy of the Watergate hearings, which happened in the Senate 50 years ago.

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    A French Teenager in the Resistance

    World War II French resistance member Nicole Spangenberg discussed life under Nazi German occupation and how and why she chose to fight back. She also discussed the role of other famous…

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    The Bloody 100th and John "Lucky" Luckadoo

    100 year-old World War II veteran John “Lucky” Luckadoo, discussed his time as a bomber pilot in the 8th Air Force, when he flew 25 combat missions over France and Germany. This event took…

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    Korean War Veteran Baldwin Myers Oral History Interview

    The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, and ended with an armistice agreement about three years later in July 1953. The Korean War Legacy Foundation recorded this oral history interview with U.S.…

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    Vietnam War Nurse Virginia Lee Dornheggen Oral History Interview

    Virginia Lee Dornheggen recounted her time as a U.S. Army nurse during the Vietnam War. She described injuries she treated, the night the hospital came under fire, and the job’s impact on her…

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    Vietnam War Correspondent Joseph Galloway Oral History Interview

    Joseph Galloway was a correspondent for United Press International during the Vietnam War. He described his time in the war zone including his first day in country. In 1998, Mr. Galloway received…

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    David Roderick World War II D-Day Interview

    World War II veteran David Roderick talked about landing on Utah Beach on D-Day - June 6, 1944 - and the casualties in the following days. He also reflected on liberating Paris on August 25, 1944, as a…

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    Holocaust Victims and Survivors

    On International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023, Holocaust survivors shared their stories at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

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    Rosa Parks Beyond the Bus

    Author H.H. Leonards discussed civil rights activist Rosa Parks during the time she lived in Washington, D.C. The Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University in Alabama hosted this event.

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    Wally Funk Oral History Interview

    Wally Funk was interviewed about her life and career. In 1961, Mary Wallace Funk volunteered for the “Women in Space” Program. A group of women went to the Lovelace Clinic, where the Mercury astronauts had…

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    Former Representative Susan Molinari Oral History Interview

    Former U.S. Representative Susan Molinari served from 1990 to 1997 as a Republican from New York. In this interview she talked about her experience as the daughter of U.S. Representative…

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    Alan Shepard Oral History Interview

    Alan Shepard was interviewed about his career. He was the first American in space, and also was the fifth person to walk on the moon. This interview was part of an oral history collection…

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    Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle on September 11, 2001

    Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) was among the congressional leaders evacuated by helicopter to a secure undisclosed location on September 11, 2001. He recounted his…

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    The Eagles of Heart Mountain

    Bradford Pearson told the story of the Japanese Americans held at an internment camp in Wyoming during World War ll and how their sons, during their incarceration, played for an undefeated…

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    Q&A with Elizabeth Becker

    Journalist Elizabeth Becker talked about You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War. In her book, she told the story of three women - Australian correspondent Kate…

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    Bob Dole Oral History Interview

    Former Senator Dole talked about his life and career. Topics included the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, his meeting with Saddam Hussein, the advice he gave President…

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    Patty Justice Oral History Interview

    Patty Justice served in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom with the 7303rd Medical Training Support Battalion, 1st Medical Training Brigade. She described her experiences,…

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    Oral Histories of American War Veterans

    Veterans from World War II to the Iraq War talked about their experiences in war and its aftermath. These are excerpts from oral history interviews that have aired in their entirety on…

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    Iraq War Veteran Michael Schlitz Oral History Interview

    Michael Schlitz recounted his time in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War. He described his deployment to Iraq following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the day his vehicle was hit by an…

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    Former Representative Sue Myrick Oral History Interview

    Sue Myrick served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2013. She was the first Republican woman from North Carolina elected to Congress. In this interview conducted by the U.S.…

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