Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View

Event date: 
May 31st, 2011
Duration: 
56 min 56 sec
Speaker: 
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer
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Through the analysis of past cases, Associate United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer examines the Court’s role as guardian of the Constitution.

Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903

Event date: 
May 26th, 2011
Speaker: 
Lawrence Goldstone
Eric Foner
Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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Three experts discuss the Supreme Court’s failure to protect equal rights during the pivotal years following the Civil War.

John F. Kennedy

Event date: 
May 24th, 2011
Duration: 
55 min 14 sec
Speaker: 
Robert Dallek
Bob Herbert
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Fifty years after John F. Kennedy’s presidential inauguration, celebrated biographer Robert Dallek, in conversation with Bob Herbert, examines the trials and tribulations Kennedy faced during his political career.

The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War

Event date: 
May 17th, 2011
Duration: 
51 min 23 sec
Speaker: 
Andrew Roberts
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Historian Andrew Roberts discusses his new comprehensive history of World War II, The Storm of War.

Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion

Event date: 
April 12th, 2011
Duration: 
55 min 2 seconds
Speaker: 
Seth Stern
Stephen Wermiel
Jeffrey Toobin (Moderator)
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Three experts draw back the curtain of the United States Supreme Court to provide an insider’s look at one of the most influential and distinguished justices of the 20th century: William J. Brennan, Jr.

The First Shot: 1861

Event date: 
April 7th, 2011
Duration: 
1 Hour and 13 minutes
Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
Craig L. Symonds
Adam Goodheart
Harold Holzer (Moderator)
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A century and a half after Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter to ignite the Civil War, leading historians examine the causes of the conflict.

Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

Event date: 
April 4th, 2011
Duration: 
1 hour and 39 minutes
Speaker: 
Michael Korda
Henry Kissinger
Adam Gopnik (Moderator)
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Michael Korda, Henry Kissinger and Adam Gopnik discuss the life of T. E. Lawrence—separating fact from legend—and examine the impact of Lawrence’s activities on modern politics in the Middle East and on world history.

Franklin, Eleanor and the Four Freedoms

Event date: 
March 31st, 2011
Duration: 
56 min 10 sec
Speaker: 
William J. vanden Heuvel
William E. Leuchtenburg
Douglas Brinkley (Moderator)
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In his State of the Union Address on January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt looked forward to a world in which everyone enjoyed four essention freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. These values were central to both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, who made it her personal mission to codify those rights in the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Experts discuss the speech and its far-reaching influence, and also delve into this extraordinary couple's influence on one another.

 

Why Brandeis Matters

Event date: 
March 21st, 2011
Duration: 
58 min 18 sec
Speaker: 
Jeffrey Rosen
Frederick M. Lawrence (Moderator)
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He was a fierce advocate for workers' rights, a pioneer in pro bono work by attorneys and one of the most distinguished justices in the history of the United States Supreme Court. Louis D. Brandeis is a giant figure in American history and his influence can be felt beyond the ralm of law. As a young lawyer and reformer, he was instrumental in the battles against monopolies and for minimum wage/maximum hour regulations for laborers, and was co-author of "The Right to Privacy," one of the most important law articles in history.

Andrew Johnson

Event date: 
February 15th, 2011
Duration: 
56 min 37 sec
Speaker: 
Annette Gordon-Reed
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Andrew Johnson never expected to be president, but just six weeks after becoming Abraham Lincoln's vice president, he was thrust into the nation's highest office. Johnson faced a nearly impossible task—to succeed America's greatest chief executive and to bind the nation's wounds after the Civil War. Annette Gordon-Reed shows how ill-suited Johnson was for this daunting task. His vision of reconciliation abandoned the millions of former slaves and antagonized congressional leaders, who tried to limit his powers and eventually impeached him.

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