In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama

Event date: 
March 2nd, 2010
Duration: 
1 hour and 37 seconds
Speaker: 
William E. Leuchtenburg
Jonathan Alter
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A ghost has inhabited the Oval Office since 1945—the ghost of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR's formidable presence has cast a large shadow on the occupants of that office in the years since his death.

High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg

Event date: 
October 5th, 2010
Duration: 
53 min 38 sec
Speaker: 
Niall Ferguson
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Niall Ferguson tells the story of Siegmund Warburg, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany who rose to become one of the dominant figures in finance in post-war Europe. He was one of the architects of European financial integration and a key advisor to governments in London, Tokyo and Jerusalem. An obsessive perfectionist with an aversion to excessive risk, Warburg came to embody the ideals of high finance and was as much a psychologist, politician, and actor-manager as he was a banker.

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Event date: 
October 14th, 2008
Duration: 
53 minutes 59 seconds
Speaker: 
Annette Gordon-Reed
Brent Staples
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This program tells the story of the Hemings family, whose close blood ties to the third president of America had been systematically expunged from history until very recently. Two speakers trace the Hemingses from their origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Thomas Jefferson's death in 1826, bringing to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson, but the entire family and their compelling saga.

Samuel Adams: A Life

Event date: 
December 3rd, 2008
Duration: 
1 hour and 2 minutes
Speaker: 
Ira Stoll
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When Americans think of the founding fathers, one man is consistently overlooked by historians and the general public: Samuel Adams. Adams, "the patriarch of liberty," as Jefferson called him, was critical to independence. He was responsible for planning and instigating the Boston Tea Party; he successfully demanded the withdrawal of British troops from Boston after the Boston Massacre; he signed the Declaration of Independence; and he was a pivotal swing vote in favor of ratifying the Constitution.

Madison and the Constitution, Part II

Event date: 
May 11th, 2010
Duration: 
57 min 11 sec
Speaker: 
Gordon Wood
Benno Schmidt
Sean Wilentz
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He was a delegate to the Continental Congress, the Father of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, a founder of his party, and one of the first presidents of the United States.

James Madison and the Constitution

Event date: 
October 2nd, 2008
Speaker: 
Joseph J. Ellis
Sean Wilentz
Benno C. Schmidt, Jr. (moderator)
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Benno Schmidt moderates this program with historians Joseph J. Ellis and Sean Wilentz as they discuss James Madison's enormous, but often overlooked contributions in American history.

First Family: Abigail and John Adams

Event date: 
November 17th, 2010
Duration: 
54 min 36 sec
Speaker: 
Joseph J. Ellis
Richard Brookhiser (Moderator)
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Join us for a riveting discussion of America’s preeminent first couple, whose story is equal parts biography, political history, and love story. In more than 50 years of political and personal partnership, John and Abigail Adams strategized over civic and foreign affairs as often as they discussed their children. Their remarkable connection is epitomized in words he wrote to her after his election to the presidency: “I can do nothing without you.” Joseph J.

Washington: A Life

Event date: 
October 19th, 2010
Duration: 
56 min 2 sec
Speaker: 
Ron Chernow
Stacy Schiff (Moderator)
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In this program, celebrated biographer Ron Chernow sits down with Stacy Schiff and brings to life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods, shattering the stereotype of Washington as a stolid, unemotional man. Chernow also describes a canny political genius who shaped the new federal government and inspired a new nation.

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.

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