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.

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.

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