President Theodore Roosevelt (1904)
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Kathleen Dalton on her book, "Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life," which chronicles Roosevelt's accomplishments including his work to broker peace between Russian and Japan, his Nobel Peace Prize, and his dedication to land preservation.
Friday, December 21, 2012 at 4:24pm (ET)
Author Rawn James describes Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s early career and profiles his mentor, Charles Hamilton Houston. The two lawyers led the NAACP’s legal office in challenging Jim Crow laws with a focus on school integration.
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Sarah Vowell, author of "Unfamiliar Fishes," examines the Americanization of Hawaii that began with the arrival of New England missionaries in 1820.
Author and history professor Ali Ansari talks about the history of U.S.-Iran relations going back to the early 20th century.
Author Louisa Thomas recounts the life of her great grandfather, Norman Thomas, and his three brothers during World War I. The sons of a Presbyterian minister, the Thomas brothers had conflicting views of the war.
Author and professor Andrew Bacevich discusses U.S. national security policy. In his book, “Washington Rules,” Bacevich argues that strategies have essentially remained the same since President Truman was in office despite repeated failures.
Leon Wagener discusses his book, "One Giant Leap: Neil Armstrong's Stellar American Journey." He discusses Armstrong’s dream of going to space, details the moon landing, and explains the scientific advancements that made the moon walk possible.
Jill Norgren chronicles the life of Belva Lockwood, who in 1884 became the first woman to run a full presidential campaign. One of the first female attorneys in the U.S., Lockwood was also the first woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Author Benn Steil discusses the Bretton Woods conference in 1944 that led to a new economic system following WWII. In his book, “The Battle of Bretton Woods,” Steil profiles two of the people who helped shaped the system: British economist John Maynard Keynes and American Harry Dexter White.
Author Susan Hertog recounts the life of American journalist Dorothy Thompson, the first female chief of a European news bureau, and Rebecca West, a British historian, novelist and journalist.
Author and history professor Woody Holton discusses his book, "Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution," which was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award.