american history

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Thomas Jefferson's Creme Brulee

In 1784, Thomas Jefferson struck a deal with one of his slaves, 19-year-old James Hemings. The founding Father was traveling to Paris and wanted to bring James along “for a particular purpose” – to master the art of French cooking.

In exchange for James’s cooperation, Jefferson would grant his freedom. Thus began one of the strangest partnerships in U.S. history. As James apprenticed under master French chefs, Jefferson studied the cultivation of French crops (especially grapes for winemaking) so they might be replicated in American agriculture.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:30 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

The Book Show #1253 - Stephen L. Carter

Imagine that Abraham Lincoln survived that infamous night in Ford's Theatre, only to eventually meet the same fate that awaited Andrew Johnson: impeachment for alleged high crimes and misdemeanors.

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The Roundtable
9:35 am
Tue July 3, 2012

"Me the People" by Kevin Bleyer

We welcome Kevin Bleyer, writer for The Daily Show, and speak with him about his new book, Me the People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Roundtable
10:50 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Barrington Stage Company - Herman Melville's Arrowhead

Michael Melle's “Ahab and the Whale”

Will Garrison - Curator of the Berkshire Historical Society at Herman Melville's Arrowhead; Michael Melle, the artist who created “Ahab and the Whale” – a sculpture currently on installed in the field at Arrowhead; and Jana Laiz, Arrowhead’s Writer-in-Residence join us to talk about this summer's "Call Me Melville" celebration.

The Roundtable
9:45 am
Wed June 27, 2012

"The Blood of Heroes"

We speak with NYT bestselling author, James Donovan, about his new book, The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation.