american history

John A. Jenkins joins us to discuss his book, The Partisan: The Life of William Rehnquist.

John A. Jenkins is president and publisher of CQ Press. He is a four-time recipient of the American Bar Association’s Gavel Award Certificate of Merit, the highest award in legal journalism.

We speak with Akhil Reed Amar about his new book, America's Unwritten Constitution: The Precedents and Principles We Live By.

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, and periodically serves as a visiting professor at Harvard, Columbia, and Pepperdine Law Schools.

In the 1960s, Lynn Povich worked at Newsweek — where she became part of a revolution. At that time, women were hired to deliver mail, clip newspapers, and, if they were lucky, became researchers or fact checkers. All of the writers and reporters were men.

It all started with some businessmen bankrolling Richard Nixon to become a "salesman against socialization." But in this precursor to current campaign finance scandals, Nixon had some explaining to do to keep his place on Eisenhower’s Republican ticket, so he took to the airwaves.

In making his speech, Nixon left behind lines about a "Republican cloth coat" and a black and white cocker spaniel named "Checkers." The speech saved and bolstered Nixon’s political career and set the tone for the 1952 campaign.

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.

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.

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.

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 Blood of Heroes"

Jun 27, 2012

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.