american history

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Wed September 4, 2013

"Hammarskjöld: A Life" By Roger Lipsey

    After his mysterious death, Dag Hammarskjöld was described by John F. Kennedy as the "greatest statesman of our century." The second secretary-general of the United Nations, he is the only person to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously.

Through extensive research in little explored archives and personal correspondence, Roger Lipsey has written a massive biography of Dag Hammarskjöld. Hammarskjöld: A Life provides vivid new insights into Hammarskjöld’s life.

Roger Lipsey is an author, art historian, editor, and translator and has written on a wide range of topics and intellectual figures.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Rep. John Lewis - "Across That Bridge"

  We speak with United States Congressman, John Lewis, about his new book, Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change.

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The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu August 15, 2013

"America’s Obsessives" by Joshua Kendall

    

  In this segment we explore the compulsive energy that built a nation. Joshua Kendall puts many American icons on the psychologist's couch in America’s Obsessives.

In this fascinating look at the arc of American history through the lens of compulsive behavior, he shows how some of our nation's greatest achievements-from the Declaration of Independence to the invention of the iPhone-have roots in the disappointments and frustrations of early childhood.

Starting with the obsessive natures of some of Silicon Valley's titans, including Steve Jobs, Kendall moves on to profile seven iconic figures, such as founding father Thomas Jefferson, licentious librarian Melvil Dewey, condiment kingpin H. J. Heinz, slugger Ted Williams, and Estee Lauder.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon August 5, 2013

"Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor" by Richard Beeman

    

  In Our Lives, Our Fortunes and Our Sacred Honor, acclaimed historian Richard R. Beeman examines the grueling twenty-two-month period between the meeting of the Continental Congress on September 5, 1774 and the audacious decision for independence in July of 1776.

As late as 1774, American independence was hardly inevitable—indeed, most Americans found it neither desirable nor likely.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site

   The Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site is a hidden treasure in the foothills of the Adirondacks. It sits on top of Mt. McGregor and overlooks the Adirondack Mountains to the north, the Green Mountains to the east, and the Catskills to the south.

The view is breathtaking and was the last view of our area that General Ulysses S. Grant saw before his death in this historic cottage. The Cottage has remained virtually unchanged since 1885 and still houses the bed on which he died and the funeral arrangements are still intact.

The clock on the mantle still remains where his son, Fred, stopped the hands at 8:08 a.m. on July 23, 1885 when his father passed away – 128 years ago yesterday. Tim Welch – President of the Grant Cottage Historic Site and Steve Trimm, the site’s Grant Impersonator, join us in studio A this morning.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Mon July 1, 2013

FDR Presidential Library and Museum - Carolyn D. Palmer

    Carolyn D. Palmer has created new sculptures of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt which are on display in the renovated lobby of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum.

These beautiful new sculptures — commissioned through private donations and donated to the Library — can be touched by the public and will help the Roosevelt Library fulfill its commitment to accessibility for all its visitors. If you can’t see the first couple’s features – with these sculptures, you can feel them in bronze.

  Master sculptor, Carolyn D. Palmer graduated cum laude from Nazareth College in Rochester, New York. She went on to study privately throughout Spain, France, Italy and the United States. Her sculptures are displayed in both public venues and private collections. A larger-than-life Thomas Jefferson graces the Jefferson Center Lobby in Syracuse, New York. Her Dr. Zef Oroshi, smoking his famous pipe, resides in a prominent Hartsdale, New York Cathedral. And her Wright Brothers were acquired by the Sanford, Orlando airport. Palmer was chosen by Mayor Christopher Doherty of Scranton, Pennsylvania to create life size bronzes of Vice President Joseph Biden, and the late Governor Robert P. Casey for a historic park in Scranton.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Mon July 1, 2013

FDR Presidential Library and Museum - Douglas Brinkley

FDR Sphinx Sculpture (MO 1941.12.40)

  The Roosevelt Library remains the premier research center in the world for study and research on the 32nd President of the United States. It contains more than 17-million pages of documents. The library is a critical historical resource and educational destination used by scholars, researchers and historians.

Historian Douglas Brinkley is a scholar, author, and sought-after news commentator. He is a professor of history and Baker Institute Fellow at Rice University and has written books on Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. His new book is on FDR and why we are lucky enough to have him join us this morning.

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The Roundtable
9:20 am
Mon July 1, 2013

FDR Presidential Library and Museum - Lynn Bassanese and Herman Eberhardt

FDR's Fireside Chat microphone

    While the renovation of the museum is an amazing achievement, it is important to realize the revitalization also includes new and exciting permanent museum exhibits.

These exhibits tell the story of the Roosevelt Presidency beginning in the depths of the Great Depression and continuing through the New Deal and WWII with an emphasis on both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American people.

Lynn Bassanese, Director of the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and Museum Curator, Herman Eberhardt join us.

The Roundtable
9:10 am
Mon July 1, 2013

FDR Presidential Library and Museum - Lynn Bassanese

    Lynn Bassanese began working at FDR Presidential Library and Museum as part-time archives aides in 1972 while a student at nearby Marist College. She is now the director of the library and museum and has largely overseen this $35 million, nine-year restoration and redesign project that we are celebrating this morning.

She was also front and center at yesterday’s rededication here at America’s first Presidential Library and the only one used by a sitting President.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Ideas Matter: New York Council for the Humanities and The Civil War Sesquicentennial

  We are very happy to continue our new regular feature on The Roundtable, entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter. This morning we spotlight the Civil War sesquicentennial.

The New York Council for the Humanities offers reading and discussion programs about the Civil War and Lincoln's speeches.

David Carlyon is a writer and independent scholar. He has a Ph.D. in theater history from Northwestern University and was a clown with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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