american history

The Roundtable
10:48 am
Wed March 6, 2013

"Mafia Summit: J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob"

    Mafia Summit: J. Edgar Hoover, the Kennedy Brothers, and the Meeting That Unmasked the Mob is the true story of how a small-town lawman in upstate New York busted a Cosa Nostra conference in 1957, exposing the Mafia to America. The book is by Gil Reavill.

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WAMC News
6:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Daniel Gordon, UMass Amherst - The Fatal Truth: the Cult of Violence in Western Political Thought

Credit Courtesy UMass Amherst

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “…truth cannot be found by violent means.” That idea is currently the topic of the course Ideas that Changed the World at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Tonight, UMass Amherst history professor and associate dean of the school’s Commonwealth Honors College, Daniel Gordon, will present a lecture titled The Fatal Truth: the Cult of Violence in Western Political Thought. He spoke with WAMC’s Patrick Donges.

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The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon March 4, 2013

"Detroit: An American Autopsy" by Charlie LeDuff

  Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches through the ruins for clues to its fate, his family’s, and his own in his new book Detroit: An American Autopsy.

If Detroit is America’s vanguard in good times and bad, then here is the only place to turn for guid¬ance in our troubled era. While redemption is thin on the ground in this ghost of a city, Detroit: An American Autopsy is no hopeless parable. LeDuff shares an unbelievable story of a hard town in a rough time filled with some of the strangest and strongest people our country has to offer. Detroit is a dark comedy of the absurdity of American life in the twenty-first century, a deeply human drama of colossal greed and endurance, ignorance and courage.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Pulitzer Prize winner, Tim Weiner, at Carey Center for Global Good in Rensselaerville, NY

   Enemies: A History of the FBI is the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

We think of the FBI as America’s police force. But secret intelligence is the Bureau’s first and foremost mission. Enemies is the story of how presidents have used the FBI as the most formidable intelligence force in American history.

Here is the hidden history of America’s hundred-year war on terror. As a correspondent for The New York Times, Tim Weiner he covered the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington and terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sudan, and other nations. Enemies is his fourth book. Weiner will be speaking tomorrow at the Carey Center for Global Good in Rensselaerville.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Wed February 13, 2013

"Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson" by Barbara Ransby

Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson lived a colorful and amazing life. Her career and commitments took her many places: colonial Africa in 1936, the front lines of the Spanish Civil War, the founding meeting of the United Nations, Nazi-occupied Berlin, Stalin's Russia, and China two months after Mao's revolution. She was a woman of unusual accomplishment—an anthropologist, a prolific journalist, a tireless advocate of women's rights, an outspoken anti-colonial and antiracist activist, and an internationally sought-after speaker.

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Thu January 24, 2013

"Gordon Parks: 100 Moments" at The New York State Museum

Credit Gordon Parks

A new exhibition celebrating the 100th birthday of world-renowned photographer Gordon Parks opens on Saturday at the New York State Museum.

Gordon Parks: 100 Moments showcases six decades of Parks’ photographs, including numerous never-before-seen images and Parks’ most famous photo, “American Gothic, Washington, D.C”. On display at the State Museum through May 19, 2013, the stunning visual collection is organized by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Director of the NY State Museum, Mark Schaming, joins us to tell us more.

Commentary & Opinion
12:32 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Herbert London: The National Association of Scholars Report on American History

Although conservatives reflexively assume race, class and gender dominate American history, there is now incontrovertible evidence that this assumption is true.  In a careful study of U.S. history courses at the University of Texas and Texas A & M University, the National Association of Scholars recently released report indicates that race, class and gender tend to crowd out the teaching of other perspectives.  This form of thematically skewed teaching leads to an incomplete knowledge of American history, an ignorance transmitted from one generation to the next.

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The Roundtable
10:12 am
Fri January 18, 2013

"Iffy" coined by FDR and more "Words from the White House"

  The founding fathers felt that coining words and creating new uses for old ones was part of their role in creating a new American culture and language, distinct from the prescriptive King's English.

Ever since, American presidents have enriched our vocabulary with words, phrases, and concepts that we have since put to general use. Acclaimed lexicographer Paul Dickson has compiled the first collection of new words and lexical curiosities originating on Pennsylvania Avenue.

His new book is Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents.

The Roundtable
9:35 am
Fri January 18, 2013

An Inauguration Day history lesson from Kenneth C. Davis

      As President Barack Obama readies for his second term, popular historian Kenneth C. Davis joins us with an Inauguration Day history lesson.

Davis is author of the “Don’t Know Much About History” series and his new book is Don't Know Much About® the American Presidents.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Uncle Al Capone

  Deirdre Marie Capone is Al Capone's grandniece and is author of the new memoir, Uncle Al Capone - The Untold Story from Inside His Family. The book is a portrait of the Capone family and its mob trade examines what it has meant to survive the storied legacy of the family's forebears.

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