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Events to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic are scheduled for later this week by the Titanic Historical Society.  The oldest and largest organization in the world devoted to preserving the history of the doomed luxury liner is headquartered in Springfield Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau  Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

Richard Davenport-Hines is the acclaimed biographer of W. H. Auden and the Macmillan dynasty. His most recent book is Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats, and the Worlds They Came From.Music - "Moonstruck" - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

Nicholas Wade is the grandson of teacher and author Lawrence Beesley, a survivor of the RMS Titanic. Wade has written the afterward for the book, Titanic, First Accounts. We speak with him about his grandfather's story. Music: "That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune" - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

Hugh Brewster has been writing about The RMS Titanic for more than 25 years. His new book is Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers and Their World. Here we talk about the fascinating, often frivolous, and frequently frustrating lives of the crème de la crème on board the doomed ship.

Children are now taught about the sinking of the Titanic in their textbooks or by James Cameron's movie. As we’ve learned so far, there is so much more information than what is included in a few paragraphs or a Hollywood movie. So enter Barry Denenberg. As a children’s book author, he’s an expert at creating eye catching lay-outs, and breaking down the information in a concise and interesting way. His newest book is Titanic Sinks! where readers can experience the Titanic’s doomed voyage in its unique presentation of fact & fiction.

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with maritime historian Daniel Allen Butler, a Titanic expert whose seminal recounting of the doomed voyage, Unsinkable: The Full Story of the RMS Titanic, is now out in a new edition.

Music: Salut d'Amour - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

Hampton Sides is an American historian and journalist. He's written the Titanic cover story of this month's National Geographic.

Music: "The Merry Widow Waltz" - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage

Photograph by Mark Thiessen

We welcome the man who discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic in 1985, Bob Ballard.

Music: "Mon Coeur S'Ouvre A Ta Voix" - Ian Whitcomb conducting The White Star Orchestra on the album, Titanic: Music As Heard On The Fateful Voyage.