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December 2010
Lincoln, 1860 & Secession
December 2nd, 2010
59 min 34 sec
James M. McPherson, Eric Foner, Harold Holzer (Moderator)


Three renowned scholars revisit one of the most significant, pivotal years in American history: 1860. Throughout 1860, tensions over slavery threatened to boil over into civil war and the supercharged Presidential campaign would very literally decide the immediate fate and future of the Union. Abraham Lincoln was elected in November; by the end of the year, South Carolina had seceded and the course of American history was irrevocably changed.


James McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton University. In 1989 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of many books, including most recently, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American SlaveryHarold Holzer (Moderator) has written or edited more than 30 books on Lincoln and the Civil War and served as co-chairman of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.


November 2010
The Early Spanish Jews of New York
November 18th, 2010
55 min 56 sec
Louise Mirrer, Rabbi Dr. Marc D. Angel, Jonathan Sarna

In the 15th century, the Jews of Spain and Portugal were forced to leave their homes on the Iberian peninsula, fleeing the tyranny of the Spanish Inquisition. In 1654, the first group of Spanish and Portuguese Jews arrived in New Amsterdam and founded the Congregation Shearith Israel, the oldest Jewish Congregation in the United States. In this program, three experts discuss those early pioneers, the Judeo-Spanish Diaspora, and the history of Spanish Jews in New York.

Louise Mirrer is the President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society and has written extensively on the Judeo-Spanish Diaspora. Rabbi Marc D. Angel is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel and the Founder and Director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals. Jonathan Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Director of its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program.

November 2010
First Family: Abigail and John Adams
November 17th, 2010
54 min 36 sec
Joseph J. Ellis, Richard Brookhiser (Moderator)

Join us for a riveting discussion of America’s preeminent first couple, whose story is equal parts biography, political history, and love story. In more than 50 years of political and personal partnership, John and Abigail Adams strategized over civic and foreign affairs as often as they discussed their children. Their remarkable connection is epitomized in words he wrote to her after his election to the presidency: “I can do nothing without you.” Joseph J. Ellis, in conversation with Richard Brookhiser, examines the Adams marriage in all its complexity, richness, triumph, and sorrow.

Joseph J. Ellis is the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers and the National Book Award for American Sphinx. His latest book is First Family: Abigail and John Adams. Richard Brookhiser (MODERATOR) is a senior editor at the National Review and author of nine books, including Alexander Hamilton, American, and most recently, Right Time, Right Place.

November 2010
Breakthrough: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of Insulin and the Era of New Hope
November 2nd, 2010
53 min 11 sec
Arthur Ainsberg, Phil Southerland, Jonathan Engel

Drawing from the history of insulin’s discovery and its transformative effects in treating Type 1 diabetes, experts examine how people across the country are leading the fight to control both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes today.

October 2010
Washington: A Life
October 19th, 2010
56 min 2 sec
Ron Chernow, Stacy Schiff (Moderator)

In this program, celebrated biographer Ron Chernow sits down with Stacy Schiff and brings to life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods, shattering the stereotype of Washington as a stolid, unemotional man. Chernow also describes a canny political genius who shaped the new federal government and inspired a new nation.

Stacy Schiff is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), Saint-Exupéry: A Biography, and A Great Improvisation: Franklin France, and the Birth of America. Her most recent biography is Cleopatra: A Life. Ron Chernow is the National Book Award-winning author of Alexander Hamilton, The House of Morgan, and Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. His most recent book is Washington: A Life.



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