Watch art and history come alive every day at New-York Historical! Learn about the past and engage with your community through our digital audio and video resources.


The New-York Historical Society makes history matter every day by bringing you engaging educational programs, intellectually stimulating lectures, thought-provoking exhibitions, and fascinating stories in art and history that you never knew. As a public resource for learning, New-York Historical works to offer audio and video digital resources where possible. Our Media Page brings you select programs and events as well as fun facts and deep dives into topics about the history of the United States through the eyes of its cultural nucleus, New York City.

Programs and Events
49 minutes 5 seconds

In an intimate conversation, award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns joins David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, to shed new light on the military, political, cultural, social, and human dimensions of a tragedy of epic proportions: the Vietnam War.

Programs and Events
58 minutes 4 seconds
Tom Brokaw, one of the most respected and trusted figures in U.S. broadcast journalism—best known for his more than 20-year tenure as managing editor and sole anchor of NBC Nightly News—joins David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, for an in-depth conversation on his prolific life and career delivering the news to millions of Americans.
5 minutes

Few who have seen Nick Ut’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph could forget the sight of 10-year-old Kim Phuc, running naked and wounded from a napalm attack. Ut helped to save Kim’s life, and the two became lifelong friends. They talk here about the day the napalm bombs dropped.

4 minutes 50 seconds

Did you know that Federal Express was inspired by the Vietnam War? In this rare interview on his wartime experiences, former Marine and FedEx CEO Frederick Smith describes what led him to create the innovative company after his return from combat. 

3 minutes 23 seconds

Marvin Gaye spoke from the heart when he created “What’s Happening Brother”—a song about the challenges of coming home from Vietnam, recorded for the album What’s Going On (1971). Gaye based the lyrics on his brother Frankie’s experiences, described here in Frankie’s own words, and by noted film director, Sam Pollard.  


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