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Wednesday, November 3, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Presidential Candidate Dwight Eisenhower, Oct. 24, 1952, in Pontiac, Mich. (AP)

Historians David Kennedy and Richard Norton Smith on waves in American political history.

 
Thursday, October 28, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Harry Houdini, circa 1905 (The Jewish Museum)

We look back at the original escape artist Harry Houdini and his magic, with illusionist David Copperfield and more. Click through to see some remarkable historical images.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Eugene Robinson (Julia Ewan)

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson on the splintering of black America.

 
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 | 11:00 AM
George Washington (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Biographer Ron Chernow says our first president was a passionate man, not the waxwork saint of our schoolbooks. We look at the real George Washington.

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Wednesday, December 31, 1969 | 11:00 AM

Excerpted from WASHINGTON by Ron Chernow. Reprinted by arrangement with The Penguin Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), Inc. Copyright (c) Ron Chernow, 2010. Prelude: The Portrait Artist In March 1793, Gilbert Stuart crossed the North Atlantic for the express purpose of painting President George Washington, the supreme prize of the age for any […]

 
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 | 11:00 AM
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Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates on blackness, whiteness, and the first African-American president in the White House.

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Friday, August 6, 2010 | 11:00 AM
The Golden Gate Bridge (AP)

The facinating stories around the Golden Gate Bridge. We explore the span of its colorful history.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Singer Gloria Lambert is shown with Mitch Miller during recording session at Columbia Studios, New York, May 8, 1961. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)

Music producer and sing-along man Mitch Miller died this weekend at 99. We talk about how he shaped the modern pop record and changed musical history.

 
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | 10:00 AM
The view before a stock price indicator in Tokyo, June 21, 2010. (AP)

Finance historian Niall Ferguson joins us for a step-back look at the global economy and America’s economic staying power.

 
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | 11:00 AM
A Graeco-Egyptian statue of a Ptolemaic queen found at the site of Heracleion. (Credit: The Franklin Institute, Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation, Christoph Gerigk)

The real Cleopatra. A big new exhibit opens in Philadelphia. We get the inside story of Egypt’s immortalized queen.

 
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Mar 2, 2015
In this Tuesday, March 4, 2014 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accompanied by his wife Sara, right, speaks before the screening of the television documentary "Israel: The Royal Tour" at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. (AP)

On the eve of Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu’s controversial address to Congress, we look at the US-Israel falling out over Iran nuclear negotiations.

Mar 2, 2015
This image provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows an artists rendering on how a gamma ray burst occurs with a massive star collapsing and creating a black hole and beaming out focused and deadly light and radiation bursts. Astronomers and space telescopes in April 2013 saw the biggest and brightest cosmic explosion ever witnessed, a large gamma ray burst. (AP)

A super-massive black hole, newly discovered, deep in space. We’ll peer into the realm of the black hole.

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Feb 27, 2015
This image released courtesy of the Lead Belly Estate shows folk and blues musician Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly. Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter never had a hit record before he died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1949. (AP)

Going back to Lead Belly. The blues legend is back. His influences, as big as ever.

 
Feb 27, 2015
Federal Communication Commission (FCC) ChairmanTom Wheeler, center, joins hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, left, and Jessica Rosenworcel, before the start of their open hearing in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.  (AP)

A US-Israel rift. A win for net neutrality. “American Sniper” verdict. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Want To Listen To Lead Belly? Here’s Where To Start
Monday, Mar 2, 2015

Loved our show on Lead Belly, but unsure on where you should start to listen? Jeff Place of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage offers his best picks for a beginning Lead Belly listener.

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Our Week In The Web: February 27, 2015
Friday, Feb 27, 2015

We won’t lead you into a debate on the color of #TheDress (it’s blue and black, end of debate), but we do wonder about the blurring lines between so-called Internet culture and general popular culture. Also, it’s snowing in Boston. Still.

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Two Congressmen Weigh In On DHS Funding
Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland present their views on the ongoing Congressional budget fight over Department of Homeland Security funding. (Spoiler: They do not agree on a resolution of the crisis).

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