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Stephen Harding, author interview

"The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe" -- author Stephen Harding discusses his book. Interview at NPG by Ian Cooke, May 2013.

16 min2013 MAY 30
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Stephen Harding, author interview

Harlow Unger, author talk

"John Quincy Adams" -- author Harlow Unger discusses his book. Recorded at NPG, September 30, 2012.

30 min2012 OCT 3
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Harlow Unger, author talk

John Carlos, author talk

The John Carlos Story" -- olympian John Carlos discusses his memoir. Introduction by writer Dave Zirin. Dave Zirin and John Wesley Carlos discuss and sign copies of "The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World." Seen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith's Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power movement. Here is the remarkable story of one of the men behind the salute, lifelong activist John Carlos.

40 min2011 DEC 19
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John Carlos, author talk

Stacilee Ford, author talk

"Troubling American Women: Narratives of Gender and Nation in Hong Kong" -- author Stacilee Ford discusses her book. American women have lived in Hong Kong and neighboring Macao for nearly two centuries. Many were changed by their encounter with Chinese life and British colonialism. Their openness to new experiences set them apart, while their "pedagogical impulse" gave them a reputation for outspokenness that troubled others. Drawing on memoirs, diaries, newspapers, films, and other texts, Stacilee Ford tells the stories of several American women and explores how, through dramatically changing times, they communicated their notions of national identity and gender. "Troubling American Women: Narratives of Gender and Nation in Hong Kong" is a lively and provocative study of cross-cultural encounters between Hong Kong and the U.S. and of stereotypes of American womanhood in Hong Kong popular culture. Recorded at NPG, October 19, 2011.

38 min2011 NOV 11
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Stacilee Ford, author talk

Brian Behnken, author talk

"Fighting Their Own Battles: Mexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas" -- author Brian Behnken discusses his book. By comparing the histories of these movements in one of the few states in the nation to witness two civil rights movements, Behnken bridges the fields of Mexican American and African American history, revealing the myriad causes that ultimately led these groups to "fight their own battles. Recorded at NPG, September 7, 2011.

43 min2011 OCT 8
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Brian Behnken, author talk

Will Kaufman, author talk

"Woody Guthrie, American Radical (Music in American Life)" -- author Will Kaufman discusses his book and plays songs by woody Guthrie. Kaufman's book reclaims the politically radical profile of America's greatest balladeer. Using a wealth of previously unseen archival materials, it introduces a heretofore unknown Guthrie: the canny political strategist, fitful thinker, and cultural front activist practically buried in the general public's romantic celebration of the "Dust Bowl Troubadour." Recorded at NPG, August 17, 2011.

46 min2011 SEP 1
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Will Kaufman, author talk

Richard Carlin, author talk

"Worlds of Sound: The Story of Smithsonian Folkways" -- author Richard Carlin discusses his book and the life of Moses Asch and his and larger-than-life dream -- to document and record all the sounds of his time. From 1940 until his death in 1986, Asch -- with the help of collaborators ranging from the eccentric visionary Harry Smith to academic musicologists -- created more than 2000 albums, a sound-scape of the contemporary world still unequaled in breadth and scope. Recorded at NPG, August 10, 2011.

41 min2011 AUG 25
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Richard Carlin, author talk

Christopher Webber, author talk

"American to the Backbone: The Life of James Pennington, The Fugitive Slave Who Became One of the First Abolitionists" -- author Christopher Webber discusses his book. Recorded at NPG, July 13, 2011.

41 min2011 AUG 15
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Christopher Webber, author talk

John Ferling, author talk

"Independence: The Struggle to Set America Free"-- author John Ferling discusses his book on America's political journey from protest to revolution. Recorded at NPG, July 6, 2011.

54 min2011 JUL 11
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John Ferling, author talk

Penny Colman, author talk

"Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World" -- author Penny Colman discusses her book. Recorded at NPG, June 15, 2011.

33 min2011 JUN 24
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Penny Colman, author talk

Latest Episodes

Stephen Harding, author interview

"The Last Battle: When U.S. and German Soldiers Joined Forces in the Waning Hours of World War II in Europe" -- author Stephen Harding discusses his book. Interview at NPG by Ian Cooke, May 2013.

16 min2013 MAY 30
Comments
Stephen Harding, author interview

Harlow Unger, author talk

"John Quincy Adams" -- author Harlow Unger discusses his book. Recorded at NPG, September 30, 2012.

30 min2012 OCT 3
Comments
Harlow Unger, author talk

John Carlos, author talk

The John Carlos Story" -- olympian John Carlos discusses his memoir. Introduction by writer Dave Zirin. Dave Zirin and John Wesley Carlos discuss and sign copies of "The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World." Seen around the world, John Carlos and Tommie Smith's Black Power salute on the 1968 Olympic podium sparked controversy and career fallout. Yet their show of defiance remains one of the most iconic images of Olympic history and the Black Power movement. Here is the remarkable story of one of the men behind the salute, lifelong activist John Carlos.

40 min2011 DEC 19
Comments
John Carlos, author talk

Stacilee Ford, author talk

"Troubling American Women: Narratives of Gender and Nation in Hong Kong" -- author Stacilee Ford discusses her book. American women have lived in Hong Kong and neighboring Macao for nearly two centuries. Many were changed by their encounter with Chinese life and British colonialism. Their openness to new experiences set them apart, while their "pedagogical impulse" gave them a reputation for outspokenness that troubled others. Drawing on memoirs, diaries, newspapers, films, and other texts, Stacilee Ford tells the stories of several American women and explores how, through dramatically changing times, they communicated their notions of national identity and gender. "Troubling American Women: Narratives of Gender and Nation in Hong Kong" is a lively and provocative study of cross-cultural encounters between Hong Kong and the U.S. and of stereotypes of American womanhood in Hong Kong popular culture. Recorded at NPG, October 19, 2011.

38 min2011 NOV 11
Comments
Stacilee Ford, author talk

Brian Behnken, author talk

"Fighting Their Own Battles: Mexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas" -- author Brian Behnken discusses his book. By comparing the histories of these movements in one of the few states in the nation to witness two civil rights movements, Behnken bridges the fields of Mexican American and African American history, revealing the myriad causes that ultimately led these groups to "fight their own battles. Recorded at NPG, September 7, 2011.

43 min2011 OCT 8
Comments
Brian Behnken, author talk

Will Kaufman, author talk

"Woody Guthrie, American Radical (Music in American Life)" -- author Will Kaufman discusses his book and plays songs by woody Guthrie. Kaufman's book reclaims the politically radical profile of America's greatest balladeer. Using a wealth of previously unseen archival materials, it introduces a heretofore unknown Guthrie: the canny political strategist, fitful thinker, and cultural front activist practically buried in the general public's romantic celebration of the "Dust Bowl Troubadour." Recorded at NPG, August 17, 2011.

46 min2011 SEP 1
Comments
Will Kaufman, author talk

Richard Carlin, author talk

"Worlds of Sound: The Story of Smithsonian Folkways" -- author Richard Carlin discusses his book and the life of Moses Asch and his and larger-than-life dream -- to document and record all the sounds of his time. From 1940 until his death in 1986, Asch -- with the help of collaborators ranging from the eccentric visionary Harry Smith to academic musicologists -- created more than 2000 albums, a sound-scape of the contemporary world still unequaled in breadth and scope. Recorded at NPG, August 10, 2011.

41 min2011 AUG 25
Comments
Richard Carlin, author talk

Christopher Webber, author talk

"American to the Backbone: The Life of James Pennington, The Fugitive Slave Who Became One of the First Abolitionists" -- author Christopher Webber discusses his book. Recorded at NPG, July 13, 2011.

41 min2011 AUG 15
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Christopher Webber, author talk

John Ferling, author talk

"Independence: The Struggle to Set America Free"-- author John Ferling discusses his book on America's political journey from protest to revolution. Recorded at NPG, July 6, 2011.

54 min2011 JUL 11
Comments
John Ferling, author talk

Penny Colman, author talk

"Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World" -- author Penny Colman discusses her book. Recorded at NPG, June 15, 2011.

33 min2011 JUN 24
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Penny Colman, author talk
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