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

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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.

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

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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.

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November 2010
Audio
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

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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.

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

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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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October 2010
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High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg
October 5th, 2010
53 min 38 sec
Niall Ferguson

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Niall Ferguson tells the story of Siegmund Warburg, a refugee from Hitler’s Germany who rose to become one of the dominant figures in finance in post-war Europe. He was one of the architects of European financial integration and a key advisor to governments in London, Tokyo and Jerusalem. An obsessive perfectionist with an aversion to excessive risk, Warburg came to embody the ideals of high finance and was as much a psychologist, politician, and actor-manager as he was a banker.

Niall Ferguson is a best-selling author and a writer and presenter of television documentary series. He is Laurence A. Tisch Professor at Harvard University and a senior research fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University. His latest book is High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg.

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