Politics and Power: Elections 2012

Speaker: 
Joe Klein
Richard Reeves
Beverly Gage
Lesley Stahl (moderator)
Thu, May 3rd, 2012 | 7:30 pm

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Every presidential campaign is a fight for America’s future and the 2012 Election promises to be just as dramatic, contentious and emotional as we have come to expect from our national politics. Reprising her program from 2008, Lesley Stahl returns to discuss the candidates and key issues of the 2012 Election with special guests Joe Klein, Richard Reeves and Beverly Gage.

The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White

Speaker: 
Daniel J. Sharfstein
Brent Staples (moderator)

NEW DATE: Thursday, April 12, 6:30 PM
Please note that this program will no longer take place on Tuesday, April 10.

Thu, April 12th, 2012 | 7:30 pm

NEW DATE: Thursday, April 12, 6:30 PM
Please note that this program will no longer take place on Tuesday, April 10.

 

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In America, race is a riddle. With the widespread availability of DNA testing and the boom in genealogical research, it has become even harder to view race neatly in black or white. Daniel J. Sharfstein, in conversation with Brent Staples, unravels the stories of three families who represent the complexity of race in America and force us to rethink our basic assumptions about who we are.

Conquered into Liberty

Speaker: 
Eliot A. Cohen
Josiah Bunting III (moderator)
Thu, March 29th, 2012 | 7:30 pm

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For more than two centuries, beginning in the 1600s, five peoples — the British, French, Americans, Canadians and Native Americans — fought a series of fierce, bloody battles over the key to the North American continent: the corridor running from Albany to Montreal, dominated by the Champlain valley. Eliot A. Cohen and Josiah Bunting III tell the story of how woodland skirmishes and massacres, frontal assaults and shadowy covert actions shaped America’s approach to geopolitics and war.

Citizen Founders: Ratification, the People Debate the Constitution, 1787–1788

Speaker: 
Pauline Maier
Jack Rakove
Akhil Reed Amar (moderator)
Tue, November 9th, 2010 | 6:30 pm

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The American Constitution is our nation's most important document and the battle to ratify it was a crucial turning point in American history. Three experts recall a nearly 225-year-old debate that raged in homes, taverns, and convention halls across the new nation and discuss the key players who fought for and against ratification.

The Battle for Civil Rights

Speaker: 
David Levering Lewis
Khalil Gibran Muhammad (moderator)
Thu, February 16th, 2012 | 6:30 pm

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In this powerful program, two experts reflect on the successes and setbacks in the struggle for civil rights and the changing ways in which the story of the Civil Rights Movement is told, from early writers and activists like W.E.B. DuBois, to the turbulent years of the 1950s and ’60s, to the present. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Freedom Now: Photographs by Platon.

Women and the White House, Part II

Speaker: 
Kati Marton
Cokie Roberts
Gil Troy
Lesley Stahl (moderator)
Tue, February 7th, 2012 | 6:30 pm

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Continuing the conversation from last year’s program, we look back at the many influential and important women in the history of America’s highest elected office and discuss the impact women are having on the 2012 election. Although America has yet to elect a woman to the presidency, many women have played important parts in shaping previous presidential administrations and in changing the roles and the perceptions of women in politics.

Homes of Early New York: Birth of an American Style

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Thu, January 26th, 2012 | 6:30 pm

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New York and its environs have a surprising collection of houses from the Colonial period through the era of the early Republic. Looking at houses as diverse as the Dutch and Georgian Wyckoff in Brooklyn and the Greek Revival Bartow-Pell in the Bronx, we will see both the evolution of early American home design and why these earlier eras, in their Yankee simplicity, served as template for the modernisms of our own time.

The Money Trust

Speaker: 
James Grant
Paul Gigot
Richard Sylla (moderator)
Wed, January 18th, 2012 | 6:30 pm

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"The greatest monopoly in the country is the money monopoly," declared the governor of New Jersey, Woodrow Wilson, in a 1912 presidential campaign broadside, when Wall Street was on trial, as it is today. The Money Trust Investigation, a congressional inquest into the alleged misdeeds of the New York City banking community, brought J.P. Morgan and New York’s other most powerful bankers the unwelcome glare of public scrutiny. A hundred years on, experts discuss what has changed and what has not.

Civilization: The West and the Rest

Speaker: 
Niall Ferguson
Thu, December 8th, 2011 | 6:30 pm

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What was it about the civilization of Western Europe that allowed it to trump the outwardly superior empires of the Orient? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, was that the West developed six “killer applications” that the Rest lacked: competition, science, property, democracy, medicine, consumerism and work ethic. The key question today is whether or not the West has lost its monopoly on these six things. If so, Mr. Ferguson warns, we may be living through the end of Western ascendancy.

Dangerous Ambition: Rebecca West and Dorothy Thompson

Speaker: 
Susan Hertog
Wed, November 16th, 2011 | 6:30 pm

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Dorothy Thompson was the first female head of a European news bureau, and a columnist and commentator whom Time magazine once ranked alongside Eleanor Roosevelt as the most influential woman in America. Rebecca West blazed a trail for herself as a journalist, literary critic, novelist and historian.

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