12,280Nov 18, 2004
Smithsonian Exhibit Donation
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld presented the “Puffy Shirt,” made famous during his long-running television series, to the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History Pop Culture Collection.
9,238Oct 29, 1999
Book Discussion on All Souls: A Family Story from Southie
Mr. MacDonald talks about his book, All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, published by Beacon Press. The book describes the author’s upbringing in the Irish borough of South ...
9,108Aug 17, 2011
Book Discussion on After America: Get Ready For Armageddon
Mark Steyn argued that the United States is destined for financial collapse and a decline in its role as a world leader if current political and cultural norms continue. The author contended ...
8,085Apr 4, 2011
Charles Murray on the State of White America
Author and political scientist Charles Murray spoke about American cultural values and economic disparity. He said that over the last half century, America had developed not only a new lower ...
8,062Mar 12, 2012
After Words with Alain de Botton
Mr. de Botton, an atheist, argues that rather than mocking religion, atheists and agnostics should steal the best ideas from world religions, such asthe methods for building strong communities, ...
8,039Oct 13, 2004
Book Discussion on Will in the World: Shakespeare
Mr. Greenblatt talked about his book Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare, published by W.W. Norton and Company. He described England during Shakespeare’s ...
6,371Oct 17, 2012
Book Discussion on Who Stole the American Dream?
Pulitzer Prize winner Hedrick Smith discussed his book, Who Stole the American Dream?, in which he argues that over the past four decades the American Dream had been dismantled and the U.S. ...
5,668Jan 6, 2010
President Nixon's Meeting with Elvis
In commemoration of the 75th birthday of Elvis Presley on January 8, 2010, the National Archives held a discussion of his White House meeting with then President Richard Nixon on December 21, 1970. ...
5,227Nov 8, 2011
Book Discussion on Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline
Morris Berman talked about the third book in his trilogy on the decline of the American empire. In this talk, titled “The Way We Live Today,” he argued that self-interest trumping ...
4,780Feb 24, 2012
Book Discussion on America the Beautiful
Ben Carson presented his thoughts on America’s current social and political landscape. He examined the similarities between empires that declined and the United States and posited what ...
4,121Dec 20, 1989
Book Discussion on Doublespeak
William Lutz, professor of English at Rutgers University, discusses his most recent book Double-Speak: The Use of Language to Deceive You. A unique analysis of American English, examples of ...
4,055Mar 18, 2008
Q&A with Roger Mudd, Part 1
In the first of a two-part interview, Roger Mudd talked about his memoir, The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News, published by ...
3,993Dec 7, 2009
Aristocracy and the Founders
Historian Gordon Wood talked about the Founding Fathers' attitudes and beliefs about aristocracy in America, where “titles of nobility” are prohibited by the Constitution, but where ...
3,898Feb 6, 2012
Book Discussion on Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010
Charles Murray argued that white America’s classes have diverged in a way different than ever seen before. Utilizing census records from 1960 to 2000, Mr. Murray examined the growth ...
3,572Aug 20, 1996
Book Discussion on Touched By Fire: George Armstrong Custer
Ms. Barnett talked about her book, Touched by Fire: The Life, Death, and Mythic Afterlife of George Armstrong Custer, published by Henry Holt and Company. She talked about the ...
3,431Jan 25, 2007
Religion and Reason Debate
Reza Aslan and Sam Harris debated the future of religion and its role in society, moderated by Jonathan Kirsch. Topics included whether the Bible provides timeless prescriptions for daily life ...
3,249Dec 15, 2009
After Words with George Packer
George Packer and Christopher Hitchens talked about George Orwell and his work. Mr. Packer selected the pieces that appear in two recently published volumes of George Orwell’s work: ...
3,191Oct 10, 2013
Q&A with Gregg Easterbrook
Gregg Easterbrook talked about his book, The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America, in which he assesses the role of football in America from a statistical point of view. He ...
3,160Dec 8, 2008
Book Discussion on Outliers: The Story of Success
Malcolm Gladwell talked about his book Outliers: The Story of Success (Little, Brown and Company; November 18, 2008). In the book Mr. Gladwell examines the underpinnings of success and ...
3,080Oct 28, 2009
The Life and Impact of Ayn Rand
Anne Heller and Jennifer Burns talked about their biographies of author and noted libertarian, Ayn Rand. Professor Burns focused on Rand’s intellectual allies and foes, and ...
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