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  • Title: Q & A
    Descriptive info: December 16, 2012.. Anne Applebaum.. Author, "Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956".. BIO.. :.. Anne Applebaum received a BA summa cum laude from Yale University in 1986 and was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to study at the London School of Economics where she earned her MA in international relations in 1987.. She became deputy editor for the Spectator, and then foreign editor for the Evening Standard in London.. She is a former member of the editorial board for The Washington Post and currently writes columns for the Post as well as for Slate.. Her book, Gulag: A History, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for nonfiction.. This is her third book.. Applebaum is married to Radek Sikorski, the current Foreign Minister of Poland, and divides her time between London and Warsaw.. She has two children.. More.. about.. Program Details.. Info.. : Our guest is Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Applebaum.. She  ...   explains how the Soviets began creating institutions, such as the secret police, aimed at undermining civil society and increasing party control.. She tells of how Stalin and the Eastern Bloc regimes made use of radio propaganda to shape popular opinion and reinforce communist ideology.. She contrasts this with the frustration that communist leadership expressed behind closed doors when their economic and societal reforms didn t achieve expected positive results.. Applebaum also looks at the effects the Stalinist system had on everyday people such as shop owners and farmers.. She explains how she drew upon newly opened East European archives, interviews and personal accounts which were translated for the first time.. She talks about the legacy of the repressive communist system on each of these countries and shares her own experiences in the region, including the night she spent in Berlin in November of 1989, chipping at the Berlin wall with her future husband..

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    Descriptive info: December 9, 2012.. Crystal Wright.. Editor and Publisher, conservativeblackchick.. com.. Crystal Wright earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Georgetown University and a Master of Fine Arts in theater from Virginia Commonwealth University.. After working for Fox News and ABC News, she transitioned to public relations and has 15 years experience in the field.. Wright is the founder and principal of the Baker Wright Group, a public relations firm, and has been the editor of her blog conservativeblackchick.. com since 2009.. She lives in Washington, DC.. : Our guest is Crystal Wright, the editor and publisher of the internet blog conservativeblackchick.. Wright explains why she named her blog Conservative Black Chick, and tells how her upbringing shaped the belief system she  ...   in the face of adversity inspired her to be engaged in the political process.. She reflects on the election of Barack Obama as the first African American president, and admits that she voted for him in 2008.. She later describes her disillusionment with the president s performance in office and how this has led her to become a sharp critic of his presidency.. She discusses the campaign strategy of the Republican Party and presidential candidate Mitt Romney.. She theorizes that the Romney campaign failed to effectively reach out to people of color during the recent election.. Wright also talks about the reactions she faces as a result of her criticisms, and reveals that many of her own critics are liberal leaning African Americans..

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    Descriptive info: December 2, 2012.. Michael Hill.. Author, "Elihu Washburne: The Diary and Letters of America's Minister to France During The Siege and Commune of Paris".. Michael Hill earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Kent State University, his JD from the University of Akron School of Law, and a Master of Public Affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.. He then became an independent researcher.. He has worked for authors including David McCullough, Evan Thomas, Jon Meacham, Nathaniel Philbrick, Michael Beschloss, Jeff Shesol, Michael Korda, and Dorie McCullough Lawson.. He is the co-author of Will the Gentleman Yield? with Bill Hogan.. Elihu Washburne is his second book.. Hill is married and lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.. : Our guest is Michael Hill, author of "Elihu Washburne: The Diary and Letters of America's Minister to  ...   researched for him.. He details the research he did for a wide variety of other authors including Evan Thomas, Nathaniel Philbrick, Jon Meacham and Michael Korda, to name a few.. Hill s own book introduces us to Elihu Washburne, the American ambassador to France whose private diary entries and correspondences provide a window into life in 19th century France during the Siege of Paris in the Franco-Prussian War, as well as the Paris Commune that followed.. Washburne remained in Paris after the outbreak of war with Prussia despite being given the opportunity to leave, an opportunity almost every other foreign minister in the city had taken.. Hill also tells of how Washburne and his son Gratiot helped Americans in Paris escape through the siege lines and how Washburne helped protect Prussian civilians in the city..

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    Descriptive info: November 25, 2012.. Ted Widmer.. Editor, "Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F.. Kennedy".. Ted Widmer earned his Bachelor s, Master s, and Doctorate in American history from Harvard University.. He is a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton, as well as an assistant to Brown University President Christina Paxson.. He was the Librarian and Director of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.. In 1997 he was a foreign policy speechwriter for Bill Clinton, and conducted interviews with the former President in 2001 for Clinton s autobiography.. This is Widmer s eighth book.. He is married to Mary Rhinelander, a Cambridge, Massachusetts printmaker and artist.. : Our guest is Ted Widmer, editor of Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F.. Kennedy.. The book  ...   recordings.. Widmer shares numerous clips throughout the program including a phone call from President Kennedy to Defense department advisors about the best way to board inbound Soviet ships during the Cuban missile crisis.. We hear as President Kennedy calls Dwight Eisenhower and Harry Truman seeking advice.. Widmer also chose to share the contentious discussions between Kennedy and then Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett as they dealt with the riots over the enrollment of James Meredith as the first black student to attend the University of Mississippi.. Widmer also reveals a more light-hearted side to the President in several of the recordings.. Widmer reflects upon his academic training at Harvard, as well as his experiences serving both President Bill Clinton, during his presidency, and Hillary Clinton, during her time as Secretary of State..

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    Descriptive info: November 18, 2012.. Aida Donald.. Author, "Citizen Soldier: A Life of Harry S.. Truman".. Aida Donald graduated from Barnard College in 1952, received her Master s degree from Columbia in 1953, and earned her Doctorate in American History at the University of Rochester in 1961.. She worked at Harvard University Press for 27 years, departing as editor in chief.. Her late husband, David Herbert Donald, was a noted American historian and author.. In 2007 she published her first book about Theodore Roosevelt, titled Lion in the White House.. She lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts.. : Our guest is Aida Donald, author of Citizen Soldier: A Life of Harry S.. Truman.. The book traces Harry Truman s early life and entry into politics to the end of his presidency.. Donald discusses how the 33rd President s  ...   whom he would later marry, and the lifelong impact she felt as a result of her own father s suicide.. Mrs.. Donald recounts Truman s election to the United States Senate and his nomination to be Franklin Roosevelt s running mate in the 1944 presidential election.. Truman became President after only 82 days in office, and Donald discusses his decision in the following months to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II.. She also shares insights about Truman s meeting with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin, America s performance in the Korean War and the firing of General Douglas MacArthur.. Donald reflects on the career of her late husband, two time Pulitzer Prize winning historian David Herbert Donald, and the influence they had on each other s writings..

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    Descriptive info: November 11, 2012.. Matthew Heineman.. Director & Producer "Escape Fire" Documentary.. Matthew Heineman received a degree in history from Dartmouth College in 2005.. He joined some friends to start the Young Americans Project, which he terms, a multi-media undertaking to try to figure out what made our generation tick.. Out of this emerged Heineman s first documentary, Our Time, which aired on the Documentary Channel in 2011.. He worked with HBO for two years as a producer for The Alzheimer s Project before founding his own production company, Our Time Projects, in 2009.. He lives and works in New York City.. : "Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare" is available at select theaters, on iTunes, and video on demand.. Our guest is Matthew Heineman, director and producer of the documentary film Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare.. Heineman shares the premise of the film which examines the deficiencies in America s  ...   to overtreatment of preventable diseases.. He highlights alternatives to this method of physician compensation, such as the plan adopted by the Cleveland Clinic which pays doctors a salary and incentivizes them to provide better treatment as measured by patient s results.. Heineman introduces viewers to Dr.. Erin Martin, an Oregon general practitioner who quits her clinic after feeling that the productivity quotas were being imposed upon her and other doctors.. She states that the quality of care was compromised in this manner.. Heineman shares solutions being developed which include an experiment by the military to use acupuncture in the place of pain medication, a fellowship program by Dr.. Andrew Weil that teaches doctors about the importance of nutrition in preventing illness, and research by Dr.. Dean Ornish demonstrating how lifestyle change can prevent and even reverse heart disease.. Matthew talks about why he became a filmmaker, and what he plans to do for his next project..

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    Descriptive info: November 4, 2012.. Walter Stahr.. Author, "Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man".. Walter Stahr was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and grew up in Arcadia, California.. He attended Philips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Stanford University, and Harvard Law School.. He practiced law for 25 years, and is currently a member of the District of Columbia bar.. His first book, John Jay: Founding Father was published in 2005.. He is married, has two children, and lives in New Hampshire and Virginia.. : Our guest is Walter Stahr, author of a newly released biography titled Seward: Lincoln s Indispensable Man.. He explains that William H.. Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century..  ...   leading up to the April night in 1865 when President Lincoln was assassinated.. Stahr relates the story of how another assassin entered Seward s Washington, DC home and tried to kill him, but instead left him severely wounded.. Seward remained as secretary of state until the end of President Andrew Johnson s first term in March 1869.. Stahr speaks about the special relationship between Abraham Lincoln and William Seward, and observes that some detractors erroneously stated at the time that Seward was actually the power behind Lincoln s presidency.. He also talks about his years as a practicing attorney, in Hong Kong and elsewhere, and his decision to take up writing as a profession..

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    Descriptive info: October 28, 2012.. Heidi Ewing.. Co-director and co-producer, "Detropia" Documentary Film.. Heidi Ewing is a 1993 graduate of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and was born and raised in Farmington Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.. She and business partner Rachel Grady are the co-founders of New York-based Loki Films.. Their past work includes the movie Jesus Camp, nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary in 2007, along with several other feature documentaries and television programs.. She is married and resides in New York City.. : Our guest is Heidi Ewing, co-director and co-producer, of the documentary film Detropia.. Ewing discusses the premise of the film which seeks to highlight the continuing deterioration of one of America s once robust metropolitan cities.. The  ...   additional fifty-percent of the remaining population would leave immediately if given the opportunity.. Ewing highlights Detroit Mayor Dave Bing s efforts to bring the city s financial situation under control.. She suggests that Detroit is not alone with its problems, and the United States may be heading for an era of failed cities.. She also discusses how the disappearance of factory jobs has affected local workers.. Ewing introduces many of the characters from her film, including two illegal scrappers who strip abandoned factories for their cash generating metals, a local blogger who explores empty buildings and imagines what the city once was, and two young artists who recently moved to Detroit in search of an inexpensive home and a place to experiment with their art..

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    Descriptive info: October 21, 2012.. Steve Inskeep.. Author, "Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi".. NOTE: To hear Steve Inskeep's "Revolutionary Road" series on NPR, click on the "More about" button below.. Steve Inskeep was born in Carmel, Indiana.. He attended Morehead State University in Kentucky, where he majored in history.. He joined National Public Radio in 1996 covering the presidential primary in New Hampshire.. He has been co-hosting Morning Edition with Renée Montagne since 2004.. This is his first book.. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and daughter.. : Our guest is author and co-host of National Public Radio s Morning Edition, Steve Inskeep.. He discusses his book titled  ...   of Pakistan s religions and governments, and how they impacted the planning of this city since 1947.. Inskeep also talks about a recent trip he made with some NPR staff members through Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.. He packaged a series of reports for the Morning Edition program and titled them the Revolutionary Road Trip.. He comments on audio clips of his radio series as he reports on the new government in Tunisia, controversy over alcohol in Carthage, and a surprise discovery of young children playing golf in the desert of Benghazi, Libya.. Inskeep talks about his early days in broadcasting as well as the diversity of employees at National Public Radio..

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    Descriptive info: October 14, 2012.. Evan Thomas.. Author, "Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle To Save The World".. Evan Thomas graduated from Harvard University in 1973 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1977.. He then worked as a reporter for TIME Magazine for nine years.. He then worked for Newsweek Magazine for 24 years, where he was the author of over 100 cover stories, and twice received National Magazine Award for his coverage of the 2004 elections and the Lewinsky scandal.. He is the author of eight books, currently teaches at Princeton University and has been a panelist on the television program Inside Washington for over 20 years.. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Oscie.. They have two  ...   used the threat of nuclear war to prevent open conflict with the Soviet Union while never fully revealing just how far he was willing to go in deploying the weapons.. He also discusses the personal aspects of Eisenhower and his presidency, including his relationship with his wife, Mamie, his problems with his temper and his health, and the eight hundred rounds of golf he played during his two terms in office.. We learn details of the oftentimes difficult relationships Ike had with his contemporaries, including Allen Dulles, who was the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, General Curtis LeMay, who pushed for a preemptive nuclear strike against the Soviets, and members of the press such as Joseph Alsop, a leading critic..

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    Descriptive info: October 7, 2012.. Morley Safer.. 60 Minutes Correspondent.. Morley Safer has been a correspondent on 60 Minutes for forty-two years.. He began his journalism career as a reporter for various newspapers in Canada, and was a correspondent and producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.. He joined CBS News as a reporter in 1964.. He is married to anthropologist Jane Safer.. They have one daughter and live in New York.. : Our guest is twelve-time Emmy Award winning  ...   the network, reveals that he never finished college, and expresses his opinion against the trend of citizen journalism on the internet.. In addition, Safer discusses his impressions of the Douglas Brinkley biography titled, Cronkite.. He remarks about the designation of Mr.. Cronkite as being the most trusted man in America, and tells stories of working with the anchorman in London and other locales.. He also discusses some of the most controversial episodes of the weekly newsmagazine 60 Minutes..

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