Learning From History

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Monday, July 04, 2011

Today's show is a best-of, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!

What if history played out differently? Jeff Greenfield, former senior political correspondent for CBS News and the author of Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan, discusses some big what-ifs in American history. Plus: your favorite passages from the Constitution; and the Jill Lepore history hour with four moments in American history that shaped the current moment. 

What If? Alternate US Histories

Jeff Greenfield, former senior political correspondent  for CBS News and the author of Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan, offers alternate histories of modern American history.

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Your Favorite Constitutional Passage

Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and the editor-in-chief of Cato Supreme Court Review, and Nathaniel Persily, Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and Political Science at Columbia Law School, review listeners' favorite passages from the constitution.

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Past and Present With Jill Lepore

Jill Lepore, professor of American history at Harvard, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History, discusses how four past historical moments have influenced the present political and social climate in the United States: the death of newspapers in 1765, the Karen Ann Quinlan right-to-die case of 1975, the Parrot Fever panic of 1930, and Clarence Darrow's defense in the 1898 right-to-strike case. 

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