Historical Gratitude

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is now author of Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View. He discusses civic education and some of the most notable decisions to come out of the courts. Plus: journalist Isabel Wilkerson shares her own Great Migration story and takes listener calls; German film director Werner Herzog on his new documentary on the death penalty; Dr. Jane Goodall, primatologist, on chimpanzee lessons; and what a stack of old report cards tells us about pupils of the past.  

Justice Breyer on American Democracy

Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court Justice and author of Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View, offers his view of interpreting the Constitution. 

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Werner Herzog on the Death Penalty

German film director, producer and screenwriter, Werner Herzog, explores the American death penalty in his new documentary, Into the Abyss, about a triple homicide in Texas.

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The Great Migration

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Isabel Wilkerson, talks about her book, now in paperback, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, as listeners share their families' stories of moving away from the Jim Crow south.

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Jane Goodall Live

Jane Goodall, primatologist and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, talks about her work with chimpanzees and the release of a new documentary about her life called Jane's Journey


The Batch of Report Cards

Paul Lukas, best known as the man behind Uni Watch, discusses his recent Slate series about his research into a batch of 1920s and 30s report cards from a Manhattan trade school for girls. 

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