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Thursday, January 01, 2009

We look back at America in the age of Andrew Jackson, and why the years between 1815 and 1848 were such a tumultuous time in U.S. history. Also: celebrating 40 years of New York magazine. Plus, Salman Rushdie shares his picks for the best American short stories of 2008!

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Salman Rushdie

40 Years of New York Magazine

We celebrate the 40th anniversary of New York magazine. A new book, New York Stories, is a collection of some of the magazine’s best articles over the years. Adam Moss is the magazine’s current editor; Gail Sheehy and Pete Hamill are longtime contributors.

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Singer/Songwriter Joan Osborne

Singer/songwriter Joan Osborne is best known for her hit song "One of Us," and for her work with the Grateful Dead. She talks about her latest album, “Little Wild One.”

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The Best American Short Stories of 2008

Salman Rushdie shares his picks for the best short stories of the past year. He’s edited The Best American Short Stories 2008, which features works by A.M. Homes, Jonathan Lethem, Alice Munro, Tobias Wolff, and lots more.

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America in the Age of Jackson

We look into why the years between 1815 and 1848 were such a tumultuous time in American history – and how the country dealt with controversies over slavery, capitalism, and urbanization at the time. Historian and literary critic David S. Reynolds is the author of Waking Giant.

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