The Americans

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Today we revisit the Cold War. First, with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Neil Sheehan, who tells the story of the nuclear arms race through the work of one Air Force officer. Then Nicholas Thompson discusses two of the most influential U.S. Cold War strategists: Paul Nitze and George Kennan. Joyce Carol Oates talks about her latest novel Little Bird of Heaven. And Robert Frank, one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, and curator Jeff Rosenheim talk about a new exhibition of his groundbreaking work, The Americans, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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A Fiery Peace in a Cold War

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Neil Sheehan tells the story of American Air Force officer Bernard Schriever and the nuclear arms race that changed history. In A Fiery Peace in a Cold War, he describes Schrieiver’s efforts to keep the Soviet Union from attaining nuclear superiority, to make sure America won ...

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The Hawk and the Dove

Nicholas Thompson discusses Paul Nitze (the hawk), George Kennan (the dove), each a chief advocate for opposing strategies for winning and surviving the Cold War. The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War weaves together the story of these rivals and ...

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Little Bird of Heaven

Bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates on her latest novel, Little Bird of Heaven, a dark, romantic, tale, set in the Great Lakes region of upstate New York, the same setting of her previous novels We Were the Mulvaneys and The Gravedigger's Daughter.

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Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans

Photographer Robert Frank and Jeff Rosenheim, curator of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Photographs, discuss "Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans," celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Americans, Robert Frank’s suite of black-and-white photographs made during a cross-country road trip in 1955–1956. ...

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