Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Historian Jon Wiener visits Cold War monuments, museums, and memorials across the United States to find out how the era is being remembered. How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey Across the New World is a travelogue that takes readers to sites such as the life-size recreation of Berlin's "Checkpoint Charlie" at the Reagan Library, the fallout shelter display at the Smithsonian.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education and professor of philosophy and humanities, explores America’s philosophical culture. In America the Philosophical, he writes of the men and women whose ideas have helped shape American life over the previous few centuries, from well-known historical figures like William James and Ralph Waldo Emerson to modern cultural critics Kenneth Burke and Edward Said to thinkers such as Cornel West and Susan Sontag.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
By Celeste Headlee : The Takeaway
What is essential knowledge for an American citizen? For the government, that's not a philosophical question, it's a pragmatic list of essential civic knowledge, codified in the citizenship test. Think you could pass? Try it out with this practice test from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services department.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Lidia Bastianich talks about visiting Italian American communities around eth country that created something new out of the recipes passed down from their ancestors. Lidia’s Italy in America explores this distinctive cuisine, showing us that every kitchen is different, every Italian community distinct, and little clues are buried in each dish—from the Sicilian-style semolina bread and olives in New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwiches to the Neapolitan crust of New York pizza.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Jeff Sharlet explores the borderlands of belief and skepticism, and in Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithless, and the Country in Between, he profiles religious radicals, realists, and escapists—from Dr. Cornel West to legendary banjo player Dock Boggs, from the youth evangelist Ron Luce to America's largest "Mind, Body, Spirit Expo." He offers a spiritual landscape.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Journalist Dante Chinni discusses the Patchwork Nation project, using on-the-ground reporting and statistical analysis to move past red state/blue state generalizations and examine American communities in depth. Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth about the "Real" America looks at how America breaks into 12 distinct types of communities, and how they shape how Americans vote, invest, shop, and behave.
Friday, July 08, 2011
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Joshua Kendall talks about the life and legacy of Noah Webster, In The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster's Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture, he reveals that there’s more to his story than the dictionary he created—he was a young confidant of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, he started New York City's first daily newspaper, he influenced early copyright law, he helped found Amherst College, served as a representative for both Connecticut and Massachusetts, and was an ardent supporter of a unified, definitively American culture.
Saturday, May 17, 2003
The most popular names for boys and girls last year were Jacob and Emily. More interestingly, the 63rd favorite for girls was Aaliyah, no doubt after the young singer who died in 2001. Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen has found some other corners of the culture with their own naming trends.