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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Are You Patriotic?

Thursday, July 03, 2014

On this day before July 4th, how does the idea of patriotism change across generations?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Forgetting the Cold War

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

America the Philosophical

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.

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The Takeaway

And You Call Yourself an American?

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lidia Bastianich’s Italy in America

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jeff Sharlet on Faith in America

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Our Patchwork Nation

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Van Jones' American Dream

Friday, July 08, 2011

Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Obama administration green jobs advisor Van Jones talks about his new project "Rebuild the Dream."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Noah Webster, Forgotten Founding Father

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.

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Studio 360

Commentary: Inspirational Irony

Saturday, November 29, 2003

For a few months a couple of years ago it became conventional wisdom that, in this culture, irony was over. But Studio 360's Kurt Andersen says things have changed.

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Studio 360

Commentary: Tuning Out

Saturday, November 01, 2003

For decades Americans looked to television for automatic entertainment. But, as Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen was excited to learn, TV these days doesn’t have such a tight grip on us.

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Studio 360

Celluloid Suburbia

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Kurt Andersen and an all-star cast of performers and writers decode the universe of leafy cul de sacs, backyard barbeques, and aspiring garage bands — The Suburbs.

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Studio 360

American Effect

Saturday, September 27, 2003

A show at the Whitney Museum in New York gathered works by nearly 50 artists from 30 countries. It's called The American Effect. Sarah Lilley went to find out exactly what that means.

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Studio 360

Commentary: Culture as Product

Saturday, September 20, 2003

The American economy may be going through a rough patch, but our zeal for the marketplace hasn’t flagged. And as Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen noticed recently, the selling of culture is a serious business.

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Studio 360

Commentary: Just a $10 Word For Euphemism

Saturday, August 16, 2003

The American public treasures its right to free speech. If that’s so, Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen asks, why do we beat around the bush so much?

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Commentary: Re-vamp, Re-use, Re-run

Saturday, July 19, 2003

Americans have grown accustomed to separating bottles and milk cartons from the rest of their trash. Recycling is now second nature, but Studio 360's Kurt Andersen says it may be time to stop — sort of.

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Studio 360

Liars Contest

Saturday, June 21, 2003

Champion liar Bil Lepp is a man who has the distinction of being named 5 times as West Virginia's Biggest Liar. He says. Produced by Trey Kay.

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Studio 360

TV & The Law

Saturday, June 07, 2003

Most of us know the inside of a courtroom not through experience but through reading novels, or watching movies and television. Jacquie Gales Webb tracks the evolution of TV law — to see how those dramas compare with the real thing.

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Studio 360

Commentary: The Po-Mo Name Game

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.

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Studio 360

Commentary: Stereotype Outta Water

Saturday, May 10, 2003

Americans talk about race in fits and starts. But, Studio 360's Kurt Andersen has noticed today's filmmakers and creative thinkers are not shy about addressing race relations.

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