To the Best of Our Knowledge

Geoffrey Chaucer, Detective

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Medievalist Bruce Holsinger writes historical fiction starring some names familiar to English majors -- Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower.  They were poets but in Holsinger's novels they also deal in secrets.


The Takeaway

X-Rays Reveal Secrets of Ancient Scrolls

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A team of researchers have used x-ray technology to see, for the first time, the ancient texts inside the scrolls damaged by lava during the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. 

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Listener Calls

Friday, September 26, 2014

With the American History Guys


The Leonard Lopate Show

Money, the Media, and Elections; Why the Classics Matter; Margaret Atwood; Re-electing President Obama

Monday, September 16, 2013

On today’s show: political journalist John Nichols talks about how the money we spend on political campaigns has come to define our elections and our democracy. We’ll find out why ancient Greek and Roman history still matters. Margaret Atwood discusses her latest novel, MaddAddam, which concludes her dystopian trilogy. Richard Wolffe takes us behind the scenes of President Obama’s re-election campaign to explain how marketers and admakers shaped his winning strategy.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Why the Classics Matter

Monday, September 16, 2013

Classicist Mary Beard talks about Greek and Roman history and why it still matters. In Confronting the Classics, she explores our rich classical heritage—from Greek drama to Roman jokes, from Alexander the Great to the great writers Thucydides, Cicero.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, I Want My Happy Ending Edition

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner wrap their brains around physicist Brian Greene’s new Nova television series The Fabric of the Cosmos. Next, they discuss the new fairy-tale inspired television