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The Embrace of Unreason in France Leading Up to WWII

Monday, June 09, 2014

Frederick Brown tells the story of France in the decades leading up to World War II. The Embrace of Unreason: France 1914-1940 shows through how the French intelligentsia turned away from the humanistic traditions and ideals of the Enlightenment in favor of submission to authority, patriotism, militarism, and xenophobia. Brown sees the Paris World’s Fair of 1937 as the  perfect representation of Europe’s cultural doomsday, featuring two enormous pavilions, the first built by Nazi Germany, the second by Soviet Russia.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Economics and Government, Poetry and Politics

Monday, June 09, 2014

On today’s show: two editors at The Economist explain why we need to reimagine  the role of government. We’ll get a preview of Poets House’s annual Bridgewalk, where poets walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, reciting poems about New York along the way. Cristina Henriquez talks about her new novel, The Book of Unknown Americans. And we’ll find out why the French intelligentsia turned toward militarism and xenophobia in the decades leading up to World War II.

Radiolab

Big Moments Get Less Weighty: Whatever Happened To Stiff Paper?

Sunday, June 08, 2014

It's no big deal. It shouldn't matter. I just realized that something that's been around forever, that I grew up with, took for granted and used all the time, is slowly vanishing. Now that it's going, I suddenly care and want it back again, back in my hands so I ...

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When One Of New York's Glitterati Married A 'Quadroon'

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The 1924 marriage and separation of Leonard "Kip" Rhinelander, member of the New York glitterati, and Alice Jones became perhaps the most examined interracial relationship in our nation's history.

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All Things Considered

One Day At Normandy Sent Ripples Across Two Veterans' Lives

Friday, June 06, 2014

Ralph Frias and Eugene Levine, two veterans, speak about the D-Day landings in Normandy 70 years ago. They offer stories and relate what it was like to take part in a day that changed the world.

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All Things Considered

D-Day On Tape: Listen To A Report From The Landing As It Happened

Friday, June 06, 2014

Audie Cornish shares archival tape from BBC reporter Colin Wills, who had been embedded with British troops as they came ashore on D-Day.

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Rabbi: American Jews Should Not Worry About Anti-Semitism

Friday, June 06, 2014

A new survey from the Anti-Defamation League estimates that nearly one in 10 Americans are prejudiced against Jews. But Rabbi Eric Yoffie says American anti-Semitism is not a real threat.

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The Takeaway

Reuniting 'Band of Brothers' for D-Day

Friday, June 06, 2014

As the world pauses today, first hand accounts of the events D-Day continue to slip away from our national collective memory. Eric Jendresen, lead writer and supervising producer for Band of Brothers, tells the story of one company.

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Morning Edition

World Leaders Mark 70 Years Since The Day That Saved The World

Friday, June 06, 2014

In Normandy, France, President Obama is among the world leaders taking part in ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

American Spymaster Jack Devine, the Man Behind Charlie Wilson's War

Friday, June 06, 2014

He recalls his more than 30 years in the agency, rising to become the acting deputy director of operations

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All Things Considered

Mississippi Marks 50 Years Since History-Changing 'Freedom Summer'

Thursday, June 05, 2014

After decades of trying to ignore the turbulent summer of 1964, when a campaign to register black voters was met with violent resistance, Mississippi is now embracing its history.

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'Guns Kept People Alive' During The Civil Rights Movement

Thursday, June 05, 2014

In his book, This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible, former activist Charles Cobb Jr. says weapons kept people and communities safe during that era.

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The Takeaway

Voting Rights 50 Years After Mississippi's Freedom Summer

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton helped organize and lead the Mississippi Freedom Summer movement, which began 50 years ago this month. She reflects on the volunteer's accomplishments, the movement's confrontation with President Lyndon Johnson, and the state of voting rights today. 

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Morning Edition

Chester Nez, Last Of Navajo Code Talkers, Dies At 93

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Chester Nez of Albuquerque, N.M., was among 29 tribal members who developed an unbreakable code that helped win World War II. He was 93 and the last of the original U.S. Marine Code Talkers.

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The Modest Bus Station At The Center Of A World-Changing Confrontation

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The former Greyhound depot was the site of one of the darkest moments of the civil rights movement — and altered its course.

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The Takeaway

How Detroit & Henry Ford Helped Win WWII

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In 1941, Detroit answered the call of the nation - and ultimately the world - when Henry Ford and his son Edsel were asked to deliver 50,000 airplanes. The scale of production of military technology in WWII radically transformed Detroit and the Ford Family.

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In Ireland, A Macabre Discovery At Old Home For Unwed Mothers

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The bodies of almost 800 children were discovered in an unmarked septic tank. The facility was run by nuns from 1925-1961.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Final Days of the Soviet Union

Monday, June 02, 2014

The narrative that the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War was linked to the triumph of democratic values over communism has persisted in American public discourse for decades, but a prize-winning historian says the collapse didn’t have much to do with the United States.

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The Takeaway

How's Your English? Celebrating Grammatical Sins

Monday, June 02, 2014

Ammon Shea's new book, "Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation," is a celebration of grammatical sins of sorts. He says that new words, with new meanings and new rules of grammar, are all just signs of a healthy thriving language.

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'Harvest Of Shame': Farm Workers Struggle With Poverty 50 Years On

Monday, June 02, 2014

The documentary Harvest of Shame was revolutionary in its raw portrayal of poverty amongst migrant farm workers. NPR's Elizabeth Blair discusses the film's legacy and the state of migrant work today.

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