Frederick Douglass and July 4th

Saturday, July 05, 2014

With the American History Guys


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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Top Five Classical Takes on Patriotic Songs

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Composers from Stravinsky to Puccini and Ives have reinterpreted American patriotic anthems. In honor of Independence Day, here are five of our favorite classical takes on classic American songs.


Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

Fighting American Anti-Semitism After the Holocaust

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Beginning in 1947, Jewish and secular civic groups formed the Citizens Committee on Displaced Persons in a public campaign to liberalize U.S. immigration quotas, with the hope that many more Holocaust survivors would be permitted to settle in America.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Be An American

Thursday, April 05, 2012

What does it mean to be American today, and what will it mean in the future? Give us a call 212-433-9692 or post here!

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The Takeaway

Abraham Verghese: A Place to Call Home

Monday, January 02, 2012

Dr. Abraham Verghese first joined The Takeaway as part of the "My America" series. Verghese was raised in Ethiopia, by parents from India. He immigrated to the U.S. in the 1980s for a medical residency, and then to rural Tennessee treat gay men afflicted with HIV. Later, he became a professor at Stanford University Medical School and the author of the best-sellers, "My Own Country" and "Cutting for Stone."


The Takeaway

My America: John Turturro

Friday, July 08, 2011

All this week, we’ve been talking with influential Americans about what patriotism and America means to them. We’re calling the series "My America." We’re wrapping up the series today, with actor, writer, and director John Turturro. Famous for his roles in movies like “Do the Right Thing,” “Barton Fink,” “The Big Labowski,” and the “Transformers” trilogy, Turturro's newest film is called "Passione."


The Takeaway

My America: Abraham Verghese

Thursday, July 07, 2011

All week, we’ve been speaking with influential Americans about what patriotism and America means to them as part of our series "My America." Today’s guest is Dr. Abraham Verghese, professor of the theory and practice of medicine at Stanford University Medical School, and best-selling author of "My Own Country: A Doctor's Story" and "Cutting for Stone."


The Takeaway

My America: Alexandra Pelosi and Michiel Vos

Monday, July 04, 2011

In honor of July 4th we’re talking with influential Americans all week about what patriotism and America means to them. We’re calling the series “My America.” Today’s guests have views on America that are informed as much by their work as journalists as by their personal lives.

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The Takeaway

My America: Kirsten Gillibrand

Tuesday, June 28, 2011



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Studio 360

Commentary: Amateur Spirit

Saturday, July 06, 2002

This weekend, Americans are thinking a lot about freedom and independence. Studio 360's Kurt Andersen says there's an important part of the American spirit that often gets a bad rap.


What America Means to Me

Gordon Dean

Friday, January 13, 1950

Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission quotes Walt Whitman.


What America Means to Me

Hoyt S. Vandenberg

Wednesday, January 11, 1950

The potential date with Marylin Monroe speaks about keeping peace with strength, and safeguarding freedom with power and foresight.


What America Means to Me

Eric Johnston

Sunday, January 01, 1950

The MPAA chief speaks about America's defining characteristic: "The chance to have a chance."