Winston Churchill

Freakonomics Radio

The Man Who Would Be Everything

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Boris Johnson -- mayor of London, biographer of Churchill, cheese-box painter and tennis-racket collector -- answers our FREAK-quently Asked Questions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mayor of London Geeks Out About Churchill

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The world does need another book about Winston Churchill. Boris Johnson explains why the British Bulldog continues to enthrall us -- and why he'd like to be an elephant seal.

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Freakonomics Radio

Who Owns the Words That Come Out of Your Mouth?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

From this week's Freakonomics: "I used 3,872 words of Winston Churchill’s in the book. And that cost me £950, which is roughly 40 cents a word."

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The Political Playwright Rolf Hochhuth Assails the Catholic Church for 'Immoral Inaction'

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Chaos rules at this rowdy 1964 meeting of the Overseas Press Club. The guest panel includes Catholic Church critic, Rolf Hochhuth, and a Catholic Church official. 

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Fighting Words: Churchill's Granddaughter Offers a Model for Leadership

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A new exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum called “Churchill:  The Power of Words,” which showcased his long, celebrated career as a statesman, writer, and orator, opened on Friday. The show kicked off with a lecture by Churchill’s granddaughter, The Hon. Celia Sandys.


The Takeaway

How History May Judge Obama in Crisis

Friday, August 19, 2011

Winston Churchill will always be remembered for his handling of the Axis powers in World War II; President George W. Bush and Rudy Giuliani are inextricably linked to their responses to 9/11. Many world leaders are known best for actions they took in times of great crises. For our nation's current leader, the history books are still being written, and a second presidential term is a possibility. We wanted to preview what history may say of President Obama’s handling of the social, economic and military crises that have so far marked his first term in office. How will future generations remember him?

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The Takeaway

Churchillian Advice for President Obama

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Not long after Barack Obama became President of the United States, a bust of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was removed from the Oval Office and replaced with a bust of Abraham Lincoln. During his campaign, President Obama was often compared to Lincoln by pundits. But is it possible Churchill has more to teach the President?

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The Takeaway

70th Anniversary of the Battle Of Britain and Churchill's Famous Speech

Friday, August 20, 2010

On August 20, 1940 Adolf Hitler and his Nazi army looked unstoppable. With the United States still remaining neutral in the war, Great Britain was the soul protector of Europe. The country was being constantly bombarded by German air raids, and morale was low when UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill took the microphone and uttered these famous words: Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few



Today in History: Winston Churchill

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Churchill on the campus grounds of Westminster College with President Harry Truman March 5, 1946.

Churchill on the campus grounds of Westminster College with President Harry Truman March 5, 1946.

On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill delivered a speech, 'Sinews of Peace', at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. In it, he uttered the famous metaphor, 'the iron curtain', that resonated for decades and has recently been resurrected to discuss the current economic crisis in Europe.

'From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.