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The Leonard Lopate Show

How One Isolated French Town Saved 3,500 Jews during WWII

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A community of men and women living in the upper reaches of the Loire Valley offered sanctuary, kindness, solidarity and hospitality, knowing full well the consequences to themselves.

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The Takeaway

Missing WWII Airmen Buried After 70 Years

Monday, March 02, 2015

Decades after World War II, the remains of nine missing U.S. military airmen are finally coming home from New Guinea. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Finding A Secret Family History, Piecing Together A Stranger

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Years after her grandfather’s death, Sarah Wildman stumbled upon a cache of family documents from prewar Vienna. One woman’s letters stood out: her grandfather’s true love.

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The Takeaway

Last Surviving Hiroshima Bomber Dies

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The last member of the U.S. crew that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima during World War II has died. Theodore Van Kirk was 93-years-old. As a 24-year-old, Van Kirk was the navigator of the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress that dropped the world’s first atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

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The Takeaway

Feminist Icons: From Rosie the Riveter to Beyoncé

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Just how flawless of an icon was "Rosie" herself?  And is it time we put aside the propaganda and found some new feminist icons? 

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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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The Takeaway

Exploring D-Day’s Underwater Secrets 70 Years On

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

D-Day was the largest military operation of its kind. As the 70th anniversary of this epic battle approaches, The Takeaway considers the extraordinary technology and engineering that contributed to the ultimate success of the invasion.

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The Takeaway

Tracing An Ill-Fated Voyage to Escape the Nazis

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Today marks the 75th anniversary of a ship setting sail. It's a ship you probably haven't heard of, but one that tells an important and dark story about our country's past.

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The Takeaway

Colin Firth on Torture & 'The Railway Man'

Friday, April 11, 2014

Actor Colin Firth discusses his new film “The Railway Man,” which tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Lessons of 1945

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ian Buruma, author and professor of human rights and journalism at Bard College, looks at how Europe and Asia rebuilt after the war's devastation to people, infrastructure and institutions in his new book Year Zero: A History of 1945 (Penguin Press, 2013).

→Ian Baruma will talk about Year Zero with Martin Amis tomorrow at NYPL.  

 

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Schoolbook

World War II Through the Eyes of Student Historians

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A museum exhibit on World War II occupies a very natural habitat this summer: historic Governors Island. The photography and propaganda exhibit was entirely curated by students from the New York Historical Society's internship program.

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The Takeaway

World War II ‘Night Witch’ Dies at 91

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Soviet Union’s first all-women division of fighter-pilots in World War II were called "Night Witches" by the Nazis because their plywood and canvas airplanes sounded like witches’ broomsticks, and because they carried out their raids exclusively at night. Nadezhda Popova flew 852 missions with the group. She died last week at the age of 91. Author Amy Goodpaster Strebe explains Popova's legacy, and the forgotten  history of these courageous women fighter pilots.

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WQXR Blog

Behind The Vienna Philharmonic's Nazi Past

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Why did so many members of the Vienna Philharmonic join the Nazi party in the 1930s? The lead historian behind the recent report offers some clues.

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WQXR Blog

Vienna Philharmonic Reveals Nazi Past in New Report

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Almost half of the musicians in the Vienna Philharmonic during World War II were members of the Nazi party, and 13 members were driven out for being Jewish or married to Jews.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Walter Murch on the Work of Curzio Malaparte

Monday, November 12, 2012

Film editor Walter Murch, discusses translating the work of Curzio Malaparte, an Italian of German heritage who was a journalist, dramatic, novelist and diplomat whose writing attacked totalitarianism and Hitler’s reign. As a correspondent for Corriere della Sera, the Milan daily, he wrote dispatches of the war in the early 1940s that were suppressed by the Italian government, but reverberated among readers. Murch translated and adapted Malaparte into prose or blank verse poems in The Bird that Swallowed Its Cage; The Selected Writings of Curzio Malaparte.

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On The Media

An Apology for Reporter Edward Kennedy

Friday, May 11, 2012

This week Tom Curley, the president and CEO of the Associated Press, apologized on behalf of the AP for the way the organization handled the firing of a reporter named Edward Kennedy. In 1945, Kennedy broke a US government embargo and filed a story about the German surrender in Europe. Bob speaks with Curley about why he decided to apologize now, 67 years after Kennedy was dismissed.

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The Takeaway

Madeleine Albright on History, Identity and American Power

Friday, May 04, 2012

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has spent her career working on complicated issues of history, ethnic identity, and governance, but she didn't realize the complexity of her own identity until the age of 59. In 1997, as the Clinton Administration vetted then-Ambassador Albright for the Secretary of State position, Albright discovered that most of her family was Jewish — and that many of her relatives perished in the Holocaust. That realization provided the impetus for her new book, "Prague Winter."

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The Takeaway

The End of US Dual Ocean Navy Defense?

Friday, January 06, 2012

Congress and Franklin Roosevelt's administration passed the Two-Ocean Navy Act in 1940, during World War II. Since then, the nation’s domestic military defense has been based on a simultaneous naval defense on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But with the announcement Thursday of an eight percent decrease in U.S. military spending, there was also the tacit understanding that naval fleets will be redirected to the Pacific Ocean to act as a buffer between China and the United States West Coast.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

On the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Steven Gillon, professor of history at the University of Oklahoma, author of Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation Into War, and resident historian for the History Channel, talks about the ensuing 24 hours and takes calls from WWII veterans.

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The Takeaway

Japanese American WWII Veterans Look Back on Pearl Harbor

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Seventy years ago today, Japan attacked a naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, killing and wounding thousands of Americans. The enemy might have been Japan, but in the American melting pot there were many Japanese faces. The Pearl Harbor inspired solidarity in America soon gave way to distrust and a staggering suspension of the U.S. Constitution. "War Relocation Camps" for 100,000 Japanese-Americans were set up, and entire families of American citizens were forced to halt their lives and move. Some of those relocated Japanese-Americans petitioned the U.S. to serve in combat as a way of demonstrating their loyalty. The petitions were accepted, and soon Japanese-Americans were fighting as both volunteers and drafted servicemen.

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