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War Criminal?

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Late in lafe, former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara admitted the Vietnam War was a huge mistake, but he always avoided questions of personal responsibility. Docmentary filmmaker Errol Morris reflects on McNamara's struggle with his own conscience.

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Surviving Auschwitz, And Life Afterwards

Friday, April 17, 2015

Goran Rosenberg tells the story of his father, who survived the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and whose final challenge was to survive the survival. 

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Hillary's Campaign. A Star Trek Captain. Investigating Seafood.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Is Hillary and good at running for President? Kate Mulgrew! The French community that saved thousands in WW2. Did slaves catch your seafood?

The Takeaway

New Film Chronicles Fight to Reclaim Stolen Nazi Art

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"Woman in Gold," which stars Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, tells the story of a Klimt painting stolen by the Nazis, and of the legal battle to get the painting back.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Amazon Drones, State Secrets, and Stolen Nazi Art

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Takeaway explores a new delivery service being pushed by Amazon, a new memoir on the hydrogen bomb, and a film the chronicles the story of a stolen work of art.

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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Tribute: Martin Gilbert

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Martin Gilbert is ranked as one of the most prolific historian in his field: he penned some 90 books! He died at 78, and you can still hear some of his interviews with Leonard here.

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Radiolab

Buttons Not Buttons

Friday, December 12, 2014

A quartet of buttons that may just leave you stuck, rich, ugly, or dead. Confused? Push the button marked “Play”.
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Fleeing Vichy France and Leaving an Art Collection to be Stolen by Nazis

Friday, November 28, 2014

Anne Sinclair tells the story of her grandfather, who fled Vichy France in 1940, saving his family but leaving behind his gallery and collection of works by Monet, Cézanne, and others. 

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The Takeaway

The Unusual Story of WWII Code-Breaker Alan Turing

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The film "The Imitation Game" opens this weekend and tells the story about the mathematician Alan Turing, who helped break Nazi coded messages but was punished for his homosexuality.  

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How America Became a Safe Haven for Nazis after WWII

Friday, November 14, 2014

Investigative reporter Eric Lichtblau tells how some Nazis received help and protection from the U.S. government—and were hired by the CIA, FBI, and the military.

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BackStory

Friendship Out of Fallout

Friday, November 07, 2014

With the American History Guys

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The Private Life of Heinrich Himmler

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Nazi SS Commander perpetrated some of the worst atrocities of World War II. Yet a recently discovered cache of his letters and photos show he was also a loving husband and father.

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A Family Memoir of Art and War

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Anne Sinclair tells the story of her grandfather, who fled Vichy France in 1940, saving his family but leaving behind his gallery and collection of works by Monet, Cézanne, and others. 

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The Spy Who Infiltrated NY’s Nazi Underground

Monday, July 28, 2014

In the most successful counterespionage operation in U.S. history, German-American William G. Sebold became the FBI’s first double agent, spearheading a covert mission to report on a spy ring in the days leading up to World War II.

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The War That Gave Us 'Cooties'

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Patricia T. O’Conner looks at the words invented during World War I—like blimp, doughboy, even cooties.

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FDR, Detroit, and Arming America During World War II

Monday, June 23, 2014

In 1941 President Roosevelt realized we needed weaponry to fight the Nazis—most important, airplanes—so he turned to Detroit and the auto industry for help. The Ford Motor Company went from making automobiles to producing the airplanes, which made all the difference between winning and losing the war. A. J. Baim discusses how they did it. His book The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm and America at Warcenters on Henry Ford and his tortured son Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, made an outrageous claim: Ford Motor Company would build a plant that could make a “bomber an hour.”  

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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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Writer Stefan Zweig in Exile

Monday, May 05, 2014

By the 1930s, Stefan Zweig had become the most widely translated living author in the world, but after Hitler rose to power, Zweig became an increasingly isolated exile, and in 1942, he killed himself. Biographer George Prochnik tells his story.

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Soundcheck

Pick Three: Author Francine Prose

Friday, May 02, 2014

The acclaimed author shares a playlist of songs that helped her get into her characters' heads while writing her latest novel. 

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