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Trials, technology, and a historian's detective work are discussed by Chairman William R. Ferris and Benjamin Ray.
How the new Oxford History of the British Empire gives voice to both colonizers and the colonized is discussed by Wm. Roger Louis and NEH Chairman William R. Ferris.
James Veninga, former director of the Texas council, talks with NEH Chairman William R. Ferris about renewing civic life.
Jefferson Lecturer James M. McPherson talks with NEH Chairman William R. Ferris about the Civil War and the long shadows it still casts over the American landscape.
NEH Chairman William R. Ferris talks with Boston teacher Nancy Methelis about confronting controversy in a classic novel.
Historian Adele Logan Alexander talks with NEH Chairman William R. Ferris about the rise of a resolute African American family and its service to the nation.
J.P. Morgan biographer Jean Strouse talks with NEH Chairman William Ferris about the man who collected corporations and Old Masters with equal vigor.
Historian David Hackett Fischer talks about the importance of regional identity.
Blues legend B.B. King talks about his life, career, the meaning of the blues, and of course, his guitar Lucille.
1999 Jefferson Lecturer Caroline Walker Bynum talks about the legacy of the Middle Ages to the present day.
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