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Unburying the Secret History of Slaves  July 11, 2007

The legacy of slavery left behind many complicated stories, relationships and places – including unmarked cemeteries. While researching her family history, author and activist China Galland uncovered such a cemetery in East Texas. We’ll explore slavery’s difficult history and the …

American Food and Drink  July 11, 2007

When did American Cuisine begin and where is it headed? Ask Andrew F. Smith. He’s written about turkeys, popcorn, ketchup, and junk food. He serves as the Chair of The Culinary Trust and teaches culinary history at the New School …

A Do-it-Yourself Guide to Placemaking  July 10, 2007

Do you love your neighborhood? Consider yourself lucky. As society becomes more centered on the individual, many worry that neighborhoods are becoming less… well neighborly. Jay Walljasper, Senior Fellow of the Project for Public Spaces, hopes to reverse that trend. …

A Doctor’s Experience in War  July 10, 2007

Is the military running short on doctors in Iraq and Afghanistan? According to Mother Jones Magazine, the U.S. Army has only 4,200 physicians on active duty worldwide. We’ll spend this hour with Dr. Kevin Patterson, an emergency room doctor who …

The Other Alamo  July 9, 2007

Remember the Alamo? Of course you do. But what about Goliad? Just weeks after the more famous battle in present-day downtown San Antonio, Goliad marked the deaths of more than 340 Texans and the nadir in the struggle for independence …

One Man’s Desperate Attempt to Recapture His Youth as a Camp Counselor  July 9, 2007

What would you do to celebrate the end of your single years? Throw yourself a bachelor or bachelorette party? Go skydiving? Not so for Josh Wolk. To celebrate his transition to the married life, Josh decided to go back to …

Art and War  July 6, 2007

How are art and war related? During World War II, the Nazi’s looted European art treasures by the thousands. Author and film producer Robert M. Edsel tells the story of this theft and the subsequent Allied recovery in his book …

Less Desirable People: Racism and the Politics of Immigration  July 5, 2007

How does the current immigration debate in North Texas compare with the climate in the early 20th Century? We’ll spend the hour with Michael Phillips, author of “White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in Dallas, 1841-2001″ (University of Texas Press). …

The Controversial Story of Medicine’s Greatest Lifesaver  July 5, 2007

Last month the U.S. Federal Claims Court began hearings concerning alleged links between vaccines and autism. How can vaccination, a procedure that has saved millions of lives be so controversial? We’ll discuss the case and the history of vaccination with …

Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying (Potomac Books, 2006)  July 3, 2007

From the archives: Should countries spy on each other? Should our government spy on us? We examined the spy game, its benefits and detriments in May with James M. Olson. Olson teaches at Texas AandM University, but before that he …

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