Talking History: Shows from 1999

American Century
A talk with historians Dennis Mihelich, Eileen Dugan and host Bryan LeBeau about events of the past century.

Airdate: December 27, 1999

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    Op-ed by James Gilbert about the teaching of evolution in the 21st century.

Apocalyptic Jesus
A talk with author Bart Erhman on his book, Jesus: Prophet of the New Millennium.

Airdate: December 20, 1999

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    The program contains a collage of thoughts about Christmas from people around town.

George Washington on the bicentennial of his death
A talk with author Paul Longmore.

Airdate: December 13, 1999

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    Op-ed by Robert Dalzell on George Washington's thoughts on slavery and what happened to his slaves when he died.

Standing Bear Part II
A talk with musician and composer Brent Michael Davids on his music.

Airdate: December 6, 1999

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    The program contains music composed by Davids and includes an aria from the new opera.

Standing Bear-The Opera
A talk with Opera Omaha's Jane Hill about writing the libretto for the new opera on the trial of Standing Bear.

Airdate: November 29, 1999

A talk with author John Seelye.

Airdate: November 22, 1999

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    Op-ed by William Truettner on Mythical Old New England.

El Salvador
A talk with Rev. Dean Brackley, S.J., on the anniversary of the death of six Jesuits in El Salvador.

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Op-ed by Diana Jean Schemo of The New York Times on her recent examination of military dictatorships.

Veterans Day
A talk with Doris Weatherford.

Airdate: November 8, 1999

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    Op-ed by Michael Kelley titled, "Unraveling the Myth of Vietnam Veterans Suicide." Kelley is a Vietnam veteran and artist.

Sea Monsters
A talk with author Richard Ellis.

Airdate: November 1, 1999

Grandier Witch Trial
A talk with Robert Rapley.

Airdate: October 25, 1999

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    Op-ed by Walter Stephens, author of Demon Lovers, Witchcraft and Belief.

World Series
A talk with baseball historian Ben Rader.

Airdate: October 18, 1999

Columbus' Millennium Vision
A talk with author and historian Pauline Moffitt Watts.

Airdate: October 11, 1999

Age of the Bachelor
A talk with Howard Chudacoff.

Airdate: October 4, 1999

A talk with author Janet Gleason about the intriguing history of porcelain.

Airdate: September 27, 1999

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    Op-ed by Henry Ryan on whether we are headed for a Cold War with China.

Overrated and Underrated
A talk with Richard Snow, editor in chief of American Heritage magazine about its list of overrated and underrated people place and things in history.

Airdate: September 20, 1999

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    Op-ed by Jonathan Coopersmith assessing the importance of Apollo 11 and its legacy. Coopersmith is a professor of the history of technology at Texas A&M.

Fairy Tales
A talk with Jack Zipes.

Airdate: September 13, 1999

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    Op-ed by David Parker on illusions in the Wizard of Oz.

Labor Day
A talk with Jacqueline Jones.

Airdate: September 6, 1999

Film & History
A talk with Robert Rosenstone.

Airdate: August 30, 1999

A talk with Park Honan.

Airdate: August 23, 1999

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    Op-ed by Daniel Wright on who really wrote the works of Shakespeare.

Medieval Pastimes
A talk with Compton Reeves.

Airdate: August 16, 1999

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    Op-ed by Ryan Dunch titled "Bombings, Blood Debts and Suspicions."

Nixon's Resignation
A talk with Stanley Kutler.

Airdate: August 9, 1999

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    Op-ed by Bruce Schulman on the tapes made by other presidents.

United Nations
A talk with Paul Diehl.

Airdate: August 2, 1999

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    Op-ed by Tom Weiss on the relationship between the U.S. and the UN.

Islamic Fundamentalism
A talk with John Esposito.

Airdate: July 26, 1999

Daimler Benz
A talk with Neil Gregor.

Airdate: July 19, 1999

A talk with Kevin Baker.

Airdate: July 12, 1999

Victorian Internet
A talk with author Tom Standage.

Airdate: July 5, 1999

The Meaning of Freedom
A talk with Eric Foner.

Airdate: June 28, 1999

Professor and the Mad Man
A talk about the Oxford English Dictionary with Simon Windchester.

Airdate: June 21, 1999

Memorial Day
A talk with Peter Karsten.

Airdate: May 31, 1999

Religion of Technology
A talk with David Noble.

Airdate: May 24, 1999

Asian Basin Crises
A talk with Robert Wade.

Airdate: May 17, 1999

A talk with author and historian William Carol.

Airdate: May 10, 1999

Who Lost Russia
A talk with Peter Rutland.

Airdate: May 3, 1999

Gospel of Germs
A talk with author Nancy Tomes on history of cleanliness.

Airdate: April 26, 1999

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    Op-ed by Dr. David Rosner of Columbia University's History of Public Health Department on how far public health has come in the past 200 years.

Anniversary of Berlin Airlift
A talk with Douglas Brinkley

Airdate: April 19, 1999

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    Op-ed by SAFE pilot, Roger Miller, on the extraordinary effort by pilots during the Berlin Airlift.

Earth Day
A talk with Linda Lear, author of Rachel Carson: Witness for Nature

Airdate: April 12, 1999

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    Op-ed by Joseph Taylor, environmental history professor at Iowa State University on whether Earth Day was successful.

When Swing Was Really King
A talk with Louis Ehrenberg, professor of history at Loyola University of Chicago.

Airdate: April 4, 1999

History of Unrest in the Balkans
A talk with Susan Woodward of the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution.

Airdate: March 29, 1999

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    Op-ed that follows up on the interview about the unrest in the Balkans, presented by Rasma Karklins, professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago

A talk with Margo Anderson.

Airdate: March 22, 1999

Post-1969 Ireland
A talk with historian Sean McDougal about the recent troubles in Ireland and the prospects for peace.

Airdate: March 15, 1999

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    The program contains a poetry reading by internationally-known poet, Eamonn Wall.

Immigrant Women
A talk with historian Donna Gabaccia.

Airdate: March 8, 1999

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    Op-ed by Washington Post deputy editorial page editor Steven Rosenfeld on the suffering of civilians in the many wars that have plagued the world during this century.

A talk with author Richard Ellis.

Airdate: March 1, 1999

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    The program also contains an op-ed by historian Robert Mutch on the history of fundraising scandals.

Black History
A look back at slavery in an interview with Ira Berlin, professor of history at the the University of Maryland and author of several award winning books on slavery, including his latest Many Thousand Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America.

Airdate: February 22, 1999

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    The op-ed is by Howard Jones, on whether congress should offer an apology for slavery. Jones is author of Mutiny on the Amistad which provided historical background for the film, Amistad.

President's Day
A look at the history of presidential impeachment in an interview with Ross K. Baker, professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and the author of several books including American Government.

Airdate: February 15, 1999

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    The-op-ed is by Daniel Szechi. It talks about how government figures of the past were removed from office in other countries.

Mardi Gras
A look at the wildest revelry of the year, Mardi Gras, in an interview with Reid Mitchell, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland.

Airdate: February 8, 1999

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    Op-ed by John Andrew, professor of history at Franklin and Marshall College, looks at tax reform.

Pirates: Under the Black Flag
An interview with David Cordingly, author of Under the Black Flag: The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates, on the romantic notions and myths about pirates.

Airdate: February 1, 1999

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    The op-ed talks about female pirates is by Dianne Dugaw, professor of English at the University of Oregon.

Myths of the Gunfighter, Part 4
An interview about Billy the Kid, with Robert Utley, one of the country's most prominent western historians and author of several books including; High Noon in Lincoln, Violence on the Western Frontier and Billy the Kid: A Short and Violent Life.

Airdate: January 26, 1999

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    The op-ed is about tourism and the legends of the West by Hal Rothman professor of history at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas who is the author of Devils Bargains: Tourism in the 20th Century American West.

Myths of the Gunfighter, Part 3
An interview about Wyatt Earp with Casey Tefertiller, author of the critically acclaimed book, Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend.

Airdate: January 19, 1999

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    The op-ed is on the shoot-out at the OK Corral, by Allen Barra, author of Inventing Wyatt Earp.

Myths of the Gunfighter, Part 2
An interview about Jesse James with Marely Brandt, author of Jesse James: The Man and the Myth.

Airdate: January 12, 1999

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    The op-ed on the reality of gunplay in the old west is by historian Clare McKanna, author of Race and Justice in the American West.

Myths of the Gunfighter, Part 1
An interview with Richard Slotkin, author of Gunfighter Nation, about the rise to popularity of the gunfighter in American popular culture. Slotkin is the Olin Professor of American Studies at Weslyan University.

Airdate: January 4, 1999

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    The op-ed on the reality of how many were actually killed in gun battles in the old west is provided by Richard Etulain, professor of history and director of the Center for the American West at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of The American West and Reimagining the Modern American West.