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2023  •  2022  •  2021  •  2020

‘The Best American Writer You’ve Never Heard Of’: A Tribute to Charles Portis
May 17, 2023

Small Miracles: The Stories of Bernard Malamud
April 20, 2023

Back to the Future Is Female!
March 15, 2023

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
February 15, 2023

Ordinary Heroes: Bruce Catton’s Civil War Masterpiece
January 18, 2023


The Unknown Kerouac
November 14, 2022

Lying and Politics: The Relevance of Hannah Arendt
October 20, 2022

A Celebration of Oscar Hijuelos
September 15, 2022

A Tribute to Gary Snyder
July 20, 2022

Fiddler on the Roof on Stage and Screen
June 29, 2022

The Heart of American Poetry, with Edward Hirsch
June 1, 2022

Maxine Hong Kingston and Viet Thanh Nguyen
May 18, 2022

Our Town for Our Time
May 3, 2022

World War II Memoirs: The Pacific Theater
March 16, 2022

Filming Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred, with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
February 24, 2022

Vonnegut at 100, with Robert Weide
January 25, 2022


American Christmas Stories
December 15, 2021

Rediscovering Rachel Carson
November 22, 2021

Burning Boy: Paul Auster on the Extraordinary Life and Work of Stephen Crane
October 28, 2021

Virginia Hamilton and the Transformation of American Children’s Literature
October 6, 2021

The Light in the Piazza: From Page to Stage
July 14, 2021

On Extended Wings: American Birds and American Writing
June 17, 2021

Joan Didion: The Art of Storytelling
May 19, 2021

E. O. Wilson: An Earth Day Tribute
April 22, 2021

Richard Wright’s The Man Who Lived Underground
April 15, 2021

The Great American Western on Page and Screen
March 30, 2021

Women’s Liberation! Feminist Writings That Inspired a Revolution and Still Can
March 18, 2021

Reading James Baldwin Now: Gabrielle Bellot on If Beale Street Could Talk
March 3, 2021

Poet of the People: The Greatness of Langston Hughes
February 18, 2021

American Democracy: The Task Before Us
January 27, 2021


Peanuts at 70
December 16, 2020

The Genius of Hemingway: Robert W. Trogdon, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein
December 2, 2020

The Nineteenth Amendment Turns 100: A New Look at Women’s Suffrage
November 19, 2020 (video not available)

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
October 29, 2020

The Paranoid Style in American Politics: Hofstadter in the Time of Trump
October 13, 2020

Reading James Baldwin Now: Eddie Glaude Jr., on “The White Man’s Guilt”
September 23, 2020

Abraham Lincoln and the Crisis of Presidential Succession, with Ted Widmer
September 10, 2020

It’s a New World, Golde: Classic American Musicals in the 21st Century
August 26, 2020

The Fate of the Earth: Jonathan Schell and His Legacy
August 6, 2020

Who Tells Your Story: Joanne B. Freeman on Hamilton and History
July 28, 2020

Reading James Baldwin Now: Darryl Pinckney on No Name in the Street
July 16, 2020

Reading James Baldwin Now: Farah Jasmine Griffin on “Sonny’s Blues”
June 25, 2020

Harold Bloom and the American Canon, with David Mikics
June 16, 2020

Andrew J. Bacevich and Sean Wilentz: What Is American Conservatism?
June 4, 2020

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