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Here are some previous Think Tank programs that may be of interest.
The Great Upheaval: America and the birth of the Modern World 1788 through 1800 (aired 10/14/2007)
At the end of the 18th century a remarkable group of leaders and philosophers presided over a ferment that would change the world forever. Over 12 turbulent and violent years reform swept through France, Russia and a fragile newborn America. To explore the magnitude of this era we are joined by Jay Winik, author of the best selling book “The Great Upheaval: America and the birth of the Modern World 1788 through 1800” The topic before the house: The Great Upheaval This week on Think Tank
Interview with Margaret MacMillan (aired 4/20/2006)
At the close of World War I - the "war to end all wars" - leaders of the major powers met in Paris to create what they hoped would be a lasting peace. From the ruins of four bankrupt empires they redrew the boundaries of the modern world. They carved out entirely new nations throughout Eastern Europe, Asia and the Middle East, including a British protectorate called
Palestine and a patchwork country called Iraq. Many of today’s most violent conflicts can be traced back to decisions made during those fateful six
months in Paris. What went wrong? What went right?
Whatever Happened to Socialism? (aired 6/13/2002)
The Twentieth Century has been called the Age of Ideology. One idea stands
out as perhaps the most influential of all: Socialism. Some believe it is
the most humane political idea ever invented, the key to peace and
prosperity. Others accuse it of creating poverty and giving rise to the
bloodiest regimes of the Twentieth Century. Did Socialism fulfill its
promise? Perhaps most important, does Socialism still exist?
THE HOME FRONT, THEN AND NOW (aired 1/4/2002)
When the World Trade Center was hit by terrorists on September 11, many
shocked Americans said: "This is like Pearl Harbor."
It was just sixty years ago, on December 7, 1941, that Japan launched its surprise attack on America. The bombing jolted an ambivalent America into a war fought not only on the battlefields of Europe and Asia but also on the home front. How critical was this effort to the U.S. victory in World War II? And how does that compare to America’s home front today? Are therelessons to be learned?
Witness to Hope (aired 8/11/2001)
Pope John Paul II will certainly go down in history as one of the most consequential figures of the 20th century. But Roman Catholic theologian George Weigel claims that while the Pope may be the most visible figure of the century, he may also be the least understood. Weigel, author of the newly released “Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II,” shares his insights on this man, his life, his achievements and his times.
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