The Filson Historical Society lecture series brings authors to the public who have made a significant contribution in highlighting our regional and national history.
All Past Episodes
56:28 | #204
Journalist Mark Bowden discusses his book Hue 1968 about the battle for the city of Hue during the Vietnam War and its aftermath. Bowden is also the author of the bestselling Black Hawk Down.
56:28 | #203
Stephen Kinzer discusses his book The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire, about the formative events of American imperialism, which sheds new light on understanding the way the United States acts in the world today.
56:28 | #202
The life and work of Louis D. Brandeis, the iconic Supreme Court justice, is explored.
56:20 | #201
Steve Inskeep, host of NPR's Morning Edition, discusses his new book, Jacksonland, the thrilling narrative history of President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history.
26:27 | #111
Danielle Allen, author and UPS Foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, discusses the Declaration of Independence.
56:29 | #112
Author Aaron David Miller discusses his book, The End of Greatness: Why American Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President. The book explores the concept of greatness in the presidency and the ways in which it has become both essential and detrimental to America and the nation's politics. Miller is currently the Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
56:34 | #110
Historian Walter Borneman discusses his book, American Spring: Lexington, Concord, and the Road to Revolution, the story of how a decade of discontent erupted into an armed rebellion that forged our nation.
54:56 | #109
Barbara A. Perry, a leading expert on the Kennedy presidency, talks about Rose Kennedy's legacy and the image she advanced on behalf of her family.
54:20 | #108
Author A. Scott Berg discusses his book, Wilson, about the life and legacy of President Woodrow Wilson. Long viewed as a cold and aloof intellectual, Wilson is revealed by Berg to be a man of intense passion, emotional turbulence, and hidden political skill.
53:08 | #107
World War II chronicler Rick Atkinson discusses The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944 - 1945, the third and final book in his Liberation Trilogy.
56:40 | #106
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson discusses the use of naval forces by the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.
26:39 | #105
Pen Bogert discusses how free African-Americans led popular string and brass bands in Louisville in the antebellum era, thereby providing a direct link between antebellum music and the origins of jazz in the city.
55:04 | #104
L. Douglas Keeney, military historian and co-founder of The Military Channel, presents new research about three aviation strategists who were able to sweep the skies clean of the Luftwaffe to gain air superiority over the D-Day beaches.
30:48 | #103
American culture historian Ellis Curtis Pennington compares and contrasts the decorative styles and seminal events of Lexington and Louisville.
28:27 | #102
Author and journalist Evan Thomas discusses his book Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World.
27:40 | #101
Kentucky author Sallie Bingham looks back on her family's history through recently found letters and writings.