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Bookstack

Each week Bard College professor and distinguished historian Richard Aldous hosts authors to discuss their most recent books.

Vernon Bogdanor on Britain's wavering connections to Europe

Vernon Bogdanor on Britain's wavering connections to Europe

Is Britain a part of Europe or not? And why didn’t a reluctant membership in the Common Market, the European Community, and ultimately the European Union ultimately lead it to accept a full European orientation? Our guest Vernon Bogdanor, professor of government at Kings College, joins host Richard Aldous

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Stephen Walker on the First Journey into Space

Stephen Walker on the First Journey into Space

As the space race heats up once again, author Stephen Walker (Twitter) joins our host Richard Aldous to discuss his remarkable new book Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave Our Planet and Journey Into Space.

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Lawrence J. Haas on the Kennedys' Approach to the World

Lawrence J. Haas on the Kennedys' Approach to the World

From an early age, Jack, Bobby, and Ted Kennedy developed a deep understanding of the different peoples, cultures, and ideologies around the world, a keen appreciation for the challenges that such differences created for the United States, and a strong desire to reshape America’s response to them. Lawrence J.

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Cristina Groeger on Education and Economic Disparity

Cristina Groeger on Education and Economic Disparity

For generations, Americans have looked to education as the solution to economic disadvantage. Nevertheless, today the gap between rich and poor is widening. This week, Cristina Groeger joins Richard Aldous to talk about her new book, The Education Trap: Schools and the Remaking of Inequality in Boston, and discusses how

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Paula Marantz Cohen on Shakespeare and Empathy

Paula Marantz Cohen on Shakespeare and Empathy

In a time of division, difference, and cancel culture, what can we learn from Shakespeare (who himself has been caught in the crossfire of today’s culture wars)? On today’s episode, author Paula Marantz Cohen joins host Richard Aldous to discuss all this, as well as her new book

Richard Aldous
Roya Hakakian's Immigrant Guide to America

Roya Hakakian's Immigrant Guide to America

Roya Hakakian joins host Richard Aldous to talk about her new book A Beginner’s Guide to America. Moved to write the book amid the uproar over immigration kicked off during the Trump presidency, she talks about her own experiences as a new immigrant from Iran, the challenges and rewards

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Ritchie Robertson on the Enlightenment, 1680-1790

Ritchie Robertson on the Enlightenment, 1680-1790

Enlightenment thinking across Europe addressed the full breadth of human experience. From the nature of beauty to practical improvements in administering prisons, the array of viewpoints and subjects stretches well beyond today’s shorthands for the era. Ritchie Robertson joins host Richard Aldous to discuss his new book, The Enlightenment:

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Richard Thompson Ford on Fashion, Law, and Social Change

Richard Thompson Ford on Fashion, Law, and Social Change

Fashion matters. Clothes both tell a story about power, prestige, and privilege, and can serve as important means of critiquing and subverting these very same things. Richard Thompson Ford joins host Richard Aldous to discuss all this, along with his new book, Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made

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