Miller Center's American Forum
Pulitzer Prize winning author and filmmaker Douglas Blackmon interviews national leaders, newsmakers eminent scholars and top authors, from the nation's preeminent institution for study of the American presidency.
Miller Center's American Forum Previous Broadcasts
Fear Itself: Lessons From the Grand But Cynical Bargain Behind the New Deal (Episode #2104)
KQED World: Sun, Apr 20, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
Historian Ira Katznelson says that during the 1930s and 1940s, American democracy was rescued by the New Deal, and that programs like Social Security powerfully reshaped American society and created a great global power. But he says the deal behind the New Deal was distorted by a band of Southern lawmakers who forced FDR to agree to a bargain that would safeguard racial segregation for another three decades. His new book is, Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time.
Double Down: Inside the 2012 Election, with the Authors of Game Change (Episode #2103)
KQED World: Sun, Apr 13, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, authors of Game Change - the best-selling chronicle of the historic 2008 presidential election - discuss their new inside account of the 2012 campaign: Double Down, the battle ahead in 2014 and the future of American politics.
Jefferson's Slaves: Controversy Over a Harsh New Portrait of the Founder (Episode #2102)
KQED World: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 -- 1:00 PM
Henry Wiencek, a nationally prominent historian of colonial slaver, discusses his controversial new book, Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves. Wiencek challenges some conventional scholarly analysis of Jefferson and slavery, based on new information from archaeological work at Monticello and a fresh reading of Jefferson's papers. Host Douglas Blackmon challenges Wiencek on some of his interpretations and presents counter arguments.