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University professor William Fowler teaches a class about early
Atlantic exploration, Christopher Columbus, and the discovery of the
Caribbean and the Americas by Europeans. He describes the oceanic
ventures of the Vikings, Portuguese and Spanish, as well as the
navigation assumptions of the period.
“Here (in a painting), you see the Santa Maria and, in
the misty background, the Nina and the Pinta. This is a very
romantic view, obviously, of the departure of Christopher Columbus.
Whether it was as ceremonial as this, who knows — it might have
been just ‘Get on board and get out.’ But this indicates some great
ceremony at which this admiral of the ocean sea with his three
vessels is bound for the Indies.”
by film and theater director Orson Welles, "Who's Out
There?" is a 1975 NASA film. It begins with the story of Welles'
famous 1938 radio adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel "The War of
the Worlds," a broadcast that panicked many listeners who
thought that Martians were invading the United States. The
documentary then uses scientists, including Carl Sagan, to explore
the possibility of extraterrestrial life and communication with
intelligent civilizations in the universe.
German World War I Soldiers
Watch it: 6 pm and 10 pm
Most years, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, hosts a living history event featuring
several hundred reenactors from all eras of American history. We
visited a mock World War I trench in 2018 to hear from two U.S.
Army veterans portraying French soldiers, then talked with
reenactors interpreting German soldiers. We also went underground
to see a reconstructed German bunker.
& White House Preservation
Watch it: 8 pm and
midnight ET Sunday
Over the last few weeks, American History TV has featured
discussions on first ladies from a symposium co-hosted by the
White House Historical Association and American University's
First Ladies Initiative. In this panel, we hear how Jacqueline
Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson and Pat Nixon worked to preserve the
historic nature of the White House — and how that work reflected
Cold War politics, a focus on American art and the needs of the
📚 WHAT'S NEW ON BOOKNOTES+: Dan Glickman, author of Laughing at
Myself, joins Brian Lamb to talk about his long political
career, political relationships in Washington, D.C., the
entertainment industry and the importance of humor in his life. Mr.
Glickman (D-KS) was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives,
served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and was chairman of the
Motion Picture Association of America. Click here to listen or subscribe wherever
you get your podcasts.
American History TV in Prime
Join American History TV in prime time next
week. Tune in each night starting at 8 pm ET.
— Free Speech
The National Archives hosts Jonathan Zimmerman and Signe Wilkinson
to talk about their book Free Speech: And Why You Should Give
a Damn. The book explores the history and
controversies over free speech through political cartoons.
— John F. Kennedy Go to Germany: A Nation Welcomes President John F.
Kennedy is a colorful, hour-long West German documentary from
the Cold War era that covers President Kennedy's June 1963 visit to
several cities, culminating in the historic "Ich bin ein
Berliner" speech near the Berlin wall. The film was produced
by Deutsche — formerly a state-run news service — and is shown
courtesy of the German Federal Archives, whose collections include
newsreels of the German Federal Republic from 1945 to the 1970s.
— Ronald Reagan
In May 1985, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chris Wallace
interviewed President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan at
Camp David for a planned special report. White House Television
also recorded this session, capturing their informal interactions.
The Reagans talk about their marriage, Nancy Reagan's influence on
her husband's politics and policies, and their joint decision to
get into politics. This is courtesy of the Ronald Reagan
— First Ladies Symposium
The White House Historical Association and American University's
First Ladies Initiative recently co-hosted a symposium on first
ladies. On this night, we'll show some of the sessions from that
gathering, starting with a conversation focusing on changing ideas
about gender, and how first ladies exercised power even before
women had the vote. We hear, in particular, about Martha
Washington's management of her slaves, Abigail Adams' political
interests and the messages that first lady portraits conveyed
long before photographs and television. The program begins with
introductory remarks, including an appearance by first lady Jill
— First Ladies Symposium
We'll re-air our weekend program on Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird
Johnson and Pat Nixon's work to preserve the history of the
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