Shows by Season - Impediments of War

The Civil War Talk Radio Companion

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Season 2 Shows

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Right Makes Might

Harold  Holzer August 26, 2005

'LET US HAVE FAITH THAT RIGHT MAKES MIGHT, AND IN THAT FAITH, LET US, TO THE END, DARE TO DO OUR DUTY AS WE UNDERSTAND IT.' This was the ringing peroration of Abraham Lincoln's 1860 speech in New York City that established his reputation as a powerful antislavery voice and started him on the road to the White House. Listen to Harold Holzer, author of the award-winning Lincoln At Cooper Union: The Speech that Made Abraham Lincoln President analyze this long neglected but critical oratory.

Who Would Not Be a Soldier?

Mark  Dunkelman September 2, 2005

Mark H. Dunkelman has spent a lifetime researching the story of the 154th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. It's a fascinating story, stretching from Chancellorsville to Chattanooga to the March to the Sea. In Brothers One and All: Esprit de Corps in a Civil War Regiment, Dunkelman goes beyond antiquarian detail-mongering to show how the 154th NY became the world in which its members lived, and sometimes died, shedding new light on the importance of the regiment as a community.

The Last Port

Chris  Fonvielle, Jr September 9, 2005

Did the blockade make a difference? Why did Union forces spend so much effort to take Wilmington, N.C., in the final year of the war? Wilmington native and UNC-Wilmington professor Chris Fonvielle, author of The Wilmington Campaign: Last Rays of Departing Hope, analyzes the important and fascinating events that marked the war in North Carolina in 1864-65.

One, Two, Many Gettysburgs

Thomas  Desjardin September 23, 2005

Living in Gettysburg, historian Thomas Desjardin discovered that many of the most well-known stories of the battle are badly distorted versions of the original events. In These Honored Dead: How the Story of Gettysburg Shaped American Memory Desjardin describes how the postwar efforts of John Bachelder, Dan Sickles, and others helped to create the modern view of what happened at the battle. He raises the disturbing question: is it possible ever to know what really happened in the past?

History in 32 Pages

Karen  Winnick September 30, 2005

As an artistic format, the 32-page picture book looks simple, but using it to bring history to children is a challenge. Karen B. Winnick, author of Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers and Cassie's Sweet Berry Pie, both set in the Civil War era, describes how she uses words and illustrations to communicate important truths in historical settings.

This Grand Havoc of Battle

Kenneth  Noe October 7, 2005

Few Civil War battles had more impact, and yet were more quickly forgotten, than Perryville. Kenneth Noe, author of Perryville: This Grand Havoc of Battle, details the campaign and battle, and discusses why its importance faded from view.

The Dark Side of the War

Lonnie  Speer October 14, 2005

Hostages taken and killed; civilians murdered to terrorize others; military prisoners subject to abuse... not in the 21st century Middle East, but in the United States, 1861-1865. Lonnie Speer, author of Portals to Hell: Military Prisons of the Civil War and War of Vengeance: Act of Retaliation Against Civil War POWs, reveals some harsh realities of the war.

Blogging the Civil War

Dimitri  Rotov October 21, 2005

One way that the internet has revolutionized communication is by allowing anyone to publish his or her thoughts to an unlimited audience through a weblog. Dimitri Rogov's blog, Civil War Bookshelf, is a model of provocative commentary on current issues in Civil War history.

Causes Lost and Won

Gary  Gallagher October 28, 2005

After writing or editing more than thirty books on the war, University of Virginia history professor Gary W. Gallagher has become one of the leading scholars in the field. Hear his views on why the South lost, how battlefields should be interpreted, and other controversial topics.

Command is Everything

Richard F.  Miller November 4, 2005

Based on years of archival research, as well as personal experience as an embedded journalist with US forces in Iraq, Richard F. Miller has written a new kind of regimental history that focuses on the social and class identities of officers in a unit made up of equal parts Harvard-educated Boston brahmins and working class immigrants from Ireland and the German states. How these disparate groups united under the pressure of war and the leadership of their officers is the dramatic story Miller tells in Harvard's Civil War: A History of the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.

Live From Gettysburg, with David Long

David  Long November 18, 2005

If you haven't been to Gettysburg in a while, you may not realize how much has changed, much for the better! Listen to an audio snapshot of Gettysburg as the town prepares to commemorate the anniversary of Lincoln's Address, with host Gerry Prokopowicz and guest David Long, author of The Jewel of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln's Re-election and the End of Slavery.

The President Who Wouldn't

Donald  Collins December 2, 2005

In 1865, Jefferson Davis was the leader of a failed experiment in creating a new nation, hated by his enemies and despised by his own people for losing the war. By the first decade of the 20th century, Davis had joined the beloved Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson as the third member of the Confederate pantheon. Donald E. Collins, author of The Death and Resurrection of Jefferson Davis describes how this transformation took place.

The Lincoln Museum

Carolyn  Texley December 9, 2005

Seventy-five years before the Lincoln Presidential Museum opened in Springfield, a small jewel of a museum was launched in northeast Indiana. Carolyn Texley, Director of Collections at Fort Wayne's Lincoln Museum, talks about the challenges of preserving the Lincoln story.

Who is Joe Holt and why is he saying these things

Elizabeth  Leonard December 16, 2005

Dr. Elizabeth Leonard, author of Lincoln's Avengers and All the Daring of the Soldier: Women of the Civil War Armies, covers topics from the Lincoln assassination to the participation of women soldiers

Toward a New Civil War Paradigm

Richard  McMurray January 6, 2006

Dr. Richard P. McMurry, author of The Fourth Battle of Winchester and Two Great Rebel Armies, presents a fresh approach to Civil War history.

How Slavery Ended

Michael  Vorenberg January 13, 2006

Dr. Michael Vorenberg, author of Final Freedom: The Civil War, The Abolition of Slavery and the Thirteenth Amendment, analyzes the politics of the 13th Amendment.

For Mature Audiences Only

Thomas  Lowry, MD January 20, 2006

Unlike the soldiers themselves, author Thomas Lowry, MD, is happy to discuss The Story the Soldiers Wouldn't Tell: Sex in the Civil War. Most CWTR programs unavoidably make reference to the massive bloodshed that marked the Civil War. This program discusses not only violence but also sex, using plain language. Educators and parents may wish to preview this show before recommending it to students or children.

If Brady had Video

  Wide Awake Films January 27, 2006

Shane Seley and Ed Leydecker of Wide Awake Films describe the process of making Civil War battle documentary videos.

The War After Appomattox

Mark  Bradley February 3, 2006

Mark Bradley, author of This Astounding Close: The Road to Bennett Place, discusses the North Carolina campaign of 1865.

Fritz Klein IS Abraham Lincoln

Richard 'Fritz'  Klein February 17, 2006

Out of the more than one hundred people who make all or part of their living portraying Abraham Lincoln, none does it better than Richard 'Fritz' Klein.

Chief of the Battlefield

Edwin  Bearss February 24, 2006

The legendary Ed Bearss, Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service.

What Really Happened at Ball's Bluff?

James A.  Morgan III March 3, 2006

James A. Morgan III, author of A Little Short of Boats: The Fights at Ball's Bluff and Edwards Ferry

Why a Sphinx?

Thomas J.  Brown March 10, 2006

Dr. Thomas J. Brown, author of The Public Art of Civil War Commemoration, analyzes the meaning of monuments

The Civil War Underwater

James P.  Delgado March 24, 2006

Beyond the CSS Hunley, the Civil War saw the invention of other submersible warships, and Dr. James P. Delgado has found one of them intact.

Living with Lincoln

Doris Kearns  Goodwin March 31, 2006

Dr. Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses her prize-winning study of Lincoln and his Cabinet, Team of Rivals: the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

Far From Farb

Robert Lee  Hodge April 7, 2006

You've seen him in movies, TV, and on the cover of Confederates in the Attic. Now he researches and produces his own Civil War films. Spend a fascinating hour with Robert Lee Hodge.

What Everybody Knows

Joshua Wolf  Shenk April 14, 2006

Everybody knows that Lincoln suffered from depression, right? Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, takes closer look at what we really know about Lincoln's temperament.

The Battle of Secessionville

Patrick  Brennan April 28, 2006

If Isaac Stevens hadn't been killed at Chantilly, he might have commanded the Army of the Potomac at Antietam. Find out more about Stevens and the other remarkable characters behind the Port Royal expedition of 1862 with Patrick Brennan, author of Secessionville: Assault on Charleston.

5 X-ray

Brigadier General Harold W.  Nelson May 19, 2006

Brigadier General Harold W. Nelson (ret), former Chief of Military History for the U.S. Army, has led hundreds of 'staff rides' across Civil War battlefields, for everyone from ROTC students to civilian corporate leaders. Listen in and hear what they learn.

Shiloh Ranger

Timothy B.  Smith May 26, 2006

Dr. Timothy B. Smith, author of Champion Hill: Decisive Battle for Vicksburg, tells what it's like to work as a NPS ranger at Shiloh.

Bound for Canaan on the Underground Railroad

Fergus M.  Bordewich June 2, 2006

One of the paths that led to the Civil War was a hidden one: the Underground Railroad. Fergus M. Bordewich, author of Bound For Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America, reveals the reality behind a much mythologized historical phenomenon.

At the Front Lines

Kevin M.  Levin June 9, 2006

Researcher/blogger/high school teacher Kevin Levin discusses the Battle of the Crater.

Some Inconvenient Truths

Harry S.  Stout June 16, 2006

Dr. Harry S. Stout, author of Upon the Altar of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War, defends his controversial work.

The Lincoln Renaissance

Allen C.  Guelzo June 23, 2006

Dr. Allen C. Guelzo is the first two time winner of the Lincoln Prize, for Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President and Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America.

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