• Mar. 5, 2018: Vietnam Veterans Share Their Experiences. Panelists Richard Neal (Marines), Michael Grace (Coast Guard), and Joseph Kerr and Gary Peterson (Army) discussed their experiences during the war, their reflections on it since, and what they think of the current wave of television programs and films and books on the Vietnam war years.
• Feb. 5, 2018: Revolution and Counter-revolution in the Arab World. Journalist David B. Ottaway witnessed Anwar Sadat’s assassination in Egypt; the fall of Haile Selassie in Ethiopia; and more during his career as a foreign correspondent with The Washington Post. He spoke about these experiences as well as the Arab Spring and the new Arab order.
• Jan. 8, 2018: Sappho was a Lady. Taffety Punk, the theater company at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, spoke about workshopping the fragments of Sappho’s poetry as opportunities for micro theatrical events.
• Dec. 11, 2017: Policing, Looking Back and Looking Ahead. Gary Abrecht, in conversation with Stephanie Deutsch, spoke about issues facing policing in our society today such as use of deadly force, the militarization of policing, racial profiling, and the use of bodycams.
• Nov. 6, 2017: Talking Turkey with NPR’s Bonny Wolf. National Public Radio’s celebrated food aficionado, Bonny Wolf, discussed holidays, food traditions, best recipes, and more.
• Oct. 3, 2017: French Railroads, the Holocaust, and the State of Maryland. Trudy Peterson tells her story, as the archivist looking at the French railroad records and the consequences of the Maryland decision to require anyone bidding on a contract for new commuter rail service to disclose all records relating to “direct involvement in the deportation of (Holocaust) victims.”
• Sept. 11, 2017: Changing the Odds for America’s Children. MaryLee Allen, Director of Policy at the Children’s Defense Fund, spoke about policy and programs affecting children’s health and education. She discussed happenings on the national level as well as on Capitol Hill.
• June 5, 2017: Voices On The Anacostia. Bill Matuszeski spoke about our own piece of the Chesapeake watershed, the Anacostia River. The Anacostia has a long and checkered history, but is emerging as a real success story among urban rivers in America.
• May 8, 2017: Whistleblowing: Moral Dilemma, Personal Sacrifice. Richard Rashke, author of Snowden, Silkwood and Their Quest for the Truth discussed the role of whistleblowers. Mr. Rashke asks: can government regulators, politicians, our military-intelligence and our profit-oriented corporations be trusted to protect us from harm as well as safeguard our privacy?
• Apr. 24, 2017: The Glamour and Dark Underbelly of Travel and Tourism. Elizabeth Becker, author of Overbooked, spoke about how the tourism boom has caused some governments to act with foresight and sensitivity to protect culture and the environment. Others, Becker said, pursue tourist dollars with little concern for the environmental or human consequences.
• Mar. 7, 2017: Imperial Russia, Witchcraft and Sorcery. Historian Christine Worobec discussed demonic possession and witchcraft in Russia and persecution of practitioners in the 1850’s.
• Feb. 21, 2017: Moving with Wisdom, Making African American History. L. Marie Guillory spoke about growing up as one of 13 children on a Louisiana farm during the Jim Crow era. In an interview by Paul Singer, she discussed her time as a nun, teaching and living in Washington during the Kennedy era, and her eventual path to law school and practice as a lawyer.
• Jan. 3, 2017: Murder or Bungled Investigation?—A Wintertime Mystery. Tom Zaniello discussed his investigative book, California’s Lamson Murder Mystery: Depression Era Case that Divided Santa Clara County, which tells how the wrongful conviction of David Lamson almost got him hanged in San Quentin.
• Dec. 6, 2016: Religious Architecture—Uniting Faith, History and New Directions. Architect James McCrery spoke about new directions in religious architecture during a media-filled presentation.
• Nov 15, 2016: Making Sense of the 2016 Presidential Election. Political insider John Franzén spoke about the many ways that the 2016 Presidential campaign was unlike any other—or maybe not—and what it says about our society.
• Oct. 18, 2016: A Decades Long Search for Clues to Nazi War Crimes. Henry Mayer, Advisor on Archives at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, discussed his role in the successful search for Alfred Rosenberg’s diary, which held many secrets to Nazi war crimes and many of the machinations behind the Holocaust.
• Sep. 13, 2016: School Libraries—Learning Spaces for Today and Tomorrow. Delia Neuman, Professor Emerita at Drexel University, spoke about preparing school librarians to work in progressive libraries and her work studying how individuals, particularly children, use information and information resources as tools for learning.
• June 7, 2016: It’s Summer, Do You Know Where Your Watershed is? Bill Matuszeski, former director of the Chesapeake Bay Program, spoke about the Bay's secrets, dreams, and hopes for the future from.
• May 3, 2016: Confederate Monuments: Whose Memory? Whose History? James Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association, spoke about the 1,500 Confederate Monuments in the U.S. and what to do about them.
• Apr. 5, 2016: It’s Not over 'til the Fat Lady Sings … or Gets Beheaded. Ryan Brown, the founder, conductor, and artistic director at Opera Lafayette, spoke about opera and the French Revolution.
• Mar. 1, 2016: Bikinis, Atoms, and the U.S. Debt to the Marshall Islands. Archivist Trudy Peterson (and creator of the Village Voices program) spoke about the 67 nuclear tests conducted in the Marshall Islands, the lasting effects on the Islanders, and the still unresolved debt of the U.S. to compensate for their suffering.
• Feb. 9, 2016: Paint and Childhood Lead Poisoning. Dr. Muriel (Mimi) Wolf, the doctor who discovered the connection between paint and childhood lead poisoning and led the battle to reform industry standards and practices spoke about her work that saved the lives of thousands of children. The talk was moderated by Rick Weber.
• Jan. 12, 2016: Were all the Monument Men as Handsome as George Clooney? Archivist Maygene Daniels discussed her made-for-Hollywood experience at the National Gallery of Art working with the real life Monuments Men (a group that included women). Ms. Daniels told the amazing story of saved art works and historic artifacts and the heroics on the front lines in Europe during WWII and the behind-the-scenes strategies.
• Dec. 8, 2015: Yes Virginia (and DC) there is a Santa Claus—and he arrives earlier each year. Frank Guzzetta worked for Woodward and Lothrop (Woodies), Hecht’s, Macy’s, Ralph Lauren, and other major retailers during the heyday of department stores. Mr. Guzzetta spoke about merchandizing, advertisements, and the secrets of the retail industry.
• Nov. 3, 2015: Why You Should Care About Greece. James Edward Miller, author of The United States and the Making of Modern Greece: History and Power, 1950-1974, provided a though-provoking discussion of recent Greek events and their ties to world history.
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