News and Notes



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Stuff you missed in History class podcast


Listen to Terri Gross's interview with Clinton historian Taylor Branch.


"Gun Show Nation" preview.  Investigative journalist Max Blomenthal looks into the growing, extremist opposition to the current administration.

Listen to Max Blomenthal's interview with Terri Gross


"Amreeka" the movie.  Thanks to Ajay for the tip!  It looks great!

Also see this link to a podcast with the director of the film.


Footage from the Tea Party Patriots Washington rally on 9/12/2009.  The Tea Party Patriots are a modern day protest group that take their name from the Boston Tea Party, which is a famous act of protest in American history.  Unfortunately, some of these protesters are a little bit misinformed.  See what you think...

Tea Party Patriots website


New York Times Week in Review- A great summary of all the week's major news stories from one of America's most influential newspapers.  Try the news quiz!


Alternative reading: Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States of America" A People's History of the United States.pdf

Description from Harper Collins "Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools -- with its emphasis on great men in high places -- to focus on the street, the home, and the, workplace."


Sam Roberts Detroit 67' video


This American Life Podcast- Innovative and hilarious audio stories about the minutiae of American life.


Fresh Air Podcast- Intelligent interviews from National Public Radio on a range of contemporary topics.


Conversation: Historian Simon Schama

Historian Simon Schama is well-known for his books and television documentaries on art and a wide range of other subjects. A native of England, he's lived and taught in the United States for several decades, currently at Columbia University in New York. And it is this country -- our recent election woven into moments from the past and possible future -- that is the subject of his new book. It's called "The American Future: A History."