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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM

For most Americans, one of the world’s least-known places lies just about 90 miles from Florida. Michael Atwood Mason, director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and a Cuba researcher, discusses the many ways that past and present converge for residents of the island nation.

Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM

How does someone enter a career in foreign service—and what do they find there? Take a rare opportunity to get answers from men and women in diplomatic Washington as you go inside the American Foreign Service Association and the U.S. Department of State.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The Atomic Spies, Cambridge Five, and Red Wasp Network seized on periods of international political unrest to unleash their espionage operations. Experts and former intelligence officers share the inside story of these spy rings, including never-before-seen documents, rare images, and little-known details. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM

With stops including Byzantium, the steppes of China’s frontier, and the Mongol empires of Eurasia, art historian Lawrence Butler follows the legendary Silk Road to illustrate cultural encounters through art, archaeology, and literature.

Monday, September 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Inspired by the cry of "God wills it," thousands of European nobles and commoners made a solemn vow at the end of the 11th century to reclaim the Holy Land and return it to Christian rule. Historian Richard Abels explores the history, meaning, and legacy of the ensuing centuries of holy wars.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Whether it’s savored from a candy box, sipped hot from a mug, or coating a single perfect strawberry (or these days, a single perfect piece of bacon), chocolate is something of which we can never get enough. Food historian and author Francine Segan gets to the delicious center of our love affair with it.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM

The unprecedented scale of World War I’s devastation and loss redefined the concept of “total war.” Marcus Jones, a history professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, explores the origins and the legacy of the most consequential conflict of the 20th century. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger looks the clash of the Yorks and Lancasters, exploring how family dysfunction played out on England’s national stage—and its history.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Author Ronald C. Rosbottom brings to life the grim and dangerous days of wartime Paris, evoking the detail of daily life in a city under military and civilian occupation and the brave people who fought against it.

 

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