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The Nation magazine is one of America's most distinguished journalistic enterprises featuring the writing and work of such notable people as Albert Einstein, Emma Goldman, Molly Ivins, I.F. Stone and Hunter S. Thompson. The Nation was founded 150 years ago this July. It's America's oldest weekly magazine. To mark its 15oth anniversary, it's publishing a daily blog called The Almanac compiled by the magazine's archivist, Richard Kreitner. The Almanac looks at significant historical events that took place on each day of the year and how The Nation covered them.

In this New Books Network podcast, you'll hear Richard Kreitner talk about The Nation's critical coverage of events from April 26 to May 2. Everything from the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl to the death of J. Edgar Hoover.

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Kathryn Cramer BrownellShowbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life

April 10, 2015

We are all aware how important professional movie makers are to modern campaigns. Many trace this importance to John F. Kennedy’s presidential victory in 1960. Yet, as Kathryn Cramer Brownell shows in her new book Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), Tinseltown was a major influence on political races almost since […]

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Kimberly Phillips-FeinInvisible Hands: The Businessmen’s Crusade Against the New Deal

April 8, 2015

[Cross-posted with permission from Who Makes Cents? A History of Capitalism Podcast.] Today we'll focus on the history of resistance to the New Deal. In her book Invisible Hands: The Businessmen's Crusade Against the New Deal (W. W. Norton, 2010), Kimberly Phillips-Fein details how many of the most prominent elites had their ideas and practices shaped by groups that […]

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Natalia Mehlman PetrzelaClassroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture

March 26, 2015

The intersection between Spanish-bilingual education and sex education might not be immediately apparent. Yet, as Natalia Mehlman Petrzela shows in her new book, Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford University Press, 2015), the meeting between these two paradigms of education firmly connects in California during the 1960s and 70s. […]

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Christopher J. PhillipsThe New Math: A Political History

March 26, 2015

Christopher J. Phillips’ new book is a political history of the “New Math,” a collection of curriculum reform projects in the 1950s & 1960s that were partially sponsored by the NSF and involved hundreds of mathematicians, teachers, professors, administrators, parents, and students. The New Math: A Political History (University of Chicago Press, 2015) explores the […]

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Christina Dunbar-HesterLow Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism

March 25, 2015

For the past few decades a major focus has been how the Internet, and Internet associated new media, allows for greater social and political participation globally. There is no disputing that the Internet has allowed for more participation, but the medium carries an inherent elitism and the need for expertise, which may limit accessibility. According […]

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Michelle NickersonMothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right

March 18, 2015

Recently, historians have shown that the modern conservative movement is older and more complex than has often been assumed by either liberals or historians. Michelle Nickerson’s book, Mothers of Conservatism: Women and the Postwar Right (Princeton University Press, 2012) expands that literature even further, demonstrating not only the longer roots of conservative interest in family issues, […]

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Doug McAdam and Karina Kloos Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America

March 15, 2015

Doug McAdam and Karina Kloos are the authors of Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America (Oxford University Press, 2014). McAdam is The Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology at Stanford University and the former Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Kloos is a scholar of political […]

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Kaeten MistryThe United States, Italy, and the Origins of Cold War: Waging Political Warfare

March 11, 2015

In the annals of cold war history Italy is rarely seen as a crucial locale.  In his stimulating new book, The United States, Italy, and the Origins of Cold War: Waging Political Warfare (Cambridge University Press, 2014), Kaeten Mistry reveals how events in Italy proved surprisingly crucial in defining a conflict that dominated much of […]

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Graham SteeleWhat I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise-and Collapse-of Nova Scotia’s NDP Government

March 10, 2015

Political debate in western democracies such as in Canada, the U.S. and Britain has become empty theatre, full of rhetorical flourishes with little meaning for citizens, according to a new book by a former minister of finance in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. What I Learned About Politics (Nimbus, 2014) by Graham Steele is an […]

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