american history

Teaching Slavery In Schools In N.H. And Nationally

Oct 24, 2019

Across the country, we're having more conversations about how slavery is taught in our schools, and the importance of understanding slavery for contextualizing the rest of our nation's history. How do students learn about slavery, and what are the gaps, challenges, and effective curriculums?

Original air date: Thursday, October 24, 2019. 

Doris Kearns Goodwin and Lauren Chooljian
Sara Plourde

NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth.

Goodwin is the author of seven books, including her most recent Leadership in Turbulent Times, which examines the origins and qualities of leadership through the lens of four presidents. 

Goodwin spoke about her book with NHPR political reporter Lauren Chooljian. This conversation was recorded October, 12, 2018 at The Music Hall.  

Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Shaped America

Apr 5, 2019

We talk with Jared Cohen, the author of "Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America." From the unready to the unexpectedly capable, we discuss the impact of vice presidents who have, on the death of a president, filled the highest office. The framers of the constitution left the question of succession largely unanswered, and the vice president was often chosen out of political necessity or to court a constituency. "Accidental Presidents" suggests it's time we pay more attention to this office.

Eliza Hamilton: Her Extraordinary Life

Feb 17, 2019

For Presidents Day, we re-broadcast our earlier conversation with the author of a new biography about Eliza Hamilton, and discover she was more than just Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s devoted wife.  The biography,  "Eliza Hamilton: The Extraordinary Life and Times of the Wife of Alexander Hamilton," follows Eliza Hamilton through her early years, to the ups and downs of her married life and the aftermath of Alexander’s tragic death, to her involvement in many projects that cemented her legacy as one of the unsung heroes of our nation’s early days. 

This week, we're going deep into our country's founding through radio drama, the classic musical "1776," and the inside story of a New Hampshire-based fake news site.