Yes, of course. and the list is a long one that does not begin and end with Edmund Burke. Here is a discussion from a few weeks ago with a thoughtful and well-informed historian (part-time) who has done a fine book about fourteen particular American conservatives who, for him, help to define that political species.
Two makers of modern dictionaries discussed their always challenging task (decisions, decisions, decisions!) and the questions of why and how all languages are always in the process of changing. The discussion dates back to 2003 and, to say the least, our language has not stopped doing so.
Some of the earliest dinosaurs from which the later and larger ones evolved, were found in the U.S. by Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago. Here he is in a discussion from 2004 telling us how he and his student assistants went about finding them and extracting them from the ground and (very important!) dating them.
In 2004, Jack Germond, one of the great print and TV journalists focused upon national politics, takes an equally cynical (but amused) look at the unreliability of his journalistic brethren—particularly as they offered their quick and dramatic appraisals on week-end TV.
In 2000 we were joined by Sergei Khrushchev, Nikita’s son, who had by then become a professor at Brown University and had just published a definitive volume on his father’s personal history and political career, his role in the Cold War and his ultimate fall from power. We were joined, in discussion with this fascinating guest, by John Bushnell, professor of Russian history at Northwestern University.
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Shortly after he got out of prison (1977?) Erlichman, central White House-and Watergate figure. came to chat and told us how, in his opinion, his boss Richard Nixon should have handled the whole affair once it was disclosed to the public. Here he is in a memorable excerpt.
In this program from fifteen years ago, Nathanial Philbrick, author of “In the Heart of the Sea,” recounts the true-life story that probably inspired Melville’s Moby Dick. The Essex, a whaleship out of Nantucket, was completely destroyed by the great sperm whale that it was pursuing in the South Pacific about a thousand miles east of the Marquesas Islands.
Despite his trial in Jerusalem and his subsequent execution, Eichmann, who was in charge of the Holocaust of European Jewry, remains an enigmatic figure. Was he merely a bureaucrat “following orders” or was he an enthusiastic mass-murderer? One of the best book-length studies of Eichmann was by Neal Bascom and here he is in a full discussion from 2009.