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Vodka Nation
Vodka is the toast of the town—and America’s favorite spirit. Victorino Matus, author of Vodka: How a Colorless, Odorless, Flavorless Spirit Conquered America, examines the national vodka phenomenon from its humble origins in the Depression-era Smirnoff plant through its transformation into a top-shelf status symbol.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Brothers at Arms: A Revolutionary Look at American History
The story of the American Revolution gets a remarkable retelling by historian Larrie D. Ferreiro who places the struggle—and its ultimate success—in the context of the global strategic interests of France and Spain in their fight against Great Britain.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Mario Batali on Regional American Cooking
Mario Batali, best known for Italian cuisine, headed into new territory to prepare his latest cookbook: all corners of America. In a conversation with Joe Yonan, food and dining editor of the Washington Post, he discusses what the dishes served at state fairs, church socials, BBQ joints, and family dinners reveal about our food culture and traditions.
Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 3:00 PM
Reading the Gilded Age Authors
Works by novelists Edith Wharton, Henry James, Theodore Dreiser, and Anzia Yezierska provide literary perspectives on the changes that swept America during the Gilded Age. Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University leads a reading-group series that explores their varied depictions of characters whose personal dramas play out against rapidly shifting social, cultural, and economic backdrops.
Monday, February 13, 2017 - 6:45 PM
New York City in the Gilded Age: A Cultural History
The grand story of late 19th-century New York’s burgeoning wealth and emerging national dominance has its darker parallel in the world of its tenements and sweatshops. From Fifth Avenue’s Millionaire’s Row to the Lower East Side, George Scheper of Johns Hopkins University surveys the panorama of a city as it creates the foundations of its modern identity.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:30 AM
The Battle of the Meuse-Argonne: 47 Days to Victory
Over the course of a month and a half in 1918, poorly equipped and inexperienced American doughboys managed a feat that had stymied French and British forces for more than 3 years: defeating the German army. Historian Mitchell Yockelson recounts the story of the battle that brought WWI to a close.
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 6:45 PM
At the Gilded Age Table
Gilded Age society reveled in teas, cotillions, lawn parties, picnics, luncheons, and formal dinners—all of which had their own codes of dress and manners. Food historian Francine Segan examines the foods and entertainments enjoyed by the upper crust. A light reception with a period-inspired menu follows.
Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 6:45 PM
Civil War Battles at Kelly's Ford and Bristoe Station
All-Day Tour
Spend a day visiting several important battle sites in Virginia, led by Civil War historians Gregg Clemmer and Ed Bearss. Begin at Kelly’s Ford, site of one of the early major cavalry fights in the state, then follow routes traveled by Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and Meade's Army of the Potomac in the October 1863 campaign.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 7:45 AM
The Double Lives of Jack Barsky: The Spy Next Door
Forged identities, a smokescreen suburban life, and wives and children on two continents were all elements of Jack Barsky’s career as a KGB operative in America. Vince Houghton of the International Spy Museum interviews Barsky about his immersion in espionage, juggling allegiances, and assembling a new life after decades as spy.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:45 PM
The American Civil War and the World
Far from being a domestic conflict, the Civil War was closely watched by other countries. Paul Quigley, director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, explores international perspectives on the war, ranging from ideological affinities to economic calculations to strategic considerations.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 6:45 PM