Explore the rich and complex history of the United States and beyond. Produced by the New-York Historical Society, host David M. Rubenstein engages the nation’s foremost historians and creative thinkers on a wide range of topics, including presidential biography, the nation’s founding, and the people who have shaped the American story. Learn more at nyhistory.org.
A Conversation with Louise Mirrer
The New-York Historical Society, New York’s first museum, has been a great destination for history since 1804. David M. Rubenstein speaks with New-York Historical’s President and CEO Louise Mirrer about her life and career, as well as the past, present, and future of the institution.
Recorded on February 18, 2022
How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers
What are the qualities of a great leader? For the past five years, David Rubenstein has spoken with some of the world’s most distinguished visionaries in government, finance, technology, and beyond. In a discussion with historian Douglas Brinkley, Rubenstein reveals what he has learned in his conversations with influential history-makers such as Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Warren Buffett, and others.
Recorded on September 22, 2020
Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge
In May of 1796, 22-year-old Ona Judge escaped enslavement from the household of the most powerful man in the United States: George Washington. Soon thereafter she became the subject of an intense manhunt led by Washington himself. In a discussion that spans her scholarship on slavery, racial injustice, and gender inequality, Erica Armstrong Dunbar explores the incredible story of this courageous young woman who defied the man who had brought freedom to some, but not all, who lived in the United States.
Recorded January 7, 2021.
Three Days at the Brink: FDR’s Daring Gamble to Win World War II
Bestselling author and Fox News Channel anchor Bret Baier, in conversation with David M. Rubenstein, illuminates the complex character of Franklin D. Roosevelt through three essential days in Tehran, Iran during November of 1943. Roosevelt, alongside Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin, met in secret for the first time to chart a strategy for defeating Hitler, and made essential decisions that would direct the final years of the war and its aftermath.
Recorded June 4, 2021
His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life
Jimmy Carter’s term as America’s 39th president has drawn both censure and celebration, resulting in a complex presidential legacy. Drawing on new archival material and five years of extensive access to Carter and his entire family, author Jonathan Alter traces Carter’s journey growing up during the Depression in the Jim Crow South to the governorship of Georgia, the Oval Office, and finally to his receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian work and outspokenness on international conflicts.
Recorded November 20, 2020
The Cause: The American Revolution and Its Discontents, 1773–1783
Award-winning author and historian Joseph J. Ellis, in conversation with David M. Rubenstein, sheds new light on the War for American Independence. Focusing on 1773 to 1783, Ellis illuminates how the nation’s founders—including George Washington and John Adams, among others—prudently but imperfectly established a new republic.
Recorded June 11, 2021
Love this podcast. Very informative and sticks to the facts without theatrics, politicking, or grandstanding. Well done to the host and exceptional guests! A++++
How about Haiti?
This podcast is outstanding and presents history in a way that is a pleasure to listen to. Mr Rubenstein is concise and interesting. I hope someday he decides to cover the topic of the Haitian revolution and help us understand how it related to our country and the French Revolution. At 60 years old I should have learned about Toussaint Louverture long ago and the ways that Napoleon Bonaparte, Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase factor into his life and the history of Saint Domingue. This podcast could do it better than most. Keep up the good work, Mr Rubenstein!
Just listened to the interview with Robert Caro. The interviewer was hasty and rude. If you got Caro on the stage, let him talk.