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Go back to school with the country's top professors lecturing on a variety of topics in American history. New episodes posted every Saturday evening. From C-SPAN, the network that brings you "After Words" and "C-SPAN's The Weekly" podcasts.

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    • 4.2 • 521 Ratings

Go back to school with the country's top professors lecturing on a variety of topics in American history. New episodes posted every Saturday evening. From C-SPAN, the network that brings you "After Words" and "C-SPAN's The Weekly" podcasts.

    Presidential Recordings Trailer: Season 2 President Richard Nixon

    Presidential Recordings Trailer: Season 2 President Richard Nixon

    At least 6 U.S. Presidents recorded conversations while in office. Hear those conversations on this C-SPAN podcast. Season 2 focuses on President Richard Nixon's secretly-recorded private telephone conversations. Through eight episodes, hear Richard Nixon talk with key aides about Watergate strategy, potential Supreme Court Nominees, and hear his reaction to the leaked publication of the Pentagon Papers. 
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    • 2 min
    Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy & Civil Rights

    Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy & Civil Rights

    University of South Carolina professor Patricia Sullivan taught a class about the 1960s Civil Rights movement and the involvement of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy. She described the racial unrest that took place in urban areas such as Watts and Detroit and the subsequent creation of the Kerner Commission.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Watergate 50 Years Later

    Watergate 50 Years Later

    American University professor Joseph Campbell taught a class about the 1972 Watergate scandal and, what he calls, “the myth of heroic journalism.” He argued that the unraveling of the Watergate scandal was done by Congress and multiple federal agencies and that Richard Nixon’s presidency was not brought down solely by the Washington Post’s reporting.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Weekly Podcast: Roe v. Wade: Justice Harry Blackmun's Legacy

    The Weekly Podcast: Roe v. Wade: Justice Harry Blackmun's Legacy

    Lectures in History is taking a break this week -- try the latest episode of the Weekly, which provides its own history lesson - on Supreme Court Associate Justice Harry Blackmun and the opinion he wrote...for Roe v. Wade.

    It seems that Roe v. Wade is always in the news, always a part of the political debate. It's been that way for nearly 50 years since the Supreme Court decided the landmark abortion case. Justice Harry Blackmun wrote the opinion legalizing abortion. In this episode of C-SPAN's "The Weekly" we look back at Justice Blackmun -- what he said about his legacy being forever associated with that famous opinion.... and the big prediction he flat out got wrong.
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    • 17 min
    The 1950s

    The 1950s

    University of Oklahoma professor Jennifer Holland teaches a class about family life and gender norms in the 1950s.
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    • 54 min
    Civil War Legacy in the South

    Civil War Legacy in the South

    University of Alabama professor Lesley Gordon taught a class about the Reconstruction Era South and the "Lost Cause" myth. She discussed how "states' rights" were commonly cited as a cause for the Civil War as well as the legacy of Confederate statues.
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    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
521 Ratings

521 Ratings

Yoyofox216 ,

Look into it more

I enjoy the show but keep in mind, most are only giving the official narrative.

This Ken ,

To much a presentation of orthodoxy

I recently went back to college. What I discovered was the people who become professors are the people pleasers who are good a repeating back what ever they are told but not at thinking for themselves. Those who were a little rebellious went elsewhere other than academia. What we have created in our universities is an echo chamber where original thought is discouraged.

Unfortunately all the professors in this series that I have listened to so far begin from the same bias that clouds their ability to see the world as it really is. In order to understand the world we need more diversity of opinions where two or more sides of an issue are presented and over the long term the best ideas are likely to prevail. When all the professors think alike and are sure they have the correct view no new learning occurs.

As in any field there are a few exceptions. New truths generally begin as a fringe position and slowly are adopted. The producers of this podcast need to seek out those fringe professors at least occasionally.

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Slavery

Would like to hear more about slavery, how horrible Americas past was, how math is racist and Trump.

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