Posts filed under ‘History’

6-12-12: First Call Hagerstown

When a bugle plays “First Call,” it means “assemble.” Washington County is sounding the first call this weekend to attract visitors to learn about its Civil War history, including General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the Union. We’ll hear about this weekend’s events.

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6-12-12: The Health of the Diaspora

There are approximately 160 million descendants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade living today throughout the Western Hemisphere. How are they doing today?

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6-11-12: Variations on a Familar Theme

Baltimore native Philip Glass has been commissioned to write a new version of 1812 Overture in honor of the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conductor Marin Alsop will be directing it. Tom Hall talks with her about the premiere.

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6-5-12: An Iconic Kiss

On August 14, 1945, photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt took a picture of a sailor kissing a woman in a white uniform in Times Square. A new book identifies the sailor as George Mendonsa, who lives in Rhode Island, and Greta Friedman, who lives in Frederick, Maryland. Sheilah talks with both of them, now 89, about how that moment in Times Square came about.

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5-22-12: The Forgotten Fort

A history professor at the Naval Academy believes she’s found the remains of a Fort built on its grounds at the direction of Thomas Jefferson. She tells us how she figured out where it stood.

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5-21-12: A Retrospective of Amalie Rothschild

Amalie Rothschild (1916 — 2001) was one of Baltimore’s most prolific visual artists during the 20th century. Tom tours a retrospective of her work at Towson University’s Center for the Arts Gallery.

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5-18-12: The Commencement Speech

We hear from Frostburg State University about why they never use outside commencement speakers, and Sheilah talks to Lynchburg College communication studies professor Paula Youra about the history of this sometimes scintillating, sometimes snore-inducing tradition.

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5-15-12: Charles Heller’s Long Journey

Charles Heller tells Sheilah about “Prague: My Long Journey Home,” his memoir about hiding from the Nazis–and taking a potshot at one–as a young boy in World War II Czechoslovakia.

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5-7-12: A Conflict for a Continent

Exploring the roots of the War of 1812 with author John Stagg.

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5-1-12: From Slave Ship to Harvard

The amzing story of an African-American family that’s lived in Maryland for six generations–beginning with Yarrow Mamout, who was brought from Guinea to the U.S. as a slave in 1752. Tom Hall talks with James Johnston, author of the book “From Slave Ship to Harvard.”

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