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British author Charles Dickens' 1843 holiday classic about the power of the Christmas Spirit(s) to melt even the coldest hearts Christmas past, Christmas present, and even Christmas yet to come. Great discussion with Dr. Diane Calhoun-French, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Jefferson Community & Technical College and Dickens scholar about Mr. Dickens' own literary and life transformations around the time the text was published.
SPECIAL HOLIDAY EPISODE - A CHRISTMAS CAROL. IN PROSE. BEING A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS
BY CHARLES DICKENS
EPISODE 15 - DUNE
BY FRANK HERBERT
American novelist Frank Herbert's 1965 sci-fi epic to coincide with Warner Bros. Picture's upcoming release of the 'Dune' movie. Far in the distant future, humanity outlaws all "thinking machines" and places the burden for advanced intelligence and intuition squarely on its own mind. Only two catalysts, however, exist for this evolution; a mysterious spice on a remote desert planet called Arrakis,...and a young man named Paul Atreides. Rare content by Mr. Herbert himself courtesy of Cal State on the back half!
SPECIAL THANKSGIVING EPISODE - THE PIONEERS, OR THE SOURCES OF THE SUSQUEHANNA; A DESCRIPTIVE TALE
BY JAMES FENIMORE COOPER
Founding Father of the American novel James Fenimore Cooper's 1823 classic about turkey-shoots and moral tumult in the early American period. The upstate settlement of Templeton, NY thrives under U.S independence, but expands in a manner (and rate) dismissive of "Nature and of Nature's God". Two vagabond souls from America's frontier past drift in to observe and (where needed) to criticize and correct. Special content courtesy of WGBH Boston!
EPISODE 14 - THE END OF THE MYTH: SWEET TASTE OF LIBERTY: A TRUE STORY OF SLAVERY AND RESTITUTION IN AMERICA
BY GREG GRANDIN
Yale University historian Greg Grandin's iconoclastic 2020 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction winner maps the political and intellectual contours of the idea of American frontier itself. After 400 years of expansion, the rage of the U.S. boundary regions begins to contract inward on itself, with the Trump Administration (and the "The Wall") as their political (and physical) symbol. Talk by Dr. Grandin at D.C.'s Politics & Prose Bookstore on the back half!
EPISODE 13 - SWEET TASTE OF LIBERTY: A TRUE STORY OF SLAVERY AND RESTITUTION IN AMERICA
BY W. CALEB McDANIEL
Associate Professor of History at Rice University W. Caleb McDaniel's 2020 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History tracking the life, labors, and liberty of Ms. Henrietta Wood, a 19th century enslaved African-American woman awarded the largest monetized slave reparation to date in a U.S. courtroom. Special lecture by Dr. McDaniel courtesy of The Filson Historical Society and comments on The NY Time's historiographical shakeup, 'The 1619 Project'