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Aired 3 months ago 47:07
David McCullough on the Pioneers Who Defined America
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough discusses his latest book The Pioneers, how it fulfilled his lifelong dream to write a nonfiction version of Thornton Wilderâ€™s Our Town,Â and why he wants his book to serve as reminder of fundamental American values. Â He tells the story ofÂ the New England minister who played an instrumental role in the creation of the Ohio Settlement, how he fought to outlawÂ slavery in the territory,Â and how hisÂ son carried on his fight for abolition a few years later. Â He talks about the wealthy Irish couple who built a paradise on an island in the Ohio RiverÂ and how they lost everything when they became embroiled in the Aaron Burr treason scandal.Â McCullough reveals what heâ€™s learned in his 50 plus years of studying history, the importance of hindsight,Â and why historical figures feel like old friends. Order The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West on Amazon, Audible or wherever books are sold. Â This podcast was sponsored by Ancestry.com and Soundtrap for Storytellers. Â Subscribe to Kickass News on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review, follow us on Twitter at @KickassNewsPod, and take our listener survey at www.podsurvey.com/kick.
Aired 5 months ago 47:36
Mexican-American Writer Finds Inspiration In Family, Tragedy & Trump
Luis Alberto Urrea's book 'The House of Broken Angels' borrows from the story of his older brother, who died of cancer. He says the book went through a dramatic rewrite after Trump became president. [Originally broadcast March 2018.] Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews Jordan Peele's new 'Twilight Zone' reboot.
Aired 6 months ago 36:28
Chang and Eng: A Messy American Dream
Many of us have seen pictures of the original "Siamese Twins" Chang and Eng. But their story is so much more than a medical case study. Mo travels to Mount Airy, North Carolina - the inspiration for Andy Griffith's Mayberry and the real life home of the conjoined twins - to join the many descendants of Chang and Eng for their annual family reunion.