Politics Episodes

April 15, 2021

199. Unravelling the Strange Genius of Mr. O. with Dr. Carolyn Eastman

In the early years of the nineteenth century, former Virginia schoolteacher James Ogilvie embarked on a lecture tour that took th…

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Oct. 22, 2020

181. Electioneering Rage with Kelly Fleming

In 1784, British men went to the polls. It was a pivotal contest in the aftermath of the American Revolution, following a slew of…

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Sept. 24, 2020

177. Harnessing Harmony in the Early Republic with Billy Coleman

On September 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key began composing "The Star-Spangled Banner after witnessing the British attack on Fort Mc…

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Sept. 17, 2020

176. Hunting Satan in Scotland and the Atlantic World with Michelle D…

The Prince of Darkness wrought havoc on the souls of seventeenth-century Christians living throughout the Atlantic world. Whether…

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July 9, 2020

166. Mobilizing the Will of the People with T. H. Breen

We're excited to bring you Season 5 of Conversations at the Washington Library in a few short weeks. But in the meantime we’ll ke…

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July 2, 2020

165. Facing the Long Year of Revolution with Mary Beth Norton

Summer has arrived and with it the end of Season 4 of Conversations at the Washington Library . But don't despair! While we're bu…

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June 11, 2020

162. Ending Washington's Life with Jonathan Horn

In March 1797, newly-inaugurated president John Adams thought he detected a glint of joy in George Washington’s eyes as the aging…

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May 21, 2020

159. Preserving Historic Real Estate with Whitney Martinko

In 1812, Pennsylvania state legislators contemplated something that most Americans would now find completely unimaginable: demoli…

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April 2, 2020

152. Creating George Washington's Cabinet with Lindsay Chervinsky

There are many things that we take for granted in the modern United States. The president’s cabinet is one of them. Although the …

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March 5, 2020

148. Inventing Disaster with Cindy Kierner

On the morning of November 1, 1755, a devastating earthquake struck the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. The quake leveled buildings…

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Sept. 19, 2019

124. The Power Broker and the King Maker: The Life of Elizabeth Willi…

In this episode of Conversations at the Washington Library , Samantha Snyder speaks to Jim Ambuske about the life of Elizabeth Wi…

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