Entertainment & Culture
Audiobook Review| How Rodgers and Hammerstein Revolutionized the Musical
The music-making duo helped redefine theater and the American Broadway musical
American Civil War
Audiobook Review| Violence within Congress Spurs the Civil War
Author Joanne B. Freeman recounts how Southern Democrats’ attacks on critics of slavery spilled from the Capitol building onto streets and dueling grounds
Audiobook Review| The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Celebrated as “the Father of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,” Dr. Harvey Washington Wiley documented the effects preservatives had on the Gilded Age’s food supply.
Reviews & Interviews
Audiobook Review| First in Line: Presidents, Vice Presidents, and the Pursuit of Power
From Richard Nixon to Mike Pence, Kate Anderson Brower examines how the personal stock of recent vice presidents has fluctuated, often at the boss’ whim.
Audiobook Review| The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
Maxwell King affectionately relays how Fred Rogers’ mix of creativity, child psychology, and empathy made him America’s most influential neighbor.
Mag: American History Featured
Audiobook Review| Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer
Lisa McCubbin examines the life that poised Betty Ford for roles she didn’t seek, and chronicles how the first lady used wit, grace, and resilience inspired a generation.