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Welcome back! New-York Historical is now open for visitors. Book your timed-entry tickets. And reserve separate, timed-entry tickets for our free, outdoor exhibition Hope Wanted in the rear courtyard.

Did you miss one of New-York Historical's recent public programs? Recordings of select programs are available here as streaming audio.

Podcasts of select programs are also available on New-York Historical’s iTunes library. These files can easily be downloaded and played on any Mac, PC or portable device and even burned to a CD.

October 2008
Audio
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
October 14th, 2008
53 minutes 59 seconds
Annette Gordon-Reed, Brent Staples

This program tells the story of the Hemings family, whose close blood ties to the third president of America had been systematically expunged from history until very recently. Two speakers trace the Hemingses from their origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Thomas Jefferson's death in 1826, bringing to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson, but the entire family and their compelling saga.

Annette Gordon-Reed is a professor of law at New York Law School and a professor of history at Rutgers University. She is the author of the groundbreaking Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy and The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. Brent Staples is an editorial writer for The New York Times. His memoir, Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White, won the Anisfield Wolff Book Award.
 

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October 2008
Audio
James Madison and the Constitution
October 2nd, 2008
Joseph J. Ellis, Sean Wilentz, Benno C. Schmidt, Jr. (moderator)

Benno Schmidt moderates this program with historians Joseph J. Ellis and Sean Wilentz as they discuss James Madison's enormous, but often overlooked contributions in American history.

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May 2008
Audio
Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America
May 22nd, 2008
Allen C. Guelzo, Harold Holzer

Allen C. Guelzo and Harold Holzer, two eminent Lincoln scholars, take a closer look at the political framework of the debates that made Lincoln famous, set the stage for his political career, and foreshadowed the brewing storm of the Civil War.

Duration: 47:42

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May 2008
Audio
The Constitution and the Court in 2008
May 13th, 2008
Akhil Reed Amar, Kenneth W. Starr, Benno C. Schmidt, Jr. (Moderator)

Benno Schmidt moderates a debate between Akhil Reed Amar and Kenneth W. Starr, as they tackle the current direction of the Supreme Court and the future of Constitutional law.
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May 2008
Audio
George Washington on Leadership
May 5th, 2008
54 minutes, 43 seconds
Richard Brookhiser, Richard Snow

Richard Brookhiser and Richard Snow discuss the leadership qualities that enabled George Washington’s success in three distinguished careers: as a businessman, general, and president.

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