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Daniel James Brown with Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II
Free Virtual Event: Wednesday, May 12 at 6 p.m. ET
Moderator: Roland Nozomu Kelts, author, journalist, editor, and lecturer
Presented in partnership with Boston Public Library, the Japan Society of Boston, and GBH Forum Network
From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Boys in the Boat, a gripping World War II saga of patriotism.
An unforgettable chronicle of war-time America, Facing the Mountain portrays the kaleidoscopic journey of four Japanese-American families and their sons. One demonstrated his courage as a resister. The three others volunteered for 442nd Regimental Combat Team and displayed fierce courage on the battlefields of France, Germany, and Italy, where they were asked to do the near impossible in often suicidal missions. Based on deep archival research and extensive family interviews, Brown also tells the story of these soldiers’ parents, immigrants who were forced to shutter the businesses, surrender their homes, and submit to imprisonment on U.S. soil. Here, as in The Boys in the Boat, he explores the questions of what “home” means, what makes a team work, and who gets to be a “real American.” Don’t miss the author’s presentation and discussion with Roland Kelts about this powerful new work.
Daniel James Brown is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat, which spent over 135 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list; The Indifferent Stars Above; and Under a Flaming Sky. A multi award-winning writer, he lives in Washington State, near Seattle, and has taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford University.
Roland Nozomu Kelts is a Japanese-American writer, editor, and lecturer; author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US. He writes for publications in the US, Japan, and Europe, and is a commentator for CNN, the BBC, and National Public Radio. A contributing editor of MONKEY: New Writing from Japan, he was also a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He lives in Tokyo.
Skip Finley with Whaling Captains of Color: America's First Meritocracy
Free Virtual Event: Tuesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Presented in partnership with Boston Public Library, the State Library of Massachusetts, and Museum of African American History
Hear the stories of whaling's leaders of color in an era when the only other option was slavery.
The history of whaling as an industry has been well-told in books, but none has shared the stories of whaling’s leaders of color in an era when the only other option was slavery. Working with archival records at whaling museums, in libraries, from private archives and interviews with people whose ancestors were whaling masters, Skip Finley now profiles the lives of over 50 black whaling captains. Whaling was one of the first American industries to exhibit diversity. A man became a captain not because he was white or well connected, but because he knew how to kill a whale. Along the way, he could learn navigation and reading and writing. Whaling presented a tantalizing alternative to mainland life. At last, the stories of these captains’ success – of why, how, and their historical impact – are being told.
Skip Finley is a former broadcasting executive who was responsible for over 40 U.S. radio stations and experienced success in all areas of radio. Attempting retirement since age 50, he keeps returning to communications, currently in marketing at the Vineyard Gazette Media Group on Martha's Vineyard, where he summered since 1955, deciding to become a writer. For five years Finley wrote the weekly Oak Bluffs Town Column and is a contributor to several publications in the areas of whaling and history.
Joseph M. Bagley with Boston's Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them
Free Virtual Event: Thursday, June 3 at 6 p.m. ET
Moderator: Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, Curator of Special Collections at NEHGS
Presented in partnership with State Library of Massachusetts
Gain insight into Boston’s early history and oldest buildings from a city insider and historic preservationist.
The first book to survey Boston’s fifty oldest buildings, this work by the city archaeologist and historic preservationist is a great guide for history lovers, architectural enthusiasts, and tourists. In an approachable narrative which will appeal to non-architects and those new to historic preservation, Joseph M. Bagley tours fifty buildings that pre-date 1800 and illustrate Boston’s early history. Approaching its four-hundredth anniversary, Boston continues to shift with near-constant development; still, it maintains its historic character. Don’t miss hearing from an expert and insider about the city’s unique character, its historic areas and oldest buildings.
Joseph M. Bagley is the City Archaeologist of Boston, a historic preservationist, and staff member of the Boston Landmarks Commission. He has worked previously for the Massachusetts Historical Commission and Maine Historic Preservation Commission. In 2016, Joe published the award-winning A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts.
Curt DiCamillo, FRSA is the Curator of Special Collections at New England Historic Genealogical Society. Before he came to NEHGS he worked for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the National Trust for Scotland. He is a recognized authority on the British country house.
Gabrielle Glaser with American Baby: A Mother, A Child, and the Shadow History of Adoption
Free Virtual Event: Tuesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. ET
Moderator: Peter O’Dowd, Senior Editor, Here & Now (WBUR)
The shocking truth about postwar adoption in America, told through the bittersweet story of one teenager, the son she was forced to relinquish, and their search to find each other.
As closed records of adoption are being legally challenged in states nationwide and open adoption is the rule today, journalist Gabrielle Glaser takes us back to a dark time in America’s history. Her acclaimed book reveals the lucrative and exploitative adoption industry during the 1960s Baby Boom, when agencies removed children from their birth mothers, placed them with hopeful families, and then firmly closed the door between them. Acting “in the best interests of all,” they separated families, including Margaret Erle’s. Don’t miss hearing her story of love, loss, and the search for identity – a tale that she and her son born in 1961 share with millions of Americans, their “powerful” family history “illuminating a universal truth” (The New York Times Book Review).
Gabrielle Glaser is a New York Times bestselling author and journalist whose work on mental health, medicine, and culture has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She has appeared on many national radio and television programs, including NPR’s Fresh Air, All Things Considered, NBC’s Nightly News, and ABC’s World News Tonight.
Peter O'Dowd is the senior editor for Here & Now, produced by WBUR (Boston) public radio. He was previously news director for KJZZ in Phoenix, AZ, where he was also an editor and reporter. He got his start in broadcasting at Wyoming Public Radio.
Produced by GBH Forum Network in partnership with Boston Public Library
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Names of New York: Discovering the City's Past, Present, and Future Through Its Place-Names
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Quiara Alegría Hudes
My Broken Language: A MemoirPresented in partnership with Boston Public Library, Huntington Theatre Company, Porter Square Books, and GBH Forum Network
April 13, 2021
Terror to the Wicked: America’s First Trial by Jury That Ended a War and Helped to Form a NationPresented in partnership with Boston Public Library and State Library of Massachusetts
March 23, 2021
A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a NationIn partnership with Porter Square Books and GBH Forum Network
February 23, 2021
Anna Malaika Tubbs
The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a NationIn partnership with Boston Public Library, State Library of Massachusetts, and the Museum of African American History
February 18, 2021
Richard Thompson Ford
Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made HistoryIn partnership with the Peabody Essex Museum
February 4, 2021
Janice P. Nimura
The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women—and Women to MedicineIn partnership with Boston Public Library and GBH Forum Network
January 13, 2021
Eric Jay Dolin
A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America's HurricanesIn partnership with the State Library of Massachusetts
December 7, 2020
Cross of Snow: The Life of Henry Wadsworth LongfellowIn partnership with the State Library of Massachusetts and GBH Forum Network
December 3, 2020
David S. Reynolds
Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His TimesIn partnership with Porter Square Books
November 12, 2020
Baxter Lecture on Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and WarIn partnership with Boston Public Library, the State Library of Massachusetts, and GBH Forum
November 5, 2020
The Dead are Arising: The Life of Malcolm XIn partnership with Boston Public Library and GBH Forum
October 20, 2020
Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I WriteIn partnership with Boston Public Library and GBH Forum
October 8, 2020
EleanorIn partnership with the State Library of Massachusetts and Porter Square Books
October 1, 2020
The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America’s Forgotten Capital of Vice
September 10, 2020
Carville’s Cure: Leprosy, Stigma, and the Fight for JusticeIn partnership with Boston Public Library, State Library of Massachusetts, and GBH Forum
August 25, 2020
E. Dolores Johnson
Say I’m Dead : A Family Memory of Race, Secrets and LoveIn partnership with Boston Public Library, Museum of African American History, State Library of Massachusetts, and GBH Forum Network
August 20, 2020
How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower's Biggest DecisionIn partnership with Boston Public Library and GBH Forum
August 11, 2020
Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil RightsIn partnership with Boston Public Library, Museum of African American History, and GBH Forum Network
July 23, 2020
Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthyIn partnership with Boston Public Library and GBH Forum
June 24, 2020
Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron BurrIn partnership with Boston Public Library and GBH Forum
June 8, 2020
Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Mid-CenturyIn partnership with Boston Public Library and GBH Forum
May 20, 2020
The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We AreIn partnership with Boston Public Library and GBH Forum
May 14, 2020
Voyage of Mercy: The USS Jamestown, the Irish Famine, and the Remarkable Story of America's First Humanitarian MissionIn partnership with Boston Public Library and GBH Forum
April 28, 2020
Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit InIn partnership with Boston Public Library and GBH Forum
March 6, 2020
Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor StokesIn partnership with Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center, the Jewish Women’s Archive, and GBH Forum
February 26, 2020
The Season: A Social History of the DebutanteNo video available
February 11, 2020
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black AmericaIn partnership with GBH Forum
February 11, 2020
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black AmericaIn conversation with GBH News Reporter Callie Crossley at the BPL Studio
January 30, 2020
Honoring The Career Of NPR Broadcaster Scott SimonIn partnership with GBH Forum
January 30, 2020
Sunnyside PlazaIn conversation with WGBH News Reporter Craig Lemoult at the BPL Studio
January 14, 2020
Bound For Gold: A Novel of the California Gold RushNo video available
December 10, 2019
Janis: Her Life and MusicIn partnership with Boston Public Library and GBH Forum
November 21, 2019
George Howe Colt
The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968In partnership with Boston Public Library and GBH Forum
November 12, 2019
Donald L. Miller
Vicksburg: Grant’s Campaign that Broke the ConfederacyNo video available
October 18, 2019
No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in American HistoryIn partnership with GBH Forum
October 18, 2019
No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in American HistoryWith Boston Public Radio at the BPL Studio
September 26, 2019
Brian Jay Jones
Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American ImaginationNo video available
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Condé Nast: The Man and His EmpireNo video available
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