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Mar 19, 2017

Everyone knows that America is 50 states and…some other stuff. Scattered shards in the Pacific and the Caribbean, the not-quite states—American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S.

Mar 12, 2017

In 1986, a shy and intelligent twenty-year-old named Christopher Knight left his home in Massachusetts, drove to Maine, and disappeared into the forest. He would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food.

Mar 5, 2017

In 1912, a group of ambitious young men, including future Supreme Court justice Felix Frankfurter and future journalistic giant Walter Lippmann, became disillusioned by the sluggish progress of change in the Taft Administration.

Feb 26, 2017

More than two million students are enrolled in for-profit colleges, from the small family-run operations to the behemoths brandished on billboards, subway ads, and late-night commercials.

Feb 19, 2017

In her new book BLACK EDGE best selling author Sheelah Kolhatkar takes readers inside the government’s  aggressive pursuit of Steven Cohen and the employees of his company SAC Capital, and raises urgent and troubling questions about the power and wealth of those who sit at the pinnacle

Feb 5, 2017

This week Al speaks with Boston based author and historian Susan Quinn about her best selling new book: Eleanor and Hick, the revealing story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok. This intimate relationship was both unusual and riveting.

Jan 29, 2017

At the end of his second term, George Washington surprised Americans by publishing his Farewell message in a newspaper.

Jan 22, 2017

In 2014, James Hamblin launched a series of videos for The Atlantic called “If Our Bodies Could Talk.”  With it, the doctor-turned-journalist established himself as a seriously entertaining authority in the field of health.

Jan 8, 2017

Civilianized is a new memoir by  young Iraq war veteran, Michael Anthony who is from Massachusetts. This book is not only important (it tackles issues of Veteran suicide, PTSD, drug abuse, and alcoholism) but it is a poignant, sometimes funny, and a great read.

Jan 1, 2017

In his new book "War Against War" best selling author and historian Michael Kazin tells the story of Americans who tried to stop their nation from fighting in one of history’s most destructive wars and then were hounded by the government when they refused to back

Dec 25, 2016

NY Times best-selling author Jeanne Marie Laskas author of HIDDEN AMERICA, the people who make this country work will be Al's guest this Sunday evening at 10:30.

Dec 18, 2016

In her new book EIGHT FLAVORS, food historian, Sarah Lohman sets out on a journey through history to uncover the eight flavors that have come to define the ever-changing palate of American cuisine: black pepper, vanilla, chili powder, curry powder, soy sauce, garlic, MSG, and Sriracha.

Dec 11, 2016

Over the past decade or so a mysterious phenomenon  has begun to wreak havoc on once-healthy bee colonies. According to experts this is having a major impact on our agricultural industry which to a large extent depends of bees for pollination.

Dec 4, 2016

In 1906, from atop a snow-swept hill in the ice fields northwest of Greenland, hundreds of miles from another human being, Commander Robert E. Peary spotted a line of mysterious peaks looming in the distance.

Nov 27, 2016

Recently the Obama administration announced it will exclude the Arctic Ocean from oil and gas leasing for the next five years. Is this a win for the environment or another political overture?

Nov 20, 2016

Former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell was the primary architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement for peace in Northern Ireland, the ups and downs of which he addressed in his 2015 memoir The Negotiator. A little more than a decade later, Mitchell served as U.S.

Nov 13, 2016

The FBI has a lack of women in leadership roles within the Bureau. Is this just the latest in  a string of controversial issues facing the bureau?

Nov 6, 2016

In his new book PEARL HARBOR,  best selling author Craig Nelson provides a comprehensive and dramatic retelling of the attack on Pearl Harbor from both the American and Japanese perspectives.  From journal and diary entries by FDR, U.S.

Oct 30, 2016

Boston is world famous for medical care with thousands of people flying into the state for medical attention, but did you know that Boston is also a hotspot for plastic surgery?  When people think of traveling for plastic surgery, they typically think of Beverly Hills, NYC, and Korea, howeve

Oct 23, 2016

Ike’s Gamble is a finely researched, unconventional account of America’s role in the Suez Crisis.

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