The early years of the 20th Century were a time of rampant anxiety in America. Corruption was everywhere from local police forces to the halls of the Senate. The corporations and huge trusts controlled the workplace as well as many politicians. Working conditions for many were abysmal. There was insurrection, riots and rebellion across the country. But this was also the beginning of the Progressive Era. Teddy Roosevelt became President and head trustbuster, and many Americans read the great muckraking journalists found in McClure’s Magazine. Tune in tonight for a fascinating talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin who talks about her latest always interesting book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft And The Golden Age Of Journalism.
Tonight on Inquiry, I talk with Barry B. Powell, The Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written a wonderful new translation of The Iliad, the great ancient work about rage and honor written by Homer. But who was Homer? Was there really a Trojan War? Why was Achilles so enraged? Tune in and learn some very surprising facts about this amazing classic work.