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WILL - Focus - July 10, 2012

Never In My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism

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(Duration: 55:01)

Belva Davis, Award-Winning Journalist

Host: David Inge

We talk to television news pioneer Belva Davis. She was the first black woman to work in television news on the West Coast. She has talked with some of the most notable figures of the 20th century and reported some of the biggest stories, including the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, the birth of the Black Panthers and the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. On a recent visit to the campus, she stopped by our studios to talk about how she got her start in broadcasting and to share stories drawn from her 40-year career. Recorded on April 17, 2012.

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, May 10, 2012, 11 am


WILL - Focus - July 09, 2012

Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick

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(Duration: 51:17)

We’ll explore the life and times of one of baseball’s most eccentric personalities, Bill Veeck. Many will remember him for all of the wacky things he did to get people to the ball park. But this one-time owner of the Chicago White Sox had a serious impact on the game, introducing innovations we now take for granted. He was also an early advocate for the inclusion of black players. Our guest will be Paul Dickson, author of the new biography "Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick."

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, May 11, 2012, 10 am


WILL - Focus - July 06, 2012

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

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(Duration: 51:25)

Why are some nations rich and others poor? Many explanations have been offered: culture, geography, even weather. But MIT economist Daron Acemoglu says what matters most are the political and economic institutions made by people. We’ll hear more about the root causes behind success and failure and talk about what might be done to build widespread prosperity.

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, May 10, 2012, 10 am


WILL - Focus - July 03, 2012

The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story

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(Duration: 51:60)

The Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most powerful symbols, yet when it arrived in crates, no one could have imagined just how powerful it would become. We’ll get the story of the small group of French intellectuals who decided to offer a tribute to American liberty and of the uphill fight for American support. Our guest will be historian Edward Berenson, author of the new book "The Statue of Liberty: A Transatlantic Story."

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, June 29, 2012, 11 am


WILL - Focus - June 22, 2012

Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent

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(Duration: 50:16)

E. J. Dionne Jr., Columnist for the Washington Post; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; and University Professor, the Foundations of Democracy and Culture, Georgetown University

Host: David Inge

Our guest will be political commentator E.J. Dionne. In his new book "Our Divided Political Heart," he tries to make sense of the current unhappiness that runs through American politics. He says our discontent is rooted in our inability agree on who we are.  American history, he says, is defined by the tension between two core values, love of individualism and reverence for community. He says we need to remember our greatness has always depended on a balance between our two core values.

Categories: History, Politics

WILL - Focus - June 18, 2012

The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon

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(Duration: 55:25)

William Adler, Writer

Host: David Inge
 

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 11 am

In 1914, Joe Hill was convicted of murder in Utah and executed by a firing squad. The result was an international controversy. People around the world believed he was innocent, and that he had been convicted for just one reason--he was a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. In a program from the archives, William Adler tells the story of Joe Hill, the songwriter who became an American labor icon. That’s the subject of his book "The Man Who Never Died."

Categories: History


WILL - Focus - June 05, 2012

Marco Polo: From Venice To Xanadu

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(Duration: 50:21)

Lawrence Bergreen, Writer

Host: David Inge

Marco Polo was only 17 when he set out for Asia with his father and uncle. By his return, 24 years later, he had traveled to places few Europeans had ever seen. He wanted his name to live forever as the greatest traveler of all time, but found it difficult to convince his fellow Venetians that he had actually done what he had claimed. In a program from the archives, Laurence Bergreen talks about the life of Marco Polo, one of the first Europeans to travel extensively through Asia.

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, January 17, 2008, 11 am

Categories: Geography, History

WILL - Focus - June 05, 2012

The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-Shek and the Struggle for Modern China

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(Duration: 51:15)

Jay Taylor, Writer

Host: David Inge
image from book cover of The Generalissimo

At the time of his death, Chiang Kai-shek was widely viewed as a brutal dictator, a failed military leader, and the man who lost the mainland to Mao Zedong.  Jay Taylor says that was once his assessment too, but after doing research on the life of the Chinese leader, Taylor says he says he came to see Chiang as a complex figure--not the complete villain the West sees nor the saint long revered in Taiwan. We’ll rebroadcast an interview with Jay Taylor author of "The Generalissimo."

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, July 08, 2009, 10 am

Categories: Books and Reading, History

WILL - Focus - June 04, 2012

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

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(Duration: 49:48)

Ezra F. Vogel, Ph.D., Henry Ford II Research Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University

Host: David Inge
Ezra Vogel

This interview was recorded on January 26, 2012

We’ll bring you a conversation with one of America’s leading scholars of East Asia, Ezra Vogel, emeritus professor of social sciences at Harvard. His 1979 best-selling book "Japan as Number One," predicted the rise of Japan as an economic powerhouse. His most recent book looks at China’s development and role Deng Xiaoping played in that country’s modernization. The first book, he says, played a role in educating America about Japan. His hope is that the new book will do the same for China.

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, January 30, 2012, 10 am


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