On After Words (Sun at 6:00 & 9:00 pm) Harvey Kaye, whose Thomas Paine and the Promise of America deals with one of the great radicals of the American revolution, is interviewed by Michael Novak, one of the most persuasive proponents of the importance of religion to the founders. Kaye discusses Paine’s influence on American reformers.
Last week’s “After Words” discussed From Mount Vernon to Crawford: A History of the Presidents and Their Retreats by Kenneth Walsh, who is interviewed by Susan Eisenhower; a rerun is set for midnight Sunday.
Sunday evening at 10:00, Nicholas Ostler discusses his Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World.
The two “In-Depth” reruns are of Garry Wills (Saturday) and Charles Murray (Sunday). Saturday before the first In-Depth are discussions of life in prisons in North Korea and Russia as well as a KGB memoir and a work on globalization. After are two takes on our relationship with Iraq. In the evening biographies of Coolidge and Jay Gould are presented.
At 9:15 Saturday evening, Michelle Feynaman reads selections from Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman. Given his charm and intellect, this should be well worth the time.
At 10:00 Saturday Stephen Walker’s Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima is the subject. Obviously, this is another look at the subject of Lex’s post. Here the author and director “chronicles the three-week period between the bombing of Hiroshima and the end of World War II.” Donald Davis discusses his Lightning Strike: The Secret Mission to Kill Admiral Yamamoto and Avenge Pearl Harbor Sunday at 7:00. This argues that “To retaliate for the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, an attack was planned by the U.S. military to take out the Japanese commander who orchestrated the Pearl Harbor attack.” The work “also tells the story of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, a Harvard-educated leader of the Japanese military and the mastermind behind the bombing of Pearl Harbor.”
The selections include a good many on Iraq and Iran, as well as an assortment of pundits. Have a good weekend.