History

At the Movies: Chappaquiddick

May 3, 2018

The film tells the story of the single-vehicle car accident that occurred on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, on Friday, July 18, 1969. The accident was caused by Senator Ted Kennedy's negligence, and resulted in the death of his 28-year-old passenger, and Wilkes Barre native Mary Jo Kopechne, who was trapped inside the vehicle. The infamous incident ended the presidential hopes of Ted Kennedy. John Curran directs in a documentary-style, and the film's star Jason Clarke bears an uncanny resemblance to Ted Kennedy.

Photography Historian Gail Buckland on LV Arts Salon

May 3, 2018

Photography historian and author Gail Buckland talked with host Bill Dautremont-Smith about her latest traveling photographic exhibition, "Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present". Guest curated at the Brooklyn Museum, the exhibition opens at the Allentown Art Museum next Sunday, May 6.

John Pearce invites three Lehigh Valley students to share what they found while researching and writing  their History Day reports for this year. You will be impressed with theses students' grasp of history.

John Pearce's  guests are high schoolers Jacob Roth (The Home Tax Rebellion of 1799-1800) and Catelyn Fitzgerald (Susan B. Anthony) plus middle schooler Prathesha Kothare (Oskar Schindler).

(Original air-date: 6/29/2017)

Stories of Allentown’s past is our topic.  Co-hosts John Pearce and historian Frank Whelan interview attorney Malcolm Gross about his grandfather and father, both mayors of Allentown.  Gross’ book, Two Mayors and a Lawyer (2013), tells much of Allentown in the past century.

(Original air-date: 11/12/15)

Malcolm Gross, Esq. talks about a Pennsylvania hero from Civil War days:  Rep. Thaddeus Stevens.  He championed public education in Pennsylvania and was fiercely anti-slavery at a time when that stance was not popular.  Stevens had President Lincoln’s ear, and the two did not always agree.

(Original Date 09/24/15)

Bethlehem's own Mark Will-Weber, author of the new book Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking joins hosts George Miller and Kate Scuffle to explore the fascinating historical connection between the American presidency and alcohol including the whiskey distilled by George Washington, the Prohibition-era cocktail parties at the White House, and the little-known role of drink in nuclear weapons negotiations.

(Original air-date: 12/22/2014)

Host John Pearce welcomes authors Roberta Newman, professor at NYU, and Dr. Joel Nathan Rosen, professor at Moravian College, to discuss their award-winning book Black Baseball, Black Business: Race Enterprise and the Fate of the Segregated Dollar, exploring how the relationship between the segregated Negro League and black businesses functioned, particularly in urban areas with significant African American populations--Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, and more.

(Original air-date 9/29/2014)