(VIDEO) “The Northumberland Man” is the story about an Irish famine immigrant who landed in Philadelphia in 1847 and throughout his lifetime lived the American Dream He apprenticed in Philadelphia and married in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania. He was a wholesale and retail coal dealer in Mount Carmel and Northumberland, Pennsylvania.
PA Books takes a look at George Washington this week, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 8 am. OK, he was not born in Pennsylvania, but most of the major events of his career took place in our state: The French and Indian War at Fort Necessity and Jumonville Glen, and the Revolutionary War at Valley [...]
(VIDEO) Recent movements such as the Tea Party and anti-tax “constitutional conservatism” lay claim to the finance and taxation ideas of America’s founders, but how much do we really know about the dramatic clashes over finance and economics that marked the founding of America? Dissenting from both right-wing claims and certain liberal preconceptions, Founding Finance brings to life the violent conflicts over economics, class, and finance that played directly, and in many ways ironically, into the hardball politics of forming the nation and ratifying the Constitution—conflicts that still continue to affect our politics, legislation, and debate today.
(VIDEO) “200 years of Latino History in Philadelphia” is a rich visual account of the history of Latinos in the city. It traces the development of distinct neighborhoods and institutions, and provides a uniquely intimate portrait of a community.
It’s finally warming up, and time to get outside and appreciate some of Pennsylvania’s natural wonders. Friday 8 am – Pennsylvania Wilds: Images from the Allegheny National Forest. This book is full of beautiful photographs of some of the state’s most out-of-the-way places. The conversation is good, too.
(VIDEO) Breaking down the walls of the traditional newsroom, “Rebuilding the News” traces the evolution of news reporting as it moves from print to online. Focusing on the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, author C. W. Anderson presents a case study of how these papers have struggled to adapt to emerging economic, social, and technological realities.
For over twenty-five years, political columnist John Baer has had a front-row seat to the foibles and follies of the Keystone State’s political system. John Baer has covered Pennsylvania politics for the Philadelphia Daily News since 1987. View the program after the jump.
Since February marks the 281st anniversary of George Washington’s birth, PA Books focuses all week on Pennsylvania’s Other President. The programs run at 8am.
“Do not think of the Pennsylvania Railroad as a business enterprise,” Forbes magazine informed its readers in May 1936. “Think of it as a nation.” At the end of the nineteenth century, the Pennsylvania Railroad was the largest privately owned business corporation in the world. Albert Churella’s account illuminates broad themes in American history, from the development of managerial practices and labor relations to the relationship between business and government to advances in technology and transportation.
When thirteen-year-old Matthew appeared in front of Judge Mark Ciavarella for throwing a piece of steak at his mother’s boyfriend, he was sentenced to seven weeks at PA Child Care, a private, for-profit juvenile detention center in northeastern Pennsylvania. Matthew was among the thousands of children who appeared in Ciavarella’s courtroom between 2003 and 2008 and were sent away—often with no attorney present and after only cursory hearings—to a detention facility in which, it later came to light, Ciavarella had a personal financial stake. View the program after the jump.
In “Stan Musial: An American Life”, veteran sports journalist George Vecsey finally gives this twenty-time All-Star and St. Louis Cardinals icon the kind of prestigious biographical treatment previously afforded to his more celebrated contemporaries Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. More than just a chronological recounting of the events of Musial’s life, this is the definitive portrait of one of the game’s best-loved but most unappreciated legends, told through the remembrances of those who played beside, worked with, and covered “Stan the Man” over the course of his nearly seventy years in the national spotlight.
This week “PA Books” looks at President Dwight Eisenhower at 8 am Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday, grandson David Eisenhower, author of “Going Home to Glory”. On Thursday, the editors of “The Papers of Dwight Eisenhower” and Friday, Geoffrey Perret, author of “Eisenhower”.
World War II veteran Dr. Carl Constein, author of “Born to Fly the Hump” remembers his time as a pilot in the China-Burma-India Theater, flying supplies through the Himalayas. PA Books airs Monday through Friday at 8 am.
Howard Pyle: American Master Rediscovered presents the most recent research on American illustrator Howard Pyle (1853-1911), with thematic essays by leading scholars in art history, history, and literature. Heather Campbell Coyle is Curator of American Art at the Delaware Art Museum. View the program after the jump.
The Barnes Foundation, established by scientist, entrepreneur, and educator Dr. Albert C. Barnes in 1922, is home to one of the world’s largest and finest groups of post-impressionist and early modern paintings. Judith Dolkart is chief curator of the Barnes Foundation. Martha Lucy is associate curator of the Barnes Foundation.