first aired October 30, 2020
American Military, American Virtue
Matt Oyos (Radford University)
Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency marked the beginning of United States imperialism. Matt Oyos explains how Roosevelt transformed and modernized the military to bolster America’s growing international presence.
Liberalism and Leadership
Emile Lester (University of Mary Washington)
Arthur Schlesinger Jr. was the foremost presidential historian of the 20th century. Over the course of his career, he won two Pulitzer prizes and was a close friend and advisor to former president, John F. Kennedy. Emile Lester says Schlesinger’s work can teach us a lot about what makes a successful liberal presidency.
Psychological Personality Framework
Dennis Foster (Virginia Military Institute) and Jonathan Keller (James Madison University)
What makes a leader decide to go to war? Is the decision based solely on facts on the ground or does it have something to do with personality? Dennis Foster and Jonathan Keller have developed a psychological framework for uncovering why leaders do the things they do.
Featured guests have included Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison discussing race in America, Mike Seeger exploring American folk music, Ruth Osorio on disability justice movements, Bruce Greyson sharing his study of near death experiences, and Nikki Giovanni reading from her poetry. You’ll discover LGBTQ families in Shakespeare’s plays, the ways we pre-judge others based on their accents, and the surprising history of Hawaiian shirts.