History with David Rubenstein

David Rubenstein’s skillful questioning of acclaimed writers like Robert A. Caro, Ron Chernow, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and many others effectively takes us behind the scenes, enabling a rare insight into the American story and a real sense of how history gets made.

Jeffrey Frank

26m 40s

After serving for three months as vice president, Harry S. Truman, at age 60, suddenly inherited the White House. How did Truman, a seemingly unprepared provincial, become the steadfast leader who, in the rush of events, helped shape the postwar world?

Episodes

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    Jeffrey Frank

    S5 E10 - 26m 40s

    After serving for three months as vice president, Harry S. Truman, at age 60, suddenly inherited the White House. How did Truman, a seemingly unprepared provincial, become the steadfast leader who, in the rush of events, helped shape the postwar world?

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    Fredrik Logevall

    S5 E9 - 26m 40s

    John F. Kennedy was one of the most iconic political figures of the 20th century, a man known universally by his initials. From his college days to the end in Dallas, he was fascinated by the nature of political courage and its relationship to democratic governance. How should we understand JFK and his role in US and world politics?

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    Candice Millard

    S5 E8 - 26m 40s

    Candice Millard, in conversation with David M. Rubenstein, offers an extraordinary account of President Garfield’s momentous, if brief, presidential career, and the legacy left not only by his work but by his death.

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    Marie Arana

    S5 E7 - 26m 40s

    In 1960, one out of every 25 people in the United States was of Latino heritage. In 2023, it is one out of five. In 2050, it will be one in three. Latinos are our largest, oldest, most undercounted, fastest growing, and least understood community. Prizewinning author Marie Arana explains who they are and what they have meant to America.

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    Jonathan Darman

    S5 E6 - 26m 40s

    In popular memory, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the quintessential political “natural.” Yet for all his gifts, as a young man Roosevelt nonetheless lacked depth, empathy, and an ability to think strategically. Those qualities, so essential to his eventual success as president, were skills he acquired during his seven-year journey through illness and recovery.

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    Leslie M. Harris

    S5 E5 - 26m 40s

    Many Americans’ knowledge of slavery is largely limited to the antebellum South, but prior to 1827, New York City actually had the largest enslaved population of any city outside of the South. In lower Manhattan, the African Burial Ground alone holds the remains of as many as 20,000 enslaved Blacks.

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    Siddhartha Mukherjee

    S5 E4 - 26m 40s

    In the late 1600s, separated by the North Sea, English polymath Robert Hooke and Dutch cloth-merchant Antonie van Leeuwenhoek looked through their handmade microscopes. What they saw introduced a radical concept that swept through biology and medicine: complex living organisms are made up of tiny, self-contained, self-regulating units. Hooke christened them “cells.”

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    Craig L. Symonds

    S5 E3 - 26m 40s

    Craig L. Symonds is professor of history emeritus at the United States Naval Academy and the author of Nimitz at War: Command Leadership from Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay.

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    Richard Haass

    S5 E2 - 26m 40s

    Richard Haass, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, is the author of The Bill of Obligations: The Ten Habits of Good Citizens.

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    Beverly Gage

    S5 E1 - 26m 40s

    Beverly Gage is professor of 20th-century American history at Yale University and the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century.

Extras + Features

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    Season 5 Preview

    S5 - 30s

    Produced by the New York Historical Society, "History with David Rubenstein" explores American history in half-hour conversations with distinguished authors and scholars who tell the country’s diverse stories, and explain why the past matters, how it informs the present, and what it portends for the future.

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    Lynne Cheney

    Friday
    Jun 14

    30 Minutes

    Author Lynne Cheney examines the friendships and rivalries between George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, including the contradiction between the ideals of American liberty and prosperity.
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    Siddhartha Mukherjee

    Sunday
    Jun 16

    30 Minutes

    Author Siddhartha Mukherjee.
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    Beverly Gage

    Friday
    Jun 21

    30 Minutes

    Author Beverly Gage.
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    Beverly Gage

    Saturday
    Jun 22

    30 Minutes

    Author Beverly Gage.
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    Richard Haass

    Sunday
    Jun 23

    30 Minutes

    Author Richard Haass.
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    Leslie M. Harris

    Sunday
    Jun 23

    30 Minutes

    Author Leslie M. Harris.
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    Richard Haass

    Friday
    Jun 28

    30 Minutes

    Author Richard Haass.
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    History with David Rubenstein

    Richard Haass

    Saturday
    Jun 29

    30 Minutes

    Author Richard Haass.

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