Week of May 19, 2013
Segment 1: The Battle that Ignited a Revolution
Author Nathaniel Philbrick, Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution tells the story of Boston in 1775. It’s an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. On April 19, violence erupts at Lexington and Concord. But it was in June that skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists.
“What many people don’t realize is that in the beginning even the patriots didn't want independence. What they were looking for was greater representation. … In fact, they claimed to be loyal to King George. It was Parliament they were against.”
Segment 2: Congress, Money and the Death of the Republic
Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It explains how fundamentally good people, with good intentions, have allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, and how this exploitation has become entrenched in the system. He ultimately calls for widespread mobilization and a new Constitutional Convention, to achieve solutions for regaining control of our corrupted-but redeemable-republic.
Week of May 12, 2013
Segment 1: Lessons from a Single Mom
A former U.S. Treasurer and sister of former Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, Bay Buchanan, Bay and Her Boys: Unexpected Lessons I Learned as a (Single) Mom was "dumped" into single parenthood. She had two young boys and was pregnant with her third when she had to figure out how to raise them on her own. She lists simple rules for all parents to follow and backs them up with her own often hilarious personal experience.
“I look at those little boys and I thought you know, I can’t worry about yesterday, I don’t care what anyone thinks, it doesn’t matter anymore. I have to get myself together. I’ve got to take charge of my life so I can take charge of theirs.”
Segment 2: Secret Daughter and the Mom Who Gave Her Away
The relationship between mothers and daughters is one often fraught with both pain and tenderness. June Cross, Secret Daughter: A Mixed-Race Daughter and the Mother Who Gave Her Away is an award winning journalist and former TV producer. In her memoir, she discusses race relations in America from the experience of a mixed race daughter, and her white mother's decision to have her raised by a black family.