The Investigation Of Crocker Land

This hour, we’ll talk about how a team of explorers endured everything from blizzards to disease to a drunken sea captain with University of Central Arkansas history professor David Welky, author of “A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier.”

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The Battle Of Chosin

This hour, we’ll talk about how the the fight at Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War set the course for American foreign policy with historian Hampton Sides. He contributed to the American Experience documentary “The Battle of Chosin,” which airs Nov. 1 on KERA-TV.

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Change For Cuba

This hour, we’ll talk about what it’s like to visit Cuba today – and about if the country is ready for the influx of tourists – with Cynthia Gorney. Her story “Here Comes a Wave of Change for Cuba” appears in the November issue of National Geographic magazine.

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The Last Laugh

This hour, we’ll talk about if it will ever not be “too soon” to crack a joke about the Holocaust with Ferne Pearlstein. She explores one of comedy’s most taboo topics with Mel Brooks, Louis C.K., Chris Rock and other comedians in her documentary “The Last Laugh,” which screens Thursday as part of Videofest.

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Stalin's Last American Spy

This hour, we’ll talk about how Noel Field betrayed his country to become one of Joseph Stalin’s top spies – only to have the tables turned on him by the KGB. We’ll be joined by Kati Marton, who tells the story in “True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy.”

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General Marquis de Lafayette

This hour, we’ll talk about the integral role Marquis de Lafayette played in the American Revolution – and about his close friendship with George Washington – with Sarah Vowell. She’s the author of “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.”

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