US History

  • Accidental Presidents: A Conversation with Historian Jared Cohen

    On his podcast, Chris Riback's Conversations, Riback and Cohen discuss Cohen's new book, “Accidental Presidents: Eight Men Who Changed America,” which looks at the “eight men [who] succeeded to the presidency when the incumbent died in office. In one way or another they vastly changed our history.”

  • The Controversial History of United Fruit

    Harvard Business School professor Geoffrey Jones, an expert in business history, discusses the overthrow of President Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala in 1954 in a U.S.-backed coup in support of the United Fruit Co. (now Chiquita Brands International).

  • A Tale of Two Midwives across Four Centuries

    What happens when the person who delivers most of the babies in her community is arrested? This is a tale of two midwives, separated by nearly four centuries of history, and yet remarkably alike.