Brian Steed, a military historian at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and Middle East foreign area officer, discusses the Middle East’s emergence during World War II as a key battleground and vital element in America’s national security – a view that persists to this day.
Tom Tudor, once a sentinel and commander of the relief at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknowns, traces the story of the cemetery from its Civil War origins to today. Included is a look at President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s place in its history, presiding over the interment of World War II and Korean War soldiers in the Tomb of the Unknowns in 1958.
Robert H. Mnookin
Drawing from his new book, Harvard University’s Robert Mnookin takes stock of the situation of American Jews today. While they’ve achieved unprecedented integration, esteem, and influence, he identifies a number of critical challenges: rampant intermarriage, weak religious observance, a waning sense of community (owing to a diminished threat of persecution), and conflicting views about Israel.
Friday Night Family Fun
Kansas City children’s author Bridget Heos shares the latest addition to her award-winning series about a little boy and with a bad-guy mustache and the hilarious adventures he finds. Ages 4 and up.