American history

Arts & Culture
3:07 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Gettysburg's Consequence and Cost Remembered 150 Years Later

A print of the painting "Hancock at Gettysburg" by Thure de Thulstrup shows Pickett's Charge during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Credit Library of Congress

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews historian and author Thomas Martin Sobottke about the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg.

One-hundred fifty years ago today, one of the fiercest and most important battles of the American Civil War began.

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Arts & Culture
1:11 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Book Revels in Twilight of Rock Music, Dawn of Information Age

Barry Wightman and his new book, Pepperland.
Credit Boswell Books

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Barry Wightman.

Among other revolutions, the early 1970s saw the dawning of one age – the computer revolution – and the sunset of another – an age of innocence in the rock music industry.

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Whitewater Family Time-Travels Back to 19th-Century Immigrant Farm

(l-r) Period Clothing Coordinator Rachel Neubauer and Curator of Interpretation Jennifer Van Haaften show Amy and Ashley Ziolkowski a corset style they can opt to wear.
Stephanie Lecci

Hear the Lake Effect interview.

  In today's fast-paced, technology-dependent world, have you ever found yourself wanting to go back to a simpler time, perhaps romanticizing what it would be like to live on a farm, making your own food, like our early pioneer settlers did?

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Education
2:25 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Think You Know the Rosa Parks Story? Think Again, Says a New Book

Rosa Parks, being booked after her refusal to move her seat on a Montgomery bus

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Jeanne Theoharis.

Many of us know that Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks refused to give up a seat on a municipal bus in Montgomery, Alabama – an incident that resulted in her arrest and sparked a year-long boycott of the bus system there.

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Arts & Culture
1:14 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Book: Edison's Success Based on His Collaborations

Thomas Alva Edison listened to his team.
Credit Courtesy of Thomas Edison NHP Archives and National Parks Service

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Sarah Miller Caldicott.

Thomas Alva Edison: We all know what he did, right? He was the creator of modern conveniences, improving and innovating light bulb, motion picture and sound recording technologies.

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Arts & Culture
11:52 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Was Stephen Foster the First Real American Pop Star?

Stephen Foster, 19th century American composer
Credit Library of Congress

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Ryan Schleicher, the bassist and vocalist for the Milwaukee band, Juniper Tar, and musical partner Christopher Porterfield, the singer-songwriter behind the band Field Report.

Stephen Foster is perhaps one of the most beloved American composers of all time. Though they were written in the 19th century, Foster's impressive catalog of tunes including “Camptown Races” and “O! Susanna," are still popular today.

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Politics & Government
1:48 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Presidential Scandal, Grover Cleveland-style

President Grover Cleveland.
Credit Gutekunst, Frederick (1831-1917) [Public domain]

Matthew Algeo discusses "The President Is A Sick Man."

We learn about the secret surgery Grover Cleveland underwent and the daring reporter who tried to expose it. 

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