Franklin Roosevelt

Snowden’s disclosure prompts global debate over privacy versus national security

Global Politics

The debate over government surveillance versus individual privacy isn’t confined to the United States. The revelations from Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency leak have prompted investigations and allegations the world over.

New movie presents new spin on Franklin Roosevelt’s personal life

Arts, Culture & Media

Remembering an American contrarian: Christopher Hitchens dead of cancer

Arts, Culture & Media

Harnessing tides for electricity

The regional cuisine of 1940s America

Arts, Culture & Media

The man who shaped FDR’s public image

Arts, Culture & Media

The story of the first real presidential press secretary, Stephen T. Early, who came to the White House with Franklin Roosevelt in 1933.

After Snowden, Global Debate Over Privacy vs. National Security Gaining Momentum

Conflict & Justice

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has dominated international news headline for weeks. It’s spawned a global debate over privacy vs. national security.

Looking Back at FDR’s Legacy Amidst Health Care Battle in the Supreme Court

With the Supreme Court arguments over President Obama’s health care law behind us, we can now look forward and consider what the political repercussions of these historic hearings will be. Anna Sale, reporter for our co-producer WNYC’s politics website, It’s a Free Country, joins us to look back: back upon days when the President of […]

The End of US Dual Ocean Navy Defense?

Congress and Franklin Roosevelt’s administration passed the Two-Ocean Navy Act in 1940, during World War II. Since then, the nation’s domestic military defense has been based on a simultaneous naval defense on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But with the announcement Thursday of an eight percent decrease in U.S. military spending, there was also the […]

The World

100 Years After the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Conflict & Justice

The World’s Jason Margolis looks at the legacy of New York’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on the global garment industry today. The fire, which occurred 100 years ago Friday, was one of the worst workplace disasters in US history.