History

This week on The Reading Life: We take you out to the ball game! Susan talks with Ron Swoboda, author of “Here’s the Catch: A Memoir of the Miracle Mets and More,” and Derby Gisclair, author of The Olympic Club of New Orleans: Epicenter of Professional Boxing, 1883-1897” and “Early Baseball in New Orleans.”

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with Louisiana State University history professors Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein, authors of "The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality.”

This week on The Reading Life: Susan Larson talks with Jessie Morgan-Owens, author of “Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement," and poet Brad Richard talks about “Parasite Kingdom.”

Photo courtesy of the Historic New Orleans Collection

Tomorrow (Friday,) Mayor LaToya Cantrell plans to formally apologize for something that happened 128 years ago. In 1891, the city’s popular police chief was murdered, and the Italian-American community was blamed. Over a dozen Italian Americans were put on trial, but eventually found not guilty.

This week on The Reading Life: Susan talks with historian Douglas Brinkley about his new book, “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race.”

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