Mar 25, 2012 — When Teddy Roosevelt became a New York police commissioner in 1895, he vowed to clean up the city's endemic vice and corruption. It didn't exactly work out. New Yorkers liked the idea of standing up to corrupt cops, but they rebelled when Roosevelt tried to enforce a ban on Sunday drinking.
Mar 19, 2012 — If you want to know anything about America's greatest city, you've got to be willing to get grimy, says critic Maureen Corrigan. Two new books about New York — a novel and a narrative history — do more than put up with filth, they positively wallow in it.
Dec 3, 2008 — President-elect Barack Obama names Gov. Bill Richardson Secretary of Commerce in his administration, and Saxby Chambliss wins the Senate run-off in Georgia. Plus, former governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has some recommendations to get Republicans moving the "right" way.
Nov 17, 2008 — For decades, Marian Wright Edelman has been a proud bullhorn on behalf of disadvantaged children. In a wide-ranging conversation with Farai Chideya, Edelman reveals whether she'd accept a post in an Obama administration and speaks about her new book, The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small.
Mar 27, 2008 — Last week, Talk of the Nation embarked on a political adventure and asked you to serve as our guides. We wanted to hear your stories of the first time you became political: What happened, and how does that experience influence your politics? Today, we'll hear your replies.
Nov 11, 2006 — How did Louis the XIV manage all of his kingly duties — from invading the Spanish Netherlands to engineering the extraordinary gardens at Versailles — when he was always in the bedroom?