60 years ago today, networks started broadcasting the Army-McCarthy hearings live.
These days, shows like The Blacklist and The Americans play with Red Scare and Cold War fears, but Don Carleton’s back-in-print book shows how this period of history still ripples through current state politics.
That’s Mary Ellen Mark on capturing the nature of ‘Man’ and ‘Beast’ in her images. Read more, including how her husband Martin Bell was once bitten by a chimpanzee and how author John Irving tried to fend off a chimp with a chair in his hand:
In this week’s newest titles, you can begin by reading about the first months of Spain’s conquest in the Americas and end with a topical account of the western hemisphere’s first contemporary indigenous president:
KUT, Austin’s npr affiliate, spoke with Bill Minutaglio, the “definitive author" on the Texas City disaster, to reflect on that horrific event, tomorrow’s anniversary of the West Texas fertilizer plant explosion, and how we can prevent industrial calamities.
Song: "City on Fire" Author Bill Minutaglio with David Brown of The Texas Standard