Home Field

with Hannah Gersen

Thursday, October 20 — 8:00 pm

As the high school football coach in his small, rural Maryland town, Dean is a hero who reorganized the athletic program and brought the state championship to the community. When he married Nicole, the beloved town sweetheart, he seemed to have it all—until his troubled wife committed suicide. Home Field is an unforgettable, poignant story about the pull of the past and the power of forgiveness.

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Shining Sea

with Anne Korkeakivi
in conversation with Marina Budhos

Friday, October 21 — 7:30 pm

Beginning in 1962 with a shocking loss, Shining Sea quickly pulls us into the lives of forty-three -year-old Michael Gannon’s widow and offspring. Epic, tender, and beautifully rendered, Shining Sea is the portrait of an American family-a profound depiction of the ripple effects of war, the passing down of memory, the making of myth, and the power of the ideal of heroism to lead us astray but sometimes also to keep us afloat.

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Becoming Betty

with E. Betty Levin

Sunday, October 23 — 2:00 pm

Orphaned at birth, E. Betty Levin was raised by her loving “Tante” Surrel and reintroduced to her family when her father married Evelyn, her overprotective stepmother. Spanning ninety years, Becoming Betty chonicles the remarkable journey of a resilient, creative humanist. Her memoir encompasses the Depression, World War II, and the Feminist Movement.

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The Stranger in My Genes

with Bill Griffeth

Tuesday, October 25 — 7:30 pm

Bill Griffeth, co-anchor of Closing Bell on CNBC and longtime genealogy buff, takes a DNA test that has an unexpected outcome: “If the results were correct, it meant that the family tree I had spent years documenting was not my own.” Bill undertakes a quest to solve the mystery of his origins, which shakes his sense of identity.

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Ten Restaurants That Changed America

with Paul Freedman

Wednesday, October 26 — 7:30 pm

From Delmonico’s to Sylvia’s to Chez Panisse, a daring and original history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants. Combining a historian’s rigor with a foodie’s palate, Ten Restaurants That Changed America reveals how the history of our restaurants reflects nothing less than the history of America itself.

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Louis Bamberger

with Linda B. Forgosh

Sunday, October 30 — 2:00 pm

Louis Bamberger (1855–1944) was the epitome of the merchant prince as public benefactor. Born in Baltimore, this son of German immigrants built his business—the great, glamorous L. Bamberger & Co. department store in Newark, N.J.—into the sixth-largest department store in the country. Despite his vast wealth and local prominence, Bamberger was a reclusive figure who shunned the limelight, left no business records, and kept no diaries.

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