Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy

In Demagogue, author Larry Tye presents a definitive biography of U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy, who’s personal and political leadership destroyed many careers and even entire lives, whipping the nation into a frenzy of paranoia. In conversation with BPL president David Leonard, Tye reveals a human being in McCarthy whose chaotic, meteoric rise is a lesson…
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School Desegregation in Boston and the United States

“School Desegregation in Boston and the United States,” with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Farah Stockman and BPL President David Leonard, discussed the historical context around what is commonly known as a time of “busing in Boston” that took place in the early 1970s, as well as the wider effort to desegregate public schools across the…
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Rather Outspoken

“Rather Outspoken” was a conversation between broadcaster, Dan Rather and BPL President David Leonard following insights gleaned from Rather’s extraordinary career in news reporting and book of the same name, spanning over 6 decades. Recorded live on June 4, 2020…
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