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Diane Rehm’s new memoir On My Own is a powerful and deeply personal account of how one says goodbye to a spouse of fifty-four years. It also recounts the new life that is possible, after that partner is gone. Suffering from Parkinson’s disease, John Rehm begged to be helped to die. A searing portrait of marriage and bereavement, On My Own illuminates how this beloved NPR host came to be a compelling spokesperson for the right-to-die movement. Bethanne Patrick, editor of The Books that Changed My Life, moderates.
On My Own
The Books that Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People
Becoming Nicole is the story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and a family’s journey to understanding. Granted wide-ranging access to personal diaries, home videos, clinical journals, legal documents, medical records, and the family members themselves, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Amy Ellis Nutt spent almost four years researching this in-depth account of an American family confronting an issue that is at the center of today’s cultural debate. Ultimately, Becoming Nicole is the story of an extraordinary girl who fought for the right to be herself. WBAL reporter Jayne Miller moderates.
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
Drawing on declassified CIA secret documents and countless interviews, author and Pulitzer Prize-winner David E. Hoffman chronicles the true story of Soviet engineer and radar expert Adolf Tolkachev. From 1978 to 1985, Tolkachev delivered technical military secrets to agents of the CIA’s Moscow station right under the nose of the feared KGB. It is estimated that his cooperation saved the United States more than $2 billion in research and manufacturing costs. Complete with meetings on darkened street corners, hidden cameras and disguises, The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal reads like a daring thriller. Doug Norton, author of Code Word: Paternity, moderates.
The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal
Richard Nixon was one of our most complicated American presidents. Join Evan Thomas, author of Being Nixon: A Man Divided, and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tim Weiner, author of One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon, as they peel back the layers of this brilliant and paradoxical 37th president to reveal an insecure and distrusting man. Naval Academy professor Stephen Wrage moderates.
Being Nixon: A Man Divided
One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon
Seton Rossini is a baker, blogger, Food Network Challenge competitor, and a former design director at Food & Wine magazine. In Sweet Envy: Deceptively Easy Desserts, Designed to Steal the Show, she takes her inspiration from artists, vintage sweets, cocktails, and more to create desserts that are crazy fun, breathtakingly beautiful, yet surprisingly simple. Martha Stewart picked her book as one of "14 Cookbooks Every Newlywed Needs." Key School’s Director of Enrollment and Outreach Tom Rossini moderates.
Sweet Envy: Deceptively Easy Desserts, Designed to Steal the Show
The statistics are staggering: blacks in America are twenty-one times more likely to be killed by police than whites, they have nearly six times the incarceration rate, and unemployment rates have been consistently double that of other groups for decades. Join historian Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and professor D. Watkins, The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America for a powerful retrospective and personal examination of the black experience in America. Baltimore lawyer Ivan Bates moderates.
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America
As we go through the 2016 presidential election cycle, it’s a good time to review the long line of unsavory American campaigns. Follow the history of how tabloid tactics, public accusations and bad behavior by presidential candidates and their operatives are reported by the media and perceived by the voting public. Joining us for this timely discussion are Matt Bai, author of All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid and Joseph Cummins, author of Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns. Moderated by former Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening.
All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid
Anything for a Vote: Dirty Tricks, Cheap Shots, and October Surprises in U.S. Presidential Campaigns
A mysterious disaster and desperate search for water. A professional athlete’s desperate search for the killer of a teammate. First-time novelists bring us their page-turning thrillers―the kind that keep you up at night because you just have to read one more chapter. Former Sports Illustrated editor Bill Syken provides plenty of surprises with Hangman’s Game: A Nick Gallows Mystery, while native Annapolitan Benjamin Warner thrills with Thirst. Allison Leotta, author of The Last Good Girl, moderates.
Hangman's Game: A Nick Gallow Mystery
Thirst: A Novel
The Last Good Girl: A Novel
Join author and editor Bethanne Patrick as she discusses The Books that Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People. In the book, one hundred leading authors, politicians, CEOs, actors, and other notables share the books that changed their lives and describe why they love them. Susan Coll, author of The Stager, moderates.
The Books that Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People
Few products better embody the United States, or American business, than bourbon. Reid Mitenbuler’s Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's Whiskey takes readers behind the curtain of an enchanting—and sometimes exasperating—industry. The book crackles with attitude and commentary about America’s very own whiskey. Gregory and Nicole Priebe mix up one part practical guide and three parts Maryland history in Forgotten Maryland Cocktails: A History of Drinking in the Free State and top it off with a tour of the current craft cocktail and distilling scenes. Annapolis’s Red Red Wine Bar and Dry 85 owner Brian Bolter moderates.
Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America's Whiskey
Forgotten Maryland Cocktails: A History of Drinking in the Free State
Commercial artist Jessie Hartland in Steve Jobs: Insanely Great and political cartoonist Ted Rall in Snowden use a comic-book format to document the real lives of two infamously famous Americans. Through illustrated figures and thorough yet uncomplicated blocks of text, Mr. Rall chronicles former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s early life, work experience, personality, and political evolution. Ms. Hartland’s combination of black-and-white illustrations and handwritten text, presents the story of the ultimate American entrepreneur, Steve Jobs. WTMD’s Alex Cortright moderates.
Steve Jobs: Insanely Great
One Nation, Under Gods shows how much more there is to the nation’s spiritual history than we realize. Rather than recite American history from a solely Christian vantage point, Peter Manseau proves that what really happened is worth a closer look. From the persecuted "witches" at Salem, to the persecuted Buddhists in WWII California and the spirituality and cults in the 1960s, it is an American history unlike any you've read. Author Stewart Moss moderates.
One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History
According to Donna Jackson Nakazawa, your biography becomes your biology. The emotional trauma we suffer as children, not only shapes our emotional lives as adults, it also affects our physical health, longevity and overall well-being. In Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal, Ms. Nakazawa shows the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and adult illnesses such as heart disease, autoimmune disease and cancer. She explains how you can reset your biology and find ways to heal. Key School learning specialist Lee Ann Havard moderates.
Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology and How You Can Heal
Twenty-five years ago, James Beard Award-nominated chef John Shields introduced the world to the regional cuisine of the Mid-Atlantic in Chesapeake Bay Cooking. In this anniversary edition, Chef Shields combines popular classic dishes with a host of unpublished recipes from his personal archives. He’ll be joined by Jeffrey Greene, an American poet and gourmet living in France. His book In Pursuit of Wild Edibles: A Forager’s Tour tells of his passion for finding wild edibles and creating recipes to highlight their unique flavors. Bring your appetite because food will be served! Executive chef Aaron Norris moderates.
In Pursuit of Wild Edibles: A Forager's Tour
The 25th Anniversary Edition of Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields
Dog is man’s best friend. Laughter is the best medicine. Put them together, and see their power in healing our nation’s heroes. In A Dog's Gift: The Inspirational Story of Veterans and Children Healed by Man's Best Friend, award-winning journalist and author Bob Drury movingly captures the work of paws4people and the broken bodies and souls the organization mends. Physical therapist Adele Levine documented her six years spent rehabilitating wounded soldiers in her memoir Run, Don't Walk: The Curious and Courageous Life Inside Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Jeffrey Wells, founder of the Connected Warrior Foundation, moderates.
A Dog's Gift: The Inspirational Story of Veterans and Children Healed by Man's Best Friend
Run, Don't Walk: The Curious and Courageous Life Inside Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Festival favorites Brigid Kemmerer, author of Thicker than Water, and T. Michael Martin, author of Mr. Fahrenheit, are back, each with an action-packed coming-of-age novel infused with the supernatural. From a flying saucer to a mysterious stranger, these books take their readers on a search for answers and a race against time. A. Lynden Rolland, author of Of Delicate Pieces, moderates.
Thicker than Water
Of Delicate Pieces
Join us for a discussion about the origins and implications of drone warfare. From the history of the weapon’s development to the hunt for and destruction of an American imam, we’ll take a look at the huge impact drones have made on military strategy. Panelists include authors Mark Moyar, Strategic Failure: How President Obama's Drone Warfare, Defense Cuts, and Military Amateurism Have Imperiled America, Scott Shane, Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone, and Richard Whittle, Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution. Scott Cooper of the organization Human Rights First moderates.
Strategic Failure: How President Obama's Drone Warfare, Defense Cuts, and Military Amateurism Have Imperiled America
Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone
Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution
Americans have long been characterized by their ability to achieve their dreams. Recently, corporate greed and a failure of leadership have undermined some American dreams, such as the common dream of home ownership, or the more extravagant dream of becoming a famous athlete. Financial reporter and author Bethany McLean examines the mortgage industry’s failed policies in Shaky Ground: The Strange Saga of the U.S. Mortgage Giants. Author Ben Strauss reveals how the NCAA failed in its stewardship of college sports and college athletes in Indentured: Inside the Rebellion at the NCAA. John A. Beed, a senior U.S. diplomat on the faculty of the National Defense University, moderates.
Shaky Ground: The Strange Saga of the U.S. Mortgage Giants
Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA (coauthor Joe Nocera)
Join a discussion that no true fans of the Baltimore Orioles or Washington Nationals should miss. The 100 Things Orioles Fans and Nationals Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die books contain every essential piece of team knowledge and trivia, as well as must-do activities, providing an entertaining and enlightening read for any baseball fan. Orioles reporter Dan Connolly and Washington Post sports news aide Jake Russell show you how to progress to fan superstardom. Key School athletic director Brian Boyd moderates.
100 Things Orioles Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (coauthor Jim Palmer)
100 Things Nationals Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the movie’s release, Jen Chaney weaves together original interviews with the writer/director, cast members and crew in her book, As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as Told by Amy Heckerling, the Cast, and the Crew. She explores the influence of Jane Austen’s Emma as the unlikely framework for the script, the fashion-forward wardrobe, and the unique slang that went into making Clueless one of the most beloved comedies of all time. Television writer and producer Larry Doyle moderates.
As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as Told by Amy Heckerling, the Cast, and the Crew
How does one recover from a tragedy? How do tragedies affect families? Internationally best-selling author Sarah Pekkanen takes us inside a family in crisis and a marriage on the brink after a tragic shooting in Things You Don’t Say. Debut novelist Chris Scotton’s dramatic and deeply moving novel The Secret Wisdom of the Earth tells of an act of violence in a small, Southern town and the repercussions that will forever change a young man's view of human cruelty and compassion. Dana Cann, author of Ghosts of Bergen County, moderates.
Things You Won't Say: A Novel
The Secret Wisdom of the Earth: A Novel
Ghosts of Bergen County
Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of over-protectiveness. According to best-selling author Jessica Lahey, so-called “helicopter parents” are unknowingly undermining their child’s confidence and education. In The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, she advises parents to let their children fail and in turn, learn how to solve their own problems. This discussion gives practical advice for fostering a child’s intrinsic motivation and weaning kids off external motivations such as reward, bribes and honors, while giving kids the support and encouragement they need to be successful. Lisa Wells, educator and child-development blogger, moderates.
The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed
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In 2012 the tall ship used in the classic movie "Mutiny on the Bounty" was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy with sixteen crew members aboard. Ninety miles off the North Carolina coast, the ship overturned, sending the crew into the ocean with thirty-foot waves. The Coast Guard then launched one of the most complex rescues in its history. In Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy, Michael J. Tougias (and coauthor Douglas A. Campbell) creates an in-depth portrait of the enigmatic Captain Robin Walbridge and what truly occurred aboard the Bounty during those terrifying days at sea. WNAV news anchor/producer Donna Cole moderates.
Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy (co-author Doug A. Campbell)
Video games are big business. They are addicting, available almost anywhere you go, and appealing to people of all ages. Jamie Madigan offers a fuller understanding of the impact of games on our psychology and the influence of psychology on our games in Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on the People Who Play Them. USA Today's national education and demographics reporter Greg Toppo's The Game Believes in You presents the story of a small group of visionaries who, for the past 40 years, have been pushing to get game controllers into the hands of learners. Key School’s Head of School, and avid gamer, Matthew Nespole, moderates.
Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on the People Who Play Them
The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter
In America’s First Daughter, author Stephanie Dray (and coauthor Laura Kamoie) draws from thousands of letters and original sources as she shares the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter Patsy, a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy. In Balm, best-selling author Dolen Perkins-Valdez writes of the trauma of the Civil War and the end of slavery in this powerful story of love and healing about three people who struggle to overcome the pain of the past and define their own future. Greer Macallister, author of The Magician’s Lie, moderates.
America's First Daughter : A Novel (co-author Laura Kamoie)
Balm: A Novel
The marriage of technology and war creates new ways of fighting at sea, on land, in the air, and even in outer space and cyberspace. Ron Childress, winner of the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and author of And West Is West, joins August Cole, co-author of Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War to talk about their new novels that explore the devastating power of new technology. Claude Berube, author of Syren’s Song: A Connor Stark Novel, moderates.
And West Is West: A Novel
Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War (co-author P.W. Singer)
Syren's Song: A Connor Stark Novel
It is said that well-behaved women seldom make history. Author Canden Schwantes introduces readers to the decidedly daring and wild women of the Capital in Wild Women of Washington, D.C.: A History of Disorderly Conduct from the Ladies of the District. Lauren R. Silberman tells of Maryland’s most tenacious and adventurous women in Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State. Join them for stories of fiery suffragettes, unconventional first ladies, spies, rebellious socialites, and would-be queens. Associate Judge Lynne Battaglia of Maryland’s Court of Appeals moderates.
Wild Women of Washington, D.C.: A History of Disorderly Conduct from the Ladies of the District
Wild Women of Maryland: Grit and Gumption in the Free State
This workshop will provide you with the elements essential to creating a compelling memoir. Our eclectic panel of memoirists includes former Peace Corps volunteer Matthew Davis, Marine combat vet Dario DiBattista, and professor and writer Kathryn Kramer. Tim Dinevi, author of Hyper, moderates.
Missing History: The Covert Education of a Child of the Great Books
Isabel Feeney, Star Reporter
Sounds of the Savanna
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