1919: The Year of the Crack-Up


Created and hosted by Carnegie Council Senior Fellow Ted Widmer, this is a special podcast series about the events of 1919, a year that in many ways shaped the 20th century and the modern world.

Ottoman Empire map with partitions, part of the memoranda for the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. CREDIT: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Peace-conference-memoranda-respecting-syria-arabia-palestine5.jpg">Stanfords Geographical Establishment London/Public Domain</a>

JAN 31, 2020 Podcast

The Crack-Up: The Birth of the Modern Middle East, with Ted Widmer

At the end of World War I, colonial powers carved up the Ottoman Empire and the reverberations are still being felt today. Historian Ted Widmer ...

NOV 18, 2019 Podcast

The Crack-Up: Dwight Eisenhower & the Road Trip that Changed America, with Brian C. Black

In 1919, a young Army officer named Dwight Eisenhower, along with a "Mad Max"-style military convoy, set out on a cross-country road trip to examine ...

NOV 4, 2019 Podcast

The Crack-Up: How General Motors Shaped America, with Anna Clark

From financing mechanisms to labor policy to the rise of the suburbs, General Motors had a huge effect on the development of the United States ...

OCT 23, 2019 Podcast

The Crack-Up: The 1919 Elaine Massacre & the Struggle to Remember, with Nan Woodruff

The massacre in rural Elaine, Arkansas was one of the most violent episodes of 1919's Red Summer of racist confrontations, but it also remains one ...

SEP 16, 2019 Podcast

The Crack-Up: The 1919 Race Riots & the Crucible of Chicago, with Adam Green

During the "Red Summer" of 1919 dozens of race riots flared up across the U.S., but the anti-African American violence in Chicago stood out because ...

Eugene Debs speaking in Canton, Ohio in 1918. He was arrested shortly thereafter on charges of sedition. CREDIT: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Debs_Canton_1918_large.jpg">CantonRep.com/Public Domain</a>

JUL 8, 2019 Podcast

The Crack-Up: Eugene Debs & the Origins of Socialism in the U.S., with Maurice Isserman

Hamilton College's Maurice Isserman and historian Ted Widmer discuss American socialism in the early 1900s and the influence of Eugene Debs, a politician and trade ...

CREDIT: <a href="https://pixabay.com/photos/bible-cross-easter-good-friday-2167783/">congerdesign/Pixabay</a>

JUN 28, 2019 Podcast

The Crack-Up: 1919 & the Birth of Fundamentalism, with Matthew Avery Sutton

Washington State's Matthew Avery Sutton tells the story of a Minneapolis pastor named William Belly Riley and the rise of Christian fundamentalism in the post-World ...

JUN 17, 2019 Podcast

The Crack-Up: A Hundred Years of Student Protests in China, with Jeffrey Wasserstrom

In the latest "Crack-Up" podcast, China expert Jeffrey Wasserstrom discusses the rich history of Chinese student protests. From the May Fourth movement in 1919 to Tiananmen ...

MAY 15, 2019 Podcast

The Crack-Up: The Amritsar Massacre & India's Independence Movement, with Gyan Prakash

Princeton's Gyan Prakash tells the tragic story of the Amritsar Massacre in 1919, in which a British general ordered his soldiers to shoot at thousands of ...

APR 8, 2019 Podcast

The Crack-Up: Winston Churchill & the Geopolitics of 1919, with Andrew Roberts

In this episode of the Crack-Up series on 1919, Andrew Roberts, author of "Churchill: Walking with Destiny," examines how Churchill dealt with the complicated problems facing ...