Week of November 23, 2014
Segment 1: Churchill's American Mother
The American mother of Winston Churchill believed he was destined for greatness. Anne Sebba, American Jennie: The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill discusses the life and impact of the most gossiped about woman in London society.
"So, in 1940 when [Winston Churchill] picked up the reigns of power as Prime Minister, he actually knew that this was his destiny he was fulfilling. And it was his mother Jenny who gave him that confidence and certainty."
Segment 2: Nothing Like Treachery, Adultery, and Murder to Make History Interesting
Historical biographer Alison Weir, Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England turns her attention to Isabella of France, the wife of Edward II. She seized the throne from her incompetent and unpopular husband and was known as medieval England's most notorious queen.
"Edward was such an incompetent ruler, the Barons did their best to try to bring him to heel. It almost erupted into civil war on many occasions and Isabella was seen as a peacemaker."
Week of November 16, 2014
Segment 1: Salman Khan, Founder of The Khan Academy
A free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere: this is the goal of the Khan Academy, a project that grew from an ex-engineer and hedge funder's online tutoring sessions with his cousin, into a worldwide phenomenon. Today millions of students, parents, and teachers use the Khan Academy's free videos and software. Salman Khan, the founder, presents his vision for the future of education in The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined.
“What at the time I imagined Khan Academy to be was much more than just videos. I wanted to really use technology to push the envelope of what is possible virtually.”
Segment 2: A Mother and Daughter Take on the World - and Each Other
Their bestselling memoir, Come Back, inspired readers with the story of Mia Fontaine's drug addiction and her mother, Claire's, desperate and ultimately successful attempts to save her. Now, a decade later they each face a defining moment in her life, and a mother-daughter relationship that has frayed around the edges. Determined to transform themselves and their relationship once again, the pair sets off on a five-month around-the-world adventure. Claire and Mia Fontaine’s joint memoir is called, Have Mother, Will Travel: A Mother and Daughter Discover Themselves, Each Other, and the World.
“No matter how old your daughter gets, you are still a profound influence on her. You can’t tell her what to do, but you can inspire her, by who you are.”