NPR : Oral History Recalls the Reagan White House

I’m listening to today’s broadcast of NPR’s Talk of the Nation, which is discussing the President Reagan Oral History project. And playing excerpts. The guest is Steven Knott, associate professor and overseer of the Ronald Reagan Oral History Project at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. You can listen to the show with Real Player or Windows Media Player.

The discussion bounces back and forth between discussing Oral History (what it can and can’t do), President Reagan and his administraton, and the challenges that historians have in describing and analyzing a presidential administration. Oral History: “This is just one resource of which we’re very proud. … documents can also be self-serving.” The transcripts will be available online on January 29th.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on January 24, 2006 in • Oral history in the news
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