Letters and Politics

Las Vegas Shooting And Eleanor Roosevelt’s Intimate Friendship

Last night a gunman opened fire on a crowd at a country music festival in Las Vegas. This is the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history with 58 dead and at least 515 injured. Today we speak with Patrick Blanchfield, writer and journalist who writes about American culture and violence. He is also a faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.


In the second part of our show, we talk to Emily Herring Wilson, author of the book The Three Graces of Val-Kill: Eleanor Roosevelt, Marion Dickerman, and Nancy Cook in the Place They Made Their Own about the intimate friendship that profoundly influenced Eleanor Roosevelt. This network of close female friends help us to understand how she became the independent First Lady we know. 

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