PRESS RELEASE — Friday, October 11, 2013
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On this week’s DIALOGUE, host Marcia Franklin talks with historian Nathaniel Philbrick, the guest speaker at this year’s Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Humanities Lecture.
Philbrick is the author of numerous books, including most recently Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution, which looks at the deadliest battle of the American Revolution and how it influenced the birth of our country. Actor and director Ben Affleck has optioned the book for a potential feature film.
Franklin talks with Philbrick about the genesis of the book, the characters in it, and how the Bunker Hill story has relevance for today’s world. The two also discuss what Philbrick sees as myths of the American Revolution.
A sailor, Philbrick is also known for his book, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, which introduced readers to the true story behind Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. It won the National Book Award in 2001, was the basis for an AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentary on PBS in 2011, and is being made into a feature film by director Ron Howard. Franklin asks Philbrick about the filming, which has started, and whether he will have a role in the making of the movie.View or listen to DIALOGUE episodes in a variety of formats: