Interviews

2016
Mahany, Barbara. 2016. “Annotating "The Prodigal Daughter".” Nieman Storyboard, April 12, 2016. Article
Gross, Terri. 2016. “Polling Is Ubiquitous: But Is it Bad for Democracy?.” Fresh Air. Audio
2015
Shenk, Tim. 2015. “Wonder Woman and the History of Feminism.” Dissent, March 3, 2015. Article
2014
Colbert, Stephen. 2014. “Interview with Jill Lepore.” The Colbert Report, October 29, 2014. Video
Gross, Terry. 2014. “The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired by Both Suffragists and Centerfolds.” Fresh Air. NPR. Audio
Silber, Maia R. 2014. “A Historian's History: The Book of Lepore.” The Harvard Crimson. Article
2012
Koch, Kathryn. 2012. “From Cradle to Grave: Lepore's 'Mansion'.” Harvard Gazette. Website
2011
Lepore, J. 2011. “How birth control and abortion became politicized.” Fresh Air. NPR. Audio
Lepore, J. 2011. “A Long View of the Tea Party.” The Emily Rooney Show. WGBH. Video
Lepore, J. 2011. “Past and Present with Jill Lepore: The Parrot Fever Panic.” The Brian Lehrer Show. WNYC. Audio
Lepore, J. 2011. “Past and Present with Jill Lepore: The Politics of Death.” The Brian Lehrer Show. WNYC. Audio
Lepore, J. 2011. “The Uses of American History: An Interview with Jill Lepore.” Historically Speaking (Project MUSE) 12 (2): 23-24.Abstract
Historically Speaking editor Randall Stephens spoke with Lepore about the uses of history, the politicization of the past, and writing for the general public.
Lepore, J. 2011. “History lessons.” CommonWealth. ArticleAbstract

Jill Lepore says the Tea Party movement has embraced an approach to American history that is more rooted in religious fundamentalism than in any serious examination of the past.

Lepore, J. 2011. “Past and Present With Jill Lepore: The 1765 Death of Newspapers.” The Brian Lehrer Show. WNYC. Audio
2010
Lepore, J. 2010. “"The Tea Party .. The True Heirs to the American Revolution?".” The Sunday Edition. CBC. Publisher's Version
Lepore, J. 2010. “The Tea Party, A Modern Movement.” Talk of the Nation. NPR. Publisher's VersionAbstract
The Tea Party movement mystifies outsiders on the left and the right. Tea Party activists often describe themselves as patriots, who stand for limited government, lower taxes and fiscal responsibility. Critics have charged members with everything from lack of focus to racism.
Lepore, J. 2010. “Interview.” The Callie Crossley Show. WGBH.
Lepore, J. 2010. “The Battle Over American History.” RadioWest: Inside NewsRoom. KUER. Publisher's VersionAbstract
There's a lot of talk these days about the ideals of the American Revolution, but historian Jill Lepore says the Tea Party isn't the first to yearn for the past. In the Civil War, both sides claimed the revolution. Civil rights leaders and segregationists said they were the sons of liberty. The problem, Lepore says, is that people are talking about an America that never was. Thursday, she joins us to talk about the struggle for independence, and the part it continues to play in our imagination.
Lepore, J. 2010. “Tea Party discussion.” Americana. BBC. Publisher's VersionAbstract
As members of the Tea Party movement campaign enthusiastically ahead of this year's midterm elections, the political analyst Michelle Bernard and the national political columnist John Heilemann parse what members, supporters and scholars have to say about the Tea Party. Keli Carender is credited with organising one of the first Tea Party rallies - she reflects on how the movement has blossomed. The Tea Party candidate Joe Miller from Alaska explains his hopes for change in America. A Harvard University Professor, Jill Lepore, explains how she thinks the Tea Party has crafted a fable from American history in order to propel its message.
Lepore, J. 2010. “The Tea Party and The Battle Over American History.” Radio Boston. WBUR. Publisher's VersionAbstract
The rhetoric of the Tea Party is peppered with references to the American Revolution. And the eponymous event — the one that took place in 1773, when the Sons of Liberty emptied hundreds of crates of British Tea into the Boston Harbor — is just one such example. But the modern-day Tea Party is hardly the first political movement to use the past as political fodder. That issue is at the heart of a forthcoming book by Jill Lepore, the New Yorker writer and Harvard historian. In the “The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History,” historian and writer Jill Lepore says the 1773 Tea Party has been a political device for many groups over the years.

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