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The Children's Blizzard

From: Talking History
Length: 29:02

Guest, David Laskin discusses the surprise blizzard of 1888, that claimed lives of Midwesterners- many of them children. The program includes commentary, plus our regular short features.

Default-piece-image-0 January 12, 1888 began as an unseasonably warm morning across the upper Midwest. Children walked to school without coats and gloves, unaware of the impending blizzard that was to claim 500 lives. John Herron discusses that tragic event with his guest, David Laskin, author of The Children?s Blizzard. And for our commentary Felipe Fernandez-Armesto joins us to offer us his thoughts on the fragility of cities. Fernandez-Armesto is Prince of Asturias Professor at Tufts University. The show includes our regular features on History in the News, and our recommendation for a historical Site of The Week.

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Piece Description

January 12, 1888 began as an unseasonably warm morning across the upper Midwest. Children walked to school without coats and gloves, unaware of the impending blizzard that was to claim 500 lives. John Herron discusses that tragic event with his guest, David Laskin, author of The Children?s Blizzard. And for our commentary Felipe Fernandez-Armesto joins us to offer us his thoughts on the fragility of cities. Fernandez-Armesto is Prince of Asturias Professor at Tufts University. The show includes our regular features on History in the News, and our recommendation for a historical Site of The Week.

Broadcast History

First aired the week of Jan 2nd 2006 on those stations carrying the program. Aired internationally on Voice of America the week of Jan 2nd

Timing and Cues

Children's Blizzard 29:00
0:00 start
0:01 music/
00:06 intro "Welcome to Talking History.."
1:13 History In The News
3:57 "Childrens's Blizzard" w/David Laskin
22:57 Site Of The Week
24:14 commentary
27:58 outtro "And that's it for another week.."
29:00 out

Related Website

http://talkinghistory.oah.org/