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Commentary Series: Henningsen: The Four Freedoms
Monday, 04/01/13
By Vic Henningsen
In 1941 Franklin Roosevelt defined four essential human freedoms that Americans would enter World War II to defend. By 1943, they'd been forgotten. Vic Henningsen explains how, seventy years ago, a Vermont artist and his neighbors made the Four Freedoms an enduring American memory.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Second Term Curse
Monday, 01/21/13
By Vic Henningsen
President Obama  achieved a great victory last November, but if history is any guide, that victory gave him more of a challenge than a mandate. Vic Henningsen considers why presidential second acts are often more notable for misfortune than accomplishment.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Politics And Prayer
Monday, 01/07/13
By Vic Henningsen
During the recent congressional arm-twisting over the impending fiscal cliff, some politicians resorted to prayer. It was a development that got Vic Henningsen thinking that success might actually depend on the prayer.
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Commentary Series: Brunch Sampler: Vic Henningson
Monday, 12/31/12
By Vic Henningsen
Earlier this year at the VPR Commentator Brunch, the theme was "When Worlds Collide..." and that reminded Vic Henningsen that some encounters have consequences that reach far into the future.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Whose Revolution
Friday, 11/23/12
By Vic Henningsen
Since the election, there's been much discussion of how the Republican Party must change in order to reach larger sections of the American public. Vic Henningsen offers his own suggestion.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: On Bleak November
Thursday, 11/01/12
By Vic Henningsen
Vic Henningsen says that November is his least favorite month - and he's got plenty of company.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: A Clear Choice
Thursday, 10/25/12
By Vic Henningsen
Both the candidates and the media have billed this Presidential election as a clear choice between two visions of the role of government in the lives of individual Americans. Vic Henningsen looks back to a similar set of circumstances - one hundred years ago.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Lowering Higher Ed Expectations
Tuesday, 10/09/12
By Vic Henningsen
As politicians debate the cost of college and cheating scandals rock many of the nation's campuses, Vic Henningsen considers our changing perceptions of the importance of higher education.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Remembering Malcolm Browne
Wednesday, 09/12/12
By Vic Henningsen
Malcolm Browne, a legendary journalist whose reporting from Vietnam won the Pulitzer Prize, died last month. Vic Henningsen was his neighbor and has these reflections.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Zombie Congress
Thursday, 08/30/12
By Vic Henningsen
Congressional leaders are already looking past November's election to the challenge of what's been called "Taxmaggedon" after January 1st. But it will be a lame duck Congress and if there's any hope of avoiding going over the "fiscal cliff", Vic Henningsen says they'll have to depend on zombies.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Morrill's Vision Today
Wednesday, 08/01/12
By Vic Henningsen
Vic Henningsen is looking forward to a historical commemoration that may also help chart the future of American higher education.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Independence Forever
Monday, 07/02/12
By Vic Henningsen
As the 4th of July nears, Vic Henningsen suggests that we think carefully about what exactly we're celebrating.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Salt Lake Showdown
Tuesday, 06/19/12
By Vic Henningsen
Vic Henningsen is watching one political race that seems right out of the movies.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Sound Bite Learning
Tuesday, 04/24/12
By Vic Henningsen
Vic Henningsen recently came across some research that kind of put him in historical perspective.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Citizenship And Service
Monday, 04/09/12
By Vic Henningsen
A recent report on Americans in the military got Vic Henningsen thinking about the relation of service to citizenship.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Monumental Deceptions
Wednesday, 03/28/12
By Vic Henningsen
This time of year many school children and families visit our nation's capital. Vic Henningsen suggests that visitors would be wise to approach our national shrines with care.  
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Political Chicken
Wednesday, 03/14/12
By Vic Henningsen
Maine Senator Olympia Snowe recently announced that she's retiring because she's fed up with political gridlock. Commentator Vic Henningsen is a teacher and historian who says that this news reminds him that American political discourse has always been pretty bad.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Gateway To The Whites
Thursday, 09/22/11
By Vic Henningsen
Tropical Storm Irene brought an interruption to the hiking season, but people are already returning to the woods. And commentator Vic Henningsen knows why. He visited the trail this summer and brought back a snapshot of why hikers are so eager to get back on the trail.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Goodbye Old Paint
Wednesday, 08/10/11
By Vic Henningsen
In our busy,  acquisitive lives, material things tend to come and go, but commentator Vic Henningsen has been thinking about how sometimes - we get attached anyway.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: An Honorable Man
Tuesday, 07/19/11
By Vic Henningsen
Few of us know anything about Richard H. Poff, a former Virginia congressman and state supreme court justice, but historian and commentator Vic Henningsen thinks that more of us should.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Welcome To America
Monday, 07/04/11
By Vic Henningsen
There are many ways to celebrate the Fourth of July. Teacher, historian, and commentator Vic Henningsen points out one that's often overlooked.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Road Music
Tuesday, 06/21/11
By Vic Henningsen
As the summer road trip season gets under way, historian and commentator Vic Henningsen considers some of the technology meant to make long drives more enjoyable. He wonders if it really does.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: A Fine View
Monday, 06/06/11
By Vic Henningsen
Watching coverage of the fighting in Libya led historian and commentator Vic Henningsen to consider the impact of visual images on our perception of warfare and brought him to the work of a little-known Vermont photographer.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: The Great Disappointment
Monday, 05/23/11
By Vic Henningsen
In case you missed it, the world was supposed to end last Saturday. Apparently that didn't happen.  Teacher, historian, and commentator Vic Henningsen takes a look at an earlier doomsday scenario centered here in Vermont.
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Commentary Series: Henningsen: Scoundrel Or Patriot
Friday, 04/29/11
By Vic Henningsen
There's been much debate about the actions of Bradley Manning, the army enlisted man alleged to have furnished Wikileaks with top-secret documents. Teacher, historian, and commentator Vic Henningsen recalls an earlier case that raised similar issues.
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