What can historical artifacts teach us about history? In his new book Touching America’s History, Meredith Mason Brown uses 20 objects to summon up major developments in American history. He discusses how these artifacts reveal the birth, growth, and shaping of what is now America on this episode of the IU Press podcast:
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Master gardener Moya Andrews is growing her media presence from her popular WFIU radio show "Focus on Flowers" to a new television special on WTIU that spotlights gardening tips and Andrews's enthusiasm for gardening. The show premieres Sunday, March 3 at 7 p.m., with additional airings on Thursday, March 7 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 9 at 12:30 p.m.; and Monday, March 11 at 1 p.m.
Andrews is the author of Perennials Short and Tall and another forthcoming gardening book, Shrubs Large and Small. Come see her in person at the Lawn and Garden Show in Bedford, IN, Saturday, March 9, where she'll be a featured speaker! Andrews will also be available to sign copies of her books during the show from 1 to 3 p.m. at the IU Press booth.