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Charles Kupfer on Historical Accuracy in the Media

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Charles Kupfer, Associate Professor of American studies and history at Penn State-Harrisburg, joins Take AIM to discuss his two books on the early days of World War II, and how they were covered by the media.

Kupfer's books include, "Indomitable Will: Turning Defeat into Victory from Pearl Harbor to Midway," and "We Felt The Flames: Hitler's Blitzkrieg, America's Story."

We will also discuss current events, and how news eventually evolves into history, and what happens to accuracy in the process. How do today’s media compare to the media that were covering this critical time in our nation’s history.

You can learn more about Mr. Kupfer's books here: http://www.amazon.com/Charles-Kupfer/e/B001K7VK9M

Background: Charles Kupfer grew up in Washington state and Washington D.C. He obtained his bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins. He then studied at Oxford and the University of Texas, where he received his Ph.D. in American Studies in 1998. Kupfer also worked as a reporter and editor, and taught for three years at Michigan State.

Kupfer is past president of the Middle Atlantic American Studies Association, and serves on the Eastern American Studies Association Board. He is active in various Commonwealth Public Heritage initiatives, serving on the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Commission, the Friends of Fort Hunter Board of Directors, and as Penn State Harrisburg American Studies Program liaison to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.