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What If?

We often think of history as something that's set in stone, a series of events that are immovable, immutable and fated. But the other secret side of history is the question, "What if?" Join host Neal Conan and a group of writers and historians as they imagine a world without Socrates, a different ending to World War II and other alternative scripts for human history.


Victor Davis Hanson
*Contributor to What If?: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been
*Professor of classics at California State University in Fresno
*Visiting professor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD
*Author of Carnage and Culture

Caleb Carr
*Novelist and military historian
*Author, The Alienist (Bantam Books, 1995)
*Author, Lessons of Terror: A History of Warfare Against Civilians, (Paperback, Random House, Feb. 2003)

Lance Morrow
*Time Essayist
*Professor at Boston University

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Neal Conan
Award winning journalist Neal Conan was the final host of Talk of the Nation, which broadcast its final show on June 27, 2013.