WSHU's 'Join the Conversation' Presents Jonathan Alter

News Story: March 1, 2009

National Public Radio member station WSHU Public Radio will hold a special event featuring Newsweek columnist and historian Jonathan Alter for a talk about his New York Times bestseller, The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, on Sunday, April 19, 2009, at 4:00 pm, at the Edgerton Theater on the campus of Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue in Fairfield, CT. This event is part of WSHU’s popular lecture series, “Join the Conversation”, which features noted authors for engaging and thought-provoking discussions. This event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the author’s talk.

In this compelling book, Alter tells the story of one of the most exciting and important times in American history. As Franklin D. Roosevelt prepared for his inauguration in 1933, America faced one of the greatest crises in its history. The Depression had thrown millions out of work, paralyzed the banking system, and brought the country to the brink of civil unrest. Alter brilliantly chronicles how FDR saved the country and how his exuberant first months of leadership shaped the society we live in today.

Jonathan Alter is a Senior Editor at Newsweek, where, since 1991, he has written an acclaimed column on politics, history, media, and society at large. He is also an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children.

Books will be available for purchase at the event. This event is free, but reservations are required. There will be a $3.00 suggested donation at the door to benefit WSHU Public Radio. To make reservations, or to find out more details, go to This event is sponsored by RTK Environmental.