Program 737: A History of Modern Ireland; Following Caesar

Release Date: 12-09-2023


A columnist for the Irish Times discusses the dramatic recent changes in public opinion and attitude in Republic of Ireland, and how he's seen it become a modern, progressive nation over his lifetime. And a journalist from Utah tells us how to find some of the roadways the ancient Romans built to connect outposts of their empire — all the way to Istanbul.


  • Irish Times columnist Fintan O'Toole, author of "We Don't Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland" (Liveright)
  • John Keahey, author of "Following Caesar" (St. Martin's Press)

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More with Fintan O'Toole - Irish journalist Fintan O'Toole describes the Great Famine of the 19th century, which killed millions of Irish peasants who tended the land but didn't own it. Fintan explains how the scale of the famine overwhelmed international relief efforts of the time. Fintan and Rick also share impressions from the historic Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. (runs 5:18)