The end of the American century A retired Army colonel offers a scathing critique of America's "sense of entitlement," pointing to misguided oil consumption, politics, and strategies of our armed forces.9:06 a.m.
Andrew Bacevich: Professor of history and international relations at Boston University. His most recent book is "The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism."
Leonardo DaVinci, man of mystery Scholars debate the role of Leonardo Da Vinci's artistry and technology in creating the scientific revolution, while popular culture has newly embraced his mysterious persona thanks to Dan Brown's novels. Midmorning searches for the true Da Vinci.10:06 a.m.
Michael Gaudio: Professor of art history at the University of Minnesota.
J.B. Shank: Professor of history at the University of Minnesota.
The legacy of Tom Paine Thomas Paine's influential pamphlet "Common Sense" had a profound impact on American colonists seeking to break with the British Empire. Yet 200 years after his death, his role in American independence is often overshadowed. Midmorning looks at the legacy of the man some call the "forgotten founding father."10:45 a.m.
Harvey Kaye: Director of the Center for History and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and author of "Thomas Paine and the Promise of America."