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Author Erik Larson On The Last Voyage Of The Lusitania

In May 1915, a German U-boat sunk one of the world's greatest ocean liners, the Lusitania. Erik Larson's new book, Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania, maps the tale known to many as the event that launched America into the Great War. On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Erik Larson about his research process, the captains behind the ships involved, and the mystery of Room 40.


  • Erik Larson is the best-selling author of Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the LusitaniaThe Devil in the White City, and In the Garden of Beasts.

Hear More: Erik Larson will be speaking at Unity Temple on the Plaza on Thursday, March 26th at 7pm. For more information and to get tickets, go to Rainy Day Books.

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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.