Learn about Arthur Brisbane, one of America’s most celebrated journalists, who interviewed Mary Baker Eddy in 1907, when she was under attack in the press. Our guests include his grandson—a journalist himself—and Library researcher Nathan Buchanan. They explore Brisbane’s noted interview and its link to a famous lawsuit involving Eddy. They also discuss the media war between two titans in the American newspaper industry: Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst.
Arthur S. Brisbane began and ended his newspaper career in New York, starting at a small weekly in his hometown of Glen Cove and ending as public editor for The New York Times. In between he worked as a columnist, editor, and publisher for The Kansas City Star, before becoming senior vice president of its parent company, Knight Ridder. He also did a six-year stint at The Washington Post, first as a reporter and then assistant city editor. Brisbane and his wife, Jo, now live in Massachusetts on Cape Cod.
Nathan Buchanan spent the past year as a research assistant at The Mary Baker Eddy Library. His article on Arthur Brisbane’s interview with Mary Baker Eddy was published on the Library’s website in December 2020. Before coming to the Library, he worked for Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. His areas of special interest include social change and American foreign policy after World War II.