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Amy Gajda, "Seek and Hide"
Amy Gajda, professor of law at Tulane University in New Orleans and author of “Seek and Hide,” discusses the historic struggle in the United States between an individual’s right to privacy and the public’s right to know newsworthy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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May 8, 2022
Darlene Superville, "Jill"
Darlene Superville, White House reporter for the Associated Press and co-author of "Jill," talks about the life and career of First Lady Jill Biden. Ms. Superville discusses Jill Biden's involvement in Joe Biden's political career, her role as a teacher, and the causes – including working with military families – that she took up in the Obama and Biden administrations.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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May 1, 2022
David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States
Archivist of the United States David Ferriero is retiring this spring after nearly 13 years in office. Appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed in 2009, he is the 10th archivist to oversee the National Archives as well as the nation's now 15 presidential libraries. During his tenure, Mr. Ferriero presided over a digital transformation of how archival material is collected and preserved. And it was under his leadership that the Archives debuted "Remembering Vietnam," its first-ever exhibit on that divisive conflict. Mr. Ferriero, a veteran of that war, served as a U.S. Navy hospital corpsman. He talks about his accomplishments and challenges at the Archives and the work that remains for his successor.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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April 24, 2022
Matthew Continetti, "The Right"
Author & journalist Matthew Continetti talks about the history of the American right-wing since the early 20th century. He says that a populist strain challenged mainstream conservatism several times over that period, ultimately triumphing with the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Mr. Continetti is also a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and founding editor at the Washington Free Beacon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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April 17, 2022
Mary Sarotte, "Not One Inch"
During discussions over the reunification of Germany in 1990, U.S. Secretary of State James Baker told Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would not expand eastward. "Not one inch," Baker assured Gorbachev. In the lead-up to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin used those words to suggest that the U.S. and NATO were not interested in peace and could not be trusted. Mary Sarotte, professor of history at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and author of "Not One Inch," talks about the 1990 comment and the impact that NATO expansion since then has had on U.S.-Russia relations.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Past Programs
    April 10, 2022
    Kostya Kennedy, "True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson"
    April 15th, 2022, marks the 75th anniversary of the day that Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Since 2004, April 15th has been known in the baseball world as "Jackie Robinson Day," in honor of the Brooklyn Dodgers player. We talked with Kostya Kennedy, former senior writer for Sports Illustrated, about Jackie Robinson's life and career. In his new book "True," Mr. Kennedy writes about four significant years in Robinson's life: 1946, when he started in the minor leagues; 1949, when he was named National League MVP; 1956, his final year playing baseball; and 1972, the year of his untimely death.      Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    April 3, 2022
    Michael Meyer, "Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet"
    In his will, Benjamin Franklin left 1000 pounds sterling each to the cities of Boston and Philadelphia. The money was to be loaned out, in small increments and at low-interest rates, to tradesmen who wanted to start their own businesses. Franklin estimated that even with a small rate of return, the trust fund would grow over the years and both cities would end up with large windfalls by the end of the twentieth century. University of Pittsburgh professor Michael Meyer, author of "Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet," discusses Franklin's micro-lending scheme and assesses its legacy.        Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 27, 2022
    Benjamin Barton, "The Credentialed Court"
    If Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is confirmed by the Senate, we will have the most diverse Supreme Court in U.S. history. University of Tennessee law professor Benjamin Barton, author of "The Credentialed Court," argues that while this is true on the surface, a closer look suggests that there is a "radical similarity" among the justices – especially when considering their educational and career paths after graduating high school. He has spent the past 12 years studying the backgrounds of Supreme Court justices throughout history and says that the justices today come from more elite circles and have much narrower experiences than their predecessors did, leading to a kind of group-think that is often overlooked when examining the court.           Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 20, 2022
    Andrew Rice, "The Year That Broke America"
    The title of the book "The Year That Broke America" refers to the year 2000, when an immigration crisis captured the headlines, Donald Trump ran for president, and Al Qaeda operatives arrived in the U.S. to learn to fly. Author Andrew Rice, a contributing editor at New York magazine, discusses the events of that year, which started with the fear of a global computer meltdown and ended with a fight over one of the closest presidential elections in U.S. history.     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 13, 2022
    Renee Knake Jefferson, “Shortlisted”
    Law professor Renee Knake Jefferson, co-author of “Shortlisted” discusses the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court and talks about some of the women who were considered for the court in the past, but were passed over.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 6, 2022
    Dana Rubin, Speaking While Female Speech Bank
    Speechwriter and consultant Dana Rubin discusses her Speaking While Female Speech Bank, an online archive of speeches made by women throughout history that she says have been unjustly overlooked or forgotten. She talks about the archive and speeches by Queen Elizabeth II, Barbara Jordan, Phyllis Schlafly and others.      Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 27, 2022
    V. P. Franklin, "The Young Crusaders"
    Hundreds of thousands of children and teenagers were active participants in the Civil Rights Movement. They took part in boycotts, strikes, marches, and demonstrations and faced many of the same risks as their adult counterparts. Professor of history emeritus V. P. Franklin, author of "The Young Crusaders," joins us to talk about the stories of these sometimes overlooked contributors to social justice in the United States.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 20, 2022
    Ryan Walters, "The Jazz Age President"
    On almost all presidential rankings lists, you will find Warren Harding's name at or near the bottom. On C-SPAN's 2021 survey of presidential historians, he was 37 out of 44. Historian Ryan Walters argues that while Harding had his faults, his accomplishments – including bringing the country back to normalcy after WWI and setting out an economic plan that led to the Roaring Twenties – are often overlooked when assessing his presidency. In his book "The Jazz Age President," Mr. Walters lays out his case for why President Harding should rank higher.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 13, 2022
    Erin Thompson, "Smashing Statues"
    Since the summer of 2020, roughly 214 public monuments have been taken down across the United States, either through official processes or by force. Erin Thompson, professor of art crime at the City University of New York and the author of "Smashing Statues," talks about the history of American monuments, the motivations for putting them up, and the current debates over which ones should be taken down.      Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 6, 2022
    Amy Zegart, "Spies, Lies, and Algorithms"
    Hoover Institution senior fellow Amy Zegart talked about the espionage threats facing the United States from China, Russia, Iran and North Korea and assessed whether our intelligence agencies are prepared to deal with them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 30, 2022
    Ben Raines, "The Last Slave Ship"
    The last slave ship carrying captives from Africa to America arrived in Alabama in 1860, more than fifty years after the transatlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States. The 110 slaves aboard the ship were brought to U.S. shores as the result of a bet made by a wealthy Alabama slaveholder who bragged that he could circumvent the prohibition. To cover his tracks he burned and scuttled the ship, named Clotilda, in a swamp just north of Mobile, where it remained until it was discovered by reporter Ben Raines in 2019. Mr. Raines tells the story of Clotilda and its descendants in his book "The Last Slave Ship."       Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 23, 2022
    Robert Sutton, "Nazis on the Potomac"
    Robert Sutton, the former Chief Historian of the National Park Service, tells the story of a secret military intelligence facility near Washington, DC, where 3,000 high-value Nazis were interrogated by U.S. servicemen during World War Two. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 16, 2022
    NASA's DART Mission & James Webb Space Telescope
    2022 is a big year for space science. NASA has two major missions underway. The first – DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) – will test the agency's ability to defend Earth against asteroids. The second – the James Webb Space Telescope (the successor to Hubble) – will be used to study the origins of the universe and search for possible life in the universe beyond Earth. We talked about these missions with Nancy Chabot, Planetary Chief Scientist at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory and Coordination Lead on the DART mission, and Meredith MacGregor, assistant professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 9, 2022
    Jorge Contreras, "The Genome Defense"
    Can human genes be patented and owned? That's the question behind Jorge Contreras' book "The Genome Defense." The author and professor of law at the University of Utah tells the story of the 2013 Supreme Court case Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics. The longshot case, brought by the ACLU, challenged the right to patent human genes, a practice that had been used by biotech companies for decades.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 2, 2022
    Presidential Recordings Ep. 2 - Creation of the Warren Commission
    Calls between President Lyndon Johnson & members of Congress & the administration on the establishment of The Warren Commission which would look into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This program begins with background information from Max Holland author of "The Kennedy Assassination Tapes: The White House Conversations of Lyndon Johnson Regarding the Assassination, the Warren Commission & the Aftermath" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 26, 2021
    Presidential Recordings Ep. 1 - What are The LBJ Tapes? with Marc Selverstone of The Miller Center at the University of Virginia
    Marc Selverstone, Chair of the Presidential Recordings Program at the Miller Center of the University of Virginia explains the background of the LBJ tapes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 19, 2021
    Joshua Prager, "The Family Roe"
    Joshua Prager talks about the complicated life and times of Norma McCorvey - aka “Jane Roe” - and the 1971 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case over the right to have an abortion that bears her name. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 12, 2021
    Jim Byron, President & CEO of the Nixon Foundation
    Jim Byron started working at the Nixon Foundation in 2007 as a marketing intern. He was 14-years-old. This past November, at age 28, he was appointed president and CEO of the foundation. Mr. Byron joined us to talk about the Nixon Foundation and its role in operating the Nixon Library & Museum site in Yorba Linda, California. He also talks about his goals for the foundation, including getting more young people interested in the life and career of President Nixon.       Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 5, 2021
    J.B. MacKinnon, "The Day the World Stops Shopping"
    Journalist J.B. MacKinnon discussed what would happen to the economy and the environment if the world cut consumption by twenty-five percent. He argued that we are currently using up the world's resources at a rate that is unsustainable and questioned what it would take to get people - especially consumer-driven Americans - to buy fewer things. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 28, 2021
    About Books: Former Rep. Steve Israel D-NY on Opening a New Bookstore
    A conversation with Former Representative Steve Israel (D-NY) who opened a book store in Oyster Bay, New York. Plus, a look at current non-fiction books featured on C-SPAN's BookTV for the week of November 28, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 21, 2021
    Mayukh Sen, "Taste Makers"
    Mayukh Sen, a James Beard Award-winning writer and adjunct professor of food journalism at New York University, discusses his book "Taste Makers," in which he profiles seven immigrant women who transformed American cuisine during the second half of the 20th century. Two of the women profiled are Elena Zelayeta a blind chef and bestselling cookbook author from Mexico, and Chao Yang Buwei, who was a physician in China before becoming an influential writer on Chinese cooking in the United States.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 14, 2021
    Randy Barnett & Evan Bernick, "The Original Meaning of the 14th Amendment
    The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws," is one of the most adjudicated amendments. The 1868 adoption of it has led to numerous Supreme Court cases and interpretations. Professors Randy Barnett (Georgetown University Law Center) and Evan Bernick (Northern Illinois University College of Law) argue in their book "The Original Meaning of the 14th Amendment" that the amendment, which gave the federal judiciary and Congress new powers over the states, has been misinterpreted by conservative and liberal judges alike. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 7, 2021
    Beth Levison & Jerry Risius, "Storm Lake"
    Filmmakers Beth Levison and Jerry Risius discuss their documentary “Storm Lake,” about the Storm Lake Times, a small-town family-run newspaper in Iowa, and its efforts to stay afloat amidst shrinking ad revenues and the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 31, 2021
    Howard Husock, "The Poor Side of Town"
    Howard Husock, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of "The Poor Side of Town," takes a critical look at the more than 100-year effort by the federal government, private developers, and others to create low-cost housing in the United States.     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 24, 2021
    LaDoris Cordell, "Her Honor"
    Retired California superior court judge LaDoris Cordell, author of "Her Honor," takes a critical look at our legal system and offers suggestions on how to improve it. She talks about the importance of judicial independence, mandatory minimum sentencing, racial bias in jury selections, police reform, and more.       Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 17, 2021
    David Wessel, "Only the Rich Can Play"
    Opportunity Zones were created under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Trump in December 2017. Originally the brainchild of Napster co-founder Sean Parker and supported by both Republicans and Democrats, the idea was to attract investment to poor communities across the U.S. by offering tax breaks for investors. Brookings Institution senior fellow and former Wall Street Journal economics editor and columnist David Wessel author of "Only the Rich Can Play," talks about the creation of Opportunity Zones and discusses the impact they have had.     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 10, 2021
    Martin Dugard "Taking Paris"
    Paris was overtaken by the Nazis on June 14, 1940, and brutally occupied for more than four years. Thousands of Parisians died as a result. Martin Dugard, co-author with Bill O'Reilly of the bestselling "Killing" series and author of the new book "Taking Paris," talks about Paris during the time of the German occupation and the liberation of the city by the U.S. and French forces in August 1944.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 3, 2021
    Peter Canellos, "The Great Dissenter"
    Peter Canellos, Politico editor-at-large and the author of The Great Dissenter, talked about the life, career, and legacy of Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan of Kentucky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    September 26, 2021
    Lawrence Wright "The Plague Year"
    Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Looming Tower" and New Yorker staff writer, discusses his latest book "The Plague Year: America in the Time of COVID." He talks about the origins of COVID-19, the response to the outbreak by the Chinese government, and the handling of the pandemic by the Trump administration and CDC.      Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    September 19, 2021
    Jason Riley, "Maverick"
    Wall Street Journal columnist and Manhattan Institute senior fellow Jason Riley talks about the life and influence of economist Thomas Sowell ("SOUL"), now 91, whose writings on economics, race, culture, education and politics have inspired conservatives and libertarians for a half-century. Mr. Riley is the author of the biography "Maverick" and is also the host of a documentary on Mr. Sowell that came out in January 2021.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    September 12, 2021
    Jessica DuLong, "Saved at the Seawall"
    Jessica DuLong, the former chief engineer on NYC fireboat John J. Harvey, talks about the rescue of nearly 500,000 people, by boat, off the island of Manhattan following the 9/11 attacks. It was the largest maritime evacuation in history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    September 5, 2021
    January 6th: Views from the House Reps. Markwayne Mullin, Jason Crow and Tom Malinowski
    Three House lawmakers - Reps. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), Jason Crow (D-CO), and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) - recount their first-hand experiences on January 6, when a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    August 29, 2021
    Lectures in History: Guerilla Warfare in the Civil War
    Brown University professor Megan Kate Nelson teaches a class about guerilla warfare, which is largely characterized by its tactics, including ambushes and surprise raids on unsuspecting troops and towns. She talks about the guerrilla soldiers fighting on both the Union and Confederate sides during the Civil War. These small bands of men on horseback were nimble and difficult to capture, especially Confederate guerrillas who often did not wear uniforms and blended back into the population after an attack.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    August 22, 2021
    After Words w/ Alex Marlow, "Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media's Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption"
    Breitbart editor-in-chief Alex Marlow argues that the mainstream media has destroyed its credibility. He's interviewed by Reason Magazine editor at large Matt Welch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    August 15, 2021
    Booknotes+ w/ Harlow Giles Unger: "Thomas Paine, Forgotten Hero of the American Revolution"
    Historian Harlow Unger chats with Brian Lamb about the work and legacy of Thomas Paine. Mr. Paine's political writings inspired American revolutionaries, but his later writings on religion made him a pariah. Harlow Unger's book, "Thomas Paine and the Clarion Call for American Independence," is the latest of 27 he has written, including many on the Founding Fathers.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    August 8, 2021
    Booknotes+ w/ Eleanor Herman: "Sex with Presidents"
    Historian Eleanor Herman joins Brian Lamb to talk about her book, "Sex with Presidents," about sex scandals involving U.S. presidents going back to the early years of the Republic. Eleanor Herman is the author of many other books, including "Sex with the Queen" and "Sex with Kings." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    August 1, 2021
    Gary Ginsberg, "First Friends"
    Former Clinton administration aide Gary Ginsberg, author of "First Friends," talked about the personal confidants of U.S. presidents and the influence they wielded. He talks about banker and businessman Bebe Rebozo, who Richard Nixon knew for 44 years, and civil rights leader Vernon Jordan, one of Bill Clinton's closest advisers for much of his political career, among others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    July 25, 2021
    Michelle Singletary, "What to Do with Your Money When Crisis Hits"
    Washington Post syndicated finance columnist Michelle Singletary discusses how people should react financially during an economic downturn. She also talks about her love of budgets, her hatred of debt, and the future of the U.S. economy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    July 18, 2021
    Jessica DuLong, "Saved at the Seawall"
    Jessica DuLong, the former chief engineer on NYC fireboat John J. Harvey, talks about the rescue of nearly 500,000 people, by boat, off the island of Manhattan following the 9/11 attacks. It was the largest maritime evacuation in history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    July 11, 2021
    Don Ritchie, Senate Historian Emeritus
    Donald Ritchie, historian emeritus of the U.S. Senate, talks about the influence of Drew Pearson’s muckraking “Washington Merry-Go-Round” columns, which derailed many political careers in Washington and drew the ire of every president from FDR to Nixon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    July 4, 2021
    Craig Fehrman, "Author in Chief"
    Journalist and historian Craig Fehrman analyzes American presidents through the lens of the books they've written. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    June 27, 2021
    Edward Slingerland, Author, "Drunk"
    Why do people like to get intoxicated? Edward Slingerland, professor of philosophy at the University of British Columbia, tries to answer the question in his latest book, "Drunk," which looks at the evolutionary purpose of intoxication and the role that drinking has played throughout history.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    June 20, 2021
    John Tamny, Author, "When Politicians Panicked"
    Were government-mandated lockdowns in the U.S. necessary to stop the pandemic? John Tamny, director of the Center for Economic Freedom at FreedomWorks, says they weren’t and argues they have done more harm than good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    June 13, 2021
    Annette Gordon-Reed, Author, "On Juneteenth"
    Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Harvard professor Annette Gordon-Reed talks about the history and legacy of Juneteenth - June 19th - the day in 1865 that enslaved African Americans in Texas were informed of their emancipation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    June 6, 2021
    Peter Osnos, Author, "An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen"
    Peter Osnos, a longtime reporter, editor, and publisher and the author of An Especially Good View: Watching History Happen, talked about his family’s escape from Poland in 1939, working for I.F. Stone, covering the Vietnam War and publishing books by former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr. Osnos was vice president and senior editor at Random House from 1984-1996 and publisher and CEO at PublicAffairs, which he founded, from 1997-2005.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    May 30, 2021
    Rick Beyer, Author, "The Ghost Army of World War II"
    During World War II, the U.S. Army created a "Ghost Army" that used inflatable rubber tanks, sound effects, fake radio transmissions, and performance art to fool the Germans into miscalculating the strength and location of American troops. Its mission remained classified until 1996. Filmmaker and author Rick Beyer ("BY"-er) talks about the 1,100 men who served with the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops – aka the Ghost Army – during the war. Mr. Beyer has directed a documentary and co-written a book about the unit.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    May 23, 2021
    Greg Francis, Author, "Just Harvest"
    Attorney Greg Francis discusses his book “Just Harvest,” about a class-action discrimination lawsuit brought by black farmers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1997, resulting in a billion dollar settlement two years later. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    May 16, 2021
    Neil King, Walking to New York City
    Former Wall Street Journal reporter and Washington, DC, resident Neil King talks about his nearly 300-mile walking trip to New York City this past April to connect with American history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    May 9, 2021
    Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Mysteries of the Universe
    Theoretical physicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein talks about subatomic particles, the mysteries of the universe, and the journey she took to become one of less than one hundred black American women to receive a PhD in physics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    May 2, 2021
    Lawrence Roberts, Author of "Mayday 1971"
    Investigative journalist Lawrence Roberts talks about the “Spring Offensive” of 1971, during which tens of thousands of anti-Vietnam War protesters, including Vietnam War veterans, came to Washington, DC, in an effort to shut down the federal government. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    April 25, 2021
    Susan Page, Author, "Madame Speaker"
    USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page, author of "Madam Speaker," talks about the life and political career of Democratic congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who became the first female Speaker of the House in 2007 and is currently serving her second term in the position.     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    April 18, 2021
    Karen Tumulty, Author, "The Triumph of Nancy Reagan"
    Washington Post political columnist Karen Tumulty discusses her biography of former First Lady Nancy Reagan. She talks about the role Mrs. Reagan played as political adviser to Ronald Reagan and as a mother. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    April 11, 2021
    Julia Sweig, Author, "Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight"
    Julia Sweig, senior research fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin, talks about the influence Lady Bird Johnson had on Lyndon Johnson’s decision-making, both before and during his presidency. www.oracle.com/goto/cspan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    April 4, 2021
    Frederick Hess & Pedro Noguera, "A Search for Common Ground"
    Frederick Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and Pedro Noguera, dean of the school of education at USC, debated education policy and talked about the importance of having civil discussions over political disputes, especially when principled differences of opinion are involved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 28, 2021
    Elizabeth Becker, Author, "You Don't Belong Here"
    Journalist Elizabeth Becker tells the story of three women - Australian correspondent Kate Webb, French photographer Catherine Leroy, and American intellectual Frances FitzGerald - who reported on the Vietnam War. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 21, 2021
    The History Chicks
    Kansas City-based Susan Vollenweider and Beckett Graham, co-hosts of The History Chicks podcast, talk about the origins of the now 10-year-old podcast, its growing popularity over the years, and some of the women they've covered on their fortnightly look into U.S. history, including Queen Lili'uokalani of Hawaii and inventor Lydia Pinkham. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 14, 2021
    George Weigel, Author, "Not Forgotten"
    George Weigel, a Catholic theologian, author and distinguished senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, talks about some of the people he profiles in Not Forgotten, his new book of elegies and reminiscences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 7, 2021
    Jayme Lemke, Senior Fellow, Mercatus Center's Hayek Program
    Jayme Lemke, senior fellow with George Mason University’s Mercatus Center’s F. A. Hayek Program, talks about the social and economic disruption caused by the COVID pandemic and the response by the U.S. government. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 28, 2021
    Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Author, "She Came to Slay"
    Erica Armstrong Dunbar, professor of history at Rutgers University, talks about her book, "She Came to Slay," about the life and exploits of Underground Railroad conductor and Union Army spy, Harriet Tubman.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 21, 2021
    Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, University of Texas
    University of Texas history professor Peniel Joseph talks about the activism and converging ideologies of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., and the importance of their thinking on the fight for civil rights in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 14, 2021
    Vice President Kamala Harris's Mother and History of Indian Americans
    Journalist Rikha Sharma Rani discusses her profile of Vice President Kamala Harris’s late mother, Shyamala, who came to the United States from India in 1958, and Prof. Devesh Kapur talks about the larger story of Indian immigration to the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 7, 2021
    Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ Reporter, & Max Abrahms, Northeastern University political science professor
    Wall Street Journal reporter Aruna Viswanatha talks about the federal investigation into the January 6th attack on the Capitol and Northeastern University political science professor Max Abrahms discusses whether the government needs new authority to properly deal with domestic extremists.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 31, 2021
    Lawrence Roberts, Author of "Mayday 1971"
    Investigative journalist Lawrence Roberts talks about the “Spring Offensive” of 1971, during which tens of thousands of anti-Vietnam War protesters, including Vietnam War veterans, came to Washington, DC, in an effort to shut down the federal government. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 24, 2021
    Elena Conis, Author of "Vaccine Nation"
    University of California at Berkeley historian of medicine Elena Conis talks about the development of the polio vaccine in the 1950s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 17, 2021
    Presidential Inaugural Addresses
    Sarada Peri, senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, and John McConnell, senior speechwriter for President George W. Bush, join us to talk about presidential inaugural addresses, from JFK to the upcoming inaugural address of President-elect Joe Biden.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 10, 2021
    Helen Andrews, Author, "Boomers"
    Helen Andrews, senior editor at The American Conservative magazine, takes a critical look at the Baby Boomer Generation and argues that they have left subsequent generations, especially Millennials, worse off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 27, 2020
    Nic Novicki, Founder and Director, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
    Actor Nic Novicki, founder and director of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, talks about the 2020 entries and the winning films in three categories: best awareness campaign, best editor, and best film. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 20, 2020
    Jake Wood, Author of "Once a Warrior"
    Jake Wood talks about serving with the U.S. Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan and with Team Rubicon, the disaster response organization that he co-founded with a fellow Marine in 2010. Seventy percent of the over 100,000 U.S. volunteers that serve with Team Rubicon are military veterans.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 14, 2020
    New Members of Congress
    This week on Q&A we talk with the youngest women in the freshmen class of 117th Congress, Republican Kat Cammack of Florida and Democrat Sara Jacobs of California. They discuss their backgrounds and what they hope to accomplish in office. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 6, 2020
    Susan Schulten and Eric Rauchway, Historians on contentious presidential transitions
    Historians Susan Schulten and Eric Rauchway talk about two of the most contentious presidential transitions in U.S. history - in 1861, between James Buchanan and Abraham Lincoln, and in 1933, between Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 29, 2020
    Elaine Weiss, Author "The Woman's Hour"
    Journalist and author Elaine Weiss discussed her book, "The Woman's Hour," about the lead-up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 18, 1920, that granted women the right to vote. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 22, 2020
    James Taing, Documentary Filmmaker
    Filmmaker James Taing discusses his documentary “Ghost Mountain,” about the 1979 massacre of Cambodian survivors of Pol Pot’s Killing Fields by Thai soldiers along the Thailand-Cambodia border. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 15, 2020
    Sarah Brayne, Author "Predict and Surveil"
    University of Texas at Austin sociology professor Sarah Brayne talks about the use of big data and new surveillance technologies by law enforcement, and discusses where this kind of policing may be headed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 8, 2020
    David Savage, Los Angeles Times, 20th Anniversary of Bush v. Gore SCOTUS Case
    David Savage, Los Angeles Times, 20th Anniversary of Bush v. Gore SCOTUS Case  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 1, 2020
    Matthew Weil and Laura Hautala on Election Security
    The Bipartisan Policy Center’s Matthew Weil and CNET’s Laura Hautala talk about mail-in ballots, election security, and the evolution of voting machines since the 1960s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 25, 2020
    Kathleen Belew and Jillian Melchior on Proud Boys and Antifa
    The University of Chicago’s Kathleen Belew and the Wall Street Journal’s Jillian Kay Melchior talk about the Proud Boys and Antifa, right and left-wing groups, respectively, that have used violent tactics to further their goals. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 18, 2020
    Nic Novicki, Founder and Director, Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
    Actor Nic Novicki, founder and director of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, talks about the 2020 entries and the winning films in three categories: best awareness campaign, best editor, and best film. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 11, 2020
    Isabel Wilkerson, Author, 'Caste: The Origin of our Discontent'
    Author and 2020 Kirkus Book Prize finalist Isabel Wilkerson argues that the United States has a hidden caste system that has played a role throughout its history and produced the racial divisions and injustices we see today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 4, 2020
    Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
    The Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro talks about the history of U.S. Supreme Court nominations and the confirmation battles that sometimes accompany them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    September 27, 2020
    Eric Jay Dolin, Author, "A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America's Hurricanes"
    Author and 2020 Kirkus Book Prize finalist Eric Jay Dolin talks about the destruction caused by hurricanes throughout U.S. history and the science and technology being applied to deal with them today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    September 20, 2020
    Harold Holzer, Author and Historian, Part Two
    Author and historian Harold Holzer examines the relationship, often hostile, between the media and U.S. presidents going back to George Washington. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    September 13, 2020
    Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet
    Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of the UK-based medical journal The Lancet, talks about the COVID-19 outbreak and the response to it by governments around the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    September 6, 2020
    Pamela Constable, Former Bureau Chief of Afghanistan and Pakistan, The Washington Post
    Pamela Constable recently completed a lengthy tour as the Washington Post's Afghanistan/Pakistan bureau chief. She talks about her work, the people she's met, the issues she's covered, and conditions today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    August 30, 2020
    Harold Holzer, Author and Historian
    Author and historian Harold Holzer examines the relationship, often hostile, between the media and U.S. presidents going back to George Washington. During part one of our two-part interview with Mr. Holzer, he talks about presidents prior to FDR. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    August 23, 2020
    Katherine Gehl, Founder, Institute for Political Innovation
    Katherine Gehl, founder of the Institute for Political Innovation, argues that our current political system is leading to voter disenchantment and an unhealthy level of partisanship, and suggests ways to improve it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    August 16, 2020
    Elaine Weiss, Author "The Woman's Hour"
    Journalist and author Elaine Weiss discussed her book, "The Woman's Hour," about the lead-up to the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 18, 1920, that granted women the right to vote. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
    Download (Duration: 1h 1m) | Share This Episode
    August 9, 2020
    Reihan Salam, President, Manhattan Institute
    Manhattan Institute president Reihan Salam discussed whether the COVID-19 pandemic and current civil unrest in the country will lead to people moving out of large U.S. cities, as was seen after the 1960s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    August 2, 2020
    Chris Wallace, Author of "Countdown 1945" and Fox News Host
    Fox News anchor Chris Wallace discusses his book, “Countdown 1945,” about the creation of the atomic bomb and President Truman’s thinking during the months leading up to its use on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6th, 1945. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    July 26, 2020
    Representative John Lewis (D-Georgia)
    Representative John Lewis (D-Georgia) discussed his life and involvement in the civil rights movement, including the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, during which he was severely beaten by state troopers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    July 19, 2020
    John Burtka, Executive Director and Acting Editor, The American Conservative
    John Burtka, executive director and acting editor of The American Conservative, talks about the special edition of the magazine which examines where American conservatism came from and where it is going in the age of Donald Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    July 12, 2020
    Erin Geiger Smith, Voting in America
    Journalist Erin Geiger Smith talks about the history of voting in the United States and some of the issues surrounding voting today, including low voter turnout, voter suppression, and the reliability of voting by mail.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    July 5, 2020
    Siddhartha Mukherjee, U.S. Response to Covid-19
    Physician and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee talks about the U.S. response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the medical science that is being used to combat it.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    June 28, 2020
    Elena Conis, "Vaccine Nation"
    University of California at Berkeley historian of medicine Elena Conis talks about the development of the polio vaccine in the 1950s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    June 21, 2020
    Peniel Joseph, Professor of History, University of Texas
    University of Texas history professor Peniel Joseph talks about the activism and converging ideologies of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., and the importance of their thinking on the fight for civil rights in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    June 14, 2020
    Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s “Morning Edition”
    Steve Inskeep, host of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” discussed his book, Imperfect Union, which chronicles John and Jessie Fremont and their exploration of the American West in the 19th century. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    June 7, 2020
    Peggy Wallace Kennedy, "The Broken Road: George Wallace and a Daughter’s Journey to Reconciliation"
    Peggy Wallace Kennedy talked about her segregationist father’s controversial career as the former four-term Alabama governor and presidential candidate, and his later political conversion after almost being assassinated in 1972. She also talked about her friendship with Representative John Lewis (D-GA).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    May 31, 2020
    Malcom Gladwell, "Talking to Strangers"
    Malcolm Gladwell discussed his new book, Talking to Strangers, about how people make judgments, often inaccurately, about strangers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    May 24, 2020
    Jeff Guinn, "The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip"
    Historian Jeff Guinn talked about his book The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip, on the highly-publicized summer road trips taken by Henry Ford and Thomas Edison between 1914-1925. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    May 17, 2020
    Susannah Cahalan, Journalist, "The Great Pretender"
    Journalist Susannah Cahalan talked about her book, The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness, about a 1973 experiment, led by Stanford psychologist David Rosenhan, conducted to test the legitimacy of psychiatric hospitals in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    May 10, 2020
    Craig Fehrman, Journalist, "Author in Chief"
    Journalist and historian Craig Fehrman analyzes American presidents through the lens of the books they’ve written. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    May 3, 2020
    Lual Mayen, South Sudanese Refugee
    Lual Mayen recounted his journey from life as a South Sudanese refugee to a Washington, D.C.-based video game developer and CEO of his company Junub Games. He was gaining acclaim for his work on peace and conflict resolution by bringing the refugee experience to a wider audience through his video game “Salaam,” which means “peace” in Arabic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    April 26, 2020
    Chris Arnade, Photojournalist
    Former Wall Street trader turned photojournalist Chris Arnade discussed his book "Dignity," in which he documents the plight of those living on the margins of society in America. He talked about his photos and shared stories about some of the people he befriended during his travels. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    April 19, 2020
    James Wallner, Historian and Professor at American University
    Former U.S. Senate aide James Wallner, who currently researches and writes about Congress at the R Street Institute, joins us to talk about the role and power of Senate Majority Leaders throughout history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    April 5, 2020
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    We profile Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and a prominent member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 29, 2020
    Amity Shlaes, Author and Economic Historian on U.S. Response to Crises
    Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation chair, author and economic historian Amity Shlaes joins us to talk about the history of U.S. government responses to economic crises, including the Great Depression, the 2008 global recession, and the coronavirus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 22, 2020
    Christian McMillen, Author of "Pandemics: A Very Short Introduction"
    Christian McMillen talks about the history of pandemics. He is the author of “Pandemics: A Very Short Introduction” and is a University of Virginia associate dean for social sciences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 15, 2020
    Steve Inskeep, Author of "Imperfect Union"
    NPR “Morning Edition” host Steve Inskeep discusses his book, “Imperfect Union,” which chronicles John and Jessie Fremont and their exploration of the American West in the 19th century. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 8, 2020
    Peggy Wallace Kennedy, Author of "The Broken Road: George Wallace and a Daughter's Journey to Reconciliation"
    Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of former 4-term Alabama governor and presidential candidate segregationist George Wallace, talks about her father’s controversial career and his later political conversion after almost being assassinated in 1972. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 1, 2020
    Carl Cannon, Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics on Super Tuesday
    Carl Cannon, Washington Bureau Chief of RealClearPolitics, discusses the history of Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 23, 2020
    Notable Speakers of the House with Matthew Green
    Matthew Green looks back over history & into our own time to talk about notable Speakers - including Henry Clay, Joe Cannon, Newt Gingrich, and current Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He is a Catholic University political science professor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 16, 2020
    Craig Fehrman, "Author in Chief"
    Journalist and historian Craig Fehrman analyzes American presidents through the lens of the books they've written. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 9, 2020
    Q&A with Lual Mayen
    Lual Mayen recounts his journey from life as a South Sudanese refugee to a Washington, D.C.-based video game developer and CEO of his company Junub Games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 2, 2020
    Kathryn Sullivan, "Handprints on Hubble"
    Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, talks about being part of NASA's first class of female astronauts and her participation in the launch and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 26, 2020
    Iowa Caucuses History
    David Yepsen talks about the history of the "First-in-the-Nation" Iowa caucuses, which are held this year on February 3, 2020. Mr. Yepsen was the chief political writer for the Des Moines Register, where he covered politics for 34 years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 19, 2020
    History of the New Hampshire Primary
    Former [New Hampshire Union Leader] Publisher and now Editor-at-Large Joseph McQuaid talks about his state's presidential primary history. This year's primary is February 11, 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 12, 2020
    History of Impeachment in the Senate
    Historian emeritus of the U.S. Senate, Donald Ritchie, talks about the process and history of Senate impeachment trials, including those of Presidents Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 5, 2020
    Daniel Weiss, "In That Time"
    Daniel Weiss, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, talks about the life of poet Michael O'Donnell, who went missing in action during the Vietnam War after the helicopter he was piloting was shot down over Cambodia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 15, 2019
    Dr. Azra Raza, "The First Cell"
    Dr. Azra Raza, professor of medicine and director of the MDS Center at Columbia University, takes a critical look at the way we have treated cancer in the United States since the early 1970s and discusses how patient care can be improved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 8, 2019
    Holly Jackson, "American Radicals"
    University of Massachusetts professor Holly Jackson discusses her book, [American Radicals], about the people, inspired by the Founding Fathers, who worked to spread freedom and equality in the United States during the 19th Century. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 1, 2019
    Presidential Press Coverage
    The Newseum's Patty Rhule talks about how the press has covered American presidents over the course of our history. She is vice president of the museum's content and exhibit development. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 24, 2019
    Presidential Nominating Process
    Lara Brown of George Washington University discusses how the current presidential nominating system developed. She is the political management school director at George Washington University & author of "Jockeying for the American Presidency." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 17, 2019
    A Reporter's View of Afghanistan, Pakistan & Iraq
    Pamela Constable recently completed a lengthy tour as the [Washington Post]'s Afghanistan/Pakistan bureau chief. She talks about her work, the people she's met, the issues she's covered, and conditions today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 10, 2019
    Susannah Cahalan, "The Great Pretender"
    Journalist Susannah Cahalan discusses her book, [The Great Pretender], about a 1973 experiment led by Stanford psychologist David Rosenhan that was conducted to test the legitimacy of psychiatric hospitals in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 3, 2019
    Supreme Court Chief Justices
    Elizabeth Papez - a litigator and partner in the firm of Gibson Dunn, and former U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas -- discusses several high profile U.S. Supreme Court chief justices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 27, 2019
    Chris Arnade, "Dignity"
    Former Wall Street trader turned photojournalist Chris Arnade discusses his book, [Dignity], in which he documents the plight of those living on the margins of society in America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 20, 2019
    Alan Kraut
    American University Distinguished Professor of History Alan Kraut looks back at our politics and policies over the past two plus centuries to see how they transformed the laws designed to manage immigration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 9, 2019
    Jeff Guinn, "The Vagabonds"
    Historian Jeff Guinn writes about the highly publicized summer road trips taken by Henry Ford and Thomas Edison between 1914-1925 in his book, [The Vagabonds]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 6, 2019
    History of Tariffs
    The Smithsonian Institution's Peter Liebhold discusses the history of tariffs in managing the U.S. economy. He is a work and industry curator at the National Museum of American History. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    September 29, 2019
    James Banner, "Presidential Misconduct"
    Historian James Banner discusses his book, "Presidential Misconduct: From George Washington to Today" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    September 22, 2019
    Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James
    Kay Coles James about her life, career in government and politics, and her work as president of the Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, D.C. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    September 15, 2019
    Malcolm Gladwell, "Talking to Strangers"
    Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell discusses about his new book, [Talking to Strangers], about how we make judgments, often inaccurately, about people we don't know. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    September 8, 2019
    Margaret O'Mara, "The Code"
    University of Washington history professor Margaret O'Mara discusses her book, [The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America], about the rise of Silicon Valley and the role that the federal government played in its evolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    August 28, 2019
    Q&A
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    May 19, 2019
    David McCullough
    Historian David McCullough discusses his latest book, [The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    May 12, 2019
    David Maraniss
    Journalist and author David Maraniss discusses his book, [A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    May 6, 2019
    Harold Holzer and Amity Shlaes
    Harold Holzer and Amity Shlaes talk about C-SPAN's latest book, [The Presidents: Noted Historians Rank America's Best - and Worst - Chief Executives]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    April 28, 2019
    David Brooks
    New York Times columnist David Brooks discusses his book "The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    April 21, 2019
    Q&A with Senate Youth Program
    High school students from the U.S. Senate Youth Program talk about their week in Washington and what they've learned from the experience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    April 15, 2019
    Susan Page
    USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page discusses her book, [The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    April 7, 2019
    Doug Brinkley
    Historian Douglas Brinkley talks about his book, "American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 31, 2019
    Joan Buskupic
    Supreme Court reporter Joan Biskupic discusses her biography of Chief Justice John Roberts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 24, 2019
    Robert Caro
    Author and LBJ biographer Robert Caro discusses his book, [Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 17, 2019
    Matthew Hoh
    Iraq War veteran and former State Department official Matthew Hoh talks about his article, "Time for Peace in Afghanistan and an End to the Lies." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 10, 2019
    Amy Greenberg
    Penn State history professor Amy Greenberg discusses her book [Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 3, 2019
    Eileen Rivers
    U.S. Army veteran Eileen Rivers talks about her book "Beyond the Call: Three Women on the Front Lines in Afghanistan." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 24, 2019
    Elizabeth Samet
    West Point English professor Elizabeth Samet discusses her annotated edition of Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 17, 2019
    Monica Norton
    Monica Norton, Washington Post deputy local editor, talks about James Baldwin's "If Beale Street Could Talk" and the impact the book had on her as a teenager. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 18, 2018
    Jackie Speier
    Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) talks about her memoir, [Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 7, 2018
    Joanne Freeman
    Yale University historian Joanne Freeman discusses her book, "The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    September 30, 2018
    Jeffrey Engel
    Southern Methodist University's Jeffrey Engel discusses his book, [When the World Seemed New: George H. W. Bush and the End of the Cold War]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    July 22, 2018
    Grace Kennan Warnecke
    Grace Kennan Warnecke, daughter of American diplomat George Kennan, discusses her memoir, [Daughter of the Cold War]." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    June 24, 2018
    Amy Wax
    University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Amy Wax talked about the limits of free expression on college campuses in the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    April 8, 2018
    Michio Kaku
    Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku talks about his book, [The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    March 25, 2018
    Amy Chua
    Yale University Law School professor Amy Chua discusses her book, [Political Tribes], about the role that group identity plays in shaping domestic and foreign affairs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 25, 2018
    Kate Bowler
    Prosperity gospel scholar, Kate Bowler, discusses her memoir, [Everything Happens for a Reason], in which she reflects on being diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at the age of 35. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 11, 2018
    Doug Mills
    New York Times staff photographer Doug Mills talks about some of the photos he took during the 2016 presidential race and discusses what it's like to cover President Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 28, 2018
    Caitriona Perry
    Caitriona Perry, former Washington correspondent for RTE, Ireland's public service broadcaster, talks about her book, [In America], which chronicles her encounters with Trump supporters during the 2016 presidential election season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 19, 2017
    Daryl Davis
    Musician and author Daryl Davis talks about his efforts over the past 30 years to befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan to try to understand their hatred and to convince them that they are wrong. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 29, 2017
    Allison Stanger
    Allison Stanger, professor of international politics and economics at Middlebury College in Vermont, talks about students' reaction to the appearance of author Charles Murray on Campus last March. Both were attacked by students following the event. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    July 16, 2017
    Manal Al-Sharif
    Saudi Arabian women's rights activist Manal Al-Sharif talks about her book, [Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    July 2, 2017
    Pat Buchanan
    Columnist and political commentator Pat Buchanan, who served as a speechwriter and senior adviser to President Nixon, discusses his book, [Nixon's White House Wars]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    May 14, 2017
    Q&A with Mark Cheathem
    Cumberland University history professor Mark Cheathem discusses his book, [Andrew Jackson, Southerner], and talks about the comparisons made between President Jackson and President Trump. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 5, 2017
    Q&A with Heather McGhee
    Heather McGhee, president of Demos, talks about an August 2016 appearance on Washington Journal and how a call from a white man in North Carolina, who said he was prejudiced, started a conversation about race in America and evolved into a friendship. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 22, 2017
    Q&A with Benjamin Ginsberg
    Johns Hopkins University political science professor Benjamin Ginsberg discusses his book, [What Washington Gets Wrong: The Unelected Officials Who Actually Run the Government and Their Misconceptions about the American People]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 18, 2016
    Q&A with Robert Strauss
    Robert Strauss discusses his book, [Worst. President. Ever.: James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    November 6, 2016
    Q&A with Candice Millard
    Historian Candice Millard discusses her book, [Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    July 17, 2016
    Q&A with Corey Pegues
    Former New York Police Department Deputy Inspector Corey Pegues discusses his book, [Once a Cop: The Street, the Law, Two Worlds, One Man], about his experiences in law enforcement. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 3, 2016
    Q&A with Michael Ramirez
    Editorial cartoonist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Ramirez talks about his career and his book, [Give Me Liberty or Give Me Obamacare]. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    August 10, 2014
    Q&A with Edmund Morris
    Author Edmund Morris discusses his most recent book [This Living Hand: and Other Essays], his upcoming book on Thomas Edison, his career as a biographer of presidents and other notable figures, and how he approaches his craft as a writer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 2, 2014
    Q&A with Robert Dallek
    Author Robert Dallek talks about his recently released historical narrative, "Camelot's Court: Inside the Kennedy White House." Dallek describes his book as taking an inside look at the brain trust surrounding President Kennedy's administration. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    February 10, 2013
    Q&A with Amity Shlaes
    Bloomberg correspondent and author Amity Shlaes talks about her biography of President Calvin Coolidge, [Coolidge], in which she traces the life of the president from his early days through his presidency and ultimate return to New England. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    October 9, 2011
    Q&A with John Paul Stevens
    Former Justice John Paul Stevens discusses his memoir detailing the workings of the Supreme Court, including his personal views of and interactions with the five most recent chief justices. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    January 25, 2009
    Q&A with John Doar
    John Doar, former assistant attorney general for civil rights in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, talked about his involvement in several major civil rights events during the 1960s. In 1962, he worked to gain the entry of James Meredith into the then-segregated University of Mississippi. In 1963, he confronted and calmed protesters in Jackson, Mississippi, after the assassination of Medgar Evers. He also prosecuted and convicted many individuals on federal civil rights violations including those accused of killing three Mississippi civil rights workers, which was later depicted in movie [Mississippi Burning]. In 1974, he became chief counsel for the House Judiciary Committee's investigation of Watergate and helped to prepare articles of impeachment against President Nixon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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    December 15, 2008
    Q&A with William Seale
    In this 2008 interview from C-SPAN's Q&A series, the late historian and author William Seale discusses the history of the White House and its residents. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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