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57:31 | Sep 11th

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.

58:30 | Aug 5th

Saudi Arabian women's rights activist Manal Al-Sharif talks about her book, [Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening].
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59:07 | Jul 22nd

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].

58:59 | Jul 17th

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.

58:42 | Jul 15th

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.

58:20 | Jul 10th

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.

58:36 | Jul 8th

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].

59:06 | Jul 1st

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.

59:14 | Jun 24th

Editorial cartoonist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Ramirez talks about his career and his book, [Give Me Liberty or Give Me Obamacare].

58:24 | Jun 17th

Historian Candice Millard discusses her book, [Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill].

57:46 | Jun 10th

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.

58:45 | May 29th

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.

57:51 | May 19th

Historian David McCullough discusses his latest book, [The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West].

58:24 | May 12th

Journalist and author David Maraniss discusses his book, [A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father].

54:22 | May 5th

Harold Holzer and Amity Shlaes talk about C-SPAN's latest book, [The Presidents: Noted Historians Rank America's Best - and Worst - Chief Executives].

58:19 | Apr 28th

New York Times columnist David Brooks discusses his book "The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life."

57:47 | Apr 21st

High school students from the U.S. Senate Youth Program talk about their week in Washington and what they've learned from the experience.

58:02 | Apr 14th

USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page discusses her book, [The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty].

57:59 | Apr 7th

Historian Douglas Brinkley talks about his book, "American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race."

59:11 | Mar 31st

Supreme Court reporter Joan Biskupic discusses her biography of Chief Justice John Roberts.

57:32 | Mar 24th

Author and LBJ biographer Robert Caro discusses his book, [Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing].

59:03 | Mar 18th

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."

58:37 | Mar 10th

Penn State history professor Amy Greenberg discusses her book [Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk].

58:32 | Mar 4th

U.S. Army veteran Eileen Rivers talks about her book "Beyond the Call: Three Women on the Front Lines in Afghanistan."

58:45 | Feb 25th

West Point English professor Elizabeth Samet discusses her annotated edition of Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs.

58:34 | Feb 18th

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.

58:22 | Feb 11th

Helen Andrews discusses her First Things magazine piece on online shaming titled "Shame Storm."

58:52 | Feb 4th

Ron Liebman and Tim Baker, two of the prosecutors who brought down Vice President Spiro Agnew in 1973, talk about the case against him.

59:03 | Jan 28th

Author and journalist Jane Leavy discusses her book, [The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created], about the life and times of the legendary baseball player.

58:04 | Jan 21st

Author and journalist Patricia Miller discusses her book, [Bringing Down the Colonel], about a late nineteenth-century sex scandal that culminated in a lawsuit against a sitting Kentucky congressman by his former mistress.

58:46 | Jan 14th

Author and columnist James Grant talks about the state of the U.S. economy and the threat posed by our ever-expanding national debt.

58:10 | Jan 7th

[Wall Street Journal] investigative reporter Keach Hagey talks about her book, [The King of Content], about media mogul Sumner Redstone.

58:46 | Dec 31st, 2018

C-SPAN producer Mark Farkas talks about C-SPAN's new original production, "The Senate: Conflict and Compromise."

59:29 | Dec 24th, 2018

Wall Street Journal columnist Holman Jenkins talks about his work and politics during the Trump administration.

58:44 | Dec 17th, 2018

University of London literature professor Sarah Churchwell discusses her book, [Behold America], which looks at the history of the phrases "America First" and "The American Dream."

58:32 | Dec 10th, 2018

Peter Osnos, long-time editor and founder of PublicAffairs Books, talks about working with Presidents Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and other politicians.

58:14 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Historians Douglas Brinkley, Edna Greene Medford, and Russell Shorto talk about what it means to be an American.

58:43 | Nov 26th, 2018

Ted Widmer, former adviser to President Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, discusses his biography of President Martin Van Buren.

58:07 | Nov 19th, 2018

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) talks about her memoir, [Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back].

59:20 | Nov 12th, 2018

University of North Carolina constitutional law professor Michael Gerhardt, author of [The Forgotten Presidents], talks about the presidency of Jimmy Carter.

58:08 | Nov 5th, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Levering Lewis discusses his biography of businessman and 1940 presidential candidate Wendell Willkie.

57:50 | Oct 29th, 2018

James Mann talks about his biography of President George W. Bush.

58:18 | Oct 21st, 2018

Joel Richard Paul, professor of law at the University of California Hastings Law School, discusses his biography of the nation's fourth chief justice, John Marshall.

58:08 | Oct 15th, 2018

Fox News host Tucker Carlson discusses his book, [Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution].

58:21 | Oct 8th, 2018

Yale University historian Joanne Freeman discusses her book, "The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War."

58:04 | Sep 30th, 2018

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].

58:49 | Sep 23rd, 2018

CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett discusses his book, [Mr. Trump's Wild Ride].

58:35 | Sep 17th, 2018

Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith discusses his book [An Uncommon Man], a biography of President Herbert Hoover.

58:07 | Sep 10th, 2018

Zachary Wood, assistant editor at [The Atlantic], discusses his book, [Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America].

58:43 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Historian Charles Calhoun discusses his biography of Benjamin Harrison.

58:11 | Aug 27th, 2018

National Constitutional Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen discusses his biography of William Howard Taft.

58:49 | Aug 20th, 2018

Historian John Ferling talks about his book, [Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe, and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe].

58:18 | Aug 12th, 2018

ProPublica senior reporter Ginger Thompson discusses her story, "The Making of a Massacre," about an attack on a small Mexican town by the Zetas drug cartel.

58:52 | Aug 6th, 2018

Congressional historians Richard Baker, Ray Smock, and Donald Ritchie talk about American history and the U.S. Congress.

58:17 | Jul 30th, 2018

Constitutional lawyer David Stewart discusses his book, [Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy].

58:17 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Grace Kennan Warnecke, daughter of American diplomat George Kennan, discusses her memoir, [Daughter of the Cold War]."

57:47 | Jul 16th, 2018

Gregory Watson discusses his role in getting the 27th Amendment to the Constitution ratified. The amendment deals with pay adjustments for members of Congress.

58:19 | Jul 9th, 2018

Freelance journalist Tom Dunkel discusses his Washington Post Magazine cover story about the sons of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon and the church they run in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania.

58:04 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Syndicated columnist Mona Charen talks about her book, [Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense].

58:08 | Jun 24th, 2018

University of Pennsylvania Law School professor Amy Wax talked about the limits of free expression on college campuses in the United States.

58:17 | Jun 18th, 2018

Filmmakers Joe Tropea and Skizz Cyzyk discuss their documentary, "Hit & Stay," about the actions of the Catonsville 9 and other Catholic activists who protested the Vietnam War.

58:10 | Jun 11th, 2018

[New York Times] columnist Ross Douthat discusses his book, [To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism].

57:52 | Jun 4th, 2018

Biographer Patricia O'Toole discusses her book, [The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made].

58:06 | May 28th, 2018

Yale University professor John Lewis Gaddis discusses his book, [On Grand Strategy], based on a course he has co-taught at Yale for almost two decades.

58:04 | May 21st, 2018

University of Virginia history professor William Hitchcock discusses his book, [The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s].

58:39 | May 14th, 2018

University of California English professor Yunte Huang discusses his book, "Inseparable: The Original Siamese Twins and Their Rendezvous with American History," about the life and times of Chang and Eng Bunker.
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58:06 | May 7th, 2018

Author Robert Kurson discusses his book, [Rocket Men], about the 1968 Apollo 8 mission to the moon.
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59:08 | Apr 30th, 2018

Lillian Cunningham, host and creator of the Washington Post's "Presidential" and "Constitutional" podcasts, talks about the two series.
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58:38 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Former professional basketball player and author Etan Thomas discusses his book, [We Matter: Athletes and Activism], a series of interviews Mr. Thomas conducted on the interaction between sports and politics.
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59:24 | Apr 16th, 2018

Hoover Institution senior fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his book, [The Square and the Tower], about the power of social networks throughout history and their influence today.
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58:43 | Apr 9th, 2018

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku talks about his book, [The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth].
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57:42 | Apr 2nd, 2018

High school students attending the annual, week-long United States Senate Youth Program talk about their interest in government and politics.
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57:55 | Mar 26th, 2018

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.
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57:30 | Mar 19th, 2018

Colorado College professor Tom Cronin discusses his book, "Imagining a Great Republic," a survey of American novels that have helped tell the story of the American political experiment.
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58:05 | Mar 12th, 2018

Former U.S. Border Patrol agent Francisco CantΓΊ discusses his memoir, [The Line Becomes a River], about his experiences as an agent and the things he learned about our immigration system after he left the border patrol.
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57:54 | Mar 5th, 2018

[Politico] Magazine Contributing Editor Joshua Zeitz discusses his book, [Building the Great Society: Inside Lyndon Johnson's White House], about the members of President Johnson's staff who helped create and implement his Great Society programs.
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58:51 | Feb 26th, 2018

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 and the age of 35.
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58:12 | Feb 19th, 2018

Michael Fabey, naval reporter for Jane's, discusses his book, "Crashback: The Power Clash Between the U.S. and China in the Pacific," about China's efforts to control the South China Sea.
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58:42 | Feb 12th, 2018

New York Times photographer Doug Mills talks about covering President Trump and discusses some of the photos he took during and after the 2016 presidential election.
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59:38 | Feb 5th, 2018

Baseball statistician and author Bill James talks about his book, [The Man from the Train], in which he investigates the crimes of one of the deadliest serial killers in American history.

58:36 | Oct 10th, 2017

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.