Book Reviews Episodes

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Ambitious Like a Mother: Why prioritizing your career is good for your kids. Talking with Lara Bazelon.

May 25, 2022

Lara Bazelon demolishes some of the popular myths around working Moms: the work/life balance, the selfless mother, and toxic female ambition. Both a memoir and a series of interviews with career women, Lara backs her argume…

Guest: Lara Bazelon
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"Freezing Order". Why Vladimir Putin hates author, Bill Browder for his latest New York Times best seller.

May 7, 2022

A tale of sunshine being the best disinfectant for Russian money laundering and corruption.

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Behind the Enigma: GCHQ, Britain's Secret Cyber Intelligence Agency. Talking with author, Professor John Ferris.

April 20, 2022

The History of GCHQ, the most secretive intelligence agency in the world.

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Don't shoot, I'm the Guitar Man ! Talking with author Buzzy Martin

April 6, 2022

Buzzy Martin taught guitar to the convicts at San Quentin Prison for three years and shows how music can transform lives, even for hardened criminals. The book and soon to be released motion picture present a compelling mess…

Guest: Buzzy Martin
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Unleashed: In conversation with author Skye Blaine.

April 2, 2022

A story of loss , pain but ultimate triumph.

Guest: Skye Blaine
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The Lost Promise: American Universities in the 1960s. In conversation with Dr. Ellen Schrecker

March 11, 2022

US Universities are still impacted by many policy changes that had their roots in the turbulent ‘60s. The Promise was to provide high quality very affordable college education to foster upward social and economic mobility.

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The Vanishing: In conversation with War Reporter and Author Janine di Giovanni

Jan. 19, 2022

Ancient Christian communities of Iraq, Syria, Gaza and Egypt are threatened by terrorism, persecution, war and emigration. Some say they will be extinct in 50 years. War correspondent Janine di Giovanni alerts us to the thre…

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Her Secret War: In conversation with author Pam Lecky

Dec. 29, 2021

Her Secret War is Pam Lecky's fifth novel published in the United States. It's a great historical novel set in WWII. A twisty tale of intrigue and deception, Irish author Pam Lecky weaves many different genres into the story…

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Safe Enough Spaces: A pragmatist's approach to Inclusion, Free Speech, and Political Correctness. In conversation with Michael S. Roth, President of Wesleyan University.

Dec. 21, 2021

Safe spaces, trigger warnings, political correctness - we hear these terms so often in the context of the College experience today. Often we wonder what has happened to the classic college experience. But President Roth give…

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Collateral Damage is Optioned as a Documentary: an update conversation with author Mark Shaw

Nov. 19, 2021

Mark Wahlberg's "Unreasonable Ideas" production company has optioned Collateral Damage for a Documentary. Mark Shaw's book connects the dots between the 1962 death of Marilyn Monroe, the 1963 assassination of JFK and the 196…

Guest: Mark Shaw
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Carol Lynley: Her Hollywood Career. Talking with author Tom Lisanti, author of Carol Lynley her films and TV career and along for the discussion Shaun Chang, of the Movie and TV Blog, "Hill Place."

Oct. 21, 2021

Carol Lynley had a remarkable 40 year career in films, TV and on the stage. And who could ever forget The Poseidon Adventure ? She was a hardworking actress who graduated from model to teen actress to adult roles during the…

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King Richard. Nixon and Watergate: an American Tragedy. In conversation with author Michael Dobbs.

Oct. 6, 2021

Michael Dobbs was Moscow Bureau Chief for the Washington Post. He has written seven books. King Richard and several others deal with presidential crises. For King Richard he listened to the Nixon tapes at the presidential l…

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Mexican American Moxie: Talking with author, Professor Frank P. Barajas

Oct. 1, 2021

The rise of the Mexican American community in California is notable in many fields. But back in the middle of the 20th Century until the 1970s, The future was littered with struggle, poverty and lack of opportunity. Frank Ba…