Dan Fagin – Toms River

Dan_Fagin-150x150-1David is joined by author Dan Fagin to chat about his new book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation. Set in the town of Toms River in New Jersey, this incredibly in-depth book tells the decades long story of a cancer epidemic in the town and the reluctance of city, state, and federal official to admit that this was likely caused by the industrial book that came in the 1950s.

Original Air Date: 4-30-2014


Deval Patrick – Boston Bombing Anniversary

Deval_Patrick-150x150David is joined by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to chat on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. This conversation took place on April 22, the day after the 2014 Boston Marathon. Patrick talks about his memories of the 2013 bombing and the steps the city and state took to ensure the safety of all runners and spectators in 2014.

Original Air Date: 4-29-2014


Allan Dodds Frank – Charles Keating

Charles_Keating-150x150David chats with former colleague Allan Dodds Frank about their work on the story of Charles Keating who was best known for his role in the savings and loan scandal of the late 1980s. Since the scandal, Dodds Frank has been honored for his commitment to exposing the story that eventually led to a 10-year prison sentence for Keating. Keating passed away on March 31, 2014 at age 90.

Original Air Date: 4-15-2014


Marshall Ruffin

Marshall_Ruffin-150x150David is joined by Atlanta roots and blues singer/songwriter/guitarist Marshall Ruffin to talk about his craft. Marshall’s story begins at a very young age in Virginia when he found his mother’s guitar. After that, a love was born. Ruffin has been playing music since that day and spends his time as a solo performer, session musician, and studio engineer with a big voice and plenty of soul to spare.

Original Air Date: 4-09-2014

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Susan Shillinglaw – The Grapes of Wrath

Grapes_of_Wrath-150x150David speaks with Susan Shillinglaw, a Steinbeck Center Scholar and author of the new book On Reading the Grapes of Wrath, on the subject of Steinbeck’s 1939 Dust Bowl novel The Grapes of Wrath. This book tells the tale of the Joads, a family of Okie farmers looking for a better life in California. Aside from being a popular read in high school and university literature classes, the book has also served as the basis of tunes from Woody Guthrie and Bruce Springsteen.

Original Air Date: 4-04-2014


Daniel Gordis – Menachem Begin

Menachem_Begin-150x150David is joined by writer Daniel Gordis to chat on the subject of Daniel’s latest book “Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s Soul.” A very controversial and often disparaged leader, Begin was Prime Minister of Israel from 1977-1983. While history tends to see Begin in negative light, Gordis offers reasons why he should actually be more well-respected.

Original Air Date: 4-03-2014

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