Thomas Ricks

Thomas Ricks – the military expert explains the history of US military leadership
David talks with long-time Washington Post Pentagon correspondent, Thomas Ricks, about his new book, The Generals, which details the history of the US military and its evolving attitudes about the competency of its senior staff. Ricks twice won the Pulitzer Prize and is also the author of A Soldiers Duty and The Gamble, Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq.

Sam Fulwood – Charleston & Dolezal

Sam Fulwood III – Murders in Charleston and the bizarre case of Rachel Dolezal
A conversation with Sam Fulwood III about the racially motivated murders of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC and the bizarre case of Rachel Dolezal. Fulwood is a Senior Fellow at The Center for American Progress, where he analyzes the influence of national politics and domestic policies on communities of color. Fulwood is a former reporter and columnist for the likes of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the LA Times and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Peter Bergen – Conference on Extremism

Peter Bergen – The war of words over terrorism
David talks with Peter Bergen, CNN’s Terrorism Analyst and the first person to conduct a TV interview with Osama Bin Laden about the war of words over the term “terrorism.”

Lisa Belcher – Ebola in Liberia


Lisa Belcher – Working in the ebola zone

Belcher works at the CDC as the Branch Chief of Program Evaluation. She was one of hundreds of volunteers who went to West Africa to try and stop the devastating ebola outbreak that killed thousands. She describes the working conditions and the emotions of trying to help people you know will die.

David Carr – The Night of the Gun

David Carr – The Night of the Gun

A rerun of an interview with the recently deceased New York Times media columnist, talking about his autobiography, The Night of the Gun.

Bernie Schein – Famous All Over Town

Bernie Schein – Famous All Over Town

David talks with the legendary Paideia School teacher and now novelist, Bernie Schein, about his epic first novel, Famous All Over Town. The book is a wonderful romp through Schein’s unique ego and beloved hometown, Beaufort, South Carolina.

Barney Frank

Barney Frank – A Life in Politics

David talks with the legendary politician about his life, his views and his new book, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage.

Sarah Wildman – Paper Love


Sarah Wildman – Love and the holocaust

Sarah Wildman is an author and journalist who has worked for the likes of the New York Times, Slate, and the New Yorker among many others online. Her new book, Paper Love, Searching for the girl my grandfather left behind, tells the story of how the holocaust split apart a couple and their separate journeys to the new world and to death in the holocaust.

Rick Bragg – Jerry Lee Lewis

Rick Bragg – Jerry Lee Lewis

David talks with author and literary raconteur of the South and its peoples, Rick Bragg, about his new book on Jerry Lee Lewis. The story is filled with tales of the musical legend and its infamous excesses, his friendships with the likes of Elvis Presley and his cousin, Jimmy Swaggart.

Patrick Skinner – ISIS


Patrick Skinner – Losing the War on Terror

David talks with the former CIA case officer and Soufan group terrorism analyst, Patrick Skinner, about the declining state of the battle against ISIS.