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Elaine Godfrey, a Burlington-area native and staff writer for the Atlantic, talks about her recent article on the decline of the Burlington Hawk Eye and it’s meaning for the community and how it furthers the nationalization of politics.Di Robin Johnson
 
Adam Tooze, author and professor at Columbia University, talks about his recent book, Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy, including lessons learned, supply chain disruptions, the role of China, inequality, health care, the partisan divide in the US and much more.Di Robin Johnson
 
Author Scott Eyman’s book is a tonic in these days of politics dividing the nation on almost every topic. He takes us to a time when two Hollywood stars maintained their long-term friendship in spite of differences that came between them including actions of their children during the Vietnam War. A very useful lesson for our times.…
 
Marc C. Johnson discusses his new book, Tuesday Night Massacre on how four US Senate elections in 1980 laid the groundwork for the ‘radicalization of the Republican Party. One of these races occurred in Iowa when Chuck Grassley defeated incumbent John Culver after a dry run for new conservative methods defeated incumbent Dick Clark two years earlie…
 
Bruce Springsteen’s life, music and impact on America was celebrated in a book called Long Walk Home that was published to celebrate his 70th birthday. Jefferson Cowie discusses his essay on ‘The Boss,’ Springsteen’s impact on today’s polarized society, his take on American identity and much more.Di Robin Johnson
 
Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance ranks right up there with the JFK assassination on unsolved mysteries and conspiracy theories. Jack Goldsmith, stepson of Hoffa’s right hand man, Chuckie O’Brien, talks about his book that debunks many myths, including Martin Scorcese’s The Irishman, and offers his take on what really happened.…
 
Craig Whitlock, investigative reporter for the Washington Post, discusses his new book, Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War, which is based on thousands of interviews and direct source materials from those involved at the top levels of our government and military and those at the ground level. Whitlock discusses mission creep, nation bu…
 
On the 60th anniversary of that fateful day, Lawrence Lehmer talks about his book that chronicles the grueling nature of the bus rides on two-lane roads in the dead of winter, Iowa’s major role in the tour, and decisions that led to the crash that took the lives of Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, and Holly’s impact on American music…
 
Dale Maharidge talks about his book, Bringing Mulligan Home, and his mission to locate the remains of his dad’s friend that takes him to Okinawa and on a very personal journey familiar to those of us with relatives who served in combat.Di Robin Johnson
 
Bob Mann, author of Backrooms and Bayous: My Life in Louisiana Politics, takes you inside the halls of power in Washington and Louisiana, through his career transitions in journalism, politics and academics, experiences with legendary Louisiana political figures, and provides important advice for young people entering politics including the ability…
 
I was fortunate enough to land JD Vance as a guest just before his popularity skyrocketed and led to a movie by Ron Howard and his current candidacy for the US Senate in Ohio. He discusses his book and applies a more even-handed approach to the politics of the white, working class based on his early, hardscrabble life in Appalachian Ohio and Kentuc…
 
Iowa-born John Wayne went on to become one of Hollywood’s most famous actors but was also involved in most post-World War II political controversies from the Red Scare to Vietnam. Author Scott Eyman discusses the Duke’s political life including his visceral reaction to ‘High Noon’ and the Wayne classic movie that he brought about in response.…
 
While best known for his closeness to JFK, the ‘Chairman of the Board’ was involved with politics throughout most of his remarkable singing career. Hear biographer James Kaplan discuss Sinatra’s political metamorphosis along with his impact on American culture and, of course, his essential songs.Di Robin Johnson
 
Bob Bruno, Director of the Labor Education Program and Professor at the University of Illinois, discusses the positive and negative impacts of Covid on American workers, the state of unions, a possible resurgence of domestic manufacturing, globalization’s role in the labor market, and much more.Di Robin Johnson
 
Alec Macgillis, author of Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-click America, discusses key themes form his book including regional inequality, economic concentration, the decline of Main Street and the decline of manufacturing jobs as seen through the emergence of Amazon as a dominant player in the US economy. The impact of the tech economy also…
 
Brenden Moore, state government reporter for Lee Enterprises, talks about key accomplishments of the Illinois legislature including passage of the budget, allocating federal Covid relief dollars and passing anew legislative map.Di Robin Johnson
 
State Senator Neil Anderson (R-36) shares his thoughts on the recently concluded legislative session and ‘bad policy’ that results from one party having too much power. He also talks about the budget, economic climate, criminal justice reform, FOID card repeal, ethics and more.
 
State Rep. Mike Halpin (D-Rock Island) shares his thoughts on the 2021 Illinois General Assembly session and addresses the state’s fiscal standing, the clean energy bill, criminal justice reform, the economic outlook and the new state Democratic legislative leadership.Di Robin Johnson
 
Pulitzer-prize winning author TJ Stiles talks about his book, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War, including how the outlaw was able to shape his image and legacy, the Civil War’s impact on Missouri, the role of Iowa in James’ banditry, and the lasting effects of the Civil War that still shape our lives and culture.…
 
As we celebrate July 4th, author Ted Widmer talks about President-elect Lincoln’s dependence on our founding principles to keep the union together from his recent book, Lincoln on the Verge, Thirteen Days to Washington. Widmer takes us inside Lincoln’s train ride to assume the presidency and offers a colorful look at the nation from stops along the…
 
Author Edward-Isaac Dovere, lead political correspondent for the Atlantic magazine, talks about his book Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump including the “twists of fate” that led to Biden’s nomination, Obama’s inadvertent role in creating what followed, the continuing battle between progressive and moderate elemen…
 
Paul Embery, a British trade union activist, Labour Party member, and author of “Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class,” provides a perspective from across the pond that includes lessons for American politics.Di Robin Johnson
 
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