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Feb 19, 2018

Was the past better?  Were the "Good Old Days" really all they are chalked up to be?   Gregg Easterbrook, author of It's Better Than it Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear, has a bold argument.  Things are better now then they have ever been.  That will surprise a lot of people who did not feel 2017 was a...

Feb 14, 2018

The flu season is severe this year, but it's nowhere near as bad as 100 years ago. A replay of  the interview with Laura Spinney, science journalist and author of "Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World" and discuss the dreadful disease that claimed 50-100 million lives, more than the Great...

Jan 28, 2018

In 1981, the government was shut off - that's what they called it then.  But just for a day.  We discuss how new the concept of sending federal workers home is, and when and how it started.  Plus a show update and some of the other podcasts I've appeared on.  

Jan 20, 2018

It's 1983 and the world is scared.  In answering the question of Reagan's credit for "winning the Cold War." it's necessary to break up the first-term pre-Gorbachev moves from the second-term moves.  We do that in this episode. 


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Jan 14, 2018

We speak with Greg Barker, the director of THE FINAL YEAR, a documentary about the final year of Barack Obama's Presidency that featured inside access to officials.  And look at the final years of other Presidents.

Next week, Episode 10 of A Dozen Ronald Reagans - a new episode.