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Dec 31, 2017

James Baker called Reagan's foreign policy "a witches' brew." In one country, a longshot try for peace. In others, alliances with warmakers. In one country, an invasion, others aversion to invade. In one country, an odd combo of labor unions, the Catholic church and the CIA led to a successful result, in others people...


Dec 29, 2017

We seek to solve two puzzles: How did Reagan the Truman booster become Reagan the Goldwater acolyte? And when he entered politics, became GOP nominee and President, what were the economic results of his Presidency?

Plus the KAL007 Airliner Incident, and President Reagan's Reaction to it.  And Reagan and the...


Dec 26, 2017

1982 doesn't go as well for Ronald Reagan as 1981 did.  Recession hits, a recession that challenges cuts of the previous year.  Compromises, new taxes, the reality of deficits hit hard.  David Stockman, the chief budget czar of Reaganomics is blocked by others and gets frustrated.  Reagan makes a defining speech.  Part...


Dec 23, 2017

Replay from 2016 as we prepare the last three eps in January. 

First in our series on Ronald Reagan that will have twelve episodes. The Presidency we discuss almost didn't happen. A look at the attempt on Reagan's life, his first year and why the shooting was not an unimportant incident of his Presidency but...


Dec 17, 2017

Charles I of England was executed after losing the English Civil War to Oliver Cromwell and the Parliamentary Forces. We take a look at his struggle with author Leanda de Lisle.  In her book, The White King, she portrays King Charles I as a defender of the law and notes the mob-like and fanatical actions of the...