Eric "Rick" Perlstein is a historian, author, and journalist. His work has focused on the 1960's and 1970's and the American conservative movement. He is currently a contributing writer at The Nation. Formerly, Perlstein was chief national correspondent for the Village Voice and a former online columnist for the New Republic and Rolling Stone. His work has appeared in Newsweek and The New York Times. After university, Perlstein interned at Lingua Franca and became an associate editor. He also began writing book reviews for publications like The Nation and Slate. He won a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which allowed him to continue his research and writing. Perlstein's first book, "Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus," was published in 2001. He has published three subsequent books. Perlstein did graduate study in American studies at the University of Michigan.
Historian Rick Perlstein has spent 20 years studying the roots of American conservatism. His latest book, 'Reaganland,' is about the events that propelled Ronald Reagan to the White House and made him a revered figure among Republicans. He says that "viciousness and a naked will to power" has always been part of the conservative Republican coalition.
Historian Rick Perlstein on modern American conservatism's realignment around Ronald Reagan, and his new book "Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980" from Simon & Schuster.
Capitalism is broken – that's why socialism is on the agenda for 2020.  Katrina vanden Heuvel explains - she's publisher and editorial director of The Nation.We also look back at some of the big events of 2019, and some of our favorite interviews, starting with the terrorist attacks by white nationalists,  in El Paso and elsewhere.  Historian Kathleen Belew says they are NOT isolated events  carried out by loners; in fact they are connected, the work of a movement, with tens of thousands of active members.Also 2019 of course has been the year of impeachment -- historian Rick Perlstein has comment and analysis.
The Trump impeachment proceedings have one big difference from Nixon's--the Republicans are not participating in drafting articles of impeachment. Rick Perlstein argues that, as a result, the Democrats should include all of Trump's high crimes--not just those that might win a few Republican votes. And we’ll also talk about one of our favorite writers, John le Carré – he has a new book out: 'Agent Running in the Field'--they're calling it his "Brexit book." It’s number five on the best seller list. He’s now 88 years old, he’s written twenty-six books, mostly about loyalty and betrayal, mostly during the Cold War – they’ve been published in over 50 countries and 40 languages. John Powers will comment-–he’s Critic-at-Large on “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross.
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Sep 3rd, 1969
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
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13 hours, 59 minutes
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