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Dan Glickman, former Congressman, US Secretary of Agriculture and Chair of the Motion Pictures Association of America, talks about his recent book Laughing at Myself: My Education in Congress, on the Farm and at the Movies. Among his insights a
Republican candidate for Illinois Governor, State Sen. Darren Bailey discusses his reasons for running, crime, schools, jobs, taxes and much more.
Scott Kennedy with the center for Strategic and International Studies discusses their recent report, Estimating Chinese Industrial Policy Spending in Comparative Perspective, important research into how China’s targeted investments in its econo
Erin Murphy, Des Moines bureau chief for The Gazette, looks at the Mike Franken big win for the Democratic nomination to face Chuck Grassley, GOP primary battles with incumbents toppled, turnout and the impact of Iowa’s new election law, the fo
Much is known about Robert Kennedy’s life prior to his brother’s assassination and the 1968 presidential campaign but less on the important period in between. On this weekend commemorating RFK’s death, John Bohrer, author of The Revolution of R
Glenn Hurst, a Democratic candidate for the US Senate in Iowa, talks about why he’s running, economic issues, health care, climate, the partisan divide, globalization and much more.
In part two of my interview with Ray Long, he continues the discussion of his book, The House That Madigan Built: The Record Run of Illinois’ Velvet Hammer, including the former Speaker’s political skills, ideology (or lack of one), lessons for
In the first of a two-part interview, Ray Long, veteran political reporter for the Chicago Tribune and author of The House That Madigan Built: The Record Run of Illinois’ Velvet Hammer, discusses some highlights form his book, including Madigan
Michael Stewart Foley, author of Citizen Cash, The Political Life and Times of Johnny Cash, reveals the answer along with Johnny Cash’s continuing relevance as an American cultural icon. He talks about his book, the issues that concerned Cash,
Businessman Gary Rabine talks about his reasons for running, views on taxes, the economy, budget, schools, crime, and which other Governors across the country he would use for guidance.
Wells King, research director at American Compass, discusses two recent articles he authored on the bipartisan mishandling of globalization and the decline of NASCAR. There are parallels between them and King talks about the need for a fresh pe
Matt Rosenberg, author of What’s Next Chicago?: Notes of a Pissed-off Native Son, talks abut his book, his return to Chicago, what he sees as failed progressive governance in neighborhoods, crime, schools and corruption, and what should be done
Michael Franken, Democratic candidate for the US Senate in Iowa, talks about the reasons for his candidacy, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, US-China relations, globalization, inflation, Build Back Better, and how to overcome our partisan divid
Rep. Ro Khanna, (D-CA) talks about his book, Dignity in a Digital Age: Making Tech Work for All of Us, bridging the geographical and urban-rural divides, a 21st Century Jobs Agenda, ‘Democratic Capitalism,’ increasing manufacturing, and much mo
Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Jesse Sullivan talks about what he’ll do about corruption in Illinois, the economy, taxes, crime, population loss, and agriculture.
Dwight Chapin talks about his new book The President’s Man, The Memoirs of Nixon’s Trusted Aide, including Nixon’s trips to China and the Soviet Union, his domestic accomplishments, a military spying ring in the White House, Vietnam and anti-wa
Paul Schimpf, Republican candidate for Governor in Illinois, discusses his proposed Parents Bill of Rights, the state’s fiscal and economic conditions, the crime reform bill, political reform and much more.
Titus Bond, President of Remington Research Group, a Republican polling firm, talks about the political climate heading into the 2022 midterms, lessons learned from the VA Gov race where he helped the winner Glenn Youngkin, the impacts of Trump
David Paul Kuhn, author of Hardhat Riot: Nixon, New York City, and the Dawn of the White Working-Class Revolution, talks about his book that centers on a riot in May 1970 in downtown NYC pitting college students against construction workers. Ku
John Miller, co-director of Moundsville, discusses his film about a small town in West Virginia, the town’s familiar story of factory closures and economic decline but also stories of renewal that provide hope for smaller towns throughout the H
Chris Leonard talks about his new book, The Lord’s of Easy Money: How the Federal Reserve Broke the American Economy, how the Fed contributed to worsening income inequality, incentivized excessive risk taking, created asset bubbles and overstep
Michael Sandel, professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, discusses his book The Tyranny of Merit, rethinking success and failure in the age of globalization, credentialism as “the last acceptable prejudice,” the dignity of work, and the e
Angus Deaton, co-author of Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism and 2015 Nobel Prize winner, discusses his book, updates deaths of despair during the pandemic, weaknesses in our health care system, Democrats’ struggles with working cl
Washington Post Chief Correspondent Dan Balz discusses major governmental and political issues including US democracy, the filibuster, Roe V Wade, election reform, the economy, the 2022 elections and much more.
Frank Luntz, who pioneered opinion research techniques and messaging, talks about the state of our politics and takes aim at both parties for the partisan divide and failure to reach out, even talk, to the other side.
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