Rachel Jeffs, “Breaking Free”

You may remember hearing about FLDS, a cult of fundamentalist Mormons in Arizona and Utah led by Warren Jeffs, the group’s self-proclaimed prophet, who has 78 wives and 53 children and still controls them from his cell in a federal prison, where he’s serving a...

Cara Drinan, “The War On Kids”

Here's my conversation with Cara Drinan, law professor at Catholic University, about her book, "The War On Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way." Among the topics we discussed: What’s wrong with the way our justice system handles cases involving juveniles?...

Rachel Botsman, “Who Can You Trust?”

If you rent a home with AirBnB or get into the back or an Uber or a Lyft or buy something on eBay, there’s a huge element of trust involved. Ironically, we’re doing those things at the same time that trust in traditional institutions like government and business and...

Beverly Gray, “Seduced By Mrs. Robinson”

This year marks fifty years since the release of "The Graduate," starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katherine Ross. On its golden anniversary, here's my conversation with Beverly Gray, author of "Seduced By Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became The...

Rain Pryor Talks About Richard Pryor

Comedy legend Richard Pryor would be 77 years old today. Here's a conversation I had several years ago with his daughter, Rain Pryor, when she published her book about him, "Jokes My Father Never Taught Me." We discussed the N-word controversy that's still humming...

David Hepworth, “Uncommon People”

David Hepworth is a British journalist who has written about music for four decades. Now he's published "Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars," and joined me to talk about it. Among the topics we covered: How much of achieving rock stardom comes from...

Kevin Maurer, “American Radical”

"American Radical" is the story of Tamer Elnoury, a Muslim FBI agent who went undercover to expose some radical jihadists who were planning to commit mayhem in the US and Canada. Since he has now moved on to other law enforcement business and is unavailable to discuss...

AJ Jacobs, “It’s All Relative”

When AJ Jacobs starts a project, he doesn't look for something simple to write about. He read the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica (remember when that was a thing?) for his 2004 book “The Know-It-All.” He spent a year following all the rules in the Bible for his 2007...

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