David Goldfield, “The Gifted Generation”

David Goldfield, a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has written 16 books on southern and American history. His newest is "The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good," which focuses on the social benefits provided to the early...

Matthew Salganik, “Bit By Bit”

Here's my conversation with Matthew Salganik, sociology professor at Princeton University and author of “Bit By Bit: Social Research In The Digital Age.” We started by talking about how the digital revolution has changed how our behavior is observed, how that gives...

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...

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