Guest: Ronald Suny is the William H. Sewell Jr. Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He is the author of several books including, Red Flag Wounded: Stalinism and the Fate of the Soviet Experiment, Stalin: Passage to Revolution, and They Can Live in the Desert But Nowhere Else: A … Continued


Part I. An Anatomy of a Marine Die-off at the San Francisco Bay. Guest: Damon Tighe (@damontighe) is a Naturalist who documents wildlife in Lake Merritt. Part II. At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth Guest: Madeline Ostrander is a freelance environmental journalist based in Seattle and the author of At … Continued


Guest: Emily L. Quint Freeman, author of Failure to Appear: Resistance, Identity and Loss.  In 1969 in Chicago Emily L Quint Freemen broke into a military draft board office and destroyed 40 thousand draft records–potentially saving the lives of many men who would may have otherwise been drafted to serve in Vietnam. The act forced her an underground life as a … Continued


Guest: David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and was a finalist three other times.  Among his bestselling books are biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Roberto Clemente, and Vince Lombardi, Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the … Continued


Guest: Robin D. G. Kelley is Distinguished Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA.  He is author or co-editor of numerous award-winning books including Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (The Free Press, 2009); Yo’ Mama’s Disfunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (Beacon Press, 1997); … Continued