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C-SPAN's Susan Swain hosts intriguing hour-long conversations with people who are making things happen. New episodes every Sunday evening. From the network that brings you "Washington Today" and "Lectures in History" podcasts.

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    • 4.4 • 228 Ratings

C-SPAN's Susan Swain hosts intriguing hour-long conversations with people who are making things happen. New episodes every Sunday evening. From the network that brings you "Washington Today" and "Lectures in History" podcasts.

    Tracy Kidder, "Rough Sleepers"

    Tracy Kidder, "Rough Sleepers"

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder, author of "Rough Sleepers," talks about Harvard educated doctor Jim O'Connell and his work with the homeless population of Boston over the past 40 years. Tracy Kidder followed Dr. O'Connell and his colleagues from the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program for five years to get an understanding of their work and an insight into the homelessness crisis in America.    
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Philip K. Howard, "Not Accountable"

    Philip K. Howard, "Not Accountable"

    In his new book "Not Accountable," attorney and bestselling author Philip K. Howard critiques public employee unions and their impact in the United States. He argues that organizations like the American Federation of Teachers, the Fraternal Order of Police and others representing millions of government workers have usurped decision-making power from elected officials and are arguably unconstitutional.  
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Jim Popkin, "Code Name Blue Wren"

    Jim Popkin, "Code Name Blue Wren"

    Ten days after 9/11, Defense Intelligence Agency analyst Ana Montes was arrested by the FBI on espionage charges. For almost 17 years, since the mid-1980s, Ms. Montes had been passing along classified information to the government of Cuba, a crime for which she was sentenced to 25 years in prison. She was released in early January 2023 after serving 20 years. Investigative journalist Jim Popkin, author of "Code Name Blue Wren," talks about the life and career of Ana Montes and the damage caused by her treachery. 
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Author Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr. on the Murder of Emmett Till and the Search for Justice

    Author Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr. on the Murder of Emmett Till and the Search for Justice

    Emmett Till's cousin Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr., who accompanied Till on his trip to Mississippi in 1955, talked about the fateful events leading up to Till's murder by two white men and his efforts to get justice for his late cousin.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Joel Richard Paul, "Indivisible"

    Joel Richard Paul, "Indivisible"

    This week we're joined by University of California law professor Joel Richard Paul for a conversation about his latest book: Indivisible: Daniel Webster and the birth of American Nationalism. Webster was the best know orator in antebellum America, and his speeches were widely shared, inspiring many Americans, including Abraham Lincoln, to see the country as one nation bound together by the U.S. Constitution rather than a collection of individual states with unique interests.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    John Agresto, "The Death of Learning"

    John Agresto, "The Death of Learning"

    Former college president and longtime educator John Agresto discusses his newest book "The Death of Learning: How American education has failed our Students and What to Do about it." Dr. Agresto is a passionate champion of liberal arts education at both the high school and college level. He makes the case that political correctness and an emphasis on skills-based degrees has devalued the liberal arts. He asks how we can build contemporary liberal arts programs that educate students and benefit our society. 

    This program originally aired in October 2022.
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
228 Ratings

228 Ratings

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Sound quality

Sound quality is poor esp on Q & A. Please improve.

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Smashing Statues.

I think Ms. Thompson does a good job in presenting her perspective on American Monuments. I was a little surprised on how not many people’s hands actually determine the process in creating them and making them ‘valid’ for public opinion. Being a dyed-in-the-wool history buff, I feel that today’s generation has no right to just openly destroy or knock them off pedestals just because of PC, Social Justice indoctrination, or because they feel offended. I cannot believe that a mob leader actually only had to serve 100 hours community service only to get to explicate “how bad it (statue) is?” Hateful ideologies and slavery existed in the 19th centuries and those statues are reminders how much we have progressed. Unfortunately, they are being removed under the guise of equality and social justice but it is clear that countervailing antiAmerican ideological forces are also at play which bodes we have done nothing but regress. She mentioned three Civil Rights women statues (for the first time ever) were eventually put up in a State park and that apparently was not enough to placate the offended. The claim was they seemed to passive and all looked well too well in the way they were postured? This book I ultimately feel is more to energize woke party lines toward statues then actually see the egregious damage of erasing our history. Special shout out to Susan Swaine who is nothing short of fabulous as a host.

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Terrible Sound

I like just about everything c-span, but I’ve finally had it with the terrible sound on these Q&A interviews. It’s like they’re all done by telephone with a cheap mic laid next to the receiver. C-span can do better. But doesn’t. So I’ve quit this podcast.

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