167 episodes

Taking the concept from Brian Lamb's long running Booknotes TV program, the podcast offers listeners more books and authors. Booknotes+ features a mix of new interviews with authors and historians, along with some old favorites from the archives. The platform may be different, but the goal is the same – give listeners the opportunity to learn something new.

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Taking the concept from Brian Lamb's long running Booknotes TV program, the podcast offers listeners more books and authors. Booknotes+ features a mix of new interviews with authors and historians, along with some old favorites from the archives. The platform may be different, but the goal is the same – give listeners the opportunity to learn something new.

    Ep. 163 Joseph Epstein, "Never Say You've Had a Lucky Life"

    Ep. 163 Joseph Epstein, "Never Say You've Had a Lucky Life"

    Early in his newest of over 30 books, Joseph Epstein, our guest this week, writes: "I feel extremely lucky in all these realms in which I had no real choice: parents, epoch, country, and throw in religion, city, and social class." The 87-year-old Epstein, a longtime essayist for the Wall Street Journal, has written his autobiography called "Never Say You've Had a Lucky Life: Especially If You've Had a Lucky Life." He has spent 20 years as editor of The American Scholar and 30 years teaching in the English department at Northwestern University.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 162 Chris Moody, "Finding Matt Drudge" Podcast Series

    Ep. 162 Chris Moody, "Finding Matt Drudge" Podcast Series

    Matt Drudge started his website called "The Drudge Report" in 1995. In those early days, he had just 1,000 e-mail subscribers. Within a short time, that number jumped to hundreds of thousands. Until the mid-2000s, Mr. Drudge was very visible, appearing on television and hosting his own radio show. After that, without notice, he disappeared from public view. Chris Moody, our guest this week, just finished hosting an 8-part podcast series called "Finding Matt Drudge." We asked him to tell us what he found.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 161 Jack McCallum, "The Real Hoosiers"

    Ep. 161 Jack McCallum, "The Real Hoosiers"

    The book is called "The Real Hoosiers". The author is Pennsylvania-based Jack McCallum. He was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated for 30 years. "The Real Hoosiers" is a book about parts of Indiana, race, and basketball. To tell the story, McCallum focuses on the life of "The Big O," well-known basketball success Oscar Robertson, who is now 85 years old. Oscar Robertson started his career at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis. Author McCallum says his is a story of a city, a state, and a country struggling to come to terms with race.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Ep. 160 Stephen Puleo, "The Great Abolitionist"

    Ep. 160 Stephen Puleo, "The Great Abolitionist"

    Charles Sumner of Massachusetts was a United States Senator for 23 years. He lived to be 63, from January of 1811 to March of 1874. Stephen Puleo has written the first major, full biography of Sumner since 1960. It's titled "The Great Abolitionist: Charles Sumner and the Fight for a More Perfect Union." Mr. Puleo writes: "His positions cost him dearly. Southerners despised him, sometimes feared him, and celebrated gleefully when Sumner was beaten unconscious in the Senate chamber in May of 1856." Stephen Puleo first published the full story of the caning of Charles Sumner in 2012.
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    • 2 hr 6 min
    Ep. 159 Andrew Pettegree, "The Book at War"

    Ep. 159 Andrew Pettegree, "The Book at War"

    Andrew Pettegree is a British historian at St. Andrews University in Scotland. His specialty is the history of the book and media transformations. He has written a great deal about the written word with an emphasis on libraries. His latest book is titled "The Book at War: How Reading Shaped Conflict and Conflict Shaped Reading." In his introduction, Prof. Pettegree writes: "In all nations, once war broke out, writers and libraries were expected to play a full role in forging victory….after the Second World War the Allies would face the problems of how to sanitize, or exploit, the collections of the defeated."
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 158 Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler, "Are You Prepared for the Storm of Love Making?"

    Ep. 158 Dorothy & Thomas Hoobler, "Are You Prepared for the Storm of Love Making?"

    In Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler's latest book, they open with this introduction: "This is a book of love stories. Every one of them involved a president of the United States, and we will tell their stories through letters they wrote. Through this collection of carefully chosen letters, we reveal the writers at their most vulnerable, providing a surprisingly intimate and deeply personal portrait that is often obscured by the public persona." Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler's book is titled "Are You Prepared for the Storm of Love Making?"
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    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

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Kirschner is the ultimate example of a hypocrite.

It was maddening to listen to the “disingenuousness to the extreme” and “down right phony, hypocritical Kirschber. I barely got through this episode due to his palpable hatred of President Trump. He is all in for the horrid election interference and political persecution by his injudicious procedures to remove the current leader for President by willfully circumventing the Constitution. He was an absolute galling outrage with his diabolical disregard for truth. He screams justice, justice! He is absolutely disgustingly unjust by his incredibly contemptible fabrications.

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Great podcast!

Brian’s the best!

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Book notes +

I love this podcast! Brian Lamb seems to read my mind, asking the very questions I’d like to ask. His interviews are laid back and engaging — the way he draws out the person he’s interviewing is so enjoyable, I always want more. Thank you Brian Lamb, your absolutely wonderful!

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