70 episodes

Booknotes is back with more compelling interviews in a new podcast, Booknotes+. 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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Booknotes is back with more compelling interviews in a new podcast, Booknotes+. 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.

    Presidential Recordings Trailer: Season 2 President Richard Nixon

    Presidential Recordings Trailer: Season 2 President Richard Nixon

    At least 6 U.S. Presidents recorded conversations while in office. Hear those conversations on this C-SPAN podcast. Season 2 focuses on President Richard Nixon's secretly-recorded private telephone conversations. Through eight episodes, hear Richard Nixon talk with key aides about Watergate strategy, potential Supreme Court Nominees, and hear his reaction to the leaked publication of the Pentagon Papers. 
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    • 1 min
    Ep. 68 Thomas Kidd, "Thomas Jefferson"

    Ep. 68 Thomas Kidd, "Thomas Jefferson"

    Historian Thomas Kidd, a professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in St. Louis, opens his newest book, "Thomas Jefferson: A Biography of Spirit and Flesh," this way: "This is a biography of a brilliant but troubled person. Thomas Jefferson would seem to need no introduction, yet among the Founding Fathers he is the greatest enigma – and the greatest source of controversy." Professor Kidd also writes that "Jefferson left a massive collection of carefully curated papers, but he seems virtually unknowable as a man." Mr. Jefferson was our third president and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence.     
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep. 67 David S. Brown, "The First Populist"

    Ep. 67 David S. Brown, "The First Populist"

    Elizabethtown College professor David S. Brown is the author of a new book on former president Andrew Jackson. Professor Brown writes that Jackson was the first president to be born in a log cabin, to live beyond the Appalachians, and to rule, so he swore, in the name of the people. The title of the book is "The First Populist: The Defiant Life of Andrew Jackson." He was president for two terms, eight years, from 1829-1837. Jackson, in his lifetime, was a jurist, a general, a congressman, a senator, and America's seventh president.     
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Ep. 66 Bruce Oudes, "From: The President-Richard Nixon's Secret Files"

    Ep. 66 Bruce Oudes, "From: The President-Richard Nixon's Secret Files"

    Booknotes the television program started in April of 1989. Our third guest was journalist Bruce Oudes. His book was titled "From: The President-Richard Nixon's Secret Files." Because the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in is on June 17th, Booknotes+ is revisiting Mr. Oudes' book, which contains over 600 pages of previously unreleased memoranda from Richard Nixon and aides during the six years of his presidency. Bruce Oudes took a deep dive into over 3.5 million pages of material that were housed at a government warehouse in Alexandria, Virginia. 
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    • 55 min
    Ep. 65 Author and Historian Harold Holzer on Abraham Lincoln

    Ep. 65 Author and Historian Harold Holzer on Abraham Lincoln

    Any follower of C-SPAN knows the name Harold Holzer, a lifelong aficionado and chronicler of Abraham Lincoln. He has either written or edited fifty-four books on America's 16th president. President Lincoln has been Mr. Holzer's avocation over these many years while he maintained full-time work and responsibilities for twenty-three of those years as senior vice president for public affairs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He currently serves as director of Hunter College's Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute. Recently, he talked about his favorite pastime, Mr. Lincoln, before an audience at Purdue University. Students were able to ask many questions about Abraham Lincoln and how the media has treated some of the other forty-five presidents in our country's history.  
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Ep. 64 Andrew Kaufman on Russian Writer Leo Tolstoy

    Ep. 64 Andrew Kaufman on Russian Writer Leo Tolstoy

    Not a day goes by that Russia is not in the news, especially since the February 24th invasion of Ukraine. In the history of Russia, one of the most familiar figures, especially in the world of writing and writers, is Leo Tolstoy. He's best known for two novels, "War & Peace" (1869) and "Anna Karenina" (1878). He lived for 82 years, had 13 children, was married for 48 years, and left his wife just before he died in 1910. We asked University of Virginia professor Andrew Kaufman, author of two books on Tolstoy, to give us his take on Russia and Tolstoy's attitude toward war.  
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
59 Ratings

59 Ratings

LucaFin ,

We Can’t Sacrifice Lamb

Brian Lamb is one of the best TV interviewers I’ve ever come across. He has a Socratic type of interview style: no gotcha questions, or show-off what he knows attitudes. He constantly has the viewer in mind & asks the questions that the viewer might have. Keep reading, Brian, & keep interviewing.

Joe the Guide ,

My favorite podcast: C-SPAN Booknotes

Brian Lamb, creator and guiding spirit of C-SPAN has a gift for selecting and investigating and interviewing authors of a wide variety of nonfiction books. His age is only a number as he shares his curiosity, reporting skills and conversation with us. It helps that topics that interest him are usually ones I would select too.

While I have enjoyed many podcasts, this one really educates and stimulates my brain. Thank you, Brian!

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Love me some brian lamb

Great conversations, really interesting topics.

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