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Freak Out and Carry On, WBUR's politics and history podcast, addresses the urgent issues of our time through the lens of history. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Ron Suskind and noted Boston College historian Heather Cox Richardson, the podcast examines the national political landscape and dives into the historical context. New episodes available every Thursday.

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    • 4.4 • 180 Ratings

Freak Out and Carry On, WBUR's politics and history podcast, addresses the urgent issues of our time through the lens of history. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Ron Suskind and noted Boston College historian Heather Cox Richardson, the podcast examines the national political landscape and dives into the historical context. New episodes available every Thursday.

    Freak Out And Carry On Presents: Anything For Selena

    Freak Out And Carry On Presents: Anything For Selena

    Listen to the trailer for "Anything For Selena," a new podcast from WBUR and Futuro Studios coming in January 2021. Subscribe now so you don't miss it!

    About The Show:

    On March 31, 1995, nine-year-old Maria Garcia came home to find her mother glued to the TV, tears rolling down her rosy cheeks. The phone kept ringing. Relatives in Mexico and the States wanted to know if Maria’s family was watching, too. American networks and Mexican programming aired the same top story. Selena Quintanilla, the Grammy-winning ascending Mexican American popstar had been killed — swiftly, violently — by the president of her fan club.

    The story shook the country and changed Maria’s life.

    In "Anything For Selena," host Maria Garcia goes on an intimate, revelatory quest to understand how Selena has become a potent symbol for tensions around race, class and body politics in the United States.

    The series weaves Maria’s personal story as a queer, first-generation Mexican immigrant with cultural analysis, history and politics to explore how, 25 years after her death, Selena remains an unparalleled vessel for understanding Latino identity and American belonging.

    • 5 min
    The Final Episode

    The Final Episode

    Ron and Heather wrap up Freak Out and Carry On, reviewing the year that was. Thanks to all our listeners!

    • 28 min
    The Rule Of Law

    The Rule Of Law

    Benjamin Wittes, from Lawfare, and Jonathan Rauch, from The Atlantic discuss their article "Boycott the Republican Party", the repercussions of the Nunes memo, and their faith in the Mueller investigation.

    • 32 min
    'A Doozy' Of A State Of A Union

    'A Doozy' Of A State Of A Union

    How does Trump's speech compare to those of Nixon, Reagan, Clinton and Bush? When did presidents begin inviting guests whose story they include in their speech?

    • 26 min
    A New Progressive Era

    A New Progressive Era

    The passion of the woman's march, the origins of the new populism on the left, Teddy Roosevelt's political transformation in 1884.

    • 25 min
    Who Should Be Let Into America?

    Who Should Be Let Into America?

    This week on Freak Out And Carry On, Ron Suskind and Heather Cox Richardson talk with Tom Gjelten, of NPR. They discuss President Trump's ideas about immigration, and how they fit into the long debate over which people are allowed to come to America.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
180 Ratings

180 Ratings

Suemezzo ,

Like it

I've been listening for awhile. Most of the time I enjoy the back and forth of the two commentators but once is awhile Ron steps all over Heather which drives me crazy. I will continue listening because I am "freaked out" about the current political environment and need some soothing "carry on" historical perspective. But Ron - please let Heather talk!

Frugal Elf ,

Say it ain’t so...

Please don’t go. We need you.

BakingNinja ,

Great show, sorry to see you go!

Wish you’d been around to comment on Mueller indictments announced in mid-February!

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