An exploration of a broken, if beautiful, institution, the law, and tradition, America. Season one told the story of a case, LESSIG v. NYT. Season two begins the story about a country, America, and values that country has betrayed.
Episode 5 - Zephyr Teachout
A discussion with Zephyr Teachout about her book, Break ‘Em Up. Zephyr is the most important thinker on the Democratic left. This conversation continues from the last about how markets have been transformed from engines of freedom to systems of control. #Competition
Episode 4 - Barry Lynn
A discussion with Barry Lynn about his new book, Liberty from All Masters. There is a kind of competitive market that the American story presumes — competitive, every actor having limited power over us. This book tells the story of the undoing of that market. #Competition
Episode 3 - Stephen Kinzer
A discussion with Stephen Kinzer about his book, Overthrow. Overthrow tells the story of the many times the United States has intervened directly and militarily to change the course of government in other nations. #Empire America
Episode 2 - Edward Snowden
A discussion with Edward Snowden about his new book, Permanent Record. In 2013, Snowden revealed to the world the extent of the US government’s mass surveillance program. This book tells the story of Snowden’s life and the decision to sacrifice as he did to let us know this truth. #Privacy
Episode 1 - Andrew Bacevich
A discussion with Andrew Bacevich about his new book, After the Apocolypse. Bacevich is America’s most thoughtful conservative skeptic about the scope of America’s military empire, and the urgent need to redirect our focus. #Empire America
Season 2 Intro
This is an introduction of this season and ideas that the season will explore. Anti-empire, privacy, and competition: these ideas, or as I will call them, values, represent the best of who we’ve been; they are also values we’ve betrayed. These conversations are part of the research for a possible new book. Explore the ideas with me, and with your feedback, help me think them through.