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Zero Fail

56m 6s

Award winning journalist Carol Leonnig discusses her new book, Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service, with Presidential historian Michael Beschloss. Zero Fail richly details the agency and how its lapses and failures starkly contradict its popular image.

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    Zero Fail

    56m 6s

    Award winning journalist Carol Leonnig discusses her new book, Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service, with Presidential historian Michael Beschloss. Zero Fail richly details the agency and how its lapses and failures starkly contradict its popular image.

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    The Family Rowe: An American Story

    56m 2s

    Journalist and author Joshua Prager discusses his book The Family Rowe, about Norma McCorvey the woman behind the famous pseudonym, "Jane Roe" and the divisive 1973 SCOTUS decision in Roe v. Wade.

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    One Fair Wage: Ending Subminimum Pay in America

    56m 13s

    Author Saru Jayaraman discusses her new book, One Fair Wage: Ending Subminimum Pay in America, with food journalist Jane Black. They explore how the fight for minimum wage affects tipped workers, especially in the restaurant industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America

    59m 17s

    Author Carol Anderson discusses her new book, The Second, with sociologist Rashawn Ray. They explore how the founding fathers compromised competing interests to craft the Second Amendment, the use of militias throughout American history, and racial tensions regarding the use of guns.

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    Peril

    57m 46s

    Authors Bob Woodward and Robert Costa discuss their new book, Peril, with Eugene Robinson. They explore revelations about the final days of the Trump administration, events leading up to the January 6th insurrection at the US Capitol, and the contrasting tone of the Biden administration.

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    Dirty Work

    52m 31s

    Author Eyal Press discusses his new book Dirty Work: Essential Jobs and the Hidden Toll of Inequality in America with journalist Patrick Radden Keefe. They explore how morally troubling tasks are delegated to workers as a result of pursuing efficiencies, fewer war casualities, and cheaper labor costs.

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    Persist

    51m 4s

    Author Elizabeth Warren discusses her new book, Persist, with voting rights activist Stacey Abrams. They explore giving pinky promises to encourage kids to dream big, the challenges of childcare for working parents, and the perserverance that fueled Warren's presidential ambitions and her continuing fight for change.

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    America on Fire

    58m 4s

    Author Elizabeth Hinton discusses her new book, America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s, with journalist and 1619 Project founder Nikole-Hannah Jones. They explore the effects of the War on Poverty, the War on Crime, and white supremacy on demands for racial justice.

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    Secret Washington, DC

    54m 55s

    Author JoAnn Hill discusses her new book, Secret Washington, DC: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, with journalist and artist Andrea Peterson. They explore hidden facts about national monuments, surprising details about historical figures, and art where you'd least expect it.

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    Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural US

    42m 35s

    Author Gigi Georges discusses her new book, Downeast: Five Maine Girls and the Unseen Story of Rural America with with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sophia DeSchiffart, one of the girls featured in the book.

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    Will Sommer and Kelly Weill - Off the Edge: Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything

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    May 21

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    Author Kelly Weill discusses her book with political reporter Will Sommer.
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    Will Sommer and Kelly Weill - Off the Edge: Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything

    Saturday
    May 21

    1 Hour

    Author Kelly Weill discusses her book with political reporter Will Sommer.
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    Will Sommer and Kelly Weill - Off the Edge: Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything

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    May 22

    1 Hour

    Author Kelly Weill discusses her book with political reporter Will Sommer.
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