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Booknotes+

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.

Episodes

July 27, 2021 45 min
Historian and attorney David Stewart talks about the political career of George Washington and his evolution from an egotistical military hero to Founding Father of the United States.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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The late columnist Robert Novak (1931-2009) was nicknamed "the prince of darkness" by friends and enemies alike in Washington, DC. He appeared on C-SPAN's "Q&A" program in 2007 to discuss his memoir, titled "The Prince of Darkness," in which he tells stories about his 50 years as a reporter, television personality, author, and conservative commentator. He also talked about many of the sources he had ...
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Longtime reporter, editor and publisher Peter Osnos has published books by four American presidents, two Russian presidents, George Soros, Natan Sharansky, and a host of other high profile figures. In his new memoir "An Especially Good View" he discusses his publishing history, Russia, reporting on the Vietnam War for the Washington Post, and more. Mr. Osnos was vice president and senior editor at Random House from 1984-199...
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The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig reports on the overall record, including serious failures, of the Secret Service from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to today. Ms. Leonnig first reported on the Secret Service in 2012, when agents working in Colombia engaged in a night of booze and prostitutes, a scandal that became known as "Hooker-gate." Ms. Leonnig talks to Brian Lamb about her new book "Zero Fail".  ...
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Based on the Nixon tapes and the personal memoirs of Nixon administration officials, author and former Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs tells the story of the Watergate scandal through the eyes of its participants in his new book "King Richard." Mr. Dobbs portrays what happened during the 100 days following President Nixon's second inauguration on January 20, 1973. Here's his conversation with Brian Lamb.   L...
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June 22, 2021 38 min
"I'd rather win a Pulitzer Prize than be President of the United States," said John F. Kennedy in 1953. In 1957 he was awarded the prize for "Profiles in Courage." In "JFK's Ghost," author and retired pastor David Stokes tells the story behind the publishing of "Profiles in Courage" (written mostly by speechwriter Ted Sorensen), Kennedy's all out pursuit of the Pulitzer Prize, and the imp...
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A longtime Washington, DC, legislator and official known for his humor and friendliness, Dan Glickman (D-KS), author of "Laughing at Myself," was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977-1995, served as US Secretary of Agriculture from 1995–2001 and was chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America from 2004–2010. He talked to Brian Lamb about his long political career, political relationships in Wash...
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June 8, 2021 22 min
Reporter and speechwriter Liz Carpenter (1920-2010), known for her acumen, humor, and Texas drawl, served as executive assistant to Vice President Lyndon Johnson and press secretary for Lady Bird Johnson. During this selection from her appearance on Booknotes in 1994, she talked with Brian Lamb about the importance of storytelling and humor, covering FDR as a young reporter, working in the Johnson White House, her relationship with...
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Historian and bestselling author Douglas Brinkley has written dozens of books spanning topics such as American presidents, politics and culture, World War II, Hurricane Katrina and Hunter S. Thompson. Recently, he sat down with Brian Lamb for six hours to talk about a wide-range of topics, everything from U.S. presidents and Neil Armstrong to Evel Knievel (EE-vuhl kuh-NEE-vuhl) and his trip to Cuba with Christopher Hitchens and Sea...
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University of Maryland professor Christopher Bonner discusses his book "Remaking the Republic," about free black Americans and the limits of legal change during the 19th Century. He also talks to Brian Lamb about his approach to teaching and his appearance on the six-part CNN series "Lincoln: Divided We Stand."   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Wall Street Journal editorial board member and columnist Holman Jenkins joins Brian Lamb to talk about the media, politics, the COVID pandemic, global warming, and more. Mr. Jenkins' twice-weekly column appears in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesdays and Saturdays.     Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin appeared on Booknotes in 1994 to talk to Brian Lamb about her book, "No Ordinary Time," about the White House scene during FDR's presidency, and the intimate circle of friends surrounding Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt during that period. This is a brief selection from that interview.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Brian Lamb talked with Jason Hershey, founder of David's Tent DC, a 24/7, inter-denominational ministry located on the National Mall, where Christians come together to worship through music and prayer. The 1,600 square foot tent has been a fixture on the Mall since 2015. ? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Randall Robinson, author, human rights activist and founder of the TransAfrica Forum. He talks with Brian Lamb about his work and his decision to leave the United States for St. Kitts in 2001. Randall Robinson is the author of "Defending the Spirit," "Quitting America," and other books. He has appeared on C-SPAN many times, including on our "Q&A" interview program in 2007, from where this selection is ta...
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Historian Peter Henriques discusses with Brian Lamb his book, "First and Always," about the strengths and flaws of the George Washington. Mr. Henriques is professor emeritus of history at George Mason University and the author of several other books on George Washington.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Historian Harlow Unger chats with Brian Lamb about the work and legacy of Thomas Paine. Mr. Paine's political writings inspired American revolutionaries, but his later writings on religion made him a pariah. Harlow Unger's book, "Thomas Paine and the Clarion Call for American Independence," is the latest of 27 he has written, including many on the Founding Fathers.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone...
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Brian Lamb talks with longtime journalist and author Tom Ricks about his book, "First Principles," which examines the influence of the work of Greek and Roman philosophers on our Founding Fathers. Mr. Ricks' other books include "Fiasco," about the Iraq War, and "Churchill & Orwell." www.c-span.org/person/?thomasricks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Journalist and historian Craig Fehrman talks with Brian Lamb about his selection of the best writing done by U.S. Presidents. His book, "The Best Presidential Writing: From 1789 to the Present," is a follow-up to his first book, "Author-in-Chief," about the books written by our Presidents.  www.c-span.org/person/?124859  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Christina Shutt talks to Brian Lamb about her goals for the Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum after she takes over as executive director this summer. She also talks about her background and her time as executive director of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.   www.oracle.com/goto/cspan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Historian Eleanor Herman joins Brian Lamb to talk about her book, "Sex with Presidents," about sex scandals involving U.S. presidents going back to the early years of the Republic. Eleanor Herman is the author of many other books, including "Sex with the Queen" and "Sex with Kings." www.c-span.org/person/?eleanorherman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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