October 11, 2021: Judson Brewer

Colleges and universities all over the United States are facing a wave of students suffering from depression and anxiety heightened by the last year and a half of the pandemic. Dr. Jud Brewer says there are things everyone can do to be more mindful, to break bad habits, and to be happier.

October 5, 2021: Desmond Shum

There is a contradiction inherent in today’s China. The Chinese Communist Party wields total control over the politics of the land, but the state also celebrates and encourages private wealth. Desmond Shum offers an insider’s account of wealth, power, corruption, and vengeance in today’s China.

September 20, 2021: Padma Venkatraman

The idea of “caste,” or a hereditary structure to society is foreign to many U.S. audiences. But Padma Venkatraman takes young readers into the caste structure of her native India in a soulful exploration of identity and hope.

September 13, 2021: Ashish Jha

When schools finished the academic year earlier this summer, they looked forward to the fall with the first cautious optimism anyone had felt in years. But Dr. Ashish Jha has offered level-headed wisdom that the pandemic simply is not over.

September 6, 2021: Craig Whitlock

It’s been 20 years since the attacks of 9/11. Next month, we’ll mark the 20th anniversary of the arrival of American troops in Afghanistan who toppled the Taliban regime and hunted down Osama bin Laden. Now, as American combat troops leave Afghanistan, we sit down with Craig Whitlock who has pieced together the secret history—warts and all—of America’s war in a land long-called “the graveyard of empires.”

August 30, 2021: Tom Nichols

Democracy is under attack—in the former Soviet-dominated lands of Eastern Europe, in Turkey, Brazil, India, and yes, even the United States. Tom Nichols urges us not to just look for leaders to whom we can ascribe blame, but to look at ourselves and discern our own role in the weakening of America’s democratic institutions.

August 23, 2021: Brian Lamb

Before 1979, the only way to see the proceedings of Congress was to visit the Capitol. Brian Lamb believed the American public had a right to see government working and convinced the cable industry to create C-SPAN, the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network.

August 16, 2021: M. Ali Kadivar

Personal conviction and democratic activism often go hand-in-hand. Mohammed Ali Kadivar is both a scholar of democracy and an advocate whose family has long been vocal proponents of it.

August 9, 2021: Admiral James Stavridis and Elliot Ackerman

On more than one occasion, we’ve welcomed guests to this show who engage in “speculative” or “useful” fiction. Elliot Ackerman and Admiral James Stavridis are the latest, their new book, titled 2034, looks at what a war between the United States and China might look like in the not-so-distant future.