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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.

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Ep. 19 Robert Novak, "The Prince of Darkness"

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 during that time.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

23mins

20 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Ep. 18: Peter Osnos, "An Especially Good View"

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 1984-1996 and publisher & CEO at PublicAffairs, which he founded, from 1997-2005.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

59mins

13 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Ep. 17: Carol Leonnig on the Rise and Fall of the Secret Service

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".  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

55mins

6 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Ep. 16: Michael Dobbs, "King Richard"

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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

52mins

29 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Ep. 15: David Stokes, "JFK's Ghost"

"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 impact that the book had on his political career. David Stokes talked with Brian Lamb. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38mins

22 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Ep. 14: Dan Glickman, "Laughing at Myself"

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 Washington, the entertainment industry, and the importance of humor in his life.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

41mins

15 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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Ep. 13: Liz Carpenter's Washington

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 Bill & Hillary Clinton, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

22mins

8 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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Ep. 12: Douglas Brinkley on Bob Dylan & Chuck Berry

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 Sean Penn. That whole conversation can be heard on C-SPAN's "Talking With…" podcast, available now. During this 25min segment from that interview, Prof. Brinkley talks about his relationships with Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, and other musicians.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

29mins

1 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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Ep. 11: Christopher Bonner, "Remaking the Republic"

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

43mins

25 May 2021

Rank #9

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Ep. 10: Holman Jenkins, Wall Street Journal Columnist

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

39mins

18 May 2021

Rank #10