Rank #1: Is The Attorney General The President's Lawyer Or America's Lawyer?
Ron and Heather talk to Dana Milbank, from the Washington Post, about Jeff Sessions' contentious Senate hearing and the historical tension that attorneys general, from Mitchell Palmer to Alberto Gonzalez, have faced. Do they serve the president or the American people?
Rank #2: Charlottesville, President Trump And Confederate History
Ron and Heather respond to the violence in Charlottesville during a white nationalists rally and President Trump's statements. They speak with Randall Kennedy, law professor at Harvard University, and Tony Horwitz, author of "Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War".
Rank #3: President Trump's Tweets And 'The Bully Pulpit On Steroids'
Ron and Heather talk with Harvard's Nicco Mele and respond to President Trump's CNN and Mika Brzezinski tweets, discuss the media's role in the first 100 days of this administration and look at historical parallels, from the John Peter Zenger trial to Richard Nixon.
Rank #4: President Trump And His 'Radically Different' Foreign Policy
Ron and Heather speak with Susan Glasser, Politico's chief international affairs columnist. They look at President Trump on the world's stage, from his flip flop on the Iran nuclear deal to the absence of a Trump doctrine.
Rank #5: From Anthony Scaramucci To Orville Babcock: Why Presidential Advisers Matter
Ron and Heather speak with Olivier Knox, Chief Washington Correspondent for Yahoo! News. They look at presidential advisers, past and present, and how they have influenced politics and policy.
Rank #6: President Trump's Travel Ban And The History Of Anti-Immigrant Movements In The U.S.
Ron and Heather speak with Morris Vogel about Trump's partially-reinstated travel ban and the history of xenophobia in America, from Japanese internment to laws against German-Americans during WWI.
Rank #7: Podcast Preview: Was The Comey Firing Nixonian?
A new podcast compares and contrasts President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey and President Nixon's infamous "Saturday Night Massacre."
Rank #8: The Rule Of Law
Benjamin Wittes, from Lawfare, and Jonathan Rauch, from The Atlantic discuss their article "Boycott the Republican Party", the repercussions of the Nunes memo, and their faith in the Mueller investigation.
Rank #9: The Final Episode
Ron and Heather wrap up Freak Out and Carry On, reviewing the year that was. Thanks to all our listeners!
Rank #10: Podcast Preview: 'Loose Lips Sink Ships'
In our new politics and history podcast, Ron Suskind and Heather Cox Richardson discuss the news of today and its historical parallels. This week: the Comey memo, President Trump's meeting with the Russians, and what we can learn from Benedict Arnold and Presidents Eisenhower and Clinton.
Rank #11: 'A Doozy' Of A State Of A Union
How does Trump's speech compare to those of Nixon, Reagan, Clinton and Bush? When did presidents begin inviting guests whose story they include in their speech?
Rank #12: Podcast Preview: President Trump's First 100 Days
We want your feedback on a new political podcast in the works. Take a listen.
Rank #13: A New Progressive Era
The passion of the woman's march, the origins of the new populism on the left, Teddy Roosevelt's political transformation in 1884.
Rank #14: Who Should Be Let Into America?
This week on Freak Out And Carry On, Ron Suskind and Heather Cox Richardson talk with Tom Gjelten, of NPR. They discuss President Trump's ideas about immigration, and how they fit into the long debate over which people are allowed to come to America.
Rank #15: Behind Closed Doors, A Health Bill Is Born
Ron and Heather speak with Yahoo News’ Matt Bai about the Senate Republicans’ health care bill. They discuss the secrecy with which it was drafted, the history of the G.O.P.'s relationship to health care, and the bill's implications for Republicans in the 2018 mid-term elections.