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Freak Out and Carry On

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Freak Out and Carry On, WBUR's politics and history podcast, addresses the urgent issues of our time through the lens of history. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Ron Suskind and noted Boston College historian Heather Cox Richardson, the podcast examines the national political landscape and dives into the historical context. New episodes available every Thursday.

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Freak Out and Carry On, WBUR's politics and history podcast, addresses the urgent issues of our time through the lens of history. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Ron Suskind and noted Boston College historian Heather Cox Richardson, the podcast examines the national political landscape and dives into the historical context. New episodes available every Thursday.

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Great show, sorry to see you go!

By BakingNinja - Feb 18 2018
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Wish you’d been around to comment on Mueller indictments announced in mid-February!

Say it ain’t so...

By Frugal Elf - Feb 18 2018
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Please don’t go. We need you.

iTunes Ratings

168 Ratings
Average Ratings
115
24
14
10
5

Great show, sorry to see you go!

By BakingNinja - Feb 18 2018
Read more
Wish you’d been around to comment on Mueller indictments announced in mid-February!

Say it ain’t so...

By Frugal Elf - Feb 18 2018
Read more
Please don’t go. We need you.
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Freak Out and Carry On

Updated 9 days ago

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Freak Out and Carry On, WBUR's politics and history podcast, addresses the urgent issues of our time through the lens of history. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist Ron Suskind and noted Boston College historian Heather Cox Richardson, the podcast examines the national political landscape and dives into the historical context. New episodes available every Thursday.

Rank #1: Is The Attorney General The President's Lawyer Or America's Lawyer?

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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?

Jun 16 2017
17 mins
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Rank #2: Charlottesville, President Trump And Confederate History

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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".

Aug 18 2017
40 mins
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Rank #3: President Trump's Tweets And 'The Bully Pulpit On Steroids'

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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.

Jul 07 2017
27 mins
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Rank #4: President Trump And His 'Radically Different' Foreign Policy

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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.

Jul 20 2017
27 mins
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Rank #5: From Anthony Scaramucci To Orville Babcock: Why Presidential Advisers Matter

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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.

Jul 27 2017
28 mins
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Rank #6: President Trump's Travel Ban And The History Of Anti-Immigrant Movements In The U.S.

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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.

Jun 30 2017
20 mins
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Rank #7: Podcast Preview: Was The Comey Firing Nixonian?

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A new podcast compares and contrasts President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey and President Nixon's infamous "Saturday Night Massacre."

Jun 09 2017
16 mins
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Rank #8: The Rule Of Law

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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.

Feb 08 2018
32 mins
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Rank #9: The Final Episode

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Ron and Heather wrap up Freak Out and Carry On, reviewing the year that was. Thanks to all our listeners!

Feb 15 2018
28 mins
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Rank #10: Podcast Preview: 'Loose Lips Sink Ships'

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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.

Jun 09 2017
17 mins
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Rank #11: 'A Doozy' Of A State Of A Union

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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?

Feb 01 2018
26 mins
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Rank #12: Podcast Preview: President Trump's First 100 Days

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We want your feedback on a new political podcast in the works. Take a listen.

Jun 09 2017
18 mins
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Rank #13: A New Progressive Era

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The passion of the woman's march, the origins of the new populism on the left, Teddy Roosevelt's political transformation in 1884.

Jan 25 2018
25 mins
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Rank #14: Who Should Be Let Into America?

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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.

Jan 19 2018
26 mins
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Rank #15: Behind Closed Doors, A Health Bill Is Born

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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.

Jun 23 2017
23 mins
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