Episode #253: Thanksgiving Appetizers

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to step back from the daily grind of the political cycle, away from the recriminations and finger-pointing, and enjoy some time off with family and loved ones.  So this week, we’re reaching back into the archives to revisit some of our favorite interviews.

Chuck Hagel, the former two-term senator from Nebraska and Secretary of Defense under President Obama, walks us through his improbable political career.

Ken Walsh, the longtime White House correspondent for U.S. News on his latest book which explores the history of White House photographers titled,  Ultimate Insiders: White House Photographers and How They Shape History.

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Ron Chernow, author of Grant explores how Ulysses S. Grant’s role as a military leader and president have long been underestimated by historians.

And if baseball is America’s pastime and politics is, well, politics, then Curt Smith brings them both to life in his book, The Presidents and the Pastime: The History of Baseball & the White House, a delightful confluence of both topics.

Music used in this podcast:

Eat Steak by The Reverend Horton Heat

Going Home by The Rolling Stones

Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) by A Flock Of Seagulls

Tales of Brave Ulysses by Cream

The Baseball Song by Corey Smith

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