Episode #90: A Vacation Podcast Is Better Than Nun

Because we’re on vacation this week, we decided to pick some fun segments from the past to keep you entertained until we get back.

We start with the volatile and partisan issue of voting rights.  Doug Chapin, the Director of the Program for Excellence in Election Administration at the University of Minnesota, discusses how the two major parties see the issue:  Republicans, pushing through legislation to tighten voting rules because of what they call excessive voter fraud; and Democrats, who counter that such laws discriminate against the poor and the elderly.

Then we turn to Bob Fuss, a recently retired radio reporter who spent four decades covering everything from Congress and campaigns to the Academy Awards and the toppling of foreign governments.  He chronicled his fascinating career in his book, “Kidnapped by Nuns: And Other Stories of a Life on the Radio.”

Finally, in our “this week in political history” feature, we go back to the Republican convention of 1984, where President Ronald Reagan is re-nominated, on his way to a historic re-election landslide in November.  Lewis Gould, a Visiting Distinguished Professor of History at Monmouth College and author of “The Republicans: A History of the Grand Old Party,” talks about the winning themes for the GOP at their Dallas convention.

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