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Fabulous Small Jews

Guest: Joseph Epstein

That is the actual title of a wonderful book of short stories by  Joseph Epstein who is, in fact, a good friend of the host. Interestingly, one of his best known books is titled "Friendship: An Expose." He is, as well, one of the great talkers and story tellers as…

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A Great Talker on his Great Career

Guest: Robert Hughes

Hughes was for many years the Art Critic for Time magazine. At the same time he was, as an Australian,  an émigré to the United States who studied and deeply understood our culture, history and politics. Frankly, he was one of the most fascinating talkers we ever had on the program…

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The Soviet Files on American Communism

Guest: Harvey Klehr

Yeltsin opened the files in 1992. The first  American who got full access was Harvey Klehr. Here, in 2003, we discuss with him the evidence of Soviet penetration of the American government and its full management of the American Communist party. This is not loose "McCarthyism" but, rather, effective if…

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A Hundred Billion Galaxies

Guest: Three astrophysical cosmologists

That is the number of galaxies (on average, each containing a hundred billion suns!) that we used to think composed the total universe. In this conversation we learn that that is merely the number for the "visible universe." but that there is much more out there, Even more exciting, there are, quite…

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The War Against the Family

Guest: Steven Baskerville

Modern American divorce has become "a system for plundering the father" says our guest in this program from 2006.  The "no fault" approach in divorce law has done considerable damage to all concerned except, of course, the lawyers. Baskerville, a sociologist, argues that the way the law brings marriages to…

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The Truth About Adolph Eichmann

Guest: Neal Bascomb

.....was not what Hannah Arendt claimed she had discovered. Rather than being merely a  routinized bureaucrat who represented "the banality of evil," he was a willing and enthusiastic organizer of the destruction of European Jewry. One of the first to lay out the detailed historical proof was Neal Bascomb who joined…

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About History: the More it Changes……

Guest: James Craycraft, Suzanne Kaufmann, and Evan Shagen

..the more it will go on changing. That is the one great truth that stands out when historians examine one another on their respective fields. Here, from a conversation in 2005, we bring together an historian of Russia, another who specializes in Tudor England and a third who specializes in…

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God, Death, Suffering and the Loss of Faith

Guest: Bart Ehrman

Bart Ehrman, former fundamentalist pastor who became an agnostic student of the origins and evolution of Christianity, joins us, in 2008, in a discussion of the most pressing issue in modern, post-holocaust theology:  How can a just God countenance the suffering and early death of the innocent?  Of the many…

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