Fabulous Small Jews

With 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 is well evident in this conversation from 2003. Listen. you’ll enjoy!


A Great Talker on his Great Career

With 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 and here he is, in full brilliant form,  in a conversation from 2006.


The Soviet Files on American Communism

With 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 delayed counterespionage. Of special interest is the way In which American historians turned blind eyes until Klehr’s book appeared.


A Hundred Billion Galaxies

With 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 likely, many other universes—perhaps an infinity of them. This exciting and remarkably lucid conversation occurred one night in 2001.


The War Against the Family

With 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 termination can, should and must be changed and, in the opinion of his interlocutor, makes a very persuasive case.