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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.
39 Episodes
The Final Episode

The Final Episode


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

The Rule Of Law


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.
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?
A New Progressive Era

A New Progressive Era


The passion of the woman's march, the origins of the new populism on the left, Teddy Roosevelt's political transformation in 1884.
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.
Ron Suskind and Heather Cox Richardson talk with Julian Zelizer, Professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. They discuss the debate around President Trump's mental fitness, the history of the 25th amendment, and whether or not Oprah should run for president in 2020.
A look at the public feud between Steve Bannon and President Trump, the political forecast for the new year and possible parallels between 2018 and 1968.
Amy Siskind details the most important norms broken by President Trump in 2017, from attacking the media to befriending dictators.
Carol Anderson, author of "White Rage", and Jack Hitt, host of the podcast "Uncivil", join the show to discuss the upset in the Alabama senate race.
The tax bill is "going to give a lot of money to people who already have a lot of money" says Jim Tankersley.
Brian Klaas join the show to discuss the possible cooperation of Michael Flynn. They also look at the ongoing leadership crisis at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and compare it to the leadership crisis at the Department of War under President Andrew Johnson.
Ron and Heather talk with Andrew Rudalevige, Professor of Government at Bowdoin College. They discuss presidential pardons throughout history and examine whether President Trump could pardon himself.
Ron and Heather talk with Alicia Bannon, senior counsel at the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice about President Trump's controversial judicial nominees, the history of the Federalist Society and suggest reforms to the American courts system.
Ron and Heather talk with Ellen Fitzpatrick, history professor at the University of New Hampshire about recent sexual harassment allegations against men in the media, Hollywood and politics.
Mueller Strikes

Mueller Strikes


Ron and Heather talk with Michael Isikoff, chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo News. They discuss the indictments of Paul Manafort, the guilty plea of George Papadopoulos, and comparisons to Richard Nixon and James Buchanan.
Recorded in front of a live audience, Ron and Heather talk with Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig. They discuss reforming the electoral college, the gerrymandering case in front of the Supreme Court, and how to get money out of politics.
Ron and Heather talk with Barbara Perry, director of Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center. They discuss the new profile of Vice President Mike Pence in The New Yorker and look at the power -- or lack thereof -- of vice presidents, from Thomas Jefferson to Dick Cheney.
Ron and Heather talk with Norm Ornstein, on his new book "One Nation After Trump" They discuss what lasting effects the Trump presidency will have on the government, Senator Bob Corker's criticism of the president, and the similarities between former Louisiana governor and congressman Huey Long and Donald Trump.
This week, Ron and Heather respond to the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. They're joined by historian Douglas Brinkley. They discuss the 1900 Galveston hurricane, President Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina and the history of the NRA.
Ron and Heather are joined by Slate staff writer Isaac Chotiner. They respond to President Donald Trump's attacks on football players who kneel during the national anthem. Plus, they look at the debate around free speech, on football fields and college campuses, the racial dynamic surrounding Trump's comments and the long history of the military's involvement with football.
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