Chief Justice John Roberts once vowed to “call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat.” Tuesday, journalist Joan Biskupic joins us to assess Roberts's track record. Has he been the umpire-in-chief he promised?
You’ve probably been hearing a lot about “Medicare for All” recently. Monday, we’ll talk about how much it would cost and what it would mean to end private insurers and build a single-payer health care system.
Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi has new a book that he describes as an “insider’s guide to the pressures at work in media." He says we’re exploiting people’s desire to root for their own team and hate the rest. (Rebroadcast)
The writer Leslie Jamison said she had bought into the story that booze and a dark temperament were ingredients of beautiful art. So when she sobered up she had to ask herself whether you can write compelling stories about happiness.
Growing up in the American Southwest, the writer Francisco Cantu always had some idea of what happened along the US-Mexico border, but he wanted to know more. So, he joined the Border Patrol, hoping he could be a force for good.
Legend says the Pearl of Lao Tzu was found in 1934 after a diver drowned trying to pry it from the mouth of a giant clam. The writer Michael LaPointe has traced the pearl's unbelievable story through a tangled web of fact and fiction.
Edward Abbey’s love letter to redrock country, Desert Solitaire, is 50 years old now. But a lot has changed in that time. The writer Amy Irvine joins us to offer a different take on Abbey’s season in the wilderness.
Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera's film The Infiltrators tells the true story of young immigrants who were arrested by Border Patrol and put in a detention center—on purpose. It’s about what happens to detained migrants, and what it takes to free them.