Episode

8/7 Rick Perlstein: The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan

August 7, 2014

Historian Rick Perlstein author of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reaganexplains “wacky packages” and the cultural politics of the 1970s, the rights absurd plagiarism charges, the role of terrorism in left politics in the 1970s, Nixon and the beginning of elite impunity, what was good about the 1970s, the 1970s and questioning institutions, right wing politics and the division backlash, Goldberg, Nixon and Reagan and the tree phases of conservative backlash, the Exorcist and Reaganism, the complex political legacy of Jimmy Carter and and what really drives the conservative movement.

On The Fun Half: Matt’s apology, ISIS in Iraq possibly on the verge of mass ethnic cleansing, supporting the Kurds against ISIS, conversations between Palestinians and Jewish teenagers, the debate within the Jewish community, Peter Beinart shames the odious Ben Shapiro and your calls and IMs.

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