Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Conversation with Molly Haskell and Joyce Lee Malcolm

Chris Gondek speaks with (1) film critic Molly Haskell about Gone with the Wind – the book and the film – and the uncanny symbiosis of Margaret Mitchell, David Selznick, and Vivian Leigh, and (2) Joyce Lee Malcolm about the never-before-told story of a New England slave boy turned soldier caught up in the American Revolution.

A Conversation with Michael Takiff

Chris Gondek sits down with Michael Takiff to discuss his new book, A Complicated Man: The Life of Bill Clinton as Told by Those Who Know Him. Clinton’s legacy as President of the United States is still very much in the forefront of national media and minds of everyday Americans. Listen to Takiff speak about this oral biography, composed through more than 150 interviews with key figures such as Bob Dole, James Carville, and Tom Brokaw, and many others who can personally testify to the man behind the politics.

A Conversation with Paul Starr

Chris Gondek interviews Paul Starr, professor of sociology at Princeton and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Social Transformation of American Medicine. Starr’s newest book, Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform is out now from Yale University Press; this interview covers the near century-long history and present health care challenges of American presidential administrations, including Roosevelt, Johnson, Nixon, Clinton, and Obama, as well as reform policies enacted by then-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

A Conversation with Trita Parsi

Chris Gondek speaks with the President of the National Iranian American Council and 2010 Grawemeyer Award-winner for Ideas Improving World Order, Trita Parsi returns to the Yale Press Podcast to speak about his new book, A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran. Parsi uncovers the full details of the diplomatic encounters between Washington and Tehran during Obama’s early presidency, then discusses whether diplomacy should be the foreign policy approach of choice for the U.S.