EP 106: CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin on the Patty Hearst Kidnapping

Jeffrey Toobin is a CNN legal analyst, journalist, and best-selling author. Today he talks about his new best-seller American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst. He discusses bizarre story of her captors the Symbionese Liberation Army, some of the desperate measures the FBI resorted to in their effort to find her, and Patricia Hearst’s strange transformation from captive to criminal. We talk about how the case influenced media coverage of breaking news events, and how the Patty Hearst saga came to be synonymous with the idea of “Stockholm Syndrome.” And if you enjoyed today’s episode, then order Jeffrey Toobin's new bestseller American Heiress: The

EP 105: Mary Matalin Says It's the GOP That Needs to Change, not Donald Trump

Mary Matalin is one of the most respected conservative strategists, authors and pundits in America, and this April she left the Republican Party to register as a Libertarian, but says she will still vote for the GOP nominee Donald Trump. We discuss her motives for leaving the GOP, why she says it’s been a long time coming, and why she’s more inclined to vote for Trump over the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Plus I ask Mary Matalin how her mentor President George H.W. Bush and her husband James Carville took the news of her exit from the Republican Party. If you enjoyed this interview, you can tune in to Mary Matalin's radio show Both Sides Now. Find out more at www.BothSidesRadio.com

EP 104: Creators of AMC's Halt & Catch Fire, Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers

Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers are the creators, show-runners, and executive producers of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire, and today they talk about the real stories and personalities that inspired them to create the fictional series about the personal computer revolution that came out of the Texas "Silicon Prairie" in the 1980's. We discuss the constant tug of war between the programmers and the visionaries in the tech industry and which Steve they'd rather be (Wozniak or Jobs). They hint at what we can expect in season 3 including moving the show's setting to Silicon Valley and a shift in focus from the PC boom to the birth of the internet. Plus, our collective love of dysfunctional 80's robo

EP 102: Futurist Martin Ford Asks "Can A Robot Take YOUR Job?"

Martin Ford is a prominent futurist, best-selling author, and leading expert on artificial intelligence and robotics and their potential impact on the job market, economy and society. His new book Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future warns that rapid advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are going fundamentally disrupt the world economy and your job just might be a lot more replaceable than you think. We talk about which jobs are most susceptible AI and Robotics and why it’s not going to be limited to just low-skilled manufacturing jobs. We discuss the ways it could fundamentally change our society and lead to mass uneployment, unrest, and a huge exp

EP 101: Alexandra Pelosi Exposes the World of Political Mega-Donors

My guest today is Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi who has a new film called MEET THE DONORS on HBO. Today she’ll talk about the Top 100 people who fund US political campaigns including the Koch Bros and George Soros, and she’ll reveal why one Soros family member is working to get money OUT of our politics. We’ll discuss what these mega-donors want from politicians, the perils of this nuclear arms race to buy political influence, Citizens United, and possible solutions to campaign finance reform. Plus I ask Alexandra what her mom Nancy Pelosi had to say about her efforts to shut down the gravy train for Washington politicians. You can watch MEET THE DONORS on demand wit

EP 100: Special Guest Dick Cavett

TV legend and witty raconteur Dick Cavett joins me for my 100th episode. Known as the “thinking man’s talk show host,” Dick Cavett shares stories from his 5 decades in television. He discusses how he broke into show business, his long friendship with his person idol Groucho Marx, his surprisingly chummy relationship with late-night rival Johnny Carson, and how he found out he was on Nixon’s enemies list. He talks about the time Normal Mailer nearly went to blows with Gore Vidal on his show and his dubious distinction as the only talk show host ever to have a guest die on air. He reminisces about Muhammad Ali, Truman Capote, Jack Benny, Walter Winchell, Ed Sullivan and others, plus he tells

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