Fred Kaplan – The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War
Science , World Leaders / January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020 – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan drops in on the key flashpoints of the Nuclear Age, from Harry S Truman first getting word that the Manhattan Project had birthed its radioactive fruit, to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Reagan’s peace offerings to Gorbachev, to modern fears of rogue nations and terrorists gaining access to the ultimate firecrackers. Fred Kaplan is the national-security point man for Slate, and is the author of five previous books including Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, and the Pulitzer finalist The Plot to Change the American Way of War.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:16:03 — 174.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Bijan Bayne – Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball
Sports / January 13, 2020

January 13, 2020 – Our time machine travels back to the Civil Rights era, to meet a man who fought the racial discrimination of his day on the basketball court, while using his platform to support those battling in courts of law. In the process, he was the first man ever described as a “superstar.” We enjoy this 6′ 5″pioneer’s story in Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball. Giving us play by play courtside for the man who invented hangtime is award-winning cultural critic and sportswriter, Bijan C. Bayne. Bayne is a member of United States Basketball Writers Association, a founding member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, and an executive board member and media relations director for the Association for Professional Basketball Research. You can find our guest at Twitter @BijanCBayne and his blog at You can also enjoy our previous chat about Martha’s Vineyard Basketball: How a Resort League Defied Notions of Race and Class.         Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:08:10 — 156.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More