Episode 94 – July 17, 2016
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Political analyst, Mark Hannah, systematically debunks the misinformation meant to diminish the president’s reputation in his new book, The Best “Worst President”: What the Right Gets Wrong About Barack Obama. Since Obama took office in 2008, he has been subject to scorn and constant attacks from political opponents, which often went unchallenged. Hannah addresses each claim and adds some of Obama’s under appreciated triumphs to show Obama is the best “worst president” we’ve ever had.
Paula Whyman’s shares a collection of linked stories about an American woman trying to do the right things the wrong ways in her debut book, You May See a Stranger: Stories. Wyman introduces us to Miranda Weber through a series of stories that span 30 years, from Miranda’s teens to her late 40’s. She doesn’t necessarily grow wiser as she grows older and some of the same patterns emerge across the years. Though Miranda may find herself in some uncomfortable situations throughout her life, she never loses her sharp wit or keen power of observation.
Told from two perspectives, Susan Stellin and Graham MacIndoe share their powerful story in Chancers: Addiction, Prison, Recovery, Love: One Couple’s Memoir. Susan was a reporter who fell for Graham, a photographer with a secret heroin habit. His addiction ravaged their relationship and he ended up arrested and imprisoned at Rikers Island. Determined not to let him become a statistic, Susan followed him through the criminal justice system until he clawed his way back to sobriety. Riveting, raw, and honest, Susan and Graham take turns sharing their story of addiction and redemption.
Steve Hamilton’s new series, The Second Life of Nick Mason, tells the story of a man given a second chance at a high price. A deal he made to get out of prison leaves him a prisoner to Darius Cole, who runs a criminal empire from his prison cell. As Nick Mason is forced to commit increasingly dangerous crimes, he’ll have to risk everything to finally be free.