Heather Cox Richardson On 24 September, she finally finished her History of the Republican Party. She reminded us that Donald Trump was not the most conservative of the Republican candidates standing in 2016, and suggests that he was more angling for a TV career as a pundit, rather than President. He is not ideological: instead he makes himself what ever his supporters want him to be. She finished by suggesting that even if Trump wins, the Republican Party has painted itself into a corner, and that the older Lincolnesque Republicanism will re-emerge. I’m not so sanguine.
Her History and Politics Chat of October 21st looks in detail at Hunter Biden, and I certainly learned new things here: he is a History graduate and has a law degree from Yale; he joined the navy in his early 40s and was discharged but it was not a ‘dishonorable discharge’, and he was appointed to Burisma by George W. Bush. And certainly, there are just so many holes in the New York Post story.
America if You’re Listening. If Matt Bevan had given Trump a few leave passes in earlier episodes, he doesn’t here. Episode 6 Trump’s desperate measure to halt immigration is a sordid tale, and with his family separation policy, just possibly worse than what Australia is doing.
A. C. Grayling ‘The Good Book: A Humanist Bible’ I’ve been reading this book each morning, a chapter at a time, so it will take me until about 2023 to finish it! In the meantime, I jumped ahead to learn about why Grayling wrote it and why. This is actually a video, but I listened to it on my walk, as if it were a podcast. The Good Book is set out like a bible, with two columns on each page, verses and fairly short chapters, and it draws on humanist wisdom from many sources. I’m one of the people he complains about who want to know what bits came from where- but that’s what Google is for, isn’t it?
99% Invisible My son recommended this episode in particular to me, and it’s great! Goodnight Nobody looks at the popular children’s book Goodnight Moon (which I admit, I never read to my children but there’s a beautiful animated version narrated by Susan Saradon here). Despite its enormous popularity, it was not listed among the 10 most borrowed books from the New York Public Library, because it didn’t appear on its shelves until 1972. The formidable and yet revolutionary librarian Anne Carroll Moore started the children’s library at the NYPL at the turn of the century, and she had very clear ideas about children’s literature- and Goodnight Moon didn’t fit her criteria. A lovely podcast about reading and children.