March 22

Carol Graham, Senior Fellow at Brookings and University of Maryland professor, researches the economics of happiness and well-being metrics/policy. She helps us answer the questions: Who believes that hard work gets you ahead? And how do we calculate the economics of happiness?




Timothy Westmoreland, professor at Georgetown Law and Judy Feder, professor of public policy and, from 1999 to 2008, served as dean of what is now the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University — they talk about smoke and mirrors of the GOPs budget that seeks to repeal Obamacare.



Jacob Silverman, journalist and author of Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection, insists that we should all take better control of our digital lives.


Dave Zirin from Edge of Sports talks about March Madness and the hypocrisy of the NCAA.



Collin Friesen, Hollywood screenwriter and contributor to The Frame on KPCC, talks about Jinx turning from documentary to real live crime investigation with built-in confession — the role that productions such as Jinx and Serial (the podcast) play in crossing the line between entertainment and reality. Also: how transgender actors are the the new hot thing. Plus: LebowskiFest!





March 15

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone columnist & author joins us to discuss a few international topics, including his recent article on Israel and Russia, where Taibbi used to live.



Michael Pillsbury, longtime Defense Department official and Director for Chinese Strategy @HudsonInstitute joins us to talk about his book, The Hundred-Year Marathon. The book was # 1 on Washington Post and # LA Times Best Seller lists its first week after release.



Gideon RachmanChief Foreign Affairs columnist for the Financial Times, discusses the concept of humiliation politics. When it comes to countries such as Greece or Russia, solving international conflicts involves emotions as well as interests.


John Ourand of Sports Business Journal spent the week at SXSW and will talk to us about the latest technology being used to make sporting events even more exciting and interactive.






March 8

Senator Barbara Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, she talks about her progressive ideas, her challenges, and insight.



April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN), shares her thoughts on President Obama’s speech in Selma, Alabama.



John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for The Nation talks about email. Hillary Clinton’s gmail address. And why not a lot of Democrats are rallying around her…

Anna Thorn, general manager of Upshur Street Books, talks with us about an idea we love: the Tournament of Books. It’s a great concept. We explore.