How the Rocky 1970s Gave Rise to Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan.

On today’s show, Rick Perlstein discusses the political and economic turmoil of the 1970s, and the transition between Richard Nixon’s downfall and the rise of Ronald Reagan. We’ll get some practical advice for understanding cultural divides in a global world. Buzzfeed contributor Steven Thrasher tells the story of how Michael Johnson, a Missouri college wrestler, was tried and found guilty of infecting people with HIV. Joshua Wolf Shenk looks at the chemistry that makes creative partnerships, like Lennon and McCartney’s, work.