How the Rocky 1970s Gave Rise to Ronald Reagan

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan. (Courtesy of Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum/Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum)

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.

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Michael Johnson was Sexually Reckless, But Is He a Criminal?

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Just The Two Of Us: The Creative Power of Pairing Up

Famous creative duos—like John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Marie and Pierre Curie, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak—usually have a special chemistry. Joshua Wolf Shenk looks at how creative intimacy unfolds, and examines new scientific research into the foundations of creativity. In his book Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, he reveals how pairs begin to talk, think, and even look like each other; how the most successful creative partners thrive on conflict; and why some duos flame out while others endure.

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