Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, like Donald Trump, recognized that politics is war. John Sedgwick, author of War of Two, the best selling book about the famous duel between one of our Founding Fathers and our third Vice President, tells Jim of many parallels between the current shoot-out for the White House and the political clash that claimed Hamilton’s life.
Prosecutor and law professor Frank Tuerkheimer studied “forgotten trials of the Holocaust” and wrote a brilliant book about it. He also went to Israel to interview Eichmann’s prosecutor, Gabriel Bach. He tells Jim the inside story of trying the perpetrators of the genocide of six million Jews, punishing the guilty and spreading the facts of a horrific crime upon the public record.
Lyndon Johnson was a President who knew how to get things
done. During the five years of his Presidency, he pushed through
a reluctant Congress hundreds more legislative initiatives than
most Presidents accomplish in eight. His top domestic aide,
Joe Califano, tells Jim Zirin how he did it.
Bob Pigott is a New York lawyer who likes to walk the City’s streets in search of landmark courthouses. He leads us on a delightful tour of the City, and shares his encyclopedic knowledge of New York’s legendary legal history as he takes Jim through the buildings where it all happened.
The veteran CUNY TV Talk Show Host Interviews Jim Zirin on his best-selling book, The Mother Court-Tales of Cases That Mattered in America’s Favorite Trial Court, and Jim tells some of the sensational “war stories” to come out of the Southern District.
As top-notch prosecutor, defense attorney and Bar leader, Bob Fiske became one of the best known and highly respected lawyers of his generation. He writes a sweet memoir of his career in a new book entitled Prosecutor Defender Counselor, and tells Jim which role gave him the most satisfaction.
Turning the show upside down, Ambassador Bill vanden Heuvel is “host for the day.” He interviews Jim about his book, The Mother Court—Tales of Cases That Mattered in America’s Greatest Trial Court, drawing “the guest” out masterfully on why he wrote the book, and what he knows of the legendary judges and lawyers, who walked the halls of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. He even gets the “guest” to spill some of the great stories in the book.
The biographer of Speaker Thomas B. Reed tells about the Gilded Age in America from 1870-1893, a time of dysfunctional government and deep partisan divide over such issues as international trade, monetary policy and foreign wars. Sound familiar? Reed, a staunch Republican from Maine, ungummed the government and broke the logjam.
The distinguished author tells us what we can learn from Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President. Though a man of few words, Coolidge believed in less government, balanced budgets, lower taxes and a climate friendly to business. Unemployment averaged 3.3 per cent. Yet, in the vortex of the Great Depression and the New Deal which followed, his legacy has all but disappeared.
He talks about his vision for the FDR Four Freedoms Park as the project nears completion. Planned in the 1970’s for the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in the shadow of the UN, and designed by renowned architect Louis Kahn shortly before his death, the Park will take a commemorative space into the digital age.
Are we doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past? The NET might have prevented the tragic mistakes Woodrow Wilson made in WWI’s flawed peace settlements–and might even have changed the course of history in Iraq. David Andelman, Author of “A Shattered Peace” spins his insights with host Jim Zirin, Sidley, Austin LLP. 12/23/07
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