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  • Dr. Vanessa Sinclair on her new novel Things Happen -- which recalls her days as a homeless grunge teen crashing at Miami's then-abandoned Hotel Mutiny after Hurricane Andrew broke her family apart. Today, Sinclair is a psychoanalyst based in Sweden.
  • Danny Robinson, The Martin Agency's new CEO, on staying competitive, omnivorous and funky amid the seemingly relentless disruption of advertising and media.
  • NPR's Sarah McCammon on her new book, The Exvangelicals: Loving, Living and Leaving the White Evangelical Church. Recorded before an audience for Fountain Bookstore and Sam Miller's Restaurant in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Erin Kennedy on finding purpose to emerge from crippling depression and start OMG OCPs, the booming oatmeal cream pie brand in Richmond, Virginia. She did this during the pandemic with only $300 in her bank account.
  • Adeel Van, the lapsed consultant and startup CEO, on founding Instagram phenom MBA-ish -- where fun is poked, pain is felt and help is dished to so many lost and suffering corporate souls.
  • Paramount and Warner Bros., the storied media empires, are in crisis; TV is bleeding viewers; VICE is nearing death, while The Messenger is already dead; big layoffs at the Washington Post and LA Times. Precisely the time to talk to Josh Tyrangiel, the veteran producer, executive and editor who has traversed many of these lands.
  • Rick Wilson -- longtime GOP strategist; outspoken Never Trumper; bestselling author; co-founder of The Lincoln Project; FLORIDA MAN! -- on Election 2024, the past, present and future of the Republican Party and the near impossibility of removing candidate Joe Biden this late in the cycle.
  • NPR's Steve Inskeep (live from UR) on Abraham Lincoln's leadership journey; Hussein Ibish on the Middle East's intersecting chess games since October 7; Zoe Schiffer on her Elon Musk / Twitter book Extremely Hardcore; and The Economist on China's race for electric-vehicle dominance
  • Debt. Vanity. Fear. Dirty bathrooms. Sociopathy. Hate speech. Billionaire Elon Musk's buyout of Twitter is going down as one of the most expensive self-owns in history. Guest Zoë Schiffer documents the tragicomedy in her book Extremely Hardcore: Inside Elon Musk's Twitter.
  • NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep on his book, Differ We Must: How Lincoln Succeeded in a Divided America. Recorded before an audience at the University of Richmond's Robins School.