"Serious times. Serious conversations."



A sample of guests who have been interviewed for Truth, Politics and Power, public radio's new weekly program.

Kwame Anthony Appiah: Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.   "Politics of Fear."

David Livingstone Smith: University of New England, History and Philosophy Faculty Member.    "Politics of Fear."

Sheila Miyoshi Jager: a Professor of East Asian Studies at Oberlin College.  “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”

Ted Koppel: an American broadcast journalist, best known as the anchor for Nightline.  “Enemies of the People.”

Volker Ullrich: a German historian, journalist and author.  “An Inaugural Special.”

Robert D. Kaplan: an American author. His books are on politics, primarily foreign affairs, and travel.  “The South China Sea.”

Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of history at Boston College, specializing in 19th century American history. "Party Politics."

Cornell Belcher is a long-time Democratic Party strategist and pollster who worked on Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. "Party Politics."

John Hamilton McWhorter is an American academic and linguist who is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. "Politically Correct." 












The election and inauguration of Donald Trump presents an unprecedented series of questions and challenges. On “Truth, Politics and Power,"host Neal Conan conducts in depth conversations that put the new administration’s policies, rhetoric and practices in historical perspective. What’s the purpose of an “ongoing war” with the media? Why would a new president choose to undermine his own intelligence services? How do the origins of the “America First” movement fit into Trump World? How will the president respond to dissent, to the checks and balances of the American system, and to inevitable crises? How do a President and a ruling party with a narrow political base address anincreasingly diverse population? How does Trumpism fit with the rise of

right wing movements in Europe? With authoritarian regimes in Russia, China, Turkey and the Philippines? And, critically, how will the Administration’s  pattern of deception, exaggeration and lies affect public trust in basic institutions of government?

Guests will be as diverse as the material demands. Experts, scholars, journalists, historians, for sure, but comedians, poets and novelists as well. While some topics might take an hour with one guest, the format will be flexible, with maybe two guests in conversation, or maybe more than one topic per hour. We also include commentaries from a diverse group of thinkers on “What should we be reading now?”



Neal Conan


Over 36 years with National Public Radio, Neal Conan may be best known as the long time host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation”. Previously, he served as Bureau Chief in New York and London, covered the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, two Winter Olympic Games and several wars. He anchored innumerable live events, including party political conventions, confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees, Presidential inaugurations and addresses, and the impeachment of President Clinton. He played a key part in NPR’s live coverage of 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Behind the scenes, he served as editor, producer and executive producer of NPR’s flagship program, “All Things Considered” and, in an acting capacity, as Foreign Editor, Managing Editor and News Director. Conan’s work has been honored with, among others, DuPont-Columbia, Major Armstrong and Peabody awards. On leave in 2000, Conan worked as the play by play announcer of the Aberdeen Arsenal of the independent Atlantic League and wrote a book, “Play by Play: Baseball, Radio and Life in the Last Chance League.” He now lives on the Big Island of Hawaii where he farms macadamia nuts, works as a news analyst for Hawaii Public Radio and hosts the public radio series, “Truth, Politics and Power.”



Sue Goodwin


Sue Goodwin is an accomplished radio producer with over twenty five years experience in public media. At NPR, she served as Executive Producer, Talk of the Nation, Senior Producer, Weekly Edition, and Editor at NPR’s Science Desk. Additional production credits include Senior Booking Producer at PBS and Producer at Al Jazeera America.


Audio Producer

Argin Hutchins


Argin Hutchins is the founder of Argin Audio, an audio production company. He is also a nationally recognized audio producer who served on the award winning radio program "Tell Me More with Michel Martin". He earned his stripes through years of training at NPR where he specialized in audio journalism and audio engineering. Having worked shoulder-to-shoulder with with industry leaders in audio production, he set out to build Argin Audio to help clients achieve their creative and technical vision. He combines an artistic flare with a deep technical knowledge of audio production.



John Ogulnik


John Ogulnik has spent two centuries working in radio. In 22 years as an NPR producer, he covered everything from the Olympics, to national political conventions, presidential inaugurations, and numerous Congressional hearings, including the entire impeachment process of President Clinton. In 1999 - 2000, he spent a sabbatical year in Ethiopia, teaching radio reporting and covering the border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. He also helped launch Voice of America broadcasts to Zimbabwe and South Sudan. John was the Interim Managing Editor for News at WAMU, NPR's Washington, D.C. affiliate and is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University.