Episode 20,

Big Government

Julie Rovner, Clayborne Carson, Brian Balogh & General Mike Davidson

The evolution of the battle over big government, from the New Deal to Tump care.

The battle over health care encapsulates a philosophical chasm. Democrats want to expand coverage, even at the price of raising taxes. Republicans want to reduce the size and power of the government, even if that costs millions coverage. The evolution of the battle over big government, from the New Deal to Tump care.

Copyright The Nation magazine: By: King Jr., Martin Luther. Nation. 2/4/1961, Vol. 192 Issue 5, p91-95. 5p. 


Julie Rovner is one of the leading reporters on health care policy. She’s the Chief Washington Correspondent for Kaiser Health News (KHN), where she is the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow. Prior to joining KHN Julie was NPR’s health policy correspondent. She’s the author of Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z. 



Clayborne Carson is a Professor of History at Stanford University, where he is also the Martin Luther King, Jr., Centennial Professor of History and the Ronnie Lott Founding Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University. In 1985 Professor Carson was selected by the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to edit the late civil rights leader’s unpublished writings, as well as his speeches, sermons, and correspondence. Thus far, Carson has produced seven volumes of King’s work. Among the books he has authored is Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.


Brian Balogh is a Professor of History at the University of Virginia, where he is also the Director and Chair of The Miller Center National Fellowship Program. Among his areas of expertise are United State politics in the 20th century and American political development. Professor Balogh is also the co-host of Backstory, a podcast that provides historical context to help listeners understand today’s current events. He is the author and editor of several books, including most recently, Recapturing the Oval Office: New Historical Approaches to the American Presidency.



Recommended reading:

Retired General Mike Davidson. When he's not reading he keeps busy harvesting hay for the horses he raises in Ky. His choice for Recommended Reading - Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century by Orville Schell and John Delury.