Heather Cox Richardson • Tue, Oct 17, 2023

Heather Cox Richardson

Heather Cox Richardson is a Professor of History at Boston College. She has written about the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, and the American West in award-winning books whose subjects stretch from the European settlement of the North American continent to the history of the Republican Party through the Trump administration. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and The Guardian, among other outlets. She is the cohost of the Vox podcast, Now & Then. She began writing a daily Facebook essay in the midst of the 2019 impeachment crisis, providing historical context for the daily churn of news. It soon became a chart-topping Substack newsletter, Letters from an American, which now reaches more than 2 million subscribers – passionate, dedicated readers who rely on Richardson’s plainspoken, insightful take on America, past and present, as a much-needed dose of sanity in today’s insane world.


Guest Host | Neal Rubin


Neal Rubin’s career these past few decades has taken him from Detroit to Detroit and then, well, Detroit.

He showed up in 1984 at the invitation of the Detroit Free Press, where he was a feature writer and columnist before the Detroit News lured him away to write columns in 2000. Always willing to be wooed, he returned to the Free Press as a columnist in April 2022.

Earlier stops included the Greeley, Colo., Tribune and, establishing a tendency toward being fickle, both newspapers in Las Vegas.

From 2004 to 2022, Rubin wrote the nationally syndicated comic strip “Gil Thorp.” Other career highlights include getting accidentally sprayed by a cropduster, interviewing someone who thought her cat could talk, and being banned by the World Wrestling Federation.

He attended the University of Northern Colorado on a 7-card stud scholarship and later earned a master’s from Michigan State, which made his mom happy.

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