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From: JohnM4/13/2019 1:37:57 PM
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Terrific interview of Robert Caro by Preet on Stay Tuned. Posted either last Thursday or Friday. Starts slow but about 15 minutes in gets genuinely interesting.

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To: JohnM who wrote (41)4/13/2019 2:07:31 PM
From: Sun Tzu
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Link?

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To: JohnM who wrote (41)4/13/2019 2:38:50 PM
From: Sam
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This is yet another interview with Bob Caro. It covers some of the same material as the Bhara interview, but also other things. They are both really excellent. Caro repeats several times to the NPR interviewer, "You ask really good questions, you must have actually read the book!" Yes, he did, he said, he read it very carefully and it was "essential" reading for him when he was a working journalist in Congress.

The interview is archived at the1a.org

Wednesday, Apr 10 2019 • 11 a.m. (ET)
Historian Robert Caro On Research, Power And Why He Still Writes Longhand

Historian Robert Caro has a lot of impatient fans. They’re waiting on the final installment of his thoroughly researched series on President Lyndon B. Johnson.

But his latest book isn’t the final book in the series, to the dismay of some of those fans. It’s called “Working,” a hybrid of memoir and research guide.

There are so many readers waiting for the next Caro book that The Wall Street Journal recently reported a piece about them, with demanding comments like this one.

Jim Sather, a retiree and former attorney who lives in a Chicago suburb, says he isn’t sure “Working” was a wise use of Mr. Caro’s time. “What the hell is he writing that book for?” says Mr. Sather, 71. “I’m not getting any younger and neither is he.”

Caro is 83 years old.

The New York Times’ David Marchese recently asked Caro what he wants people to understand about him and his work.

During all these years I did come to understand stuff about power that I wanted people to know. You read in every textbook that cliché: Power corrupts. In my opinion, I’ve learned that power does not always corrupt. Power can cleanse. When you’re climbing to get power, you have to use whatever methods are necessary, and you have to conceal your aims. Because if people knew your aims, it might make them not want to give you power. Prime example: the southern senators who raised Lyndon Johnson up in the Senate. They did that because he had made them believe that he felt the same way they did about black people and segregation. But then when you get power, you can do what you want. So power reveals. Do I want people to know that? Yes.

We speak with Robert Caro about power, fact-finding and the art of the interview.

Produced by Morgan Givens.



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To: Sun Tzu who wrote (42)4/13/2019 2:42:45 PM
From: Sam
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Here is one link to the Bhara interview:
npr.org

There are other links to it as well.

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To: JohnM who wrote (41)4/13/2019 3:18:21 PM
From: Sam
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I just finished listening the Preet's interview with Caro. It just keeps getting better and better. Now I want to read about Belle Moskowitz.

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To: Sun Tzu who wrote (42)4/13/2019 4:53:03 PM
From: JohnM
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Don't know if there is a link. Best way I know to access it is to subscribe to his podcast, Stay Tuned. I do it on my iphone. I assume there are apps on other phone brands.

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To: Sam who wrote (45)4/13/2019 4:55:47 PM
From: JohnM
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And Al Smith. Did not know the FDR quote, that 90% of the New Deal came from programs he put in place in NYS. And did not know he was that big a Tammany Hall guy. I read the Moses book many, many years ago but now can no longer say just how he was able to gain and exercise power. Might be time to consider rereading it.

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To: JohnM who wrote (47)4/13/2019 6:36:55 PM
From: Sam
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He made it sound like Smith got his real policies from Moskowitz. He just used Tammany Hall to get into position to put policies in place.

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To: Sam who wrote (48)4/13/2019 9:18:23 PM
From: JohnM
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Yep, same I heard. But Caro has said, on some occasion, that he would like to do a bio of Smith. I suspect Smith is more complicated than that, close to Johnson--an ugly side working his way up Tammany Hall and then the side that shows up improving the lot of the Irish. And by the way a lot of others.

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From: Glenn Petersen4/15/2019 9:56:49 PM
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For hard core techies: Exponent

exponent.fm

Exponent is a podcast about tech and society hosted by Ben Thompson and James Allworth

Ben Thompson is the author and founder of Stratechery, a blog about the business and strategy of technology. You can follow him on Twitter @benthompson.

James Allworth is the co-author with Clay Christensen of How Will You Measure Your Life and a writer for the Harvard Business Review. You can follow him on Twitter @jamesallworth.
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Also, check out Ben Thompson's blog (Stratechery: stratechery.com

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