Tuesday, April 30, 2019



Gunshots, violence and protests as demonstrators take to the streets as an effort that  could or could not lead to the toppling of the Maduro regime.

Jim Bohannon speaks with ROGER F. NORIEGA, Former assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs (Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean) and a former U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States. He coordinates AEI’s program on Latin America. WEBSITE: https://www.aei.org


BENJAMIN FRIEDMAN, Senior Fellow & Defense Scholar at Defense Priorities also joins us to discuss the uprising in Venezuela.

WEBSITE: http://www.defensepriorities.org

FRIEDMAN is an adjunct lecturer at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, a graduate of Dartmouth College, and a PhD candidate in political science at the MIT.  He previously worked as a Defense Analyst at the Cato Institute and a Researcher at the Center for Defense Information. He’s edited three books on defense policy and strategy and has published academic essays in International Security, Political Science Quarterly, Orbis, Foreign Affairs, and World Affairs. He has written op-eds for many outlets, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Politico, The Atlantic, Newsweek, TIME, The Boston Globe, Boston Review, and the Boston Herald.

FALL AND RISE: THE STORY OF 9/11, by Mitchell Zuckoff  (Author) 

Publisher: Harper (April 30, 2019)

Years in the making, this spellbinding, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting narrative is an unforgettable portrait of 9/11.

This is a 9/11 book like no other. Masterfully weaving together multiple strands of the events in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Fall and Rise is a mesmerizing, minute-by-minute account of that terrible day. In the days and months after 9/11, Mitchell Zuckoff, then a reporter for the Boston Globe, wrote about the attacks, the victims, and their families. After further years of meticulous reporting, Zuckoff has filled Fall and Rise with voices of the lost and the saved. The result is an utterly gripping book, filled with intimate stories of people most affected by the events of that sunny Tuesday in September: an out-of-work actor stuck in an elevator in the North Tower of the World Trade Center; the heroes aboard Flight 93 deciding to take action; a veteran trapped in the inferno in the Pentagon; the fire chief among the first on the scene in sleepy Shanksville; a team of firefighters racing to save an injured woman and themselves; and the men, women, and children flying across country to see loved ones or for work who suddenly faced terrorists bent on murder. Fall and Rise will open new avenues of understanding for everyone who thinks they know the story of 9/11, bringing to life—and in some cases, bringing back to life—the extraordinary ordinary people who experienced the worst day in modern American history. Destined to be a classic, Fall and Rise will move, shock, inspire, and fill hearts with love and admiration for the human spirit as it triumphs in the face of horrifying events.

MITCHELL ZUCKOFF is a professor of journalism at Boston University and a #1 New York Times bestselling author.

WEBSITE: https://www.mitchellzuckoff.com  

As a reporter for The Boston Globe, he covered 9/11 and wrote the lead news story on the day of the attacks. As a member of the Globe Spotlight Team, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting. His honors include the PEN/Winship Award for Nonfiction, the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and The Livingston Award for International Reporting.

Former House Speaker NEWT GINGRICH joins us to talk about his new book:

COLLUSION: A Novel, by Newt Gingrich  (Author), Pete Earley (Author)

Publisher: Broadside Books (April 30, 2019)

What if the Russians really are colluding with Americans…on the left? #1 New York Times-bestselling author Newt Gingrich returns with this rollicking tale of high-stakes international intrigue—the first book in a contemporary series filled with adventure, betrayal, and politics, that captures the tensions and divides of America and the world today. Valerie Mayberry comes from the kind of wealthy family that would be royalty in any other country. Obsessive and compulsive, she’s also the FBI’s counter-intelligence expert on domestic terrorism. Brett Garrett is a dishonorably discharged ex-Navy SEAL coming off a secret opioid addiction. A brusque, fiercely independent operative who refuses to play by the rules, the seasoned pro is now a gun for hire, working as a security contractor in Eastern Europe.When a high ranking Kremlin official with knowledge of a plan to attack the US must be smuggled out under the nose of a kleptocratic Putin-like Russian president and a ruthless general, Mayberry and Garret are thrown together to exfiltrate him and preempt a deadly poisonous strike. As these unlikely partners work to protect their human asset, their mission is threatened by domestic politics: leftist protests, Congressional infighting, and a culture riven by hatred. Collusion raises many of the most significant issues facing America in real life today. Is Russia our ally, or our enemy? Are American leftist activists susceptible to influence from aboard? How far will our enemies go to disrupt our politics and weaken the nation? Can we trust the media to differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys? Newt Gingrich and Pete Earley have entertained and educated readers with three previous novels of Washington scandal and foreign interference. From its explosive opening through several twists and turns to its heart-stopping end, Collusion is their most timely and powerful novel yet.

NEWT GINGRICH is a former Speaker of the House, 2012 Presidential Candidate, and a New York Times bestselling author. He is the author of thirty-six books, including the recent #1 New York Times bestseller Understanding Trump. Listen to Newt’s podcast Newt’s World at www.newtsworld.com or anywhere you get your podcasts. 






Jim Speaks with LYNN WALSH, the chair of the Ethics Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists and the Assistant Director of the Trusting News Project. Ethics Week gives journalists a chance to talk about what they do on a daily basis by seeking truth and reporting it.