Nativism and white supremacy, the battle over slavery, and the public adoration of explorers were critical elements of mid-19th century. Two of the key players from that era, Jessie and John Fremont, were also America’s first big celebrities.
Introducing today's guest seems almost like an exercise in absurdity. For fifteen years, Steve Inskeep has anchored what is now the most listened-to news radio program in the United States. Hosting NPR’s Morning Edition requires a daily wake-up time of 2:45 AM. Despite that, or perhaps because of it, he’s written two books and expects to see his third published in early 2020.