Saturday, March 22, 2014



  • Brian from Brooklyn
  • Dave from Michigan
  • Nat from Queens
  • Richard from Dallas
  • Mark from Michigan
  • Sam of Maryland
  • Bob from Fishkill NY
  • Steve from Manhattan
  • Cheryl from Spotswood NJ
  • Saturday, March 15, 2014

    Professor Richard Overy Interview! (3/14/14)

    Professor Richard Overy, acclaimed historian and author of, The Twilight Years: The Paradox of Britain Between the Wars joins John & Frank for an exclusive interview! Frank has mentioned his book multiple times on the show, now he and the professor have a chance to discuss it.

    Richard Overy is currently Professor of History at the University of Exeter (2004.) He was educated at Caius College. He taught at Cambridge from 1972 to 1979, at Queens' College from 1976-79. From 1980 to 2004 he taught at King's College, London, where he was made professor of Modern History in 1994. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (1977), Fellow of the British Academy (2000) and Fellow of King's College (2003). In 2001 he was awarded the Samuel Elliot Morrison Prize of the Society for Military History for his contribution to the history of warfare. He received both the Wolfson History Prize and Hessell-Tiltman Prize for his book, The Dictators: Hitler's Germany; Stalin's Russia. In 2007 as The Times (UK) editor of, Complete History of the World, he chose the 50 key dates of world history. His work on World War II has been praised as "highly effective (in) the ruthless dispelling of myths" by noted historian (A. J. P. Taylor), "original and important" by the (New York Review of Books), and "at the cutting edge" by The Time (UK). Frank recommends many of his other great books including, 1939: Countdown to War and Why the Allies Won.

    The professor explains just what was "the paradox" of Britain between the Wars...He also explains the unique and somber mindset in Great Britain that WWI created. Also, was Stalin's Great Terror ignored by the British socialists because it clashed with their ideological beliefs?

    "Progressive" socialism versus "barbaric" fascism, is there really a difference?

    John A. Hobson's effect on the British Aristocracy...

    Frank makes an insightful and not often made comparison between the communist's attack on Finland in 1939 and the socialist's attack on Franco's Spain... Frank wonders if the two attacks were treated similarly in Britain?

    Also, the famous historical debate from the 1980's between Professor Overy and Marxist historian Timothy Mason is discussed...

    Plus, like only John of SI can, he shares with the Professor his thoughts on the historical failures of world-wide socialism!

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    Sunday, March 9, 2014

    Jasper Becker Interview! (3/7/14)

    Jasper Becker joins our recent cavalcade of British Intellectuals! John & Frank warmly welcome him to the program for one of his lengthiest interviews to date! Frank has mentioned his now classic book, Hungry Ghosts: Mao's Secret Famine, numerous times on TRP!

    Jasper is one of the most renowned experts on China in the West. He runs the Legend Strategic Consultancy Ltd. He has a BA from Goldsmith's College in the University of London. He also studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich and later obtained a post-graduate Diploma in Modern Chinese from the University of London. In addition to Chinese, he speaks French and German. He has been writing on Asia for 25 years and is the author of seven books. He spent 18 years reporting from Beijing and worked as a correspondent in Brussels, Geneva, and  Frankfurt. He wrote, Dragon Rising – An Inside Look at China Today and is currently writing a book, The Root of all Evils, about mankind's recent efforts to abolish money and why it can't be done!!

    The insane asylum that was Mao's China is examined at length! Listen to the history of Mao's forced collectivization during his supposed Great Leap Forward that led to upwards of 50 million dead Chinese in the greatest famine the world has ever seen! What sets this famine apart from those in Ireland and India is that it was entirely man-made! China was at peace. No blight destroyed the harvest. There were no unusual floods or droughts. The granaries were full and other countries were ready to ship grain. But, a blind devotion to Marxist Leninist ideology and methodology led to one of the most vile and inhumane mass atrocities one could ever imagine. During his terror campaign, Mao and his cult of acolytes, intentionally spit in the face of reason and slavishly promoted some of the greatest scientific absurdities known to man! Reality meant nothing to them, they simply "had faith" that they could literally change nature and re-engineer the environment with "human will." They avowed to push a "pure communist spirit and attitude" that would overcome the overrated successes of "western science." Mao also initiated a great fervor to eradicate "capitalist" thinking. He considered the people "blank sheets of paper" to be molded and coerced. He called it "year zero" and would make the Chinese throw away their individuality, religion, and families. Loyalty to the "party" became paramount over all else and Mao's cadres terrified the people into submission. Because he completely militarized the country he was able to strictly control and propagandize the flow of information. Thus, the true extent of the famine was slow to get to out. But even as word spread, well known Leftists around the world defiantly continued to sing Mao's praises as a "new kind of leader." Famous men like François Mitterrand, now late ex-French president, and committed fellow traveler, called him a great "humanist" and insisted to the very end that he was not a dictator and that there was no famine! These lunatics truly believed he would lead a peasant rebellion from the countryside and drive the engineers into the fields where they would be better off. In a sad bit of irony the Chi-Com's party slogan was "No one shall starve!" When it is all said and done, after the Great Chinese Famine, Mao's Cultural Revolution, and his purges that followed, the Chinese death toll rose to a staggering and most alarming 80 million!

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    Saturday, March 1, 2014

    Top 10 IM-ers to TRP for 2013!

    The Academy of Talk Radio Arts & Sciences announces it's Top 10 Instant Messenger's list to TRP for 2013! PLUS TWO VERY SPECIAL AWARDS!!

    8)Don from Riverdale
    7)Steve from Jackson
    6)Scott from Florida 
    5)Dale from Northwest Iowa
    4)Mark from Humble Texas
    3)Ginger from Missouri
    2)Jared Stevens
    1)Uncle Warren

    The Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame Award: for 2013 goes to the late great Rod Coppola, former TRP producer, who was murdered by the terrorists during the  9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

    * The Right Perspective Lifetime Caller Achievement Award: for 2013 goes to Cheryl of Spotswood NJ, for her years of very memorable calls to TRP!