Where Government Started And Where We Are Now, Bestsellers And Classics Often Not The Same Titles

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Many of our beloved classics in the literature world are books that were overlooked in their own time. We talk about why the books on the bestseller lists are not destined to be classics and, likewise, why a book that doesn’t make the cut could be a big read of the future. We also talk about the original structure of our government, and compare it to where we are now.

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Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Laura Pavin Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Howard Schweber Guest
  • Emily Temple Guest

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