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January 29–31, 2020

2019 RANCHO MIRAGE WRITERS FESTIVAL VIDEOS

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019


Angel Night at the Helene Galen Auditorium

Angel Night Introduction

Jamie Kabler

Tom Hanks in Conversation with Maureen Down

Tom Hanks and Maureen Down

Angel Night Panel

Douglas Brinkley, Jon Meacham, Karl Rove and Bret Stephens


Wednesday, January 30, 2019


8:30–9:15 am

World War II

Sir Antony Beevor

1944: FDR and the Year that Changed History

Jay Winik

Anatomy of Terror

Ali Soufan

The Hedgehog

Lynne Olson

Sh*tshow! The Country’s Collapsing and the Ratings Are Great!

Charlie LeDuff


9:30–10:15 am

America in World War II

H.W. Brands

New England Noir

Douglas Brunt and Dennis Lehane

From Putin to the Virgin Mary and Colombia: Transitioning From Darkness to Light

Maureen Orth

No Excuses: Confessions of a Serial Campaigner

Robert Shrum

The Third Man

Lord Mandelson


10:30–11:15 am

Bringing Back the Dead: History, Memory, and Writing about World War II

Rick Atkinson

April 1865

Jay Winik

The Art of the Crossfade

Josh Kun

The Last Republicans

Mark K. Updegrove

Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters

Philip Eade


11:30 am–12:15 pm

Les Parisiennes

Anne Sebba

Winter is Coming

Garry Kasparov

Steven Spielberg

Molly Haskell

The Country Just Over the Fence

Paul Theroux

Mrs. Astor

Meryl Gordon


1–1:45 pm

The Threat of Global Terrorism

Michael Masters, Ali Soufan and Dr. Erroll Southers

Screaming from the Sky: Wernher von Braun, the Nazis and V-2 Rockets

Douglas Brinkley

The Female Persuasion

Meg Wolitzer

The U.S. Army in World War II

Rick Atkinson

Don’t Stop The Presses

Patt Morrison


2–2:45 pm

Franklin & Winston: Roosevelt, Churchill, and the Art of Leadership

Jon Meacham

Two Men and a Microphone

Craig Johnson and Van Gordon Sauter

Our Mothers’ War

Emily Yellin

The Worlds We Seldom See

Pico Iyer

The President Will See You Now

Peggy Grande


3–3:45 pm

The 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Rick Atkinson, Sir Antony Beevor and Douglas Brinkley

First Knight

Sir Derek Jacobi

Since We Fell

Dennis Lehane

Geoff Dyer Talks with Dr. Khoi Le

Geoff Dyer

Ray & Joan

Lisa Napoli


Thursday, January 31, 2019


8:30–9:15 am

Israel’s Mossad

Ronen Bergman and Bret Stephens

Andrew Jackson Then and Now

H.W. Brands and Jon Meacham

Lean and Fit

Dr. Joseph Scherger

Citizens of London

Lynne Olson

Cry Eden

Hal Gershowitz


9:30–10:15 am

The Soul of America

Jon Meacham

Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges

Sir Antony Beevor

The Big Ones

Dr. Lucy Jones

Jay Winik Talks with David Bryant

Jay Winik


10:30–11:15 am

The World Today

Anne Applebaum, Maureen Dowd, Karl Rove and Bret Stephens

Anatomy of Terror

Ali Soufan

50 Years of Travel

Pico Iyer, Steve McCurry and Paul Theroux

A Short Talk about the Longest Day

Rick Atkinson and Sir Antony Beevor

Van Gordon Sauter and Robert Shrum in Conversation

Van Gordon Sauter and Robert Shrum


11:30 am–12:15 pm

America’s Challenges

Karl Rove

From Russia with Love

Anne Applebaum and Garry Kasparov

The Feather Thief

Kirk Wallace Johnson

Writers on Writing

Douglas Brunt and Dennis Lehane

Bunny Mellon

Meryl Gordon


1–1:45 pm

Bret Stephens

Bret Stephens

The Migrant Songbook

Josh Kun

A Wonderful Life

Maureen Orth

Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer

LBJ’s Legacy

Mark K. Updegrove


2–2:45 pm

Fight for Liberty

Anne Applebaum, Garry Kasparov, Jon Meacham and Bret Stephens

Heirs of the Founders

H.W. Brands

Two Women and a Microphone

Nell Scovell and Meg Wolitzer

Last Hope Island

Lynn Olsen

Joan and Ray Kroc

Lisa Napoli


3–3:45 pm

Governor Jerry Brown and Maureen Dowd

Governor Jerry Brown and Maureen Dowd

Les Parisiennes

Anne Sebba

Funny Friends Dish on Hollywood

Mike Reiss and Nell Scovell

Visual Story Telling

Steve McCurry

The Patt and Van Show

Patt Morrison and Van Gordon Sauter


Friday, February 1, 2019


8:30–9:15 am

Rise and Kill First

Ronen Bergman

Homegrown Violent Extremism

Dr. Erroll Southers

The President Will See You Now

Peggy Grande

Detroit: An American Autopsy

Charlie LeDuff

The Feather Thief

Kirk Wallace Johnson


9:30–10:15 am

The New Anti-Semitism

Anne Applebaum, Lord Mandelson, Roz Rothstein and Bret Stephens

JFK and The Great Space Race

Douglas Brinkley

Our Mothers’ War

Emily Yellin

The Female Persuasion

Meg Wolitzer


10:30–11:15 am

The Big Ones

Dr. Lucy Jones

First Knight

Sir Derek Jacobi

Is the US/UK “Special Relationship” Still Special?

Anne Applebaum and Lord Mandelson

The Future of the British Monarchy

Philip Eade and Anne Sebba


11:30 am–12:15 pm

Walt Longmire—Depth Of Winter

Craig Johnson

The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Douglas Brinkley, Lynn Olson and Emily Yellin

My Favorite Films

Molly Haskell and Peter Bart

The State of the State

Senator Barbara Boxer and Governor Gray Davis


1:–1:45 pm

In Pieces

Sally Field and Jamie Kabler

2018 Rancho Mirage Writers Festival videos

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Angel Night at the Helene Galen Auditorium

World War I

A. Scott Berg

Karl Rove and Bret Stephens in conversation with Geoff Cowan

Karl Rove and Bret Stephens


Wednesday, January 24, 2018


8:30–9:15 am

The Royals

Sally Bedell Smith

Puppy Love

Dr. Gregory Berns

Quiet Until the Thaw

Alexandra Fuller

Black and White

Danzy Senna and Mishna Wolff


9:30–10:15 am

Greg Iles and Scott Turow in Conversation

Greg Iles and Scott Turow

The Fall of Saigon and the Aftermath

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Food for Thought

Tom Parker Bowles and Elizabeth Sorensen

Custer and Grant

H.W. Brands and T.J. Stiles


10:30–11:15 am

America Today

Douglas Brinkley, Karl Rove and Bret Stephens

Adventures in Golf

David Owen

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

Margaret MacMillan

Barbarian Days

Douglas Brunt and William Finnegan


11:30 am–12:15 pm

The Civil War, Slavery and The Underground Railroad

Jon Meacham and Colson Whitehead

The 2016 Election

Tim Miller, Amie Parnes, and Richard North Patterson

The Romanovs

Dr. Helen Rappaport

The Wireless Future of Medicine

Dr. Eric Topol


1–1:45 pm

Bush 41

Jon Meacham

Fall of Saigon and the Aftermath

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Hamilton v. Burr

H.W. Brands, Elizabeth Cobbs and Nancy Isenberg


2–2:45 pm

Dave Barry and Greg Iles in Conversation

Dave Barry and Greg Iles

Crime and Punishment

Shaka Senghor and Scott Turow

Why History Matters

Nancy Isenberg and T.J. Stiles

More Than the Nation’s Attic

Richard Kurin


3–3:45 pm

Freedom of the Press

Ben Macintyre, Margaret MacMillan and Bret Stephens

Journey to the Interior

William Finnegan, Alexandra Fuller and Mishna Wolff

Where Does the Water Go?

David Owen

The Future of ESPN

James Andrew Miller


4–4:45 pm

The Best U.S. Presidents

H.W. Brands, Douglas Brinkley and Jon Meacham

Operation Mincemeat

Ben Macintyre

When in Rome

Adrian Goldsworthy

Sleepless Nights

Benjamin Reiss


Thursday, January 25, 2018


8:30–9:15 am

Out of the Echo Chamber

Bret Stephens

Thriller

Scott Turow

“Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night”

James Andrew Miller

Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America

T.J. Stiles


9:30–10:15 am

He’s Back!

Dave Barry

The Royals

Sally Bedell Smith

The Healthcare Solution

Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal

Barbarian Days

William Finnegan


10:30–11:15 am

Transformational Tuesdays: Elections That Shaped Our History

H.W. Brands, Douglas Brinkley and Karl Rove

The Wireless Future of Medicine

Dr. Eric Topol

The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead

The End of Men

Rebecca Mead and Hanna Rosin


11:30 am–12:15 pm

America Today

Amie Parnes, Jon Meacham and Tim Miller

The Murder of the Romanovs in Ekaterinberg, July 1918

Dr. Helen Rappaport

The White House is the People’s House

Douglas Brinkley and Stewart McLaurin

Rogue Heroes

Ben Macintyre


1–1:45 pm

Crime Does Pay

Greg Iles, Richard North Patterson and Scott Turow

MacArthur vs. Truman: The Showdown That Changed America

H.W. Brands

Marriage, Motherhood and Micro-dosing

Ayelet Waldman

White Trash

Nancy Isenberg and Benjamin Reiss


2–2:45 pm

History’s People

Douglas Brinkley, Margaret MacMillan and Jon Meacham

For Better or For Worse

Alexandra Fuller, Hanna Rosin and Ayelet Waldman

What it’s Like to Be a Dog (Or a Dolphin)

Dr. Gregory Berns

Powerhouse

James Andrew Miller


3–3:45 pm

Dave Barry and Scott Turow in Conversation

Dave Barry and Scott Turow

Literary Voices

Danzy Senna and Colson Whitehead

Comfort Food

Tom Parker Bowles

The National Museum of African American History and Culture

Richard Kurin


4–4:45 pm

The Candidate

Susan Eisenhower, Tim Miller and Karl Rove

Prison Sentences

Shaka Senghor

Inside the Beltway

Amie Parnes


Friday, January 26, 2018


8:30–9:15 am

Reflected Glory

Sally Bedell Smith

When in Rome

Adrian Goldsworthy

Preserving the People’s House

Stewart McLaurin


9:30–10:15 am

Two’s Company

Suzanne Somers

Spy vs. Spy

Ben McIntyre

A Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert, and the Death That Changed the British Monarchy

Dr. Helen Rappaport


10:30–11:15 am

Leading Lady

Sherry Lansing

Saving Cultural Heritage Today

Richard Kurin

History and Biography

Margaret MacMillan and Sally Bedell Smith


2017 RANCHO MIRAGE WRITERS FESTIVAL VIDEOS


SATURDAY: RANCHO MIRAGE LIBRARY AND OBSERVATORY

Ronald Reagan: A Rendezvous with Destiny

PANEL: Douglas Brinkley, H.W. Brands and Richard Reeves

The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

Pico Iyer

Women and Fiction

PANEL: Geraldine Brooks, Karen Joy Fowler and Lauren Groff

Eat, Fast and Live Longer

Dr. Valter Longo

Never Give Up. Never Quit.

Travis Mills

A Crack in the Edge of the World and Pacific

Simon Winchester

Remembering the White House

David Hume Kennerly and Susan Ford Bales

President Kennedy: Profile of Power

Richard Reeves

City on Fire and A Good Month for Murder

SHORT TALKS: Garth Risk Hallberg and Del Quentin Wilber

Our #1 Enemy: China?

PANEL: Colonel Jack Jacobs, Evan Osnos and Bret Stephens

Where it Hurts

Reed Farrel Coleman

The Next 40 Years

PANEL: Matthias Hollwich, Dr. Valter Longo and Dr. Gary Small

Andrew Jackson

H.W. Brands

All-American Poem and Green Migraine

SHORT TALKS: Matthew Dickman and Michael Dickman

SUNDAY: RANCHO MIRAGE LIBRARY AND OBSERVATORY

Richard M. Nixon

PANEL: Douglas Brinkley, Richard Reeves, Evan Thomas and Tim Weiner

The Origins of Islam

Tom Holland

Jewish Humor

PANEL: Shalom Auslander and Annabelle Gurwitch

The Civil War

PANEL: Jeff Shaara and Robert Hicks

I like Ike

PANEL: Susan Eisenhower and Evan Thomas

The Roosevelts

H.W. Brands

Travel Stories

PANEL: Pico Iyer and Simon Winchester

Caesars and Whores: The Politics of Gossip in Imperial Rome

Tom Holland

Summit @ Sunnylands

PANEL: Geoff Cowan, David Hume Kennerly, Janice Lyle and Elizabeth Sorensen

Ulysses S. Grant: The Man Who Saved the Union

H.W. Brands

Presidential Pedigree

PANEL: Susan Ford Bales, Clifton Truman Daniel, Susan Eisenhower and Theodore Roosevelt IV

If the United Nations Had a House Band It Would Be Pink Martini

Thomas Lauderdale

Thomas Jefferson & Monticello

Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessey

Vietnam: 40 Years Later

PANEL: Colonel Jack Jacobs and Fredrik Logevall

Photographing Presidents

David Hume Kennerly

EVENING SESSIONS AT THE OMNI RANCHO LAS PALMAS

Bret Stephens

The United States and the World: The Next 20 Years

The Next Four Years

PANEL: Hon. Barbara Boxer, H.W. Brands, Douglas Brinkley, Geoff Cowan, Hon. Gray Davis, Richard Reeves and Evan Thomas

Robert Wagner in Conversation with George Schlatter

I Loved Her in the Movies

Dave Barry

Best. State. Ever.