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History of Fraud/Trump Promises

Ralph talks to professor Edward Balleisen about his book Fraud: An American History From Barnum to Madoff and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Hedrick Smith, rejoins us to critique Trump’s promises and tell us how we can “Reclaim the American Dream.”

Edward J Balleisen


Edward J. Balleisen is associate professor of history and public policy and vice provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University.  He is the author of Fraud: An American History From Barnum to Madoff.

Hedrick Smith


Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, has established himself over the past fifty years as one of America’s most distinguished journalists.  He is the author of many books, including, The Power Game  about the inner workings of Washington D.C., and Who Stole the American Dream?, an eye-opening account of how, over the past four decades, we have become two Americas.  His website is

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