From John J. Miller: For more than seven years, I’ve hosted an author-interview podcast at National Review Online–and starting right now, we’re jointly producing it with Ricochet.

Stalin Rechristened as “The Bookmonger” (and formerly called “Between the Covers”), the podcast features 10-minute conversations with the writers of today’s best books on current events, politics, history, and more.

First up with Ricochet: A chat with Stephen Kotkin, author of Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928We discuss how the son of a shoemaker and washerwoman could become one of history’s great monsters, plus how American historians extract information from Russian sources.

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  1. MLH Inactive
    MLH
    @MLH

    This is good news!

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  2. Casey Inactive
    Casey
    @Casey

    Fantastic.  Fantastic.  A fantastic idea.

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  3. user_136364 Inactive
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    @Damocles

    Woo hoo!  It shows up in the member super feed, and the sound quality is excellent.  As always, an interesting interview!

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  4. user_385039 Inactive
    user_385039
    @donaldtodd

    It seems that often enough people in power are afraid of losing it.  They surround themselves with trusted aids and body guards, and rid themselves of anyone deemed to be disloyal.  This may be minimal such as the replacement of political appointees when administrations change; or it may be a bullet to the brain.

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  5. Vectorman Inactive
    Vectorman
    @Vectorman

    Damocles:Woo hoo! It shows up in the member super feed, and the sound quality is excellent. As always, an interesting interview!

    Agree on the sound quality.  The previous podcasts (a few years ago) at NRO made John sound like a 60 year old chain smoker.

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  6. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    anonymous:This is wonderful news! Ever since National Review eliminated the RSS feed for Between the Covers the only way to get it was via iTunes, which was just too painful. It’s great to have it now on the Ricochet super feed with much improved audio quality.

    We were going to call the show Read More Button, but that just seemed to me to unnecessarily tempt fate.

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  7. Gloating Inactive
    Gloating
    @Gloating

    This place just keeps getting better and better! I’ve been listing to “Between the Covers” podcast for years now and the audio quality was irritating. Glad that’s been solved. Welcome to Ricochet John Miller!

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  8. Pugshot Member
    Pugshot
    @Pugshot

    This is really a great decision – I’ve enjoyed John Miller’s author interviews, but it’ll be much better having them available on Ricochet! Kudos to the suits!!

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  9. Belt Inactive
    Belt
    @Belt

    I actually stopped listening to the BTC podcasts because of the sound quality.  Looking forward to getting back into them again…

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  10. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    We will have iTunes and Stitcher links shortly. In the meantime, you can subscribe to this show using this feed: http://ricochet.com/series/bookmonger-john-miller/feed/

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  11. Snirtler Inactive
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    @Snirtler

    Belt:I actually stopped listening to the BTC podcasts because of the sound quality. Looking forward to getting back into them again…

    Likewise.

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  12. user_615140 Inactive
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    @StephenHall

    A very good addition to Ricochet.

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  13. profdlp Inactive
    profdlp
    @profdlp

    Looking forward to these – thanks!

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  14. Fredösphere Inactive
    Fredösphere
    @Fredosphere

    Like the other commenters, I’m thrilled to see this podcast join the fold. This book is a great choice for the inaugural podcast. I’ve read a few dozen pages so far and it’s spellbinding. We still understand Stalin so little, and I can’t help suspect it’s partly because of the left-leanings of historians who tend not to look too critically at the Trotskyite view that Stalin hijacked and betrayed the Revolution, full stop.

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  15. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    This show is now on iTunes here (it was just approved a few minutes ago, so may take a couple of hours for it to show up everywhere).

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  16. John Miller Contributor
    John Miller
    @JohnMiller

    Thanks (belatedly) for the welcome. These recordings are so much better, thanks to Ricochet. We’ve just posted out tenth in the series. For the full list, go here.

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