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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast number 180 (!!!) for June 20, 2018, it’s the Good Latte edition of the show with your hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg, AI-guy Mike Stopa and, much more important than that, guest the inimitable syndicated columnist, Harvard Professor (check this out!), and author of The Great Revolt, Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics, (with co-author Brad Todd), Salena Zito.

We will talk with Salena about her book, the great heart she shows in her writings, her gig as a Harvard Professor and Trump-supporting thugs on the beach! (and much else).

Totalityville, USA


“You really want to drive that far to see total eclipse? 98 percent isn’t enough?” My husband wanted to go, but I was dubious. I told him, if we went, he’d have to do the planning. I warned him where he wanted to go was already a zoo; that we could expect eclipse traffic; that, with a one-year-old kid, a hike to the kind of perch he had in mind could prove miserable or impossible. Then our kid’s fever came back, not go-straight-to-doctor-do-not-pass-go-do-not-collect-$200 high, but nearing it. Now we really weren’t going, I said. If he still wanted to go, he should plan to make tomorrow’s trip alone.

But I married a manly man, persuasive when he wants to be, and so we all went. I scrambled to pack kiddie fever supplies, and we hit the road with what looked like hours to spare – hours to spare, that is, when summer construction and astronomical portents don’t collide. By midmorning, the navigator (yours truly) had to bust out several maps to figure out where we could stop to view totality en route if traffic continued to gobble up time so greedily. Finally, time constraints narrowed my choice to Totalityville, USA (not its real name), a town about 20 miles from our initial destination. Totalityville is small, but it boasts a large city park and a friendly Park District website. Several blocks away from the park, the Methodist church would be hosting an eclipse fair, the Chamber of Commerce was pleased to announce. Compared to more widely-advertised eclipse destinations, Totalityville sounded like it would be refreshingly … normal. And so it was. It was good luck we didn’t get to where we first thought we were going, because then we would have missed out on Totalityville.