Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says of Abraham Lincoln, "It's rare that a good person becomes a great leader - he was both."
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Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin says of Abraham Lincoln, "It's rare that a good person becomes a great leader - he was both."
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How good people become great leaders

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A presidential historian reminds us that the country has passed through rocky times before.

On today's show:

Doris Kearns Goodwin, September 26th 2018

Like an airplane, the United States has arguably hit a patch of rough air. Partisan infighting, a divisive president, fights with our allies, and turmoil in our economic policy. Presidential biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin would like to remind us that we’ve been here before. Her new book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, looks at how four past presidents steered the country in troubled times.

Licton Springs Tiny Homes, September 26th 2018

When it opened, the Licton Springs Tiny House Village was billed as one necessary prong in the city’s fight against homelessness. Licton Springs is what’s known as low-barrier housing, where there’s no prohibition on legal or illicit drug use. Its permit is expiring in March, and the city’s announced it has no plans to renew it. Charlie Johnson is with the Seattle Housing and Resource Effort; Josh Castle is with the Low Income Housing Institute. They joined us to explain the city’s decision and next steps.

Elizabeth Slattery on Brett Kavanaugh, September 26th 2018

A third woman has now come forward to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of more serious sexual misconduct. Kavanaugh calls the accusations “something out of the Twilight Zone,” and some women agree. Elizabeth Slattery is a legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and has come out in support of the nominee.