This Is the Author S7 E14 Image of Jeremy W. Peters, Meghan O'Rourke, Kate Robinson
On the Podcast: Jeremy W. Peters, Meghan O’Rourke, and Kate Robinson

In this episode, meet New York Times journalist Jeremy W. Peters, author of Insurgency, writer and editor Meghan O’Rourke, author of The Invisible Kingdom, and education consultant Kate Robinson, co-author of Imagine If…. Listen in to hear Jeremy Peters on unearthing the early seeds of Trumpism, Meghan O’Rourke on living with an invisible chronic illness, and Kate Robinson on completing the book started with her late father, Sir Ken Robinson.

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An epic narrative chronicling the fracturing of the Republican Party, Jeremy Peters’s Insurgency is the story of a party establishment that believed it could control the dark energy it helped foment—right up until it suddenly couldn’t. How, Peters asks, did conservative values that Republicans claimed to cherish, like small government, fiscal responsibility, and morality in public service, get completely eroded as an unshakable faith in Donald Trump grew to define the party?

A silent epidemic of chronic illnesses afflicts tens of millions of Americans: these are diseases that are poorly understood, frequently marginalized, and can go undiagnosed and unrecognized altogether. In The Invisible Kingdom, renowned writer Meghan O’Rourke delivers a revelatory investigation into this elusive category of “invisible” illness that encompasses autoimmune diseases, post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, and now long COVID, synthesizing the personal and the universal to help all of us through this new frontier.

In his final years, Sir Ken was working on a book that would serve as his manifesto, both as an overview of the arguments that he dedicated his life to, and as a pivotal piece of literature for the education revolution he began. When Sir Ken received his cancer prognosis in August 2020, he asked his daughter and collaborator, Kate Robinson, to finish writing this manifesto and continue his work. At its core, Imagine If… is a love letter to human potential—a celebration of what we as a species are capable of doing, and of being, if we create the right conditions.

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