At the end of each weekly episode, I have invited listeners to join me “next week for another edition of the LR show.” I am not doing that today because today’s show is my last. After 8 years, the curtain is coming down on our weekly broadcast. Over those 8 years I have been privileged to interview fascinating people of all stripes – Watergate figure John Dean, Congressional scholars Norm Ornstein and Tom Mann, convicted Washington insider Jack Abrams, singer Janice Ian, political writers like Thomas Frank, Marcy Wheeler, and Kevin Phillips, White House speech writer Katie Noonan, broadcasters like Ira Glass, Nick Spitzer, Howard Fineman, and Richard Wolffe, mayors, state officials, members of Congress, and those crazy boys from the Mackinac Center. While I am grateful to each and every one of those guests, I do want to recognize a special group of folks who were “friends” to the show. These individuals were on the show often, were ready at the drop of a hat, and always enriched the discussion.
Thank yous are in order for Michael Homel, Barry Pyle, Juan Cole, Larry Kestenbaum, Kary Moss, Michael Steinberg, Elizabeth Wydra, Peter Fletcher, Tom Weider, Marcy Wheeler, Mansour Moaddel and Bob Sedlar.
I also want to thank WEMU for hosting the show - first under Art Timko and now under Molly Motherwell – but I am most grateful for the expertise, guidance, hard work – and most of all - friendship of Clark Smith. As the producer of the show, he did the work and I got the credit. Clark, its been an honor.
While I am ending this show, I will turn up periodically to do political analysis and commentary. So it’s good-bye from the Lynn Rivers Show – I hope it was “radio that makes you think.”