RAG RADIO: Bill Minutaglio: ‘Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD’


Thorne Dreyer‘s guest on Rag Radio in a wild ‘n wooly interview is Bill Minutaglio who, with Steven L. Davis, wrote the acclaimed new book, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Timothy Leary, Richard Nixon and the Hunt for the Fugitive King of LSD.

“Based on freshly uncovered primary sources and new firsthand interviews, The Most Dangerous Man in America is an American thriller that takes readers along for the gonzo ride of a lifetime. Spanning twenty-eight months, President Nixon’s careening, global manhunt for Dr. Timothy Leary winds its way among homegrown radicals, European aristocrats, a Black Panther outpost in Algeria, an international arms dealer, hash-smuggling hippies from the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, and secret agents on four continents, culminating in one of the trippiest journeys through the American counterculture.”

Bill Minutaglio, a prize-winning author, journalist, and educator, was a clinical professor at the University of Texas at Austin where he taught narrative writing and investigative journalism. Minutaglio also wrote Dallas 1963 (with Davis) which won Nonfiction Book of the Year from the Writers’ League of Texas and the National Literary Award from Pen Center USA, and Bill’s Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life, which he discussed with us on Rag Radio in December 2009, was also a Book of the Year winner. Bill has written for The New York Times, Esquire, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and many more publications — and has been interviewed by Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Katie Couric, Dan Rather… and, hey, Thorne Dreyer!

Photo above: Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer, and guest Bill Minutaglio at the KOOP studios in Austin, February 2, 2018. Photo by Roger Baker/The Rag Blog.

Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run, solar powered community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. It is streamed live on the Internet at KOOP.org and Radio Free America. The host and producer of Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, is a prominent Austin-based activist and writer who was a pioneer of the ’60s underground press movement. The show’s engineer and co-producer is Tracey Schulz and the staff photographer is Roger Baker. The syndicated show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is later rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., on Houston Pacifica’s KPFT HD-3 90.1, and by KKRN, 88.5-FM in Round Mountain, CA — and as a featured podcast at Veterans Today. Learn more about Rag Radio here.

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