My latest podcast is with Thomas Mallon, author of Finale, a novel of the Reagan years. Mallon is one of my favorite contemporary authors. He’s probably best known for Henry & Clara, a novel about the young couple who attended Ford’s Theater with the Lincolns on that fateful night. My favorite book by Mallon may be Dewey Defeats Truman, which takes place in Owosso, Mich., in 1948. Having said that, I’m about a third of the way into Finale and so far it’s excellent.