The theme is idealists who unify rather than divide. We start with Larry Itliong, who organized Filipino farm workers in California’s Central Valley and joined with Cesar Chavez to win grape grower recognition in the mid-1960s; the Big Interview is with Brad Hart, the idealistic and nonpartisan mayor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa whose optimism and cheerleading buoys a city of 132,000; and in Block C, I talk about one of the few times I agreed to give a partisan speech, only to learn that I’d be the last on a long list of speakers on a day of cold, wind and rain and dwindling crowd. Lesson learned!