Letters and Politics – October 22, 2018

Letters and Politics

A look at burning political issues and debates and their historical context within the US and worldwide, hosted by Mitch Jeserich.

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A conversation with Professor of History Arthur Eckstein about how democracies and republics fell apart into chaos or despotism in the ancient western world. A history that recounts the current state of the rise of  despotic demagogy in the White House. Guest:  Arthur Eckstein is Distinguished Scholar at the University of Maryland, College Park. He specializes in the history of … Continued

A conversation with Matthew D. Hockenos about the controversial German pastor Martin Niemöller’s evolution from a Nazi supporter to a determined opponent of Hitler. Niemöller is well remembered for his quotation: First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and … Continued

A conversation with Hakam Takash about the closing of the Palestinian mission in Washington D.C. by the Trump Administration.  The reason Trump said he ordered the closing, is because Palestine had not done enough for peace negotiations with Israel. Guest: Hakam Takash, was a top diplomat for the Palestinian Consular’s affairs office. Then, we talk … Continued

This week the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report that we are set to see significant changes caused by the earth warming in the next two decades. We discussed the report with professor Kristie L. Ebi co-author of the report. Guest: Kristie L. Ebi is professor of Public Health Sciences and Director of the … Continued

A conversation about the use and abuse of social media and how it affects our democratic principles with author Siva Vaidhyanathan. Guest: Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor of Media Studies and the Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. He is the author of many books on technology, law, and society, including his … Continued

Fascist politics are running rampant in America today and spreading around the world.  Yale professor Jason Stanley talks about the ten pillars of fascist politics, and the history of how it rises. Guest: Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. He is the author of several books including his latest How Fascism … Continued

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