A look at burning political issues and debates and their historical context within the US and worldwide, hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
Letters and Politics
10:00 AM Pacific Time: Monday-Thursday
Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
On today’s show host Mitch Jeserich interviews Charles Forsdick and Christian Høgsbjerg the authors of Toussaint Louverture; A Black Jacobin in the Age of Revolutions. Extract of the summary: “Heroic leader of the only successful slave revolt in history, Louverture is one of the greatest anti-imperialist fighters who ever lived. Born into slavery on a Caribbean … Continued
On today’s show host Mitch Jeserich interviews Alec Ryrie about the Protestants as a group you cannot avoid if you want to understand the world today. Alec Ryrie is Professor of the History of Christianity at Durham University and a licensed minister in his local church. An expert on the Reformation in England and Scotland, … Continued
On today’s show host Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with Lyndal Roper about Martin Luther the monk who changed Christianity in 1517. Lyndal Roper is the first woman to hold the prestigious Regius Chair at Oxford University. She is one of the most respected scholars of early modern history on both sides of the Atlantic. She … Continued
On today’s show host Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with Christopher de Bellaigue over the topic of the Islamic Enlightenment. Christopher de Bellaigue has worked as a journalist in south Asia and the Middle East, writing for the Economist, the Guardian, and the New York Review of Books. He is the award-winning author of four … Continued
On today’s show host Mitch Jeserich interviews David Brown author of an intellectual biography of Richard Hofstadter. They talk anti-intellectualism and populism in the US. Then, he is in conversation with Andrew Ervin about his last book: Bit by Bit: How Video Games Transformed our World.
Today Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with Elisabeth Rosenthal about her book An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take it Back. Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal was for twenty-two years a reporter, correspondent, and senior writer at The New York Times before becoming the editor in chief of Kaiser Health News, an independent journalism newsroom focusing on health … Continued
On today’s show host Mitch Jeserich interviews Brian Carso. Brian Carso, is both a lawyer and a historian. He is Associate Professor of History and Government at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania. And the author of the book “Whom Can We Trust Now?: The Meaning of Treason in the United States, from the Revolution through the Civil War”. … Continued
On today’s show host Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with Professor Laurel Lucia about the Republican Healthcare Bill. Professor Lucia is director of the Health Care Program at the Center for Labor Research and Education at UC Berkeley. Then, Micth interviews Levi Laub who translated into English Maurice Rajsfus’s book The Vel d’Hiv Raid. Today is the … Continued
On today’s show Mitch Jeserich interviews Ryan Grim about what’s going on in Washington. Ryan Grim is The Intercept D.C. bureau chief. He is also a contributor to the Young Turks Network and author of the book This is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America. Then, he is in … Continued
On today’s show host Mitch Jeserich interviews Stephen Spaulding from the organization Common Cause, about the legal issues around the Russian Investigation. Stephen Spaulding is the Chief of Strategy and External Affairs for Common Cause. Then, he is in conversation with Kim Phillips-Fein about her book Fear City; New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the … Continued