Letters and Politics – January 27, 2021

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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Guest: Steven S. Smith is the Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Science and Director of the Weidenbaum Center at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and books, including Politics Over Process and The Senate Syndrome: The Evolution of Procedural Warfare in the Modern U.S. Senate and The Party Influence … Continued


Part 1 – The Immigration Crisis in Central America and the Migrant Caravans Seeking Refuge Guest: Arturo J. Viscarra is staff attorney for CHIRLA’s International Programs. Part 2 – The Immigration Policies Under the New Biden Administration Guest: Catherine Tactaquin is an immigration policy expert and co-founder of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. … Continued


I – The Biden Administration’s Economic Recovery Act. Guest: Robert Pollin is Distinguished Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is author of several books, his latest co-author with Noam Chomsky is Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal: The Political Economy of … Continued


Guest: Manisha Sinha is the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut and a leading authority on the history of slavery and abolition and the Civil War and Reconstruction.  She is the author of several books including The Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South Carolina … Continued


Part I: The Case for Impeaching Trump for a Second Time  Guest: Frank O. Bowman III is University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Professor and Floyd R. Gibson Missouri Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Missouri School of Law, as well as Dean’s Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center.  He is the author of the book High Crimes and … Continued


Part I: Articles of Impeachment and 25th Amendment to hold Trump Accountable  Guest: Hadar Aviram is Thomas Miller Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. She is the author of Yesterday’s Monsters: The Manson Family Cases and the Illusion of Parole will be out this month. Part II: Role … Continued