Letters and Politics – April 30, 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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Mitch Jeserich talks to renowned physicist Michio Kaku for a wide-ranging discussion on science, humanity, the future, and war.  Michio Kaku is a professor of physics at the City University of New York, co-founder of string field theory. He is the host of the radio programs Science Fantastic and Exploration and is the author of several acclaimed science books, including Beyond Einstein, The … Continued


Host Max Pringle, filling in for Mitch Jeserich, talks to David Cay Johnston to explore the legal and ethical issues swirling around the administration. David Cay Johnston teaches at Syracuse University College of Law and is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of Donald Trump. His latest book is It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What … Continued


On the brink of another tragic mass shooting incident that happened over the weekend in Nashville, Tennessee by apparently, a mentally disturbed man who was armed with a military-style AR-15 rifle; host Max Pringle, covering for Mitch Jeserich talks to writer, and journalist Patrick Blanchfield.  He writes about American culture and violence. He is also a faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for … Continued


Today we are in conversation about the civil war in Colombia with guest Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, she is the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. Previously, she held several positions at Human Rights Watch, including as the organization’s senior Americas researcher, covering Colombia and Peru, and as the co-director of its US program. Maria McFarland … Continued


Today we talk to Joshua B. Freeman about factories, their history, how they developed, how they shape capitalism and how they have shaped our world. Joshua B. Freeman is a Distinguished Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate Center of CUNY.  He is the author of several books including American Empire and Working-Class … Continued


We are in conversation with Robert Reich about the changes occurring to the US system with Donald Trump, and how administrations before him, including Democratic ones, helped pave the way for these changes. Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served … Continued


For an analysis of the US attack against Syria, Mitch Jesereich is in conversation with Reese Erlich and Conn Hallinan. Reese Erlich is an award-winning journalist and the author of several books on foreign policy, his latest book is Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect. Conn Hallinan is a columnist for Foreign Policy … Continued


To talk about the history of the US-Russia relations and the current state of affairs between the two countries over Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons, host Mitch Jeserich talks to two prominent historians. Guest: Anthony D’Agostino is a professor of History at San Francisco State University and an expert on the history of Russia; he is … Continued


We are in conversation with Daniel Ziblatt about demagoguery and democracy. Daniel Ziblatt is co-author of the book with Steven Levitsky How Democracies Die which addresses the question Is our democracy in danger? Daniel  Ziblatt is a professor of Government at Harvard University, his research addresses comparative politics, with focus on democratization, state-building, historical political economy, and European politics.  


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