Letters and Politics – February 19, 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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In the first part of today’s show, Mitch Jeserich talks with Patrick Blanchfield about the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, the same gun that was used to kill every 17 people yesterday at a Florida high-school. Follow Patrick Blanchfield on Twitter at @PatBlanchfield. Then, we are in conversation with Christine Hong about what the winter Olympics mean diplomatically for North Korea, … Continued


Today, Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with Sunaina Maira, Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Davis, and author of the book Boycott!: The Academy and Justice for Palestine. She explains the whys and the wherefores of the boycott movement against Israel, and other historic boycotts as the one against South Africa and the one … Continued


On today’s show, we are in conversation with Bart D. Ehrman, renowned religious scholar and author of the book The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World, about the spread of Christianity throughout the Western world.  He relates the history of how the Roman Empire went from being a polytheistic pagan society, that now and … Continued


On today’s show, host Mitch Jeserich is in conversation with Loch K. Johnson about the history of US intelligence agencies and America’s struggle to balance liberty and security.  Professor Johnson is one of America’s leading experts on the nation’s intelligence organizations. He is the Regent Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia and served … Continued


During the State of the Union address, last night, President Donald Trump talked about the success of the economy. On today’s show, we are in conversation about the dynamics of employment and government policies with labor economist Sylvia Allegretto, co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California, Berkeley. And, then, in … Continued


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