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.
Guest: Reza Zarghamee is and environmental lawyer and history author. He is the author of acclaimed book Discovering Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World (Iran’s Age of Empire). Feature image: Cyrus the Great, the founder and first king of the Persian Empire on Wikimedia commons
Guest: Emily Wilson is a professor of classical studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the first woman who translated the ancient Greek epic story, The Odyssey by Homer, into the English language.
Guest: Kent H. Dixon is a translator, a writer, and Emeritus Professor of English at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. Translated into English and presented as a graphic novel, this version of The EPIC OF GILGAMESH is a father/son project by scholar and translator Kent H. Dixon and his son, the comix artist Kevin H. Dixon, who … Continued
Guest: James C. Scott is Sterling Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale University. He is the author of the book Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States. Photo credit: Bluemoose – CC BY-SA 3.0, on Wikimedia commons
Guest: Dave Zirin is the sports editor at the Nation and author of the book THE KAEPERNICK EFFECT: Taking a Knee, Changing the World.
Occupy Wall Street’s 10th Anniversary Guest: Arun Gupta is a founding editor of the Indypendent magazine and was a founding editor of the Occupy Wall Street Journal. He wrote the piece Occupy Wall Street Trained a Generation in Class War. He is also a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York and … Continued
Guest: Adam Tooze is a professor of economic history at Columbia University and the author of Crashed, winner of the Lionel Gelber Prize, The Wages of Destruction, and his latest, Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy.
Part I. The Politics of the California Recall Guest: Tim Redmond is a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years now. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian. He is the founder and editor of the independent news and culture website 48hills. Part … Continued
Guest: Matt Taibbi is an award-winning author and investigative reporter. His writings can be found on Substack. He is the author of such book as I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street, about the infamous killing of Eric Garner by the New York City police; the New York Times bestsellers Insane Clown President, The … Continued
Guest: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma in a tenant farming family. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than 4 decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. Dunbar-Ortiz is the winner of the 2017 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize, she is the … Continued