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.
Today, Mitch Jeserich talks about Guantanamo Bay with Peter Jan Honigsberg, a professor at the university of San Francisco School of Law, founder and director of Witness to Guantanamo. His latest book is called A Place Outside the Law: Forgotten Voices from Guantanamo. KPFA Event with PETER JAN HONIGSBERG A Place Outside the Law: … Continued
Guest: Gerald Nicosia, journalist, and author of several books including Memory Babe and his latest Kerouac: The Last Quarter Century.
Today, Mitch Jeserich talks to Historian Jeremy D. Popkin about the dynamics around the French Revolution, such as the role that women played in it and its connection to the Haitian Revolution. Jeremy D. Popkin holds the William T. Bryan Chair of History at the University of Kentucky, he is the author of a number … Continued
Today, Mitch Jeserich talks to Andrew J. Bacevich about presidential power and war. Andrew Bacevich is a retired army colonel, and now a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University and chairman of the Quincy Institute for Intelligent Statecraft. He is the author of a number of books, his latest is called … Continued
The House of Representatives is considering limiting president Trump’s presidential powers in the Iran conflict. For analysis, we talk to professors Marjorie Cohn and Karen Greenberg. Guest: Marjorie Cohn is Professor Emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California. A former president of the National Lawyers Guild. Author of Drones and Targeted Killing: … Continued
Guests: Gerald Horne is an historian, and author of a numbers of books, he holds the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston. Conn Hallinan is a military analyst and a columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus. Raed Jarrar is an Iraqi political analyst and … Continued
Today, a conversation with Louis Fisher on the 1973 War Powers Act, designed to limit the U.S. president’s ability to initiate or escalate military actions abroad. Louis Fisher is a scholar at The Constitution Project. Then, Mitch Jeserich talks to arms specialist William Hartung about the economics and who makes money during a war. He … Continued
Today, Host Mitch Jeserich talks to Middle East expert Juan Cole, about how the assassination of Soleimani will affect the US dynamic in the region. Juan Cole is the founder and chief editor of Informed Comment. He is Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History at the University of Michigan and an adjunct professor, Gulf Studies Center, … Continued
A conversation with Lisa Duggan on how twenty century writer Ayn Rand, who wrote such books as Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, has on politics today. Guest: Lisa Duggan is a journalist, historian, activist and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. She is a journalist, historian, activist and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York … Continued
Guest: Lewis Dartnell, Professor of Science Communication at the University of Westminster and author of Origins: How Earth’s History Shaped Human History.