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: 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 in three national administrations and is the author of several books, including The Work of Nations, The Common Good, Saving Capitalism, Super capitalism, and Locked in the Cabinet. His new … Continued
Guest: Richard Walker is professor emeritus of geography at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the founder of the Living New Deal — a research project in Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Walker is the author or co-author of several books including The Capitalist Imperative, The New Social Economy, The Conquest … Continued
Guest: Congressman Ro Khanna represents California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Rep. Khanna sits on the House Budget, Armed Services, and Oversight and Reform committees and is the first vice-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He also serves as an Assistant Whip in the Democratic Caucus Guest: Sylvia Allegretto is … Continued
Guest: Christian McMillen is a Professor of History and Associate Dean at the University of Virginia. He is specialized in the history of diseases and Native Americans. He wrote the book Pandemics: A Very Short Introduction in which he describes history’s major pandemics and discusses state responses to those pandemics.
Dr Molly Crockett is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University and a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. She studies human morality, altruism and decision making. In 2018, she wrote a piece about “Pandemics and the psychology of uncertainty”.
Guest: Richard Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus at University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Visiting Professor at the New School University in New York. His recent work has concentrated on analyzing the causes and alternative solutions to the global economic crisis. His latest books is Understanding Socialism. Richard Wolff is the founder of the … Continued
Guest: Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor, of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University. She is also a Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and the author of several books including Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health. Her most recent is Unsavory Truth: How … Continued
Guest: Professor Linda Bilmes is Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Public Finance at Harvard Kennedy School. She was Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of the US Department of Commerce during the Clinton administration. She has co-authored multiple books, including The Three Trillion Dollar War (with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz). … Continued
Guest: Dr Eric Feigl Ding (@DrEricDing) is an award winning epidemiologist, health economist and nutrition scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also an advocate for public health and health justice. His public policy work focuses on the intersection of epidemiology and behavioral economics, and has influenced many government guidelines. Guest: … Continued
Guest: David A. Hopkins is Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston College who specializes in the study of American political parties, elections, Congress, and voting behavior. He is the author of Red Fighting Blue: How Geography and Electoral Rules Polarize American Politics. Guest: Norman Solomon is a journalist, media critic and progressive activist … Continued