Letters and Politics – September 20, 2017

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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On today’s show host Mitch Jeserich interviews author and activist Paul Hawken about his book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, which offers one hundred various solutions to pull carbon out of the air. This book is the work of an international coalition of researchers, professionals, and scientists, in order to see global … Continued


Today we are in conversation with Harvey Sachs, author of Toscanini: Musician of Conscience, a new biography of the renowned conductor whose genius flowed over into both his professional career and personal life, through his meaningful musical interpretations and inspiring political conscience. Throughout his sixty-eight-year career, Toscanini not only transformed orchestral performance, but notably reacted strongly … Continued


Mitch Jeserich talks to Robert Paxton, about the history of fascism and why it is relevant in contemporary America. Paxton is a political scientist and historian specializing in the World War II era. He is professor emeritus at Columbia University. The Anatomy of Fascism will have a lasting impact on our understanding of modern European history, just as Paxton’s … Continued


On today’s show host Mitch Jeserich interviews archaeologist and Marxist historian Neil Faulkner about his new book A People’s History of the Russian Revolution, which looks at the dynamics of the infamous mass movement that overthrew the Russian Czar in 1917. A century after this defining moment, we clarify its legacy and look back to evaluate its potential … Continued


Today we’re in conversation with Angela Nagle to talk about the roots and the rise of the far-fetched subcultures dominating the internet culture wars. Angela Nagle is an expert on the online culture wars, anti-feminist online, and the alt-right. Angela Nagle’s work has appeared in the Baffler, Jacobin, Current Affairs, the Irish Times and many … Continued


Today the Trump Administration announced the end of the Obama-era program that protects from deportation undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. To address this issue we are in conversation with guest: Cathi Tactaquin, Executive Director and a co-founder of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Then we talk to Professor Ronald L. Feinman about … Continued


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