Letters and Politics – May 23, 2019

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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Historians frequently see the late 1900 and earliest century as a period of time that represents the fiercest battle between labor and capital. Today we examine this period to the times of Eugene V. Debs, the perennial socialist candidate who in 1920 ran for president while serving a ten-year jail term for speaking against America’s … Continued


We continue our series of conversations on the history of socialism, this time with Professor and author Gary Dorrien. In this episode, we discuss the American religious tradition of the social gospel and the black social gospel. These traditions would provide the intellectual underpinnings for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Guest: Gary Dorrien is Reinhold … Continued


Today we begin a series of conversations on socialism. We are join by Bhaskar Sunkara who discusses what exactly socialism is, why America needs socialism, and what would a socialist system in the U.S. look like. Guest: Bhaskar Sunkara, founder and editor of the Jacobin Magazine, the most successful American ideological magazine launched in the … Continued


Today we begin our three part series Ancient Rome: From Republic to Empire, in which we explore the nature of the Roman Republic compared and contrasted to our own. We also look at how the Roman Republic evolved into an empire. Guest: Edward J. Watts holds the Alkiviadis Vassiliadis endowed Chair and is professor of history … Continued