Letters and Politics – January 23, 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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Steve Mnuchin Confirmation Hearing. Then A History of Finances

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On today’s show, we talk about Steven Mnuchin’s upcoming hearing for Treasury Secretary with David Dayen (journalist and author of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud). Then we are in conversation with Jane Gleeson-White, author of Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance. Gleeson-White is an economist with … Continued


Repealing the Affordable Care Act

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On today’s show, we discuss the implications of repealing the Affordable Care Act with William H. Dow (Kaiser Permanente Professor of Health Economics at the University of California, research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and previous senior economist for health at the White House Council of Economic Advisers).   Source: Wikimedia.commons


Nancy Marie Brown

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On today’s show, Mitch Jeserich interviews Nancy Marie Brown, the author of many books about Iceland and Vikings. Her most recent book is Ivory Vikings: The Mystery of the Most Famous Chessmen in the World and the Woman Who Made Them.  About Ivory Vikings: In the early 1800s, on a Hebridean beach in Scotland, the sea exposed an … Continued


Trump more paranoid and dangerours than Nixon?

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Richard Nixon conducted a number of acts against his enemies ranging from an assasination attempt agains a journalist and having the IRS go after anti-war activists. We talk about these incidents and the relevance that they may have for us today with historian, journalist and author Rick Perlstein. Perlstein is the author of “Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater … Continued


First Senate Hearing on Russian Hacking and US Cybersecurity

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Today we listen excerpts of the first Senate hearing led by strong Russia critic Senator John McCain. Top US spy chiefs testified on allegations of Russian interference in the US election, as President-elect Donald Trump continued to question intelligence that Moscow was behind the hacking of Democratic party computers. For analysis about the hearing we are joined … Continued


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