Letters and Politics – January 20, 2020

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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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


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