Letters and Politics – June 3, 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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President Trump has threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 to use military forces in order to quell civil disturbances. To learn about the legality and use of this Insurrection Act we talk to Constitutional lawyer and Presidential powers specialist Neil Kinkopf. Guest: Neil Kinkopf is Professor of Law at the Georgia State University … Continued


Guest: Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, Executive Director of the African American Policy Forum, and host of the series Under The Blacklight: The Intersectional Failures that COVID Lays Bare.  Professor Crenshaw is a leading authority on Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and Critical Race Theory. She is known … Continued


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 latest books is Understanding Socialism. Richard Wolff is the founder of the non-profit: Democracy at Work. He’s also the host of the TV and Radio show Economic Update that … Continued


Today we talk about how history can also teach us about the causes of the COVID-19 pandemic and its possible consequences. Guest: Kyle Harper is professor of classics and letters and senior vice president and provost at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of … Continued


Guest: Bart D. Ehrman is a Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Ehrman is a leading authority on the New Testament and the history of early Christianity, and the author of several books, including Misquoting Jesus, How Jesus Became God, The Triumph of Christianity, and his latest Heaven and Hell: A History of the … Continued


Guest: Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, West Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Balkans.  He is host of the Emmy Award–winning RT America show On Contact. Chris Hedges is the author of several bestseller books such as American Fascists, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. His latest … Continued


Guest: Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian and journalist. He is the author of thirty books, including Washington Bullets, Red Star Over the Third World, The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South.  He is the Executive Director of Tricontinental: Institute for … Continued


Guest: Nobel Prize winning Economist, Joseph Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University, and chief economist of the Roosevelt Institute. He is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and is a former member and chairman of the (US president’s) Council of Economic Advisers. His most recent book is People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for … Continued