A look at burning political issues and debates and their historical context within the US and worldwide, hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
Letters and Politics
10:00 AM Pacific Time: Monday-Thursday
Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
Guest: Timothy Brennan is the author of several books, including At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now; Borrowed Light: Vico, Hegel, and the Colonies; and Salman Rushdie and the Third World: Myths of the Nation, and his latest, Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said. Professor Brennan teaches in the humanities at the University of Minnesota.
Guest: Richard A. Walker is professor emeritus of geography at U.C. Berkeley. He created the pamphlet A Guide to the Art and Public Works of the New Deal: Washington DC. Find more at livingnewdeal.org
Part I – Reflecting on Biden’s First 100 Days Guest: David Dayen is the executive editor of The American Prospect. He currently is authoring the Prospect Magazine special series First 100: An In-Depth Look at President Biden and the New Administration. David Dayen is the author of Monopolized: Life in an Age of Corporate Power and Chain of Title, winner of the Ida … Continued
Part I – The Derek Chauvin Trial, Racism & The Law Guest: Justin Hansford is a Howard University School of Law Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. Professor Hansford is a leading scholar and activist in the areas of critical race theory, human rights, and law and social … Continued
Guest: Michio Kaku is a professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York, co-founder of string field theory, and the author of several widely acclaimed science books, including Beyond Einstein, The Future of Humanity, The Future of the Mind, Hyperspace, Physics of the Future, Physics of the Impossible, and his latest, The God Equation: The Quest … Continued
Guest: Hilary Holladay is a biographer, novelist, poet, and scholar of modern and contemporary American literature. She is a former director of the Jack and Stella Kerouac Center for American Studies and professor of English at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. Holladay is the author of several books, her most recent is The Power of Adrienne … Continued
Guest: Greg Grandin is professor of history at Yale University. He won the Pulitzer Prize in Non-Fiction in 2020 for his book The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America. He has also republished his book from 2006 Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and … Continued
Guest: Robert Elder, professor of history at Baylor University. Author of the book Calhoun: American Heretic.
Part I – Border Outsourcing, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism Guest: Harsha Walia is the award-winning author of Undoing Border Imperialism (2013). Trained in the law, she is a community organizer and campaigner in migrant justice, anti-capitalist, feminist, and anti-imperialist movements, including No One Is Illegal and Women’s Memorial March Committee. Her latest book is … Continued
Guest: Dorothy Wickenden is the author of Nothing Daunted and The Agitators, and has been the executive editor of The New Yorker since January 1996. She also writes for the magazine and is the moderator of its weekly podcast The Political Scene.