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.
On today’s episode, we talk to Steve Early about the state of labor labor and what to expect during the Trump administration. Steve Early is a labor journalist, author, organizer, and union representative for over forty years. His most recent book is Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of An American City. About Refinery Town … Continued
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
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
On today’s show, we’ll honor Dr. Martin Luther King by replaying two interviews about his radical legacy, along with a recently discovered speech that he gave in London in 1964. The interviews are with Clayborne Carson (professor of history at Stanford University and director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute), and … Continued
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
On today’s show we listen excerpts of Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing with Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild and criminal defense attorney. Her latest book is Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral and Geopolitical Issues” will be release in March of this year. Source: … Continued
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
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
Today we are in conversation with British author and journalist Gordon Corera on the history and future of cyber warfare and espionage. Corera is a Security Correspondent with the BBC news and specializes in computer technology. He is the author of the book “Cyberspies: The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage.”