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.
A conversation on the history of the Russian revolution with historian Neil Faulkner. Seeking to rescue the democratic essence of the revolution from its detractors and deniers, Faulkner laced with first-hand testimony this history. Guest: Neil Faulkner is a historian and archaeologist and the author of numerous books, including A Radical History of the World and most recently, A … Continued
A conversation on the modern history of the U.S.-Russian relations. Is the U.S. in a new Cold War with Russia? And if we are, how dangerous this can be? What’s the actual role of Vladimir Putin, and the 2014 Ukrainian crisis to Donald Trump’s election and today’s unprecedented Russiagate allegations. Guest: Stephen F. Cohen is Professor … Continued
A conversation on the historic Bread and Roses strike in 1912 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. It was a strike led by immigrant female textile workers and organized by the Wobblies. Guest: Steve Early is a lawyer, organizer, union representative, a longtime labor journalist. He is the author of Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress, The Civil … Continued
We are joined by two experts on the New Deal for a conversation about the history of the depression era and the set of policies put in motion by . A history that can inform us of the ideas behind the Green New Deal. Guest: Gray Brechin is the founder and Project Scholar of the Living New … Continued
Today as self describe socialist Bernie Sanders announced that he will seek the white house once again we are in conversation of the history of socialism in United States. Guest: Richard D. Wolff is Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Graduate Program in International Affairs of the … Continued
A conversation on the history of Mike Pence and his role in the current administration with guest Michael D’Antonio. He is a long time journalist and the author of numerous books, including the acclaimed The Truth About Trump, and his latest The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence.
A conversation on antisemitism, it’s history and the most recent controversy concerning Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), one of the two Muslim women to have serve in Congress. Last week in a series of tweets suggested that AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee) use money in order to influence U.S. policy to defend Israel. Representative … Continued
Before the Civil War, colonization schemes and black laws threatened to deport former slaves born in the United States. We talk to Martha S. Jones about how African American remade national belonging through battles in legislatures, conventions, and courthouses and reclaim their right to citizenship. Guest: Martha S. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor … Continued
At the pinnacle of the Gilded Age, a boycott of Pullman sleeping cars by hundreds of thousands of railroad employees brought commerce to a standstill across much of the country. Famine threatened, riots broke out along the rail lines. Soon the U.S. Army was on the march and gunfire rang from the streets of major … Continued