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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.
We have a special conversation with Violet Moller on the ancient world. Today, together we take a look at the Caliphates of the eighth, ninth, and tenth centuries in Baghdad and Cordoba. Guest: Violet Moller is a historian and writer who specializes in intellectual history. She is the author of the book The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History … Continued
A conversation with Mike Duncan about his book The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic. He explains how the accumulation of inequalities, social prejudice and corruption led the Roman Republic to its fall. Mike Duncan is one of the foremost history podcasters in the world. His award winning series The History of Rome chronologically … Continued
Today we talk to lawyer and political leader Elizabeth Holtzman. She served on the House Judiciary Committee charged with investigating the Watergate scandal and prepared articles of impeachment that precipitated the resignation of President Nixon. Her latest book is The Case For Impeaching Trump.
With James Q. Whitman, Professor of Comparative and Foreign Law at Yale Law School. His books include Harsh Justice, The Origins of Reasonable Doubt, The Verdict of Battle, and his latest, Hitler’s American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law.
Today Mitch Jeserich talks to Robert K. Sutton about Bleeding Kansas, when anti-slavery and pro slavery militias fought out a war in the territory that would became Kansas in the decades before the Civil War. Robert K. Sutton is the author of the book Stark Mad Abolitionists: Lawrence, Kansas, and the Battle over Slavery in … Continued
A conversation on the history of management and accounting, and their connection to slavery with Caitlin C. Rosenthal. She is assistant professor of History at UC Berkeley and author of the book Accounting for Slavery: Masters and Management.
A conversation with War Correspondent James Verini. He arrived in Iraq in the summer of 2016 to write about life in the Islamic State, and stayed to cover the battle of Mosul and the fall of the last physical stronghold for ISIS. He is a contributing writer to NY times Magazine as well as National … Continued