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: P. E. Moskowitz is a journalist and the author of the book How to Kill a City and his latest The Case Against Free Speech: The First Amendment, Fascism, and the Future of Dissent.
Guest: Dean Baker, Visiting Professor at the University of Utah and Senior Economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Guest: Josh Levin, national editor at Slate and the host of the sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. He is the author of the book The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth.
Ganesh Sitaraman is a long time policy adviser to Senator Elizabeth Warren and professor of law at Vanderbilt University. He is arguing for the creation of more public options even beyond healthcare in order to fill the gaps left by market base solutions. He is the co-author, with Harvard Professor Anne Alstott, of the book The … Continued
Renowned and radical anthropologist David Graeber joins us for a conversation about time and how the concept of time has evolved to be used in order to control people through hourly paid jobs. Now many of those jobs are not even necessary for a functioning society. David Graeber, well known for his role in jump-starting … Continued
Today we dive into what’s known as the Flores Settlement Agreement that governs how the U.S. detains children who come into the country without proper authorization. The Trump administration is proposing major changes that could include indefinite detention of children and denying them education while being detained. We speak to Raquel E. Aldana, Associate Vice … Continued
Alexandra Minna Stern is a historian of the eugenics movement that took root in the United States in the early 1900s and would go on to influence the murderous policies of Nazi Germany. Of late Alexandra Minna Stern has turned her attention to the alt-right movement’s connection to eugenics and its history. She has written … Continued
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of Orwell’s iconic book 1984. Seven decades later this book still influences how we think about politics, power, truth, lies, surveillance, and totalitarianism. It could be argue that this is the most significant book of the Twentieth Century. Today we are in conversation about the history … Continued
A conversation with Lisa Duggan on how twenty century writer Ayn Rand, who wrote such books as Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, has on politics today. Guest: Lisa Duggan is a journalist, historian, activist and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. She is a journalist, historian, activist and Professor of Social … Continued
We talk to journalist Jason Rezaian about his experience during the time he was held hostage in a high-security prison in Tehran for eighteen months accused of spying for America. His release became a part of the Iran nuclear deal. Guest: Jason Rezaian is the author of the book Prisoner: My 544 Days in an … Continued