Marking the three year anniversary of the beginning of the historic 9 month long protest and standoff at Standing Rock against a construction of a pipeline; today we are joined by historian Nick Estes who was part of the resistance and continues being part of it to continue fighting against the construction of the pipeline. … Continued
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 with Carolyn Forché author of What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance. Carolyn Forché recounts her experiences in El Salvador since the late 1970’s and during the war. Carolyn Forché is a poet, editor, translator, and activist. She is the current director of the Lannan Center for Poetics … Continued
Today we dive into the basis of Medicare for All, its feasibility, and its finances with economist Robert Pollin. Guest: Robert Pollin is Distinguished Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is co-author of a recent report Economic Analysis of Medicare for All.
We are joined by Aaron Maté, he is one of the most prominent journalists that have been pushing back against the notion and allegation about the Trump campaign conspiring and interfering with Russia in the U.S. 2016 election. Maté explains why he was skeptical from the beginning of the idea of the Trump-Russia conspiracy. He … Continued
Today, we dive into what we know about the report that special counsel Robert Mueller has finished and delivered after almost a two-year investigation about a Russian interference allegation in the 2016 US election. According to Attorney General William Barr, the Mueller investigation did not find evidence that president Trump, nor his campaign, conspired or coordinated with … Continued
A conversation with Ojibwe author and anthropologist David Treuer about the alternative narratives he has uncovered on the struggles of his people. Treuer presents a counter narrative to the history we have been told about Native Americans. He points out about native life: “…we are not dead, life is not awful, it’s also not wonderful, it’s … Continued
As Chelsea Manning spends her second week in prison for her refusal to testify to a grand jury for a case that seems to be about Wikileaks Julian Assange over the release of top secret documents back in 2010. These cables were leaked by Chelsea manning when she was in the military. Manning was granted clemency … Continued
A conversation on the transnational white power movement and its history behind the massacre in New Zealand last week with Professor Kathleen Belew. Guest: Kathleen Belew is Professor of History at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America. Her latest piece (Dissent Magazine) can be found … Continued
A conversation on the history and constitutionality of the veto. And Donald Trump using a national emergency declaration in order to achieve a policy outcome of what it may mean for the future. Guest: Michael J. Gerhardt is the scholar-in-residence at the National Constitution Center. He is also the Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law … Continued
A conversation on democracy with writer and filmmaker Astra Taylor author of the new book Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone. Guest: Astra Taylor is the author of The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age (winner of the American Book Award) and made two documentary films, Zizek! and Examined Life. Taylor’s writing has appeared in … Continued