As a standoff between Congress and the White House potentially brings upon a constitutional crisis in this country we talk to political scientist Thomas E. Mann. Guest: Thomas E. Mann is Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and Resident Scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. He is the … 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.
Another mass shooting at a place of worship occurred this weekend. This time in Poway, California, just twenty miles north of San Diego at a local synagogue. Today we are in conversation about the ideology behind the transnational groups that these killers are claiming to, who are they? Guest: Kathleen Belew is Professor of History at the … Continued
We are in conversation with historian Michael Joseph Roberto about the history of fascism in the United States during the New Deal era and its connection to corporate America. Guest: Michael Joseph Roberto retired professor of history at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the largest historically black educational institution in the United States. … Continued
When Franklin Roosevelt defeated Herbert Hoover in the 1932 election, they represented not only different political parties but vastly different approaches to the question of the day: How could the nation recover from the Great Depression? Professor Eric Rauchway join us to talk about the months before the hundred days, FDR and Hoover battled over … Continued
We are in conversation with Chris McGreal about the history of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. We discuss the careless over-prescription of opioids that has lead to addiction, heroin use and overdose in a context where illegal drug cartels have brutally exploited the situation. McGreal argues that the opioid epidemic was born of congressional … Continued
On Earth Day, we bring a conversation with acclaimed journalist and former war correspondent Dahr Jamail who has traveled the world for the past few years to cover the effects of climate change. He is author of the book The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption.
Pacifica’s KPFA Host Philip Maldari is in conversation with John Nichols, Washington correspondent of the Nation Magazine analyzing what has been released in the redacted Mueller report by Attorney General William Barr. John Nichols latest piece in the Nation is Barr Has Abandoned the Constitution in Order to Serve Trump: In a shameless press conference, … Continued
A conversation on the Republicans within the Nixon administration who opposed the president and Nixon’s attempt to use the federal government to go after his political enemies. We talk to Michael Koncewicz, he is the Cold War Collections Specialist at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University. He previously … Continued
For decades after its founding, America was really two nations–one slave, one free. There were many reasons why this composite nation ultimately broke apart, but the fact that enslaved black people repeatedly risked their lives to flee their masters in the South in search of freedom in the North proved that the “united” states was … Continued
We discuss the legal issues surrounding the circumstances of Julian Assange with Karen Greenberg. Assange was arrested in London last week, he could face extradition to the United States. Guest: Karen J. Greenberg is the director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School and the author of Rogue Justice: The Making of the … Continued