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


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


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