American Politics

American Politics

episodes

Interviews with scholars of American politics about their new books.

Matt Stoller, "Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy" (Simon & Schuster, 2020)

July 20, 2024

Goliath

Matt Stoller
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

In Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy (Simon & Schuster, 2019), Matt Stoller explains how authoritarianism and populism ha…

Hamilton Nolan, "The Hammer: Power, Inequality, and the Struggle for the Soul of Labor" (Hachette Books, 2024)

July 19, 2024

The Hammer

Hamilton Nolan
Hosted by Thomas Discenna

Inequality is America's biggest problem. Unions are the single strongest tool that working people have to fix it. Organized labor has been in decline …

Michael Willrich, "American Anarchy: The Epic Struggle between Immigrant Radicals and the US Government at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century" (Basic Books, 2023)

July 16, 2024

American Anarchy

Michael Willrich

In the early twentieth century, anarchists like Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman championed a radical vision of a world without states, laws, or pri…

Tea Krulos, "American Madness: The Story of the Phantom Patriot and How Conspiracy Theories Hijacked American Consciousness" (Feral House, 2020)

July 12, 2024

American Madness

Tea Krulos
Hosted by Tyler Thier

The mainstream news media struggles to understand the power of social media. In contrast, conspiracy advocates, malicious political movements, and eve…

Kellie Carter Jackson, "We Refuse: A Forceful History of Black Resistance" (Seal Press, 2024)

July 10, 2024

We Refuse

Kellie Carter Jackson

Black resistance to white supremacy is often reduced to a simple binary, between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s nonviolence and Malcolm X’s “by any mean…

Neil J. Young, "Coming Out Republican: A History of the Gay Right" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

July 9, 2024

Coming Out Republican

Neil J. Young
Hosted by Lilly Goren

Coming Out Republican: A History of the Gay Right (U Chicago Press, 2024) is a fascinating and engaging historical tour of those who were gay and acti…

Jason Hannan, "Trolling Ourselves to Death: Democracy in the Age of Social Media" (Oxford UP, 2023)

July 2, 2024

Trolling Ourselves to Death

Jason Hannan
Hosted by Michael LaMagna

We commonly think of trolls as anonymous online pranksters who hide behind clever avatars and screen names. In Trolling Ourselves to Death: Democracy …

Does the June POTUS Debate Matter?

July 1, 2024

Does the June POTUS Debate Matter?

Daniel E. Ponder
Hosted by Susan Liebell

On Thursday, June 27th, President Joe Biden and Trump debated for 90 minutes without a live audience or the usually provided by the Commission on Pres…

The Democratic Regression: The Political Causes of Authoritarian Populism. A Conversation with Armin Schäfer and Michael Zürn

June 27, 2024

The Democratic Regression

Armin Schäfer and Michael Zürn
Hosted by Nic Cheeseman

Why are so many democracies experiencing the rise of authoritarian populism? And what can we do to address this? Join Nic Cheeseman as he talks to Arm…

Jennifer C. Berkshire and Jack Schneider, "The Education Wars: A Citizen’s Guide and Defense Manual" (The New Press, 2024)

June 27, 2024

The Education Wars

Jennifer C. Berkshire and Jack Schneider
Hosted by Laura Kelly

A perfectly timed book for the educational resistance—those of us who believe in public schools Culture wars have engulfed our schools. Extremist grou…

Donald Stoker, "Purpose and Power: US Grand Strategy from the Revolutionary Era to the Present" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

June 25, 2024

Purpose and Power

Donald Stoker
Hosted by Andrew Pace

In our interview, I spoke with Donald Stoker about the changes in American grand strategy over the past 250 years and the major themes from his new …

Emily Zackin and Chloe N. Thurston, "The Political Development of American Debt Relief" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

June 25, 2024

The Political Development of American Debt Relief

Emily Zackin and Chloe N. Thurston
Hosted by Ursula Hackett

A political history of the rise and fall of American debt relief. Americans have a long history with debt. They also have a long history of mobilizing…

Postscript: Unpacking the 2024 U.S. Presidential Debate, Conventions, and Polling

June 24, 2024

Unpacking the 2024 U.S. Presidential Debate, Conventions, and Polling

Julia Azari, Jonathan Bernstein, and Seth Masket

The first presidential debate will be held on June 27th, 2024 and the Republicans are heading to Milwaukee (a city Donald Trump recently called “horri…

Hank Willenbrink, "Performing for the Don: Theatres of Faith in the Age of Trump" (Routledge, 2024)

June 23, 2024

Performing for the Don

Hank Willenbrink
Hosted by Rob Heaton

From his overwhelming embrace by evangelicals and other people of faith to his championing of policies and conservative judicial candidates long sough…

Paula Marie Seniors, "Mae Mallory, the Monroe Defense Committee, and World Revolutions: African American Women Radical Activists" (U Georgia Press, 2024)

June 22, 2024

Mae Mallory, the Monroe Defense Committee, and World Revolutions

Paula Marie Seniors

Mae Mallory, the Monroe Defense Committee, and World Revolutions: African American Women Radical Activists (U Georgia Press, 2024) explores the signif…

Postscript: The Supreme Court’s Decisions on Bump Stocks and Mifepristone

June 20, 2024

The Supreme Court’s Decisions on Bump Stocks and Mifepristone

Susan Liebell and Lilly Goren

In this episode of our occasional series, Postscript, we focus on the Supreme Court’s recently published decisions in two cases, about guns and aborti…

Aziz Rana, "The Constitutional Bind: How Americans Came to Idolize a Document That Fails Them" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

June 19, 2024

The Constitutional Bind

Aziz Rana
Hosted by Vatsal Naresh

In a pathbreaking retelling of the American experience, Aziz Rana shows that today’s reverential constitutional culture is a distinctively twentieth-c…

Jared McDonald, "Feeling Their Pain: Why Voters Want Leaders Who Care" (Oxford UP, 2023)

June 18, 2024

Feeling Their Pain

Jared McDonald
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The 2020 Presidential Election in the United States marked, for many, a return to "compassionate politics." Joe Biden had run on a platform of empathy…

Postscript: Previewing the 2024 Presidential Race

June 17, 2024

Previewing the 2024 Presidential Race

Meena Bose and Daniel E. Ponder

States are holding primaries. The Democrats and Republicans will convene in July and August but it has already been decided that the presidential race…

Madman in the White House? A Discussion with Jamieson Webster and Patrick Weil

June 16, 2024

Madman in the White House?

Jamieson Webster and Patrick Weil
Hosted by Jordan Osserman

Did Woodrow Wilson's daddy issues cause World War II? And what might this teach us about our contemporary political plight? Jordan Osserman talks with…