Politics & Polemics

Politics & Polemics


Interviews with partisans and polemicists about their new books.

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 …

Seth A. Berkowitz, "Equal Care: Health Equity, Social Democracy, and the Egalitarian State" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2024)

July 18, 2024

Equal Care

Seth A. Berkowitz
Hosted by Stephen Pimpare

Health inequity is one of the defining problems of our time. But current efforts to address the problem focus on mitigating the harms of injustice rat…

Mahjabeen Dhala, "Feminist Theology and Social Justice in Islam: A Study on the Sermon of Fatima" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

July 17, 2024

Feminist Theology and Social Justice in Islam

Mahjabeen Dhala
Hosted by Shobhana Xavier

Fatima, the daughter of Prophet Muhammad, has an interesting legacy, one that is often shaped by sectarian differences and tensions. The sermon of Fat…

Carl Öhman, "The Afterlife of Data: What Happens to Your Information When You Die and Why You Should Care" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

July 14, 2024

The Afterlife of Data

Carl Öhman
Hosted by Jake Chanenson

A short, thought-provoking book about what happens to our online identities after we die. These days, so much of our lives takes place online—but w…

Mónica A. Jiménez, "Making Never-Never Land: Race and Law in the Creation of Puerto Rico" (UNC Press, 2024)

July 14, 2024

Making Never-Never Land

Mónica A. Jiménez
Hosted by Jonathan Cortez

Myths about the powers held by the United States are often supported by the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, which derives its logic from the interp…

Maya Wind, "Towers of Ivory and Steel: How Israeli Universities Deny Palestinian Freedom" (Verso, 2024)

July 12, 2024

Towers of Ivory and Steel

Maya Wind
Hosted by Dhouha Djerbi

Israeli universities have long enjoyed a reputation as liberal bastions of freedom and democracy. Drawing on extensive research and making Hebrew sour…

Wendy Matsumura, "Waiting for the Cool Moon: Anti-Imperialist Struggles in the Heart of Japan's Empire" (Duke UP, 2024)

July 11, 2024

Waiting for the Cool Moon

Wendy Matsumura
Hosted by Jingyi Li

In Waiting for the Cool Moon: Anti-Imperialist Struggles in the Heart of Japan's Empire (Duke UP, 2024) Wendy Matsumura interrogates the erasure of c…

Preparing for War: The Extremist History of White Christian Nationalism—and What Comes Next

July 11, 2024

Preparing for War

Bradley Onishi

Watching the footage of the January 6 insurrection, Professor Bradley Onishi wondered: If I hadn't left evangelicalism, would I have been there? To…

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…

Premal Dharia et al., "Dismantling Mass Incarceration: A Handbook for Change" (FSG Originals, 2024)

July 9, 2024

Dismantling Mass Incarceration

Premal Dharia, James Forman, and Maria Hawilo
Hosted by Stephen Pimpare

In recent years, a searching national conversation has called attention to the social and racial injustices that define America’s criminal system. The…

Jessie Abrahams, "Schooling Inequality: Aspirations, Opportunities and the Reproduction of Social Class" (Bristol UP, 2024)

July 6, 2024

Schooling Inequality

Jessie Abrahams
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Despite a mass expansion of the higher education sector in the UK since the 1960s, young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds rema…

Dmitri Alperovitch, "World on the Brink: How America Can Beat China in the Race for the 21st Century" (PublicAffairs, 2024)

July 6, 2024

World on the Brink

Dmitri Alperovitch with Garrett M. Graff
Hosted by Anthony Kao

In his book World on the Brink: How America Can Beat China in the Race for the 21st Century (PublicAffairs, 2024), Dmitri Alperovitch (with Garrett M.…

Samira Mehta, "The Racism of People Who Love You: Essays on Mixed Race Belonging" (Beacon Press, 2023)

July 5, 2024

The Racism of People Who Love You

Samira Mehta
Hosted by Gregory Soden

The Racism of People Who Love You: Essays on Mixed Race Belonging (Beacon Press, 2023) is an unflinching look at the challenges and misunderstandings …

Daniel Susskind, "Growth: A History and a Reckoning" (Harvard UP, 2024)

July 3, 2024


Daniel Susskind
Hosted by Meghan Cochran

Daniel Susskind examines the brief and powerful history of economic growth and puts it into perspective with human prosperity in Growth: A History and…

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 …

Alexandre Lefebvre, "Liberalism as a Way of Life" (Princeton UP, 2024)

July 1, 2024

Liberalism as a Way of Life

Alexandre Lefebvre
Hosted by Robert Talisse

In political philosophy, “liberalism” is not the name of a particular social platform. Rather, it refers to a framework for thinking about politics. …

Kehbuma Langmia, "Black 'Race' and the White Supremacy Saga" (Anthem Press, 2024)

July 1, 2024

Black 'Race' and the White Supremacy Saga

Kehbuma Langmia
Hosted by Anna Lindner

Dr. Langmia's book Black 'Race' and the White Supremacy Saga (Anthem Press, 2024) examines the conundrum that has haunted the Black and White ancestry…

Felicia Arriaga, "Behind Crimmigration: ICE, Law Enforcement, and Resistance in America" (UNC Press, 2023)

June 30, 2024

Behind Crimmigration

Felicia Arriaga
Hosted by Shu Wan

In recent years, dozens of counties in North Carolina have partnered with federal law enforcement in the criminalization of immigration--what many hav…

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…

Amy Schiller, "The Price of Humanity: How Philanthropy Went Wrong—And How to Fix It" (Melville House, 2023)

June 27, 2024

The Price of Humanity

Amy Schiller
Hosted by Lilly Goren

Amy Schiller, who spent a number of years working in both political and major gift fundraising, has a new book detailing some of the fundamental probl…