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American Studies October 19, 2020

The Sex Obsession

Perversity and Possibility in American Politics

Janet Jakobsen

Hosted by Lindsey Jackson
Why are Americans, and American politicians more specifically, obsessed with sex? Why, in the words of Janet Jakobsen, are gender and sexuality such riveting public policy concerns the United States …

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American Studies October 14, 2020

The President and Immigration Law

Adam B. Cox and Cristina M. Rodríguez

Hosted by Jaime Sánchez
Who truly controls immigration law in the United States? Though common sense might suggest the U.S. Congress, legal scholars Adam B. Cox and Cristina M. Rodríguez argue that the president …
South Asian Studies October 12, 2020

Demanding Development

The Politics of Public Good Provision in India’s Urban Slums

Adam Auerbach

Hosted by Selva Swetha
India’s urban slums exhibit dramatic variation in their access to basic public goods and services—paved roads, piped water, trash removal, sewers, and streetlights. Why are some vulnerable communities able to …
African American Studies October 8, 2020

Mobilized by Injustice

Criminal Justice Contact, Political Participation, and Race

Hannah L. Walker

Hosted by Lilly Goren
Hannah Walker’s new book, Mobilized by Injustice: Criminal Justice Contact, Political Participation, and Race (Oxford UP, 2020), brings together the political science and criminal justice disciplines in exploring how individuals …
Public Policy October 8, 2020

The Alchemy of Disease

How Chemicals and Toxins Cause Cancer and Other Illnesses

John Whysner

Hosted by Claire Clark
Since the dawn of the industrial age, we have unleashed a bewildering number of potentially harmful chemicals. But out of this vast array, how do we identify the actual threats …
American Studies October 5, 2020

Exhibiting Health

Public Health Displays in the Progressive Era

Jennifer Lisa Koslow

Hosted by Claire Clark
In the early twentieth century, public health reformers approached the task of ameliorating unsanitary conditions and preventing epidemic diseases with optimism. Using exhibits, they believed they could make systemic issues …
World Affairs October 1, 2020

No Refuge

Ethics and the Global Refugee Crisis

Serena Parekh

Hosted by Robert Talisse
Discourse in wealthy Western countries about refugees tends to follow a familiar script. How many refugees is a country morally required to accept? What kinds of care and support are …
Public Policy September 28, 2020

Good Habits, Bad Habits

The Science of Making Positive Changes That Stick

Wendy Wood

Hosted by Colin Miller and Keith Mankin
Today's guest is psychologist and behavioral scientist, Wendy Wood. She is currently a professor of psychology and business at the University of Southern California, and a visiting professor at the …
American Studies September 28, 2020

The Vanishing American Dream

A Frank Look at the Economic Realities Facing Middle- and Lower-Income Americans

Gene Ludwig

Hosted by Daniel Peris
Gene Ludwig cares. The former banker, government regulator, and serial entrepreneur cares deeply about the hollowing out of the American middle class over the past several decades, not least of …
Political Science September 25, 2020

An Inheritance for Our Times

Principles and Politics of Democratic Socialism

G. Smulewicz-Zucker and M. Thompson

Hosted by Kirk Meighoo
Democratic socialism is on the lips of activists and politicians from both the left and the right. Some call it extremism; some call it common sense. What are we talking …
American Studies September 22, 2020

The Turnaway Study

Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having—or Being Denied—an Abortion

Diana Greene Foster

Hosted by Christina Gessler
What happens when a woman seeking an abortion is turned away? Diana Greene Foster, PhD, decided to find out. With a team of scientists—psychologists, epidemiologists, demographers, nursing scholars, and public …
Economics September 21, 2020

Better Business

How the B Corp Movement Is Remaking Capitalism

Christopher Marquis

Hosted by Andrea Bernardi
I spoke with Prof. Christopher Marquis, Samuel C. Johnson Professor in Global Sustainable Enterprise and Professor of Management at Cornell University. His latest research book tells the story of an …
American Studies September 21, 2020


Why Our Health Insurance Is Incomplete and What Can Be Done About It

Christopher Robertson

Hosted by Colin Miller and Keith Mankin
Today's guest is Christopher Robertson, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Professor of Law at the University of Arizona. His background and research interests overlap several academic disciplines, including …
American Studies September 17, 2020

Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?

Alexander Keyssar

Hosted by Lily Goren
The title of Harvard historian Alexander Keyssar,’s new book poses the question that comes up every presidential election cycle: Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? (Harvard University Press …
Latin American Studies September 16, 2020

Managing Multiculturalism

Indigeneity and the Struggle for Rights in Colombia

Jean Jackson

Hosted by Lisette Varon Carvajal
In Managing Multiculturalism: Indigeneity and the Struggle for Rights in Colombia (Stanford University Press) Jean Jackson narrates her remarkable journey as an anthropologist in Colombia for over 50 years. This …
Critical Theory September 16, 2020

The Hidden Face of Rights

Toward a Politics of Responsibilities

Kathryn Sikkink

Hosted by Jane Richards
In her latest book, The Hidden Face of Rights: Toward a Politics of Responsibilities (Yale University Press), Kathryn Sikkink puts forward a framework of rights and responsibilities; moving beyond the …
Critical Theory September 16, 2020

Give Them an Argument

Logic for the Left

Ben Burgis

Hosted by Stephen Dozeman
Logic, the study of how certain arguments either succeed or fail to support their conclusions, is one of the most important topics in philosophy, its importance illustrated by the common …
American Studies September 15, 2020

The House on Henry Street

The Enduring Life of a Lower East Side Settlement

Ellen M. Snyder-Grenier

Hosted by Christina Gessler
On a cold March day in 1893, 26-year-old nurse Lillian Wald rushed through the poverty-stricken streets of New York’s Lower East Side to a squalid bedroom where a young mother …
World Affairs September 15, 2020

Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal

The Political Economy of Saving the Planet

R. Pollin and N. Chomsky

Hosted by Daniel Peris
Is there a consensus on the best response to global warming? Not even close. Left and right both bring their own tools, math, and, most notably, agendas--climate related and non-climate …