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Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
||CleanThe New Labor Secretary Nominee: Alexander Acosta||In this episode host Mitch Jeserich speaks with John Nichols of the Nation Magazine about Trump's new nominee for Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta after Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination.||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Mexican-American War and the Establishment of the Contemporary Border||In this episode host Mitch Jeserich speaks with Victor Silverman , Professor of US and International history at Pomona College. He is co-author of California (On the Road Histories). Prof. Silverman is also an Emmy-award winning filmmaker. His latest film "Getting High," a personal refelxion on family, addiction, and the criminal justice system, will be available online this spring. Victor Silverman can be followed on twitter at @victorsilverman  http://victorsilverman.com/||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichael Flynn and the History of the National Security Adviser’s Role||In this episode host Mitch Jeserich speaks with Mel Goodman, the Director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy , about Michael Flynn's resignation and the history of the National Security Adviser position. Goodman was a CIA intelligence analyst for over twenty years and Division Chief of the Office of Soviet affairs for ten years between 1976 and 1986. And excerpts from today's White House Press briefing on General Flynn. [caption id="attachment_256022" align="aligncenter" width="307"] U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of International Security Assistance Force, with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, chief of intelligence for ISAF, listen to a briefing by 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team commander, U.S. Army Col. James Johnson, during a visit to Forward Operating Base Shank, March 10. McChrystal also spoke during the meeting, discussing current operations and the future of the counter-insurgency fight in Afghanistan. "We're here not to fight the war, but we're here to win," said McChrystal. "And we win through the people."[/caption]  https://www.ciponline.org/||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Chinese Exclusion Act and History of Immigration Law in the U.S.||On today's show, we talk to Jean Felzer (professor of Asian studies and English at the University of Delaware) and Gabriel Jack Chin (professor of law at UC Davis) about Chae Chan Ping, the Chinese Exclusion Act, and immigration law in the United States. Source: Flickr||2/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCalifornia Senators and Checks and Balances||On today's show, we talk to California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris about the current political landscape and resisting Trump. Then, we hear an interview with Ira Shapiro (author and international trade lawyer) about the weakening of congressional ability to provide checks and balances.||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnderstanding Dodd-Frank and the Federal Budget||In this episode, host Mitch Jeserich speaks with Jared Bernstein, former Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden, about the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the state of the US economy. Then he speaks with Joel Friedman, Vice President for Federal Fiscal Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, about the federal government's budget process.||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrumplandia: A Minefield of Checks and Balances||In this episode Mitch Jeserich speaks with Sabrina Siddiqui , a political reporter with the Guardian US in Washington D.C., about how the political system is absorbing the shocks coming from Trump's administration.  https://www.theguardian.com/profile/sabrina-siddiqui||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Future of the Democratic Party. And Money Interests in the Trump’s Administration||In this episode, host Mitch Jeserich speaks about the future of the Democratic Party with Larry Cohen, chair of Bernie Sander's new organization, Our Revolution . Cohen was a key member of Sanders campaign, and the former President of the Communications Workers of America union. and then, we hear from Dave Levanthal, a senior reporter for the Center for Public Integrity , about the moneyed interests in Trump's White House.  https://ourrevolution.com/  https://www.publicintegrity.org/authors/dave-levinthal||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Future of the US Justice Department and Economy||In this episode host Mitch Jeserich speaks with Dan Goldberg former Chief of Staff for the Justice Department's Office of Legislative Affairs, and the current Legal Director for Alliance for Justice, as well as Nan Aron, the founder of Alliance for Justice, about the state of the Justice Department following the appointment of Jeff Sessions and nomination of Neil Gorsuch. Then we hear from Josh Bivens, Research Director at the Economic Policy Institute, about the future of the US economy given Trump's proposed America First policies.||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA History of the Senate Filibuster||In this episode, host Mitch Jeserich speaks with Betty Koed, the Official Senate Historian, about the history of the filibuster, as well as Trump's pick, Neil Gorsuch to replace Antonin Scalia.||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrump and His Relationship with the Republican Party||In this episode Mitch speaks with Republican historian Geoffery Kabaservice, about the political terrain of the Republican party, and how Trump could use it to consolidate the right. He is the author of a number of books including Rule and Ruin: The Downfall Of Moderation And The Destruction Of The Republican Party, From Eisenhower To The Tea Party.||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanResistance in the Era of Trump, and The Neglected Nuances of The Mexican Wall||In this episode host Mitch Jeserich speaks with Bill Fletcher Jr. about how the country has gotten where it is, and the resistance against Trump. Fletcher is the former president of TransAfrica Forum, and a Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies. He is a syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator on television, radio and the Web. Then, Mitch speaks with Susan Ferriss, a reporter with the Center for Public Integrity, about issues surrounding the border. You can find her writings at this link .  https://www.publicintegrity.org/authors/susan-ferriss||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanImmigration and the Press Under Trump||In this episode Mitch speaks with Rabiah Ahmed, the Media and Communications Director for the Muslim Public Affairs Council, about the recent executive orders barring immigration from certain Muslim countries. Then, he speaks with Craig Aaron, the President and CEO of Free Press about what Trump's presidency means for the media.||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCongresswoman Jackie Speir on Standing Up to Trump and the People’s Lobbyist: Public Citizen||In this episode host Mitch Jeserich speaks with California's Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier. They touch on the future of the Affordable Care Act, standing up to Trump's agenda, Russia's interference in the election and more. Then, he speaks with Robert Weissman, the President of Public Citizen, about what he expects during the Trump presidency.||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Birth of American Empire||Today we talk to Stephen Kinzer, award-winning foreign correspondent. He served as The New York Times’s bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua and as The Boston Globe’s Latin America correspondent. He is a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University and writes a column on world affairs for The Boston Globe. Author of The Brothers, All the Shah’s Men, Reset, Overthrow, A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed it and many other books. His latest: The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire. About The True Flag Stephen Kinzer spotlights the domestic discord and clamor over America’s imperial ventures at the dawn of the 20th century. After a century of continental expansion, the U.S. encountered the opportunity to expand overseas by capturing Spanish colonial possessions and other territories and peoples within its reach. The nation plunged into arguably “the farthest-reaching debate” in its history with political and intellectual giants contesting “the imperial idea” to determine America’s place in the world and in history. Expansionists proclaimed benevolent intent and a civilizing mission while touting the economic benefits of conquest; anti-imperialists recalled America’s anticolonial origins and condemned imperialist violence and brutality. The former largely triumphed, as the U.S. soon controlled Cuba and annexed Puerto Rico, Guam, Hawaii, and the Philippines in a swift series of subjugations. In Kinzer’s gripping narrative, the egotistical Theodore Roosevelt emerges in his aggressively hypermasculine fashion as the most outspoken expansionist, while Mark Twain embarks on the “least-known phase of his career” to resist the violent drive toward empire. Kinzer ably conveys the passion and ferment of this brief period, situating this grand debate in the context of U.S. foreign policy history and convincingly arguing that the imperial/anti-imperial dichotomy remains a dominant feature of the American psyche.||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Goes indepth on current affairs.
I love this program. I can't always listen to it on the radio so I listen to the podcast version. It's really great. It covers current events such as the Occupy movement, foreign affairs, and the Obama administration. It also covers historical stuff like unions, socialism, neoliberalism, and more. It definitely has a leftist perspective, but isn't obnoxious or soap-boxy.
‘Letters and Politics’ deserves credit for the guests and the subjects that it covers, but the host is a little hard to listen to. He often restates exactly what the guest has just said or makes very general, obvious points. His speaking style seems a little contrived as well…it sounds like he is playing journalist at times. All in all, it tends to fell like a class project, in my opinion. Maybe I’m being nitpicky, but after all, you do listen to these things, so voice and style counts.