KPFA - Letters and Politics

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Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.

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Berkeley, CA

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Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.

Language:

English


Episodes

Finding the Disappeared Children of the War in El Salvador & The History Behind Black History Month

2/2/2023
Part I. Finding The Disappeared Children of the War in El Salvador Guest: Elizabeth Barnert is a pediatrician and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research, grounded in human rights and social action, examines children affected by violence, family separation, and incarceration. She is the author of the book Reunion: Finding the Disappeared Children of El Salvador. For more information about the DNA Family Reunification Project go to: DNA...

Duration:00:59:58

From King Leopold II To Big Teach: The Plundering of The Congo & The Invention of Modern Day Slavery

2/1/2023
Guest: Siddharth Kara is Associate Professor of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at Nottingham University, and a Senior Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is the author of Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives. The post From King Leopold II To Big Teach: The Plundering of The Congo & The Invention of Modern Day Slavery appeared first on KPFA.

David Harvey on Karl Marx’s Grundrisse

1/31/2023
Guest: David Harvey is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology & Geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), the Director of Research at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, and the author of numerous books including, Marx, Social Justice and the City, The Condition of Postmodernity, The Limits to Capital, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, Spaces of Global Capitalism, A Companion to Marx’s Capital, and his latest, A Companion to Marx’s Grundrisse. The...

German Rearmament & The History of Policing Powers

1/30/2023
I. German Rearmament Guest: Stephen Milder is Assistant Professor of European Politics and Society at the University of Groningen and a Research Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich. He is the author of Greening Democracy: The Anti-Nuclear Movement in West Germany and Beyond, 1968-1983. II. The History of Policing Powers Guest: Erwin Chemerinsky is the dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He is the author of many books including, Presumed Guilty: How the...

Duration:00:59:58

Our Wandering Minds: A History of what Early Christian Monks Learned about Distraction

1/26/2023
Guest: Jamie Kreiner is a professor of history at the University of Georgia. She is the author of several books including her latest, The Wandering Mind: What Medieval Monks Tell Us About Distraction. The post Our Wandering Minds: A History of what Early Christian Monks Learned about Distraction appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:59:58

How The US-Mexican Drug War Inflamed The Violence & Increased Profits

1/25/2023
Guest: Benjamin T. Smith is a professor of Latin American history at the University of Warwick. He specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century politics, land, indigenous groups, Catholicism, journalism, violence and the war on drugs. He is the author of several books including his latest, The Dope: The Real History of the Mexican Drug Trade. The post How The US-Mexican Drug War Inflamed The Violence & Increased Profits appeared first on KPFA.

The Answer to the Debt-Ceiling Standoff & Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

1/24/2023
Part I. The Answer to The Debt Ceiling Standoff Guest: James K. Galbraith is Professor of Government and Chair in Government/Business Relations at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a former staff economist for the House Banking Committee and a former executive director of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress. He is the author of Inequality: What Everyone Needs to Know (2016) and Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe (2016). Part II....

George Kennan: The Architect of the Cold War Who Opposed the War

1/23/2023
Guest: Frank Costigliola is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of The Kennan Diaries, Roosevelt’s Lost Alliances, and his latest, Kennan: A Life between Worlds. The post George Kennan: The Architect of the Cold War Who Opposed the War appeared first on KPFA.

A History of Africatown

1/19/2023
Guest: Nick Tabor is a freelance journalist. He is the author of Africatown: America’s Last Slave Ship and the Community It Created. The post A History of Africatown appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:59:44

How Adam Smith Became A Capitalist Icon

1/18/2023
Guest: Glory Liu is a lecturer in social studies at Harvard University. She is the author of Adam Smith’s America: How a Scottish Philosopher Became an Icon of American Capitalism. The post How Adam Smith Became A Capitalist Icon appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:59:47

Putin: A Biography

1/17/2023
Guest: Philip Short has written several definitive biographies including Mao: A Life and Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare. He latest biography is called Putin. The post Putin: A Biography appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:59:58

Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel

1/16/2023
Guest: Gary Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University. He is the author of eighteen books that range across the fields of ethics, social theory, theology, philosophy, politics, and history. His most recent book is Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel. The post Breaking White Supremacy: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Black Social Gospel appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:59:59

Hannah Arendt’s and Today’s Relevance of Lying in Politics

1/12/2023
Guest: David Bromwich is Sterling Professor of English at Yale University. His books include The Intellectual Career of Edmund Burke and American Breakdown: The Trump Years and How They Befell Us. Professor Bromwich wrote an introduction for two landmark essays by the legendary political theorist Hannah Arendt on the greatest threat to democracy. The post Hannah Arendt’s and Today’s Relevance of Lying in Politics appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:59:59

The Pacifists & The Good War

1/11/2023
Guest: Daniel Akst is the author of War by Other Means: The Pacifists of the Greatest Generation Who Revolutionized Resistance. The post The Pacifists & The Good War appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:59:58

Censorship and Big Tech & Indigenous Justice in Early America

1/10/2023
Part I. Mickey Huff is professor of social science and history at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area and the author of Let’s Agree to Disagree: A Critical Thinking Guide to Communication, Conflict Management, and Critical Media Literacy. He is also the director of Project Censored and the co-editor of the Project’s yearbook, including most recently State of the Free Press 2023: The News That Didn’t Make the News. Part II. Nicole Eustace is professor of history at New York...

Duration:00:59:58

J. Edgar Hoover: From Progressive Icon To Villain

1/9/2023
Guest: Beverly Gage is professor of history at Yale. She is the author of The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in Its First Age of Terror, and her latest, G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century. The post J. Edgar Hoover: From Progressive Icon To Villain appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:59:38

Letters and Politics – January 5, 2023

1/5/2023
A look at burning political issues and debates and their historical context within the US and worldwide, hosted by Mitch Jeserich. The post Letters and Politics – January 5, 2023 appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:59:58

The History of The Speaker and Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations

1/4/2023
Part 1: The History of the Speaker Guest: Steven S. Smith is the Kate M. Gregg Distinguished Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at Washington University. He is the author of such books as Politics over Process: Partisan Conflict and Post-Passage Processes in the U.S. Congress and The Senate Syndrome: The Evolution of Procedural Warfare in the Modern U.S. Senate. Part 2:Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations Guest:Robin Waterfield is a British classical scholar,...

Duration:00:59:58

Electing A Speaker

1/3/2023
Guest: John Nichols of The Nation The post Electing A Speaker appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:59:59

The Neanderthal: Love, Art & Culture (Re-broadcast)

1/2/2023
Guest: Rebecca Wragg Sykes is an archaeologist, author and Honorary Fellow in the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. Her new book, KINDRED: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art won the 2021 PEN Hessell-Tiltman prize for history; awarded Book of the Year by Current Archaeology; selected as one of 2021’s 100 Notable Books by The New York Times. She is co-founder of the influential TrowelBlazers project, highlighting women in archaeology and the...

Duration:00:59:42