Politics & Polls

Thursday, Jul 19, 2018
by Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang
Fictional work often stimulates a broader debate about politics and history. This was the case following the release of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” in 2015. A beloved literary hero, Atticus Finch was remade into a bigoted antagonist. In today’s episode, historian and author Joseph Crespino joins Julian Zelizer to discuss the controversy that...
Thursday, Jul 12, 2018
by Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang
Every so often, a presidency comes to be seen in a new light. An example of this is President Jimmy Carter, a man viewed by some as part of a troubled period in Democratic politics. A series of new books are shedding light on the Carter presidency, his legacy and what was happening in the 1970s. In this episode, Julian Zelizer is joined by Amb....
Friday, Jun 29, 2018
by Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang
The #MeToo movement has transformed American political debate, having a huge influence on prominent figures in a number of arenas. Many believe it could play a role in voter turnout during the midterm campaigns and even carry weight with the 2020 presidential election. Regardless of its specific effects, one thing is certain: America is...
Thursday, Jun 21, 2018
by Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang
With the recent rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric and violence in Europe and parts of the United States, the history of anti-Semitism has gained renewed academic interest. To understand this phenomenon, academics often study the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Eastern Europe, where pogroms devastated the Jewish community and helped lay the...
Thursday, Jun 14, 2018
by Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang
The entertainment industry is an endless source of fascination among Americans. Movies and films offer keen insights into American society while also exposing its undersides. At the heart of the industry are writers, producers, and directors determining how to put these stories together. In this episode, Julian Zelizer sits down with Bonnie...
Thursday, Jun 7, 2018
by Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang
The United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem last month, raising questions for some about whether the United States can still be a neutral negotiator for peace in the Middle East. The future of the Middle East seems more unstable than ever before. Is a two-state solution still possible with Israel and the Palestinians? Joining...
Thursday, Jun 7, 2018
by Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang
In politics, like sports, moments arise that beg the question, “What if?” In baseball, some think, “What if the runner on third had made it home?” Politics is not quite different. Winners and losers in both, pivotal moments leave us wondering: what if it had happened differently? Joining this week’s episode to discuss the great what-ifs - of both...
Thursday, May 24, 2018
by Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang
Where is the Russia investigation going and what will the political impact be? While some wonder whether the investigation will soon come to a close, President Donald Trump has launched a counterattack by charging the FBI with having attempted to spy on his 2016 presidential campaign. The political implications of this are unclear, but one thing...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
by Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang
In 1974, a new wave of legislators entered Congress after the Watergate Scandal, determined to change the American political landscape. While these “Watergate Babies” inspired great change, some argue they also contributed significantly to the growing divide between Republicans and Democrats. Could a similar situation play out in today’s...
Thursday, May 10, 2018
by Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang
Some feel these are the worst of times, that we’re living in an America fraught with political discord and governmental dysfunction. But how bad is it in American towns? Writers James and Deborah Fallows traveled 100,000 miles across the country to find out. Using a single-engine prop airplane, the husband-wife team visited dozens of towns from...

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