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27 minutes | 2 months ago
Season Two Finale: Capitol Chaos in Washington
It didn't take long for political drama to unfold in 2021. Less than a week into the new year, a mob of pro-Trump rioters attacked the US Capitol. The bloody act against the ultimate symbol of American democracy was incited by the current resident of the White House and has led to Donald Trump's banishment from social media platforms and calls for him to resign with less than two weeks to go in his term. In the final episode of our second season, Liam and Scott unpack the events of January 6, 2021 and discuss the impact the episode will have on the future of the Republican party and America.
23 minutes | 4 months ago
Women & American Politics in 2020
American women have turned out at higher rates than men in every U.S. presidential election dating back to 1984. That's according to a new analysis of Census Bureau data by the Pew Research Center.But what are the issues driving women to the polls this year? Will the gender gap, discrimination, Trump administration's policies on women's health and especially his continued sexist remarks on women affect the outcome? Have women in America had enough? Professor Melissa Deckman, Professor Sherry Linkon and Professor Diane Negra join Liam in a wide-ranging conversation about women and American politics in this historic year.
29 minutes | 5 months ago
The One Where President Trump Didn't Let Coronavirus "Dominate" Him
In a week that saw the President and the First Lady of the United States diagnosed with Covid-19, the American public tried to decipher the mixed messages coming from the White House. During this campaign’s first October surprise, the President, while infected, took a trip outside Walter Reed Hospital to wave to supporters, putting the lives of American citizens at risk. After three days in hospital the President was flown back to the White House where he told the public “don’t be afraid” and to not let the deadly virus that has already taken the lives of over 200,000 Americans to "dominate" them. To delve deeper into how President Trump is handling the current crisis and the ramifications it may have for the upcoming election, Liam and Scott caught up with Brett Bruen. Brett is President of the Global Situation Room and was a Senior Adviser to Barack Obama during his term as President.
21 minutes | 5 months ago
An "Unpresidential" Debate & The View from Washington with Dan Lippman
It was a presidential debate like none other, characterized not by an exchange of ideas or inspirational rhetoric, but by petty barbs and relentless interruptions. The public learned little about the candidate’s policy platforms, as questions of public health and the economy were largely left unanswered and the President fanned the flames of racial animosity. Civility and decorum were overpowered by insult and lies. What was made clear by this debate -- if it can be called that -- is this President, this election, and, indeed, American democracy itself, seems to be in a state of dysfunction. To find out whether Washington politics appears as dysfunctional from the inside as it does the outside, Liam and Scott caught up with Dan Lippman. Dan’s a reporter covering the White House for Politico and was, for years, the co-author of Politico's Playbook.
31 minutes | 5 months ago
2020: The Most Important American Election Ever?
This November, Donald Trump and Joe Biden will compete for the White House in what many believe is the most consequential election in modern U.S. history. Trump infamously vowed to put an end to American "carnage" in his inaugural address. Four years on, "carnage" seems to be an apt description of what is transpiring in America as it grapples with a raging pandemic and racial and social unrest. It seems Donald Trump was merely making a prophetic reference to the America he would create as president.So what happens next? What are the key issues motivating American voters as they head to the polls and can American democracy meet the challenges it faces? To kick off our new season, Liam and Scott caught up with Brian Klaas, an associate professor in global politics at University College London and regular columnist at The Washington Post. Brian is also the host of the Power Corrupts podcast.
36 minutes | 7 months ago
Season Finale: The International Resonance & Legacy of the American Civil Rights Movement
In this season finale, Scott and Liam take stock of the biggest political trends facing the United States as it continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic and prepares for a historic presidential elections in November. Liam also chats with Kevin Gaines, the Julian Bond Professor of Civil Rights and Social Justice at the University of Virginia, about the international resonance of the civil rights movement in America at a time of renewed global push for racial and social justice.
34 minutes | 7 months ago
No Longer A Shining City on the Hill?
As America continues to grapple with a deadly coronavirus pandemic, Scott and Liam discuss all the latest political drama gripping Washington. Scott also discusses the declining image of America as a redemptive power inspiring people around the world with writer, activist and storyteller Tori Egherman. They chat about identity, race and Tori's experiences living in Iran.
31 minutes | 8 months ago
Special Edition: A Very Different Fourth of July
Fourth of July, when America declared independence from Britain in 1776, is an annual celebration synonymous with big public displays of patriotism, parades, outdoor barbecues, fireworks and family gatherings. But this year, things are different. America is convulsed by disease, rocked by protest against racism and consumed by a presidential race wherein the incumbent occupant of the White House has seemingly ceded any national leadership role in favour of appeasing his base. Then there's the newly-announced immigration bans by the Trump administration that call into question the very notion of the American Dream. Scott & Liam take stock of where America is as it celebrates this most awkward of birthdays and Fiona McEntee, Founding & Managing Attorney of McEntee Law Group, joins from Chicago to help us decipher Donald Trump's most recent immigration policies.
36 minutes | 8 months ago
Black Lives Matter: The View from Ireland
The killing of George Floyd has sparked a global conversation about racism, racial inequality, historic narratives and structural barriers to progress. Large protests in Dublin pledged solidarity with the global Black Lives Matter movement while highlighting local concerns like the fight against Direct Provision. In this episode, Liam chats with author and social activist Dr. Ebun Joseph about racism and racial inequality in Ireland.
32 minutes | 8 months ago
Black Lives Matter: The View from the UK
The murder of George Floyd has triggered mass anti-racism protests across the US. It has also energized a global Black Lives Matter movement that is not only marching in solidarity with protesters in America, but shedding light on local issues pertaining to race and systemic injustice. In this episode, Liam and Scott are joined by Dr. Michell Chresfield, Lecturer in United States History at the University of Birmingham to talk about the events in the US and the way they are inspiring protests in the United Kingdom.
30 minutes | 9 months ago
Will There Be An Obama Legacy?
Barack Obama remains an inspiration for millions of Americans. As the first African-American President in the nation's history, he shattered a glass ceiling. But apart from that pivotal achievement and beyond the stark difference in leadership style and tone between him and his successor, what will Obama's legacy be? Liam Kennedy discusses with Clodagh Harrington, author of Obama's Washington and Senior Lecturer in Politics at De Montfort University Leicester and Scott Lucas, Professor of International Politics and American Studies at the University of Birmingham and the founder and editor of EA Worldview.
26 minutes | a year ago
Criminal Justice Reform in the Age of Trump
Dr. Allison Page is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Humanities Institute and the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion in Virginia, and has focused much of her work on race in areas such as the criminal justice system and how the media reproduces concepts about race. She joins Liam for a wide ranging conversation about criminal justice reform and how the Trump administration has treated the subject.Producers: UCD Clinton Institute MA students Tagatha Lorentz & Shuying He Music for this episode was provided by Kevin McLeod at incompetech.com
20 minutes | a year ago
Deciphering Unfiltered with Scott Lucas
What does America Unfiltered mean? Why do we need another podcast on US affairs? Liam Kennedy tackles these questions with Scott Lucas in our inaugural episode. Scott is Professor of International Politics and American Studies at the University of Birmingham and the founder and editor of EA Worldview, a leading source of daily analysis and insight on American foreign policy as well as Middle Eastern and European Affairs.Music for this episode was provided by Kevin McLeod at incompetech.com
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