2020Vision follows the race for the White House in the 2020 US presidential election. Produced by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and hosted by Drew Sheldrick, it features in-house experts and special guests from the fields of US politics, foreign policy and media.
A White House at war with the media
President Trump once referred to the press as the “enemy of the people”, yet spends a lot of his time consuming news content and broadcasting favourable items on Twitter. So, is he getting a rough deal out of the mainstream media compared to previous administrations? Kim Hoggard was White House Assistant Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs under President George H.W. Bush. She shares her thoughts on this White House's relationship with the media, the impeachment process and the 2020 election.
Mia Love on Trump, race and the Republican Party
Mia Love was the first black woman to be elected to US Congress for the Republican Party, but she drew the ire of President Trump during last year's midterm elections for not paying him enough attention. Since losing her seat by just a few hundred votes she's been critical of Trump's 'transactional' approach to working with black Americans and minorities. So, does she think the president is racist and what are her predictions for 2020 and the future of the Republican Party? Mia shares her thoughts on this week's episode.
Could the US-China trade deal save or sink Trump?
A tentative trade deal between the United States and China has proved a welcome distraction for a White House rattled by events in Syria and the unfolding impeachment investigation. But is it worth the paper it's not printed on? Not according to this week's guest, economist Dr Stephen Kirchner, who runs us through the economic dangers facing President Trump in the upcoming election year.
Another phone call causes US-Australia angst
Another presidential phone call with an Australian prime minister is causing angst among allies as the impeachment investigation heats up and Trump's Twitter goes into meltdown. With the daily dump of new revelations, it's hard to remember there's an election campaign going on. To catch us up on all the week's big stories and 2020 news – plus a very special presidential birthday – former congressional advisor to the Democrats Bruce Wolpe joins the podcast.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump. So, what does that mean, will Democrats succeed in removing the president and what were the allegations against Trump that finally convinced Pelosi to pursue a course of action she had rejected for so long? Former Bloomberg BNA analyst and Council on Foreign Relations associate Jared Mondschein joins the podcast to break it all down.
The politics of climate change
Climate change has been a top-tier issue in recent elections and political debates, even prompting a special CNN Town Hall for Democrats in September to specifically address how they'll tackle the problem if they win office next year. Professor of Environmental Politics David Schlosberg joins the podcast this week to discuss the climate policies of the 2020 candidates and explain whether we'll continue to see climate change as a central issue in next year's presidential election.
Really pleased I came across this excellent new podcast. It's great to hear an international perspective on US politics from well-informed guests. And it's refreshing to have a host who lets the guests do the talking.
Biased and not prestigious, not match the University of Sydney reputation. Totally disappointed