How can democracy be renewed and defended today?
A collaboration of the Thomas Mann House, the Goethe Institute, Wunderbar Together, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Anniversary Episode: One Year of "55 Voices for Democracy"
The 55 Voices for Democracy podcast celebrates it's first birthday this month! Time to look back on the first 25 episodes and reflect on what happened so far: Hosts Tom Zoellner and Aida Baghernejad discuss the highlights and their favorite moments of the podcast against the backdrop of their own biographies.
Emilia Roig on Intersectionality
French political scientist Emilia Roig is the founder of the Berlin-based organization Center for Intersectional Justice. She talks about the intersection and simultaneity of different categories of discrimination against certain minorities. In 2021, she published the best-selling book Why We Matter - The End of Oppression (Aufbau Verlag).
Timothy Snyder on Resisting Authoritarianism
Timothy Snyder describes why the challenges of our democracies are not so much political figures like Trump, but ourselves as citizens. His book, "On Tyranny," has been translated into more than 40 languages and sold nearly half a million copies in the U.S. alone. It was published in 2021 by Ten Speed Press in an edition illustrated by Nora Krug.
Samuel Moyn on the idea of humane wars
In this episode, legal historian Samuel Moyn critically reflects on the pursuit of 'humane wars.' Moyn says, the wars of recent decades have led to a fixation on the means of war, rather than a discussion of how to end them sustainably. Samuel Moyn is professor of law at Yale Law School and professor of history at Yale University. He is the author of "Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World" and "Humane. How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War.“
Stephanie Kelton on Democracy and the Deficit Myth
Professor Stephanie Kelton explains how deficits can strengthen economies and be healthy for democracies. She argues that there are no budgetary constraints on government spending and makes the case for challenging our view of public debt. Dr. Stephanie Kelton is a professor of economics and public policy at Stony Brook University and a former Chief Economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee. Her book, The Deficit Myth, became an instant New York Times bestseller.
Susan Bernofsky on Translation and the Plurality of Language
Susan Bernofsky's new translation of Thomas Mann's novel "The Magic Mountain" is eagerly awaited. In conversation with Tom Zoellner, Bernofsky talks about Thomas Mann's multiculturalism and the challenges of translating between languages and cultures. Susan Bernofsky is the prizewinning translator of Yoko Tawada, Franz Kafka, Hermann Hesse, and others. A Guggenheim, Cullman, and Berlin Prize fellow, she teaches literary translation at the Columbia University School of the Arts.