How is America? Two friends reach out across the Atlantic to try and make sense of it all: US politics, history, culture, the Trump presidency, the US election 2020, and the coronavirus situation. Mike is a professor at Stanford University, Johannes is a Berlin-based writer and journalist. Every week, they discuss their own personal state of the union. A podcast with Johannes Ehrmann and Mike Baiocchi.
#9 Thanksgiving And Its Story (Religion & War, Turkey Dishes, Holiday, Washington, Lincoln, Obama, Trump)
Thanksgiving is all about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans? Johannes shares a different historical truth behind America's most popular national holiday. It connects a belief in divine intervention with the American wars since 1776. As the two friends interpret the documents from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln, Mike shares his vision of an All-American Thanksgiving going forward. Email us to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Twitter!Resources mentioned in the show:Congress 1777: https://www.loc.gov/resource/rbpe.04001400/Washington 1789: https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/05-04-02-0091Lincoln 1863: http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/thanks.htmNative American Thanksgiving: https://time.com/5457183/thanksgiving-native-american-holiday/
#8 Democrats Divided? (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Liberals & Progressives, Republicans & Socialism, Corona Vaccine, Healthcare)
Two weeks after the election, Donald Trump has yet to concede his loss. Meanwhile, the Democratic party is debating the way forward: Should moderates or progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lead the way? Mike has traveled to his home state Maine to finally answer the question: Is he a liberal or a progressive? And Johannes remembers the German chancellor pulling a Trump on Election Night some years ago. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @AmericanistPod and email us to email@example.com !
#7 Biden Phor President! (US Election Won in Philadelphia/Pennsylvania, Kamala Harris, Trump Not Conceding, Philly, QAnon)
Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States. And Philly celebrates! Mike and Johannes are all excited that the votes of their former student hometown of Philadelphia (and Pennsylvania) have decided the race for the Democratic nominee and VP Kamala Harris. And guess what ... Donald Trump won't concede. What that says about his image of masculinity, the American national character, and some other scary things we learned in this election cycle - all in the latest episode of THE AMERICANIST PODCAST. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook!Resources for this episode:The Atlantic: QAnon is more important than you thinkThe Guardian: Trumpism lives on
#6 Has Biden Won? (US Election 2020, Counting in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, Latino Vote, Republicans & Donald Trump)
One and half days into the US Presidential Election 2020, votes are still being counted across the country. It looks like Joe Biden might be the winner - but Donald Trump's supporters are also protesting in some places. Where are we at? Mike shares his emotions and Johannes recounts his election night in Germany. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Twitter @AmericanistPod !
#5 America Votes: Election Day 2020 (Presidential History, Voting Turnout, Electoral College, Trump Rally, Biden Chances, Democracy)
The week of the US Presidential Election 2020 is finally here. Mike's anxiety level is already off the charts, and Johannes has pulled up some fun and not-so-fun facts around the history of the American presidents and the voting process. Will Biden or Trump make it to 270 electoral votes on Tuesday? Will Trump declare himself the winner? And what would George Washington say about all of it? This and more in the latest episode of THE AMERICANIST PODCAST. Twitter: @AmericanistPod
#4 America Votes I (US Elections 2020, Early Voting, Electoral College, Battleground States, Biden/Trump)
The big election night in the United States is just one week away - and Mike tries hard to explain how Americans can vote for their favorite candidate for president. But, well, it's a little complicated: Electoral College, early vote counting, states that are no states ... In the end, Mike and Johannes do find some common ground and take some time also to assess the American media landscape - from The Boston Globe to The Fresno Bee. Part 1 of the THE AMERICANIST Election 2020 Extravaganza!
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Two Guys, two friends. One American, one German. Talking about all the stuff that comes to mind thinking about the current state of the US. And the orange guy. And election. And a lot more.