This podcast is about America today. It takes a closer look at politics and society, and has a special focus on people and their stories – stories that give you an up-close, personal and differentiated look at America.
#34 Timothy Snyder, how debilitated is U.S. healthcare?
After becoming seriously ill, Timothy Snyder experienced first-hand just how decrepit the American healthcare system is.
Snyder’s new book “Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary” goes into detail about his experience of receiving below-par care and clinging to life for months before finally getting better in spring of this year.
With reference to the COVID-19 pandemic, he wrote that U.S. hospitals were “understaffed and undersupplied, buckling under waves of coronavirus patients … and the federal government made matters worse through willful ignorance, misinformation, and profiteering.”
His publisher has called the book an “impassioned condemnation of America's coronavirus response and an urgent call to rethink health and freedom.”
Timothy Snyder is an award-winning author and historian, and currently a Professor of European History at Yale University. He is also a Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Austria and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
#33 David Enrich, would Trump be president without Deutsche Bank?
David Enrich is financial editor at The New York Times, after having worked for The Wall Street Journal for a number of years. He has a total of nearly 20 years of experience as a journalist, specialized in investigative work.
His most recent research has culminated in a book about some of the questionable practices of Deutsche Bank: “Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction.”
In our interview, Enrich describes how his years of research into Deutsche Bank serendipitously came together with the ongoing investigations into Donald Trump’s finances.
#32 Daniel Hamilton, why is it the end of a transatlantic era?
Daniel Hamilton is a highly-experienced expert on transatlantic relations. He served several Secretaries of State as well as the U.S. Embassy in Germany and currently holds a position as Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS.
In this episode he talks about the future of transatlantic relations. He explains why he sees the alliance of the past 70 years as a wonderful chapter - but one that is now over. He also talks about a potentially misleading narrative in Germany when it comes to China and says that the original idea of NATO will need to be rethought. Of course, he also discusses the upcoming U.S. presidential election and outlines various scenarios relating to the most controversial issues between the U.S. and the EU.
Daniel Hamilton explains why he thinks that Europe may be in for a rude awakening if it places all of its hopes for a renewal of transatlantic relations in Joe Biden. He notes that we cannot expect Biden to turn back the hand of time. It is time for a completely new era of transatlantic relations.
#31 Kenneth Roth, what does COVID-19 have to do with human rights?
This episode’s interview guest is none other than Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth. He has been at the helm of the NGO for 27 years. Under his leadership, it has developed into an international organization with real impact. With Chelsea he talks about its biggest achievements and about the ongoing human rights violations in Syria, Hungary and China. He also discusses the deterioration of US leadership on issues of civil liberties and what this means for Europe.
#30 Amy Stebbins, how has the coronavirus infected the art world?
Amy Stebbins is an American living in Germany. She is a writer and director for theater and opera. She says that there are extensive differences in the way the art industry is being affected by the lockdown in Germany and the United States.
A well-known name in the art scene, she holds a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Germanic Studies and Cinema & Media from the University of Chicago.
In this episode you will hear an excerpt from a house-recording of an opera called Mauerschau conducted by Oksana Lyniv. The music is by Hauke Berheide; the singers are Adriana Bastidas-Gamboa, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Joshua Owen-Mills, Frederic Jost, Leela Subramaniam and Hanna Herfurtner. Another excerpt is from a piece called The Death of Orpheus. The song you will hear was written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse; the new arrangement is by Richard Whaling; the voice is Amy Stebbins.
#29 Sarah E. Hill, is the pill changing how women think and feel?
The FDA approved the pill almost exactly 60 years ago, on May 9, 1960. It changed women’s lives dramatically. It was the first birth control method that was undetectable by a partner - and it also wasn’t an invasive procedure.
Now, after decades, we’re discovering that the side effects of this form of birth control may be farther-reaching than we thought. One of leading scientists in this field is Dr. Sarah E. Hill. She’s a Professor of Social Psychology at TCU in Fort Worth. There she heads an interdisciplinary research team which also investigates the effects of hormonal contraception. Some of the most compelling findings are in her newest book How the Pill Changes Everything, or in German, Wie uns die Pille verändert. What she has to say is eye-opening not only for women - but for men as well.
Really enjoyed the interview with Daniel Hamilton. A great analysis and outline on where the future could or should go. Somehow I have the view that we in Europe have developed an unhelpful myopic view of the US. Keep the podcast dealing with the big topics! Thank you!
Good podcast for people who are interested in the American culture
I find it kind of weird seeing Germans complaining about this podcast because of alleged American imperialism or non-inclusive use of language. The truth is, if someone told you he‘s from America you will automatically assume he means the US. There is no need to make the title sound strange by calling it “the US-Americans“. Also, the host‘s English is just normal English that can be understood by 90% of those who know the English language (even considering that the majority of them are non-native speakers). How can one really complain about a podcast being too difficult to understand if he‘s not proficient in its language? Anyways, to come to the actual review, this is an interesting podcast dealing with a variety of topics. It‘s really great to see what Gabor Steingart and his team have created here. I can guarantee it’s worth listening to it for anyone who had lived in the US but moved on to another place afterwards.
(going deep with kassem) or normaly speaking: ask the questions that matter the next time
But there is something i don‘t get into.
It feels like some guests get away way to easy on critical topics like human rights (police brutality) or international surveillance (nsa) in their homecountry.
Some guests make it sound like the US still has the moral higher ground on different global topics but that isn‘t the case anymore.
If for example Germany would pay those demanded 2% for military support that wouldn‘t change the new relationship a bit.
I personaly would love to here more about critical US voices and deeper journalistic work in terms of questioning the position of the guests you are talking to.
In Germany they call it „Selbstbeweihräucherung“
Have a great day everyone