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The Ballpark is the LSE US Centre's regular podcast on the politics and policy of the United States. Through features and interviews with academics from the LSE and elsewhere, The Ballpark looks more closely into what's going on behind the headlines.

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The Ballpark is the LSE US Centre's regular podcast on the politics and policy of the United States. Through features and interviews with academics from the LSE and elsewhere, The Ballpark looks more closely into what's going on behind the headlines.

    The Ballpark Extra Innings – Donald Trump and the Roots of Republican Extremism in the US, an interview with Professor Theda Skocpol [Audio]

    The Ballpark Extra Innings – Donald Trump and the Roots of Republican Extremism in the US, an interview with Professor Theda Skocpol [Audio]

    Contributor(s): Professor Theda Skocpol | In this Extra Inning of the Ballpark, your host Chris Gilson of the LSE US Centre talks with Professor Theda Skocpol about her recent research on the Republican Party. Professor Skocpol outlines the shift that the Republican Party has undergone in the last decade, driven by two distinct currents of right-wing extremism: ethno-nationalist resentment, and ultra-free-market fundamentalism. They also discuss her upcoming book, which traces the growing grassroots movement of suburban white women in left-wing politics. Professor Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. Her ongoing research focuses on U.S. conservatives and the Republican Party, the politics of health care policy, and citizen reactions to the Obama and Trump presidencies. Skocpol is also the Director of the Scholars Strategy Network, a nationwide U.S. organization with more than a thousand members and forty chapters that makes the work of university researchers understandable to civic groups, policymakers, and the media.

    • 20 min
    Extra Innings: The Dangers of Brexit for the Special Relationship with Senator Chris Murphy [Audio]

    Extra Innings: The Dangers of Brexit for the Special Relationship with Senator Chris Murphy [Audio]

    Contributor(s): Chris Murphy, US Senator for Connecticut | On March 20th 2019, the US Centre hosted Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut for his talk, "The Dangers of Brexit for the Special Relationship". Senator Murphy, who is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, spoke on the future of the US’s relationship with one of its oldest allies in the context of the UK's looming exit from the European Union. Senator Chris Murphy, is United States Senator for Connecticut. A member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Murphy has been an outspoken proponent of diplomacy, international human rights and the need for clear-eyed, forward-thinking American leadership abroad. He is currently the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on the Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism, and previously served as Chairman of the European Subcommittee.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Season 3, Episode 7: Politics and Policing in New Jersey [Audio]

    Season 3, Episode 7: Politics and Policing in New Jersey [Audio]

    Contributor(s): Ashley Koning, Joe Miller, Scott Thompson | For this episode of the Ballpark, we head to New Jersey and take an in-depth look at the state’s recent politics and controversial former Governor, Chris Christie. We also discuss the state of policing in New Jersey with the chief of the Camden County Police Department, and we find out just why New Jersey is known as the Garden State.

    • 51 min
    Extra Inning: Lessons from History & the Future of International Trade with Doug Irwin and Jeff Frieden [Audio]

    Extra Inning: Lessons from History & the Future of International Trade with Doug Irwin and Jeff Frieden [Audio]

    Contributor(s): Jeff Frieden, Doug Irwin | This Extra Inning of the Ballpark features a conversation with Jeff Frieden and Doug Irwin as they discuss one of the most important parts of the economy: international trade. They talk about the changing consensus on trade in the US under Trump, what the growth of populism across the world means for trade and the international economy, Brexit, the growing trade war between the US and China, and give their policy recommendations for Donald Trump. Jeff Frieden is a professor at the University of Harvard’s Department of Government and the author of Currency Politics: The Political Economy of the Exchange Rate Policy and Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the 20th Century. Doug Irwin is the John French Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, as well as the author of Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy, and Trade Policy Disaster: Lessons from the 1930s.

    • 42 min
    Extra Innings: What the US-North Korea summit may have in store, with Professor Stephan Haggard [Audio]

    Extra Innings: What the US-North Korea summit may have in store, with Professor Stephan Haggard [Audio]

    Contributor(s): Stephan Haggard, Susan Strange | For this Extra Inning from the US Centre’s Ballpark podcast, host Chris Gilson speaks to North Korea expert Professor Stephan Haggard about the just announced upcoming summit between the US and North Korea. We explore what’s at stake and what the summit may be able to achieve. Stephan Haggard is the Krause Distinguished Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California San Diego. In 2019, he is the Susan Strange Professor in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His work on North Korea with Marcus Noland includes Famine in North Korea (Columbia University Press, 2007), Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea (Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2011) and Hard Target: Sanctions, Inducements and the Case of North Korea (Stanford University Press, 2017)

    • 14 min
    Season 3 Episode 6: Polarization and deindustrialization in the Badger State [Audio]

    Season 3 Episode 6: Polarization and deindustrialization in the Badger State [Audio]

    Contributor(s): Amy Goldstein, Wendy Scattergood | On this episode of the Ballpark, we take a look at the state of Wisconsin through the lens of deindustrialization. Together with our contributors, we examine how the Badger state’s politics have become more polarized in the past decade and what happened to its people when the factories began to close.

    • 35 min

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On a friend's recommendation gave this series a listen and found it very accessible and interesting. Having studied American foreign policy, Episode 3 had me wanting to put my two pennies worth in which is usually a good sign. Well worth subscribing.

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