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.
Extra Innings: Conspiracy Theories in the Age of Trump with Joe Uscinski
Contributor(s): Joe Uscinski, Ros Taylor | This Extra Inning of the Ballpark features audio from the US Centre’s event “Conspiracy Theories in the Age of Trump,” which took place on 25 July 2018. Joseph Uscinski, associate professor of political science at University of Miami, speaks about his book American Conspiracy Theories and why President Trump might be America’s first conspiratorial president. Using an analysis of more than a hundred years of data taken from newspapers, surveys, and the internet, Professor Uscinski demonstrates that conspiracy theories follow a strategic logic: they are tools used by the powerless to attack and defend against the powerful. Our chair for this event, Ros Taylor, is Research Manager for the LSE Truth, Trust & Technology Commission, based in the Media Policy Project within the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.
Season 2, Episode 8: Where did the opioid epidemic come from?
Contributor(s): John Collins, Alex Soderholm, Sophie Donszelman and Denise Baron | With the skyrocketing rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths in the US, John Collins and Alex Soderholm of the International Drugs Policy Unit join us to dissect the key questions behind this epidemic: what’s at the root of this opioid crisis? Where are these drugs coming from? And what can the US do about it?
Season 2, Episode 6: Racism towards Latinos: Past, present, and future
Contributor(s): Neil Foley, Susannah Crockford, Chris Gilson, and Sophie Donszelmann | The current US president is not the first American leader to use inflammatory rhetoric about Latinos and push anti-immigration policies, but Donald Trump’s presidency has certainly brought these issue to the forefront of American politics. This episode we’re diving into the fear, resentment, and history behind racism towards Latinos, and in doing so, we’ll see that this is far from a recent phenomenon.
Season 2, Episode 3: Trumpian Foreign Policy
Contributor(s): Charles Kupchan, Emmanuelle Blanc, Chris Gilson, Denise Baron | This episode, we're taking a look at how President Trump's prioritisation of "America First" will impact foreign policy. What will America's presence and actions in the world look like during the Trump era?
Episode 5: What's a political poll got to do with it?
Contributor(s): Daniel Laurison, Larry Jacobs, Jamie Weinstein, Lauren Maffeo | This episode, we take a look at what political polling can tell us about democratic participation, public policy, and political priorities.
Episode 4: The Almighty Dollar
Contributor(s): Jeff Frieden, Gianluca Benigno, Chris Parkes | This episode we take a look at the almighty dollar and decipher US monetary policy, central banking, and exchange rates.