Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
Wollstonecraft and Shelley: The Mother-Daughter Feminist Duo of the Nineteen Century
Guest: Lyndall Gordon is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a senior research fellow at St Hilda’s College, Oxford and an award-winning biographer. She is the author of several books including Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft and Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World.
The Ideas that Shaped the Divisive Politics in Twentieth Century America
Guest: Eric Rauchway is a distinguished historian and expert on the Progressive and New Deal eras at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of several acclaimed books on the subject, including The Money Makers, The Great Depression and the New Deal, and his latest, Winter War: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the First Clash Over the New Deal
The Senate & The Politics of the Economic Recovery Act
Guest: David Dayen  is the executive editor of The American Prospect. He currently is authoring the Prospect Magazine special series First 100: An In-Depth Look at President Biden and the New Administration . David Dayen is the author of Monopolized: Life in an Age of Corporate Power and Chain of Title , winner of the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize for a first book in the public interest (both from The New Press).
photo: Sahand Hoseini  via Unsplash
How America Arms Gangs and Cartels
Guest: Ioan Grillo  is a journalist and author specializing in crime and drugs. He is the author of the books Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields and the New Politics of Latin America, El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency, and his latest, Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs and Cartels. 
Biden’s Air Strike in Syria and the Imperial Presidency
Guest: Reese Erlich  is a best-selling book author and freelance journalist  covering the Middle East for more than 35 years. He is an adjunct professor in International Studies at the University of San Francisco.
Image: Matthew Bruch Credit: U.S. Air Forces Central Command
Copyright: Public Domain
The New Deal: A Modern History
Guest: Michael Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author who has covered business, technology, and public policy for the Los Angeles Times for three decades. He currently serves as the Times’s business columnist and hosts its business blog, The Economy Hub. His books include Big Science, The New Deal, Colossus, Dealers of Lightning, and The Plot Against Social Security. Michael Hiltzik received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for articles exposing corruption in the entertainment industry. On Twitter @HiltzikM.