Letters & Politics seeks to explore the history behind today’s major global and national news stories. Hosted by Mitch Jeserich.
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.
The Burden of Student Loans in America & the Debt Cancellation
Dr. Richelle Brooks is a Black Momma, Educator, the founder of ReTHINK It, an organization dedicated to addressing antiblackness through education and mutual aid, and a Grassroots Organizer and Biden Jubilee 100 Striker . She is the co-founder of Los Angeles chapter of the Debt Collective  and wrote the piece Why I Joined the Jubilee 100 Student Debt Strike. 
Astra Taylor is a documentary filmmaker, author, and political organizer. She is the director, most recently, of What Is Democracy?  and the author of Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone and the American Book Award winning The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. She is co-founder of the Debt Collective , a union for debtors, and contributed the foreword to the group’s new book, Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay: The Case for Economic Disobedience and Debt Abolition.