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The future of democracy is uncertain, but we are committed to its urgent renewal today. This podcast will draw on historical knowledge to inspire a contemporary democratic renaissance. The past offers hope for the present and the future, if only we can escape the negativity of our current moment — and each show will offer a serious way to do that! This podcast will bring together thoughtful voices from different generations to help make sense of current challenges and propose positive steps forward. Our goal is to advance democratic change, one show at a time. Dr. Jeremi Suri, a renown scholar of democracy, will host the podcast and moderate discussions.

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The future of democracy is uncertain, but we are committed to its urgent renewal today. This podcast will draw on historical knowledge to inspire a contemporary democratic renaissance. The past offers hope for the present and the future, if only we can escape the negativity of our current moment — and each show will offer a serious way to do that! This podcast will bring together thoughtful voices from different generations to help make sense of current challenges and propose positive steps forward. Our goal is to advance democratic change, one show at a time. Dr. Jeremi Suri, a renown scholar of democracy, will host the podcast and moderate discussions.

    Ep. 77 – Viruses, Diseases, and Public Health Responses

    Ep. 77 – Viruses, Diseases, and Public Health Responses

    Jeremi sits down with Dr. Christopher Rose to discuss the coronavirus within the context of historical pandemics.
    As always, Zachary kicks things off with his poem entitled, “With an Unspoken Doubt”.
    Christopher S Rose is a historian of early modern and modern Egypt and the eastern Mediterranean. He is currently (2019-2020) a Postdoctoral Research fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of “Implications of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic (1918-1920) for the History of Early 20th Century Egypt,” forthcoming in the Journal of World History. He is also currently working on a book project titled Home Front Egypt: Famine, Disease, and Death During the Great War, 1914-1919, which examines the impact of World War I on the Egyptian peasantry, focusing on food shortages and disease.

    Ep. 76 – Impeachment

    Ep. 76 – Impeachment

    Jeremi sits down to discuss impeachment in context with Professor Jeffery Tulis.
    As always, Zachary kicks things off with his poem entitled, “Two Images”.
    Professor Tulis is a leading scholar of American politics, and the presidency in particular. He is the author of numerous books, including: The Rhetorical Presidency, The Presidency in the Constitutional Order, and The Legacies of Losing in American Politics.

    Ep. 75 – Uses of Terror by Latin American Dictators

    Ep. 75 – Uses of Terror by Latin American Dictators

    Jeremi sits down with Professor Alan McPherson to discuss the legacy of dictators in Latin American countries, how they used terror to control their regime, and how the U.S. has contributed to and interacted with these regimes in the past and present.
    Zachary sets the scene with his poem “Excuse Us”.
    Alan McPherson is a professor of history at Temple University, where he directs the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy. He is the author of numerous book on U.S.-Latin American relations and U.S. foreign relations. His most recent book is: Ghosts of Sheridan Circle: How a Washington Assassination Brought Pinochet’s Terror State to Justice.

    Ep. 74 – The Evolution of the American Working Class

    Ep. 74 – The Evolution of the American Working Class

    Jeremi sits down with Michael Lind to discuss the evolution of the American Working Class
    Once again, Zachary sets the scene with his poem “Picturing America’s Working Class'”.

    Michael Lind is a professor of practice at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of more than a dozen books of nonfiction, fiction, poetry and children’s literature, including several that were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His studies of U.S. history, economics and foreign policy include The Next American Nation (1995), The American Way of Strategy (2006), Land of Promise:  An Economic History of the United States (2012) and, most recently, The New Class War:  Saving Democracy from the Managerial Elite (2020).

    Ep. 73 – Congress and War Powers

    Ep. 73 – Congress and War Powers

    Jeremi sits down with Clay Katsky to discuss congress and war powers.
    As always, Zachary sets the scene with his poem “An Adaptation of Alan Ginsburg’s ‘A Supermarket in California for a Nation on the Brink of War'”.
    Clay Katsky is a historian of Congress’ role in American foreign policy. He is completing a dissertation on Congress’ efforts to oversee policy and presidential actions after the Vietnam War. Clay is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin, and a teaching assistant this semester for Professor Suri’s course on US History since the Civil War.

    Ep. 72 – A Democracy Mosaic (Pt. 2)

    Ep. 72 – A Democracy Mosaic (Pt. 2)

    At year’s end, we want to share some of the voices from our podcast that exemplify the diversity and dynamism of our democracy today. The energy of change and reform is all around us. We can see many promising pathways to renew our democracy.  Please listen and get involved.

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