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America Explained is a podcast about American politics, foreign policy & culture for an international audience. Every fortnight it brings you the voices and perspectives shaping America - and its impact on the world - today. Hosted by historian and columnist Andy Gawthorpe, each fortnightly episode features analysis and interviews which help you understand a key issue in a way the regular news cycle never will. If something really big happens in-between, we’ll drop a bonus episode to keep you up to date.

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America Explained is a podcast about American politics, foreign policy & culture for an international audience. Every fortnight it brings you the voices and perspectives shaping America - and its impact on the world - today. Hosted by historian and columnist Andy Gawthorpe, each fortnightly episode features analysis and interviews which help you understand a key issue in a way the regular news cycle never will. If something really big happens in-between, we’ll drop a bonus episode to keep you up to date.

    Pelosi in Taiwan

    Pelosi in Taiwan

    Nancy Pelosi has touched down in Taiwan for a visit which has generated huge pushback from Beijing and divisions in Washington, where Republicans are supportive but the Biden White House wishes she would have just flown home instead. How did we get here? Why is the visit so controversial? And is it a good idea? Andy unpacks it all.
    https://twitter.com/andygawt (Follow Andy on Twitter for more).
    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/01/opinion/nancy-pelosi-taiwan-china.html (Tom Friedman on why the trip is reckless).
    Credits
    Host - Andy Gawthorpe

    • 21 min
    Biden's Middle East quagmire

    Biden's Middle East quagmire

    Joe Biden just wrapped up a four-day week to the Middle East in which he delivered the fist-bump heard around the world to Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi dictator who Biden previously swore he would never so much as speak to. Why has Biden gone back on the principles that he said would guide his foreign policy? This episode explores the role of oil, China, and much more.
    https://twitter.com/andygawt (Follow Andy on Twitter for more).
    Credits
    Host - Andy Gawthorpe

    • 25 min
    Roe is dead. Long live America?

    Roe is dead. Long live America?

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    Late last month, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, destroying the right to an abortion. In this episode Andy talks about the conservative legal theory behind the decision and what it means for the future, and also talks about the likely impact of the decision on American politics.
    https://twitter.com/andygawt (Follow Andy on Twitter for more).
    Credits
    Host - Andy Gawthorpe

    • 25 min
    AI and the future of warfare

    AI and the future of warfare

    *** Check out the free https://amerex.substack.com/ (America Explained newsletter) for occasional written posts on the big issues in U.S. politics and foreign policy and no extra spam ***
    How might artificial intelligence change the nature of warfare, and what political and ethical dilemmas does it pose in civilian society? Nowadays popular culture is full of speculation about these questions, but popular films and TV series often run far ahead of reality, while at the same time downplaying the dangers which exist in the real world. In this episode I interviewed Dr. Kenneth Payne, author of a great - and highly-acclaimed - https://www.amazon.com/Warbot-Dawn-Artificially-Intelligent-Conflict/dp/0197611699/ref=sr_1_1?crid=21DD30AQ05FCOandkeywords=payne+warbotandqid=1655215535andsprefix=payne+warbo%2Caps%2C138andsr=8-1 (new book) on war and artificial intelligence about these questions, and more.
    https://twitter.com/andygawt (Follow Andy on Twitter for more).
    https://www.amazon.com/Warbot-Dawn-Artificially-Intelligent-Conflict/dp/0197611699/ref=sr_1_1?crid=21DD30AQ05FCOandkeywords=payne+warbotandqid=1655215535andsprefix=payne+warbo%2Caps%2C138andsr=8-1 (Kenneth's new book).
    Credits
    Host - Andy Gawthorpe

    • 38 min
    From the archive: One mass shooting a day

    From the archive: One mass shooting a day

    Hey! Andy here. I've got covid, so I'm reposting this still-topical episode from last year. New stuff coming soon!
    So far this year, there has been at least one mass shooting per day in the United States. And while you might think that this would lead to calls for tighter gun regulation, the Supreme Court just decided to take up a case which will probably see it declare unconstitutional just the type of regulation which is needed to stem the epidemic of violence. In this episode we explore the surprising origins of the modern gun rights movement in black activism, and the changes which subsequently made it such a powerful force in conservative politics.
    For more, follow our host https://twitter.com/andygawt (Andy Gawthorpe) on Twitter.

    • 21 min
    From the archive: Lock Trump up?

    From the archive: Lock Trump up?

    This episode from last year took a look at the legal and accountability issues which still dog Trump. Nearly a year later, there is little sign that the Biden administration and Attorney General Merrick Garland are seeking justice for Trump's illegal actions during his presidency. What happens to America when presidents are not accountable for their actions?
    https://twitter.com/andygawt (Follow Andy on Twitter for more).
    Credits
    Host - Andy Gawthorpe

    • 23 min

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