RADIKAAL is a DIY podcast about the radical aspects of music, politics, and sports. Each episode, host Cas Mudde interviews one guest about a specific topic for about 30 minutes. Guests include academics, athletes, journalists, musicians, and politicians. In short, this is a podcast about fascists, punks, and ultras.
37. Laurien Schreuder about Snowapple, Femicide in Mexico, and Music and Politics
My guest today is Laurien Schreuder, the artistic director of Snowapple, a multidisciplinary, international ensemble that combines theater with a wide range of different music genres, from pop to opera and avant-garde cumbia. Snowapple has spoken out on political issues, most notably violence against women in Mexico. This year, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Snowapple and Mexican singer Vivir Quintana released the beautiful song “Alerta” and an incredible video of testimonials. We’ll talk about music and politics in general, and Snowapple’s decision to become active around the issue of femicide in Mexico in particular.
If you want to know more about Snowapple, check out their website at www.snowapple.nl or follow them on Twitter at @snowappleNL or on Instagram at @snowapplemusic.
Apologies for poor quality on my end -- my computer was very noisy and I was working with open mic.
36. Sam Jackson on the Oath Keepers and Militias in the US
My guest today is Sam Jackson. Sam is an assistant professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security & Security at the University at Albany in Upstate New York. He primarily studies the far right in the US, focusing most notably on the militia movement and on online extremism. He is the author ofOath Keepers: Patriotism and the Edge of Violence in a Right-Wing Antigovernment Group, published by Columbia University Press in 2020. We will talk about the US militia movement in general and the Oath Keepers in particular. He tweets at @sjack26.
35. Dilara Hekimci-Adak on Football and Politics in Turkey
My guest today is Dilara Hekimci-Adak. Dilara is a graduate student in Political Science at Florida International University in Miami, where she works on a PhD on populists in power and the role of the opposition in Hungary and Turkey. Before coming to the US, she had already done a PhD at Bahcesehir University, in her native Turkey, on clientelism and democracy in Latin America. She also wrote an MA thesis on nationalism and football in Turkey.
Dilara and I talk about football and politics in Turkey, including the role of Istanbul United in the Gezi protests and the rise and significance of the newest star in Turkish football, Basaksahir, popularly known as the AKP team.
34. Nadia Marzouki on Islam, Islamophobia, and "Islamo-Leftism" in France
My guest is Nadia Marzouki. Nadia is a Research Fellow in Political Science at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, France. Her work examines public controversies about Islam and religious freedom in Europe and the United States. She has written and co-edited several books, including Islam, an American Religion, published by Columbia University Press in 2017, and with Olivier Roy and Duncan McDonnell of Saving the People, How Populists Hijack Religion, published by Hurst and Oxford University Press in 2017. We talk about Islam and Islamophobia in France and the US and the newest enemy of the French government, the so-called Islamo-Lefists. Nadia tweets at @NadiaMarzouki1.
SES1. Sarah de Lange on the Dutch Election
This is the first of a new special series of RADIKAAL, the Special Election Series (SES), in which we discuss a very recent election with an expert.
My guest today is my colleague and friend, Sarah de Lange. Sarah holds the Dr. J.M. Den Uyl Chair at the Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She has published widely on far right and populist politics in Western Europe and is also involved in research on social democratic parties. A much-consulted expert on Dutch politics, she is the perfect guest for the first Special Election Edition of RADIKAAL, which focuses on the Dutch election of last week. Sarah is very active on Twitter, where she tweets in Dutch and English on Dutch politics, social democracy, and the far right and populism. Do follow her at @sldelange.
33. Gooyong Kim on Economics, Gender, and Soft Power of K-Pop
My guest today is Gooyong Kim, Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities at the Cheney University of Pennsylvania. He has published extensively on various aspects of K-Pop, the topic of today’s podcast, including his book “From Factory Girls to K-Pop Idol Girls: Cultural Politics of Developmentalism, Patriarchy, and Neoliberalism in South Korea's Popular Music Industry”, published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018. We talk about the economics, gender, and soft power of K-Pop.
Great format and content
Cas Mudde, PhD is a political scientist who specializes in the politics of the right and far-right. He is also a great interviewer who structures the shows in a way that highlights the guests rather than himself. This is great because his guests are excellent (Billy Bragg?!), providing expertise on right-wing movements and politics throughout the world. Cas does not pretend to be dispassionate about the subject: he seems to have been drawn to it because of his love for democracy and freedom and his opposition to tyranny and fascism.