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This podcast is about America today. It takes a closer look at politics and society, and has a special focus on people and their stories – stories that give you an up-close, personal and differentiated look at America.

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    • Society & Culture

This podcast is about America today. It takes a closer look at politics and society, and has a special focus on people and their stories – stories that give you an up-close, personal and differentiated look at America.

    #21 Ashoka Mody, can our economies survive the corona crisis?

    #21 Ashoka Mody, can our economies survive the corona crisis?

    Ashoka Mody is an economics professor at Princeton University. During the financial crisis he worked at the International Monetary Fund and designed the 2009 international bailout of Ireland’s banking system.

    Mody is also known for his book EuroTragedy: A Drama in Nine Acts, an account of the euro's history and consequences. It was chosen by both Foreign Affairs and The Financial Times as one of the best books of 2018.

    He has now turned his attention to the economic and financial implications of the coronavirus.

    • 27 min
    #20 Mark Parkinson, can U.S. healthcare cope with COVID-19?

    #20 Mark Parkinson, can U.S. healthcare cope with COVID-19?

    Europeans – especially in Central and Northern Europe – are proud of their public healthcare systems. We on this side of the Atlantic often wonder why the United States is still discussing “medicare for all”. It’s difficult to understand why a large number of Americans don’t see the importance of a public healthcare system.
    How can the business-oriented healthcare system in the U.S. cope with this crisis? How will the closure of hundreds of hospitals in rural America over the past years affect the country’s ability to fight the virus?

    • 19 min
    #19 Charles Rivkin, what is the film industry doing to be more eco-friendly?

    #19 Charles Rivkin, what is the film industry doing to be more eco-friendly?

    Charles Rivkin is chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association, for short: MPA. This American trade association represents the five major film studios of the United States, as well as Netflix. It established the film rating system and is tasked with ensuring the viability of the American film industry and promoting copyright protection. Charles Rivkin spoke with Chelsea Spieker about the goals and achievements of the MPA - and about the responsibilities of the film industry.

    • 21 min
    #18 Sudha David-Wilp, what kind of stress test are the Democrats in for?

    #18 Sudha David-Wilp, what kind of stress test are the Democrats in for?

    Sudha David-Wilp is a senior transatlantic fellow and deputy director of the German Marshall Fund's Berlin office. She is expert for policy, transatlantic relations, U.S. Congress and German politics. She oversees the German Marshall Fund’s Congress-Bundestag Forum, engages with the media and covers transatlantic digital topics. Before moving to Berlin, she was the director of international programs at the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress in Washington, DC for nearly eight years. She received her bachelor’s from Johns Hopkins University, with a major in International Relations. She holds a Master’s in International Relations from Columbia University.

    • 26 min
    #17 Patrice McMahon, how much do big NGOs help themselves?

    #17 Patrice McMahon, how much do big NGOs help themselves?

    Patrice McMahon is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She delved into the role of NGOs in her book „The NGO Game“ - looking at the concrete examples of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. She comes to a sobering conclusion. International aid organizations are not necessarily the ones that really help.

    • 25 min
    #16 Doug Wead, how was your time in the Trump White House?

    #16 Doug Wead, how was your time in the Trump White House?

    Doug Wead is a conservative commentator, writer, historian and politician. He has published more than 30 non-fiction books including several biographies of presidents and presidential families, among them Ronald Reagan and the Bush family.

    His latest work is called “Inside Trump's White House: The Authorized Inside Story of His First White House Years“ – in German: “Donald Trump: Die wahre Geschichte seiner Präsidentschaft.” The book covers everything from election night to the impeachment inquiry. Wead talked to Trump, his family and staff multiple times over the span of two years.

    Doug Wead was born in the mid-1940s in Muncie, a small city in Indiana. He was a special assistant to Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush as well as a senior adviser to the Ron Paul presidential campaign in 2012 and the Rand Paul campaign in 2016.

    • 31 min

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