Europe

Sam and Emma host Kimberly St. Julian Varnon, Ph.D student in history at the University of Pennsylvania, to discuss her work on Soviet-Ukrainian history and the role race has played in the wake of the fall of the USSR. They begin by walking through the history of the unification of Ukraine, which was split between the Austro-Hungarian […]
Emma hosts Alex Sammon, staff writer at The American Prospect, to discuss his recent piece in the New Republic “IKEA’s Race for the Last of Europe’s Old-Growth Forest.” Alex dives right into his surprisingly high-risk coverage of the rampant illegal deforestation going on in Europe’s last old-growth forest in Romania, first situating his research within stories relayed to him […]
Sam and Emma host Matt Duss, foreign policy adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), to discuss the recent developments in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, as well as the U.S. airstrike in Somalia from a few days ago, the first in the area since last August. Matt, Sam, and Emma begin with a clip of a journalist in Poland […]
Daniel Ziblatt, a Professor of government at Harvard University and author of Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy, explains what classes need to give up power in order for democracy to flourish. How did classical conservatives come to accept democracy? The invention of the conservative political party. Conceding democracy but not conceding power. Why […]
Mark Blyth of the Watson Institute at Brown University explains why the Brexit is the chickens coming home to roost on austerity and inequality. How Brexit and Donald Trump show the failure of austerity, Right Wing politics and Neoliberalism. Why the public does not and should not distrust the elite. Why the Euro is awful […]
Independent political journalist Ari Paul explains how the far right won in European Parliamentary last week, the different factions of the far right, the criminal organization of Greece’s Golden Dawn, the collapse of the center-left, why austerity drives far right politics and hope in Syriza’s victory in Greece. On The Fun Half: thank you  John […]
Professor Mark Blyth, author of Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea explains the three main reasons austerity is a problem, the history  of austerity, why the United States is in a stuttering recovery and the Europeans have created self created depression by practicing austerity, why growth is the answer to debt and why austerity is such […]
University of Notre Dame Professor, Benjamin Radcliff  author of the new book The Political Economy of Human Happiness: How Voters’ Choices Determine the Quality of Life, explains the importance of studying happiness in politics, what countries are the most happy and why, why more social safety nets and strong labor movements means more satisfied people, why policies that help […]
Jeffrey Rosen the President of the he President And CEO of the National Constitution Center explains the depth and range of NSA spying on Europe, how the new revelations could change the legal standing of those challenging the spying programs, will the broad use of surveillance change American public opinion, why Smith V Maryland does not […]
Max Blumenthal, explained the forces working smear the Ecuadorian government and Glenn Greenwald, the right-wing lobbying cabal using Edward Snowden to undermine Latin American governance, the problem with access journalism and more stunning double standards on leaksOn The Better Half: a man could face thirteen years in prison for protesting Bank Of America, Jennifer Lopez […]