American politics

  • White Identity Politics with Ashley Jardina

    Air Dates: August 5-11, 2019 Identity politics are typically associated with marginalized groups—communities that have been defined as “other” by the dominant group in a political culture. Ashley Jardina argues that there is an emerging white-identity politics in American society today.  Jardina is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University.  Her book White Identity Politics explores the nature of racial attitudes, the development of group identities, and the … Read More

  • Technically True, but Spin

    In 2005, the United States Department of Defense announced a list of excess military bases that it wanted to close as part of a cost-saving measure.  Anyone who has lived near a closed base will appreciate that this is an incredibly disruptive thing for communities who lose an important employer, community members, both in uniform and their families, and a source of pride—an operational military unit in their home-town that … Read More

  • Larry Tye on Story in the Public Square

    Bobby Kennedy, the Liberal Icon as told by Larry Tye

    Air Dates: June 2-4, 2018 Bobby Kennedy had a reputation as a tough, even ruthless politician; however, Larry Tye believes he evolved into a liberal icon grounded in a personal authenticity. Larry Tye is a New York Times bestselling author whose most recent book is a biography of Robert F. Kennedy, the former attorney general, U.S. senator, and presidential candidate. Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon, explores RFK’s … Read More

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    Year in Review on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air dates: December 30-31, 2017 In the last year, Story in the Public Square brought you scholars, journalists, novelists, movie makers and more. Some of the stories they shared made us laugh. Others caused us worry and even anger. All of them helped us understand public life in the United States today. Over 48 episodes in the previous 12 months, we’ve had the opportunity to talk about big issues facing … Read More

  • Rex Tillerson

    Tillerson’s Travails

    “Rex Tillerson, Visiting Europe, Gets Cold Shoulder” | The New York Times “Tillerson Seeks to Reassure Worried Europe Over Trump” | Reuters “Tillerson Visits Brussels Amid Doubts About his Future, and His Boss” | Politico Europe “The Worst Secretary of State in Living Memory” | The Atlantic “Replacing Tillerson with Pompeo Would Supplant a Moderate with a Hawk” | The New York Times   When Rex Tillerson was chosen as … Read More

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    Globalization is a Human Impulse: Picks of the Week

    Why Globalization Stalled And How to Restart It | Foreign Affairs The Place Where Globalization Kept Its Promise | Marketplace The Pillars of Trump’s Nationalism are Weakening | The Washington Post Globalization has gotten a bad rap over the last couple of years.  The concept is invoked regularly to explain the loss of American manufacturing jobs (though automation is likely the bigger culprit going forward).  More ominously, the new bogey-men … Read More

  • John Marttila on the set of "Story in the Public Square" with Jim Ludes and G. Wayne Miller.

    John Marttila on “Story in the Public Square” August 19, 2017

    Storytelling is at the heart of political campaigns. Guest John Marttila has studied those stories as part of a four-decade career in American politics. For more than forty years, Marttila has been a leading political strategist and advisor for political candidates, elected officials and ballot campaigns. In 1972, he co-founded his first company, which oversaw the strategy and produced advertising for Vice President Joe Biden’s upset senatorial victory. Marttila was … Read More