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The Andrea Mitchell Center Podcast

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The ANDREA MITCHELL CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRACY aims not just to promote, but to understand, democracy. Global in its outlook, multifaceted in its purposes, the Mitchell Center seeks to contribute to the ongoing quest for democratic values, ideas, and institutions throughout the world. In THE … read more

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Episode 2.15: The Double Life of Violence: Social Discourse, Personal Agency, and the Unresolved Meanings of a Key Term – Matt Shafer

May 4th, 2021


 FREE SPEECH BATTLES  Interviewer: RAFAEL KHACHATURIAN. Recent movements to reform society and address interpersonal behavior have placed eliminating …

Episode 2.14: Climate Apartheid, Racial Capitalism, and the Future of Democracy - Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò

April 5th, 2021


 CAPITALISM / SOCIALISM / DEMOCRACY  Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. As envisioned by philosopher OLÚFẸ́MI O. TÁÍWÒ, a coming age of climate apartheid will create a new kind of social division within countries and …

Episode 2.13: The Scandalous Secret History of the First Amendment - Fara Dabhoiwala

March 15th, 2021


 FREE SPEECH BATTLES  Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. The approach to free speech embodied by the First Amendment of the American Constitution is often considered, by Americans at least, to be a model for the rest of the …

Episode 2.12: Academic Freedom and the Work of the University - Joan Wallach Scott

March 1st, 2021


 FREE SPEECH BATTLES  Interviewer: RAFAEL KHACHATURIAN.In an era when “free speech on campus” has become a slogan weaponized by conservative groups, historian JOAN WALLACH SCOTT insists on treating academic freedom not …

Episode 2.11: On Social Media, the Personal Is Political - Jaime Settle

February 16th, 2021


 FREE SPEECH BATTLES  Interviewer: Matthew Berkman. It is widely known that social media increases political polarization among its users, creating …

Episode 2.10: "Hurt Sentiments" and Forbidden Speech in India - Neeti Nair

January 29th, 2021


 FREE SPEECH BATTLES  Interviewer: Matthew Berkman. The concept of hurt sentiments first became ensconced in the Indian legal code almost two-hundred years ago, under the influence of the British government official …

Episode 2.9: The 100-Million Dollar Question: Is The University of Pennsylvania Really Paying Its Fair Share?

December 22nd, 2020


Interviewer: KATIE RADER. For decades, University of Pennsylvania student activists have demanded that Penn pay PILOTs (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) to …

Episode 2.8: The Fall of the Party of Lincoln: A Conversation with Tara Setmayer

December 15th, 2020


Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. As an African-American Republican, political commentator TARA SETMAYER had long embraced the compassionate …

Episode 2.7: Art, Activism, and Putin: A Conversation with Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova

December 7th, 2020


Interviewer: RAFAEL KHACHATURIAN. Conceptual artist and political activist NADYA TOLOKONNIKOVA is a founding member of the art collective Pussy Riot, …

Episode 2.6: Countering White Nationalism: A View from the Inside – Derek Black

October 30th, 2020


 FREE SPEECH BATTLES  Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. Growing up within the white nationalist movement as the son of one its leaders, Don Black, and …

Episode 2.5: Hate Speech: The Case Against Censorship – Nadine Strossen

October 5th, 2020


 FREE SPEECH BATTLES  Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. As the political climate and the prevalence of social media have combined to raise the incidents …

Episode 2.4: Bad Populism, Good Populism – Rogers Smith

September 18th, 2020


Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. Nationalist populist movements, fueled by resentment against ruling elites, typically attack the norms and procedures …

Episode 2.3: Bulwark of the Opulent Minority: Can the Senate Ever Be Democratic?

September 4th, 2020


Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. As the Democratic Party seeks to regain the Presidency and retain the House of Representatives in November, it well …

Episode 2.2: Restoring a Rules-Based World: A Conversation with Gen. Wesley Clark

August 24th, 2020


Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. Amid our current partisan rancor, Retired Army General WESLEY CLARK has chosen to focus instead on the common ground …

Episode 2.1: Roy Cohn: His Life, Misdeeds, and Inescapable Legacy

August 10th, 2020


Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. In her discussion with political scientist Matthew Berkman, documentarian IVY MEEROPOL describes the stories she was …

Episode 1.21: After Bern: Progressive Activist Winnie Wong on the Future of a Movement

May 29th, 2020


Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. Bernie Sanders has twice failed to win the nomination for President, but in the process has transformed the policies …

Episode 1.20: The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex - Lila Corwin Berman

May 22nd, 2020


Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. American Jewish philanthropy has long been celebrated for its virtues, extending from the local to the global, the Jewish to the non-Jewish, and modest donations to vast endowments. In her …

Episode 1.19: Thinking Beyond Universal Peace: How Our Highest Ideal Underwrites Violence - Murad Idris

May 15th, 2020


Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. For those who seek an end to intergroup violence, it might seem natural to embrace peace as a universal ideal. MURAD …

Episode 1.18: Fifty-State Anarchy: The Failed Federal Response to Covid-19 - Eric Orts

May 8th, 2020


Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. In the absence of a robust and coordinated response from the national government, U.S. states have shouldered the …

Episode 1.17: The Class Ceiling: How Privilege Shapes British Careers - Sam Friedman

May 1st, 2020


 REVERBERATIONS OF INEQUALITY  Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. Even in the United Kingdom, with its longstanding reputation for rigid class distinctions, the common presumption in the twenty-first century is that people …

Episode 1.16: A World Without Police: Toward the Abolitionist Horizon - George Ciccariello-Maher

April 24th, 2020


Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. As the old saying goes, when you are holding a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER argues …

Episode 1.15: The Two-State Solution: An Autopsy – Ian Lustick

April 17th, 2020


Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. In his book Paradigm Lost, IAN LUSTICK argues that negotiations for a two-state solution between the Mediterranean Sea …

Episode 1.14: The Emancipation of All: Marxism in the Age of Identity Politics – Asad Haider

April 10th, 2020



 CAPITALISM / SOCIALISM / DEMOCRACY  Interviewer: RAFAEL KHACHATURIAN. “Identity politics” is a term typically marshaled to attack something the …

Episode 1.13: Germans, Israelis, and Palestinians in the Shadow of the Holocaust - Sa'ed Atshan and Katharina Galor

April 3rd, 2020


Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. Berlin is home to Europe’s largest Palestinian diaspora community and one of the world’s largest Israeli diaspora communities. In their book, The Moral Triangle, SA’ED ATSHAN and KATHARINA …

Episode 1.12: Human Rights Are Not Enough to Fix an Unequal World - Samuel Moyn

March 27th, 2020


 REVERBERATIONS OF INEQUALITY  Interviewer: RAFAEL KHACHATURIAN. The rise of human rights as an international ideal has not only failed to address the longstanding problem of distributional equity, argues historian

Episode 1.11: Taking a Pound of Flesh: The Punitive Impacts of Monetary Sanctions - Alexes Harris

March 18th, 2020


 REVERBERATIONS OF INEQUALITY  Interviewer: RAFAEL KHACHATURIAN. More than seven million Americans are either incarcerated, on probation, or on …

Episode 1.10: Men Die Quicker, Women Get Sicker: Gender Disparities in Health Policy and Research - Chloe Bird

February 19th, 2020


 REVERBERATIONS OF INEQUALITY  Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. For many decades, health researchers assumed that they knew how to correct for gender – specifically, how to take research carried out primarily on men and …

Episode 1.9: The Quiet Conservative - An Interview with Jeb Bush

January 27th, 2020


Interviewer: AUDREY JAQUISS. The 43rd Governor of Florida and presidential candidate JEB BUSH is currently a Penn Presidential Professor of Practice affiliated with the Mitchell Center, and we appreciate his engagement …

Episode 1.8: Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and Social Inequality - Bruce and Craig McEwen

January 3rd, 2020


 REVERBERATIONS OF INEQUALITY  Interviewer: MARTHA FARAH. Combining the perspectives of neuroscience and sociology, brothers BRUCE MCEWEN (head of …

Episode 1.7: The Criminal Justice System as a Predatory Revenue Racket - Joe Soss

December 20th, 2019


 REVERBERATIONS OF INEQUALITY  Interviewer: RAFAEL KHACHATURIAN. In March 2016, American learned from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that the city of Ferguson, Missouri had been operating a “predatory system of …

Episode 1.6: Partisan Gerrymandering and the Rise of Democracy Deserts - David Daley

December 10th, 2019


 REVERBERATIONS OF INEQUALITY  Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. Since the days of Massachusetts Governor Eldridge Gerry (pronounced with a hard g), whose 1812 redistricting plan for the state senate produced the …

Episode 1.5: The Decline of American Labor and the Rise of Inequality – Brishen Rogers

November 22nd, 2019


 REVERBERATIONS OF INEQUALITY  Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. Union membership in the United States has experienced a long decline. From a peak of over 30 percent of the labor force in 1945, it now hovers around 11 …

Episode 1.4: The Mediated Cacophony of Facebook and Its Threat to Democracy - Siva Vaidhyanathan

November 11th, 2019


 DEMOCRACY IN TROUBLE?  Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. The ways in which Facebook pollutes public discourse are inherent and inescapable features of …

Episode 1.3: No Asylum for Mankind: The Long, Twisting History of U.S. Refugee Policy – Evan Taparata

October 25th, 2019


Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. Since its beginnings after the Revolutionary War, refugee policy has helped establish the contours of the U.S. …

Episode 1.2: Understanding Russian Interference Through a Russian Lens - Marlene Laruelle

October 16th, 2019


 DEMOCRACY IN TROUBLE?  Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. The United States, and Western democracies more generally, currently view Russia through the lens of their own internal crises, argues MARLENE LARUELLE, expert on …

Episode 1.1: The Enduring Threats to Voting Rights - Ari Berman

May 20th, 2019


 DEMOCRACY IN TROUBLE?  Interviewer: MATTHEW BERKMAN. Since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, many have celebrated the expansion of voting rights to more Americans. Journalist ARI BERMAN (Mother Jones) has focused his …

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