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With all the noise created by a 24/7 news cycle, it can be hard to really grasp what's going on in politics today. We provide a fresh perspective on the biggest political stories not through opinion and anecdotes, but rigorous scholarship, massive data sets and a deep knowledge of theory. Understand the political science beyond the headlines with Harris School of Public Policy Professors William Howell, Anthony Fowler and Wioletta Dziuda. Our show is part of the University of Chicago Podcast ...
 
Where politics, religion and history collide - and it's not always polite! Political opinion podcast hosted by former political science instructor and current political observer Jaye Pool. Left-leaning yet not perfectly bound by ideology. Historical context with a dose of progressive Christianity in the mix. #StirThePot #Resist #p2 #progressiveChristian #Exvangelical
 
Some Politics is Local is the podcast where two guys from Calgary, Alberta, Canada (David and Mike) provide a fun, original and (always) irreverent perspective on all things political. The podcast covers global politics, US politics, federal politics, provincial politics and, of course, some local politics.
 
Political despair getting you down? Join host Samia Mounts, a liberal Hillary Clinton voter, as she travels the country having compassionate, respectful political conversations with female Trump voters. Political bigotry is tearing our nation apart, causing rifts between family members and breaking up friendships. It's counterproductive to everyone's agenda to alienate each other. Let's try to relate instead. Detailed fact-checks in the Show Notes for each episode at www.makeamericarelatepod ...
 
Emerson College Polling Weekly is the official podcast for Emerson Polling for the 2018 mid-term elections. National pundit and pollster Prof. Spencer Kimball provides trusted polling results, updates and real-time analysis in the realms of public opinion at both local and national political levels. Available whereever you get your podcasts and http://www.clnsmedia.com
 
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We are about halfway through the primary election season in the United States. This cycle has seen an explosive growth in spending from political action committees tied to pro-Israel lobby groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. In this episode Michael Arria and I speak with Beth Miller from JVP Action and campaign co…
 
Something curious has happened in American politics. Andrew Yang of 2016 presidential election fame has launched a third party, The Forward Party, and he's attracting some attention. A key feature of this party is a belief in ranked choice voting and raising up the possibility that through ranked choice voting, we might recover our our democracy.We…
 
In a public release of this bonus episode originally released on Patreon in November 2019, Jaye talks more urban legends by discussing a couple of processed food-related legends. Is McDonalds adding animal byproducts and other gross fillers to their hamburgers? Are popular meat substitutes such as Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger "indistingu…
 
In May, 2021, fighting broke out between Palestinian resistance groups in Gaza and the Israeli military. Three hundred Palestinian residents of Gaza were killed, including 66 children, and thousands more were injured. The United Nation’s Human Rights Council set up a Commission of Inquiry to identify the “root causes'' of the violence. On June 7th …
 
For this episode, in US politics, we have a super-duper scorching hot-take on Episode 8 of the January 6th Committee: Jabba the Hut Does Nothing to Call off His Goons. For provincial/federal Canadian politics, we talk about the latest and not so greatest with healthcare in Canada (and the undue stress on it from the latest COVID wave). What should …
 
Nearly a decade ago, the Supreme Court effectively removed the "preclearance" process in its Shelby County v. Holder decision. That process had been implemented for decades as part of the Voting Rights Act and required places with a history of racial discrimination to get approval from the Justice Department before changing their voting procedures.…
 
Last week U.S. President Joe Biden met with senior Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a whirlwind trip through the Middle East. Biden had several top-level goals for this trip. He wanted to deepen connections between the U.S. and Israeli militaries, continue the so-called “normalization” efforts between the Israeli government and regional Arab stat…
 
Last month a US court of appeals upheld an Arkansas law that prohibits state contractors from boycotting Israel. The 9-1 decision reversed a previous ruling that determined the law was unconstitutional. Despite the fact that over 30 states have adopted similar laws, it was the first full federal appeals court ruling on the subject. The decision was…
 
For this episode, in UK politics, we have a HOT-TAKE on the political demise of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who has just resigned from office on July 7th, 2022. Will BoJo be able to get himself out of this capper and rise back to prominence? We discuss! For Federal (Canadian) politics, we have a warm-take on the expulsion of Patrick Brown …
 
Advocates for the striking down of Roe by the Supreme Court say this will improve our politics by allowing people’s preferences to be better represented at the State level. But do State and local governments accurately match the preferences of their citizens when responding to their demands? It’s a difficult question to answer, but one paper by NYU…
 
Author and former evangelical pastor George Azar joins Jaye to discuss his new book, My Gay Church Days, his memoir about his life while in evangelical Christianity, where he eventually joined church leadership, while keeping secret his truth as a gay man. This real and candid conversation touches on themes such as belonging and the cost of accepta…
 
For this episode, in American politics, the January 6th Committee's (6-part) public hearings and what they have unearthed so far...and will it make a difference at all to politics in the US. For provincial politics, we check in on the latest edition of 'Who Wants to Be Our Premiere?' More specifically, we talk about the latest joiners of the race, …
 
There’s long been a belief that the Supreme Court rarely departs from precedent. But as the court appears to intend to strike down Roe, we’re wondering what the data tell us about how consistent the Supreme Court has been at honoring precedent. And, is the Supreme Court more likely to depart from precedent in constitutional cases than other types? …
 
In this episode of Potstirrer Podcast, Jaye reacts to the leaked draft US Supreme Court Opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization. Written by Justice Samuel Alito, the draft majority opinion signals an overturning of the Roe v. Wade precedent regarding abortion, and would leave abortion rights up to the states. Jaye argues that Alito'…
 
There are many questions surrounding the nature of money in politics, but one of the first order questions we should be asking is who exactly is donating that money? We now have access to more data than ever due to a dramatic increase in small donations through online fundraising platforms. Georgetown University Economist Laurent Bouton digs throug…
 
For this episode, in federal politics, we talk about the new legislation passed by the Liberal government to tighten restrictions on guns and also the drug possession exemption requested by BC that was approved by the federal government. For provincial politics, we have a burning HOT TAKE on the Ontario election results, with the Rob Ford's PC part…
 
In this episode I talk to Nooran Alhamdan, a recent Masters graduate of Georgetown University about the action she and other graduates took to confront Antony Blinken, the U.S. Secretary of State, over U.S. support for Israel. The audio in this episode is a bit choppy, so thanks for your patience. - - - - - Support our work Help us continue our cri…
 
CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains content discussing explicit sexuality, sexual assault and harassment, violence, and suicide. Listener discretion is advised. In this public release of a Patreon bonus episode originally released in November 2018, Jaye goes back in time to tell the story of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998, and…
 
For this episode, we return to US politics, with a spirited discussion on the US primaries that have recently taken place. We talk specifically about Donald Trump's hold on the party - and the efficacy of his endorsements. We then talk about Alberta provincial politics - and the race for who will be the new leader of the UCP (and, ipso facto, Premi…
 
As the academic year draws to a close at The University of Chicago, our hosts are busy attending to the last minute activities of a professor. So, this week we wanted to re-share one of our favorite episodes interrogating a radically different proposal to fix the filibuster rather than abolishing it altogether. The filibuster is still one of the mo…
 
We have a special super, duper hot-take mini-episode this week! We recorded this special podcast only an hour or so after Jason Kenney announced that he would be stepping down as Premier of Alberta after securing 51.4% of the vote in support of his leadership. In this burning hot take, we talk about what went wrong, revisit our Predict-orama on the…
 
For this week’s episode, in federal politics, we dissect (or, more accurately, Mike regales David on what happened on) the first official Conservative leadership debate. Who scored points, who lost points, who wants to fire the Governor of the Bank of Canada? We discuss! For provincial politics, we revisit the Ides of Spring (AKA Jason Kenney's lea…
 
One of the biggest questions surrounding the conflict in Ukraine is to what extent the shadow of nuclear war affects the degree of involvement by Western countries. Much of the literature in nuclear deterrence theory assumes the incentives of mutually assured destruction are strong enough to avoid a nuclear war, and hence the existence of nuclear c…
 
For this week’s episode, for all levels of politics, we tackle on issue only: the implications of the (still draft) decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in the US Supreme Court. What does it mean for the US - and the 51% percent of the population that is oppressed by this vote? What does it portend for Trump? We discuss it all and more! We also talk ab…
 
In this episode we’re excited to share an interview with Michael Lynk, the 7th Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian Territories, appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council. Michael’s term in that role just ended and he spoke to scientist, author and activist David Kattenburg about the state of things in Pal…
 
Activist, artist and podcaster Andrew Pledger joins Jaye on this episode of Potstirrer Podcast to share his compelling story about growing up in Christian fundamentalism and his road to recovery from spiritual abuse. The conversation includes discussion of mental health, religious trauma and abuse, and the role of ultra conservative Christianity in…
 
For this week’s episode, for Global Politics, we talk about the latest (and not so greatest) about Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Is Putin rationale? Are we heading towards nuclear oblivious? We discuss! For Media Politics (?), we talk about Elon Musk's move to buy Twitter for the princely sum of 44 billion dollars. Is this good for the world (and, …
 
When it comes to cable news, Fox and CNN have pretty partisan viewers. So, what would happen if Fox viewers tuned into CNN for a month? Would they suddenly adopt different views more aligned with CNN? UC Berkeley political scientist David Broockman and his colleagues wanted to find out. When they paid Fox News viewers to watch CNN, they found that …
 
In this episode we’re going to hear a program organized by the Adalah Justice Project and the American Friends Service Committee earlier this month, marking the Land Day anniversary and the beginning of Ramadan. The first Land Day in Palestine took place on March 30, 1976, when Palestinians organized large demonstrations and a nation-wide strike ag…
 
For this week’s episode, we take the 'lightning round' approach - with a bunch of quick takes on interesting political topics. For Global politics, we talk about the election in France and what it portends for the free-world more generally. For US politics, we quickly gab about the increasing divide amongst Senators in Supreme Court nominations. Fo…
 
By now, we've heard a lot about how state-owned Russian television is distorting the truth about the war in Ukraine. But Russian TV doesn't just reach Russian viewers. Some Ukrainians can receive its analog television signals. To understand how this propaganda influences Ukrainians, we turned to New York University political scientist Arturas Rozen…
 
For this week’s episode, in federal politics, we have a smoking-hot take on the Liberals' Federal Budget. Did the NDP get what they bargained for (kind of)? Will the Conservative have well-thought out criticisms against it (don't count on it)? We discuss! For provincial politics, we talk about the Ides of April...and now May (with the move of the L…
 
In this episode, Jaye focuses on a particular argument politicians and pundits make when countries reckon with past and present incidents of national shame, which is that other countries also have shameful incidents in their histories. Jaye discusses why - although the thought experiment is intriguing - the argument itself is deflection which silen…
 
For this week’s episode, in Global politics, we go back and forth on the most interesting developments that happened of late related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Then, for Federal politics, we chat about the new Liberal climate change plan (now 'new-and-improved' with sector specific targets!). Will this new plan save us from a fiery oblivio…
 
In this episode Mondoweiss’s US correspondent Michael Arria updates us on some key stories he is tracking in his weekly politics newsletter The Shift. After that Michael speaks to Zoha Khalili, a staff attorney at Palestine Legal about the organization's 2021 year-in-review report. - - - - - Support our work Help us continue our critical independen…
 
We know that lobbyists have the power to influence politics. But not all lobbyists are working on behalf of corporate interest groups. Sometimes, city officials actually hire lobbyists to represent the interests of their constituents in the state legislature. Why would cities do this? This is what New York University political science professor Jul…
 
For this week’s episode, in Federal politics, we talk about the brand new confidence and supply agreement struck between the NDP and the Liberals that will (maybe) keep the government in tact until 2025. Who are the big winners and losers of the deal? We discuss! We then check in on the Ides of April, with the April 9th Leadership Review vote fast …
 
For this week’s episode, in global politics, we talk (yep, once again) about Russia's invasion of the Ukraine. We take a bit of a different take on it this time by chatting about how the conflict could alter the world order - with possibly bolstering the assentation of China as a challenger to the US. For Canadian federal politics, we talk about th…
 
In this episode we have a conversation with Phil Weiss and Yakov Hirsch about the cultural sources of pro-Israel movements in American politics. For several years now Hirsch has examined what he calls "hasbara culture" -- the ways that a discourse of Jewish victimhood has conquered Jewish, Israeli, and even American political culture. Hirsch explai…
 
Christian fiction author Allison K. Garcia returns to Potstirrer Podcast to discuss the final installment of the Buscando Home series, Finding Paz. Allison and Jaye's heartfelt discussion includes some of the themes in the novel, such as grief, separation from family, and familial connection on the journey the characters take to find peace. In addi…
 
For this week’s episode, in global politics, we talk (once again) about Russia's invasion of the Ukraine. Is Putin a rational actor or just a dickhead? We'll discuss! Then, for US politics, we have a 'warm-take' on Joe Biden's first State of the Union address which took place on March 1st, 2022. For extra fun, David only read the transcript while M…
 
Russia has invaded Ukraine. This horrible global crisis raises questions about Putin’s ultimate ambitions, and how nations can make credible deterrent threats in incredible circumstances. We’re not experts on the Ukraine conflict, but we can dive into the political science research to get some clarity on the underlying dynamics that may be at play.…
 
For this week’s episode, in global politics, we talk about Russia's invasion of the Ukraine. What has happened so far, what will happen next and the politics of it all - we will discuss! For provincial politics, we have a hot-take on Alberta's 2022 budget. The roller-coaster is going high (especially given the first topic of the pod) - we'll discus…
 
In this episode, Mondoweiss Executive Editor Adam Horowitz speaks to Lana Tatour about the recent report from Amnesty International declaring that Israel practices apartheid in order to oppress and dominate Palestinians. - - - - - Support our work Help us continue our critical independent coverage of events in Palestine, Israel, and related U.S. po…
 
For this week’s episode, in federal politics, we talk about the decision of the Liberal government to activate the Emergencies Measures Act in order to combat the occupation in Ottawa and the blockades around the country. We talk about why they did it and the politics - for all of the Federal political parties as well as the Premiers most impacted.…
 
In Episode 100, Jaye celebrates the milestone by taking on the topic of cancel culture. Cancel culture is praised by advocates and maligned by critics, but is often ill-defined. Jaye delves into the origin and types of cancel culture, including the deplatforming of celebrities, boycotting of companies, and shaming of private individuals, as respons…
 
You've probably heard this one before: college football games and shark attacks influence elections in favor of incumbents. Surprising findings like these are exciting, and seem to tell us a lot about the stability of our democracy and the rationality of voters. If you listen to our podcasts regularly, you’ve probably also heard this one: Anthony F…
 
Terry Rogers is a retired community health nurse in New York who has long been active in solidarity with Palestine. Phil Weiss spoke to her last month about the political and moral challenges involved when privileged American activists engage in these movements. Though it is essential that more Americans learn about Palestine — and educate other Am…
 
For this week’s episode, in federal politics, we talk about the ongoing, trucker-related occupation in Ottawa - and now on Windsor's Ambassador bridge. What are the options the governing Liberals have - and who will wear the blame for this if it continues? We discuss! For provincial politics, we talk about Kenney's move to (suddenly) stop the use o…
 
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