Ballpark Season 2

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.8 Where did the opioid epidemic come from?

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.8 Where did the opioid epidemic come from?

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With the skyrocketing rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths in the US, John Collins and Alex Soderholm of the International Drugs Policy Unit join us to dissect the key questions behind this epidemic: what’s at the root of this opioid crisis? Where are these drugs coming from? And what can the US do about it?

This episode features Dr […]

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.7 The Rural-Urban Divide

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The distance between America’s rural and urban communities have become a pivotal element of politics and elections. Professor Kathy Cramer has spent the last decade investigating the attitudes and identities that have contributed to this divide, and in this episode, we dive into that work with her and PhD candidate Tory Mallett.

This episode features Kathy Kramer, Director of the Morgridge […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.6: Racism towards Latinos: Past, present, and future

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.6: Racism towards Latinos: Past, present, and future

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The current US president is not the first American leader to use inflammatory rhetoric about Latinos and push anti-immigration policies, but Donald Trump’s presidency has certainly brought these issue to the forefront of American politics. This episode we’re diving into the fear, resentment, and history behind racism towards Latinos, and in doing so, we’ll see that this is far […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.5: The future of American progressivism

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.5: The future of American progressivism

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After a number of disappointing elections, many people have been left asking “Who is the Democratic Party?” In this episode, we’ll not only take on that question, but we’ll take a step further. Who will the Democratic Party be going forward? Will there even be a Democratic Party going forward?

This episode features Thomas Frank, author and former columnist for […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.4: The Changing Face of American Conservatism

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.4: The Changing Face of American Conservatism

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From the party of Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump, the Republican Party is changing, but what caused these changes and where is American conservatism headed? This episode, we dive into these and other questions about the changing face of Republicans, the GOP, and American conservatism.

This episode features Yuval Levin, Editor of National Affairs magazine and a leading conservative thinker in […]

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.3: Trumpian Foreign Policy

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This episode, we’re taking a look at how President Trump’s prioritisation of “America First” will impact foreign policy. What will America’s presence and actions in the world look like during the Trump era?

This episode features Charles Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University
and Emmanuelle Blanc, PhD Student in the International Relations Department at LSE.
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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.2: Do state governments even matter?

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.2: Do state governments even matter?

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This episode, we’re looking into an often overlooked level of American policy-making: state governments. While the federal government is gripped by gridlock, the states surprisingly continue to pump out public policy. What makes these smaller governments work so efficiently? And do these laboratories of democracy really work for everyone?

This episode features Jamie Monogan, Assistant professor in the Department of […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.1: Populism and the new political spectrum

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.1: Populism and the new political spectrum

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While populism isn’t a new phenomenon in the United States, it has produced a new political spectrum in American politics and elections. In this episode, we explore why populism is so influential in US politics right now, what impact it is having on the political landscape, and where the government or politicians should go from here.

This episode features Eric […]

The Ballpark podcast Season 2: Back at Bat!

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The Ballpark is back for Season 2! We’re still going beyond the headlines and bringing you the facts, figures, quotes, and context that you need to form a more informed view on the United States. But this season, we’re bringing you even more analysis, research, and insight. Look out for an episode at the end of every month, starting […]

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