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    The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: How Great Powers Transition: A Conversation with Dr. Kori Schake

The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: How Great Powers Transition: A Conversation with Dr. Kori Schake

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In this Extra Inning of the Ballpark, your host Chris Gilson talks with Dr. Kori Schake, the Deputy Director-General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, about her new book Safe Passage. Dr. Schake discusses how and when power can peacefully shift from one hegemon to another, the impact of Trump’s foreign policy on America’s standing in the world, […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.4: The Lone Star State You Don’t Know

The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.4: The Lone Star State You Don’t Know

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As the midterms draw nearer, we’re zooming in on some of the most interesting races in the US. This week, we’re headed to Texas to learn about its uniquely individualist culture, what’s happening in its Senate race, and how the Lone Star State is poised to become an even more important player in national politics.

This episode features Peter Trubowitz, […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.3: Healthcare politics and policy in Tennessee

The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.3: Healthcare politics and policy in Tennessee

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As a part of our State of the States season, we’re taking a look at some of the most important elections in the 2018 midterms, and this episode, we’re going to Tennessee, the volunteer state, to see how healthcare is impacting one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

This episode features LSE Alumni Jason Burchard of RootNote, Amanda […]

The Ballpark podcast Episode 9: The LSE and USA

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The LSE and United States have a long, intertwined history, and in this episode, we dive into the special relationship between Americans, London, and the LSE.

This episode features Mick Cox, Professor of International Relations at LSE; Marcia Balisciano, Director of the Benjamin Franklin House in London; and Gavin Baird, recipient of the Marshall Scholarship at LSE
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    The Ballpark podcast needs your help! Take our listeners’ survey

The Ballpark podcast needs your help! Take our listeners’ survey

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The Ballpark is the LSE US Centre’s regular online audio show on US politics, policy, and research. In each episode, hosts Denise Baron, Sophie Donszelmann, and Chris Gilson take a closer look at American politics, economics, policy and news.

We’ve really enjoyed putting the podcast together and bringing it to nearly 20,000 listeners so far this year, but we’d also like […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 8: America’s contentious and complicated criminal justice system

The Ballpark podcast Episode 8: America’s contentious and complicated criminal justice system

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This episode takes us beyond the headlines to investigate what societal structures makes America’s criminal justice system so different from those of other countries, and we take a look at what role the Black Lives Matter movement plays in this contemporary debate.

This episode features interviews with Nicola Lacey of LSE’s Law Department and Michael McQuarrie of LSE Sociology.
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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 7: Federalism, the longest lasting debate in America

The Ballpark podcast Episode 7: Federalism, the longest lasting debate in America

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This episode, hosts Denise Baron and Chris Gilson dive into one of the oldest and longest lasting debates in American history: federalism vs. states’ rights. Even though it’s centuries old, this issue keeps popping up, and we walk you through the implications of this debate.

This episode features interviews with Waltraud Schelkle of the LSE’s European Institute, Sierra Smucker, PhD student at […]

The Ballpark podcast Episode 6: Place Matters

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Does where we reside influence how we vote or even how much it costs to live ? Or is it the other way around?  In this episode of The Ballpark, hosts Denise Baron, Sophie Donszelmann, and Chris Gilson take a look at the role geography plays in politics, inequality, and more.

This episode features interviews with Jonathan Rodden, Professor in the Department […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 5: What’s a political poll got to do with it?

The Ballpark podcast Episode 5: What’s a political poll got to do with it?

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In this week’s episode of The Ballpark, hosts Denise Baron, Sophie Donszelmann, and Chris Gilson a look at what political polling can tell us about democratic participation, public policy, and political priorities.

This episode features interviews with Daniel Laurison, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the LSE’s Sociology Department, Larry Jacobs, Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies at the […]

The Ballpark podcast Episode 4: The Almighty Dollar

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In this week’s episode of The Ballpark, hosts Denise Baron, Sophie Donszelmann, and Chris Gilson look at the almighty dollar and decipher US monetary policy, central banking, and exchange rates.

This episode features interviews with Jeff Frieden, Professor of Government at Harvard University, Gianluca Benigno, Professor of Economics at the LSE, and Chris Parkes, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the LSE.
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