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This season, we’re taking a look at how the states influence and shape America’s politics and policy. The stories, the elections, the policies, the political ecosystems, the people of these places are what drives the national narrative. And so, this season, “The State of the States” will take us to some of the most interesting and divided places in the United States.

This episode features Chris Bonneau (@Bonneau_Says) and Kris Kanthak (@kramtrak), both associate professors of political science at the University of Pittsburgh and co-editors of State Politics and Policy Quarterly.

Listen to Episode 3.1 on Soundcloud


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The Ballpark was produced with help of the LSE’s Annual Fund.  Our theme tune is by Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers”, a Seattle based gypsy jazz band.

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Featured image: “Pushpins in a map over the U.S.A.” by Marc Levin is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Note:  This podcast gives the views of the interviews and co-hosts, and is not the position of USAPP – American Politics and Policy, the LSE US Centre, nor the London School of Economics.

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