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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, Director of LSE’s US Centre and Head of the International Relations Department at LSE, Lawrence Wright of the New Yorker, Heather Evans, Associate Professor of Political Science and Sam Houston State University, and Sarah Scaffidi, of LSE’s US Centre.

Listen to Episode 3.4 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.


Featured image: “Welcome to Texas” by Tim Patterson is licensed under CC BY SA 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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