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The Public Sphere

Jan 15, 2019

Pete talks with frequent guest Wes Bishop about how politics (mis-)characterizes and stereotypes the working class.

Wes Bishop, "The Public Stage: The Working Class in Theatrical Representations and the Fear of America’s Declining Public Sphere," South Atlantic Review 2018 (20:3) 130-149.

The Public Sphere is a...


Dec 14, 2018

Pete and Luke discuss a few articles about party politics in America.


Nov 30, 2018

On this episode, Luke and Pete discuss "Scary Clowns,” an article in the Baffler by Brendan O'Conner. Luke begins with a monologue about his growing fear of extremist right-wing violence. We consider the connections between more mainstream conservative groups and fascist groups like the Proud Boys. We discuss the...


Nov 16, 2018

Pete and Luke discuss Ryan Zinke, the scandal-ridden Secretary of the Interior. What does "public land for public use" mean? What is an "America First" energy policy? They also briefly revisit last week's topic, Matthew Whitaker, the newly appointed acting Attorney General.

Intro clip: Dogs at Dept of Interior, Fox New...


Nov 10, 2018

On this week’s episode, Pete and Luke talk about the 2018 midterm elections and the appointment of Matthew Whitaker. We also have a wide-ranging conversation about the undemocratic nature of the Senate and the Electoral College, redistricting, and the legitimacy and history of the federal system. All of that before we...