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The Public Sphere

May 30, 2018

On the show today, Pete talks to Samantha Parsons, a co-founder of Unkoch My Campus and Transparent GMU. These organizations expose the influence The Charles Koch foundation on colleges and universities throughout the United States.

In a recent episode of The Public Sphere, Pete and I discussed the lawsuit brought...

May 20, 2018

Pete talks to Kate Doyle Griffiths about the teachers' strike in West Virginia and her article in Viewpoint Magazine.

Kate is a doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center in the department of Anthropology. She writes about work, women and queers, strikes and social reproduction, health and healthcare in the USA and...

May 10, 2018

Free speech is a core tenet of our democratic and academic systems. But as in politics, universities are increasingly under siege by large donors carrying bags of cash. What do billions of dollars entitle you to? Does it entitle you to shape what is taught and researched at a public university? How can you tell when or...

May 5, 2018

Today Pete and Luke are discussing John Dickerson's argument in May issue of The Atlantic that the modern presidency is too unwieldy for any individual to succeed. Implicitly he is pushing back against the idea that Trump's personality is ill-fitted to the job: Anyone would be overwhelmed by the office, he thinks.