The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 23: Dire States

Episode twenty-three of the podcast is a live recording hosted by Caveat Space. Just Before Trump delivered his first State of the Union, guests Sarah Jaffe (the Nation Institute) and Kazembe Balagun (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung) and BISR’s Ajay Singh Chaudhary, Patrick Blanchfield, Samantha Hill, and Kali Handelman took to the Caveat stage to discuss the state of the country and our politics as they actually are. What has changed and what hasn’t in the past year? In the era of the 24-hour news cycle, what stands out as significant, exceptional, or exemplary? What is the state of our union? Participants present a picture of the past year and the present moment through the stories, moments, and issues that stand out to them. Q & A follows.

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Episode 23: Dire States

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Footnotes

Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia.

Andrew Bacevich, America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History.

Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of History.”

Ajay Chaudhary, “In the Court of the Centrist King: Emmanuel Macron and Authoritarian Liberalism,” Political Research.org, November 28, 2017.

Jean Genet, The Blacks.

Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in their Own Land.

Sarah Jaffe, Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt.

Franz Neumann, The Democratic and the Authoritarian State.

Norimitsu Onishi and Somini Sengupta, “Dangerously Low on Water, Cape Town Now Faces ‘Day Zero,’ “ New York Times, January 30, 2018.

Dayna Tortorici “In The Maze,” n+1, Issue 30.