The podcast to understand the United States
An international perspective on American politics, foreign policy and culture
Understand the developments shaping American politics, foreign policy and culture – presented especially for an international audience.
Listen to the voices and perspectives which are shaping debates inside and outside the United States about America and its place in the world.
Get the story behind the story – we’re topical but always focused on the big picture.
- #StopAsianHateOver the past year, more and more attention has been focused on an issue which has long been submerged in mainstream discussions of American politics – racism and discrimination against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. A wave of scapegoating and hateContinue reading “#StopAsianHate”
- Lock Trump up?Last week Trump’s business and its Chief Financial Officer were hit by criminal charges related to a tax evasion scheme. But Trump himself hasn’t been charged, and there seems little prospect that he will be held accountable for the legionContinue reading “Lock Trump up?”
- Why liberals can’t tell storiesThe most successful politicians are often the most successful storytellers. Barack Obama, Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan – they all excelled at telling spinning narratives with which their supporters could identify. But what if one side of the political battle isContinue reading “Why liberals can’t tell stories”
Meet your host
America Explained is hosted by Andy Gawthorpe, a historian and political commentator. British by birth, Dutch by residence, and American-in-waiting by marriage, Andy teaches and researches the United States at Leiden University. He also writes frequently about American politics, foreign policy & culture for U.S. and international media, particularly Guardian U.S. In the past, he’s been a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a civil servant in the Cabinet Office, and an instructor at a British military academy.
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