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.
- Politics of Voter SuppressionIn response to the Big Lie – that last November’s election was stolen from them – Republicans are moving to pass voter suppression legislation across dozens of American states, most prominently in Georgia. In this episode I’m joined by formerContinue reading “Politics of Voter Suppression”
- Debating Afghan withdrawalThis last week, Joe Biden announced the biggest foreign policy move of his administration so far – a plan to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan this year. In this episode we talk about the arguments for and against withdrawal, whyContinue reading “Debating Afghan withdrawal”
- Biden, savior of global democracy?All over the world, democracy is in retreat and authoritarianism is on the march. The Biden administration has put the advancement of democracy around the world at the center of its foreign policy agenda. But at the same time, AmericanContinue reading “Biden, savior of global democracy?”
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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