Understanding the United States

The first European-based podcast dedicated to understanding the United States, staking out a new space in the media ecosystem


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To acess free explenatory coverage of U.S. politics

The inclusion of an internatioal perspective that is aimed at all who take an interest in American politics

Enjoy media that is topical but never loses sight of the big pciture.

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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.

  • Guardian US contributor
  • Historian of United States
  • Proffesor at Leiden University
  • Next book on Trump and American Democracy

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As an American myself, this podcast gives me new insights.


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