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.
- Biden’s scandal*** Check out the free America Explained newsletter for a few posts a month on American politics and foreign policy *** Politics started early this year, with tumult in the House of Representatives and President Biden getting a classified documentContinue reading “Biden’s scandal”
- The crisis at the border*** Check out the free America Explained newsletter for a few posts a month on American politics and foreign policy *** There is a humanitarian crisis at the southern border, and Republicans in Congress will be working hard to makeContinue reading “The crisis at the border”
- Europe’s winter energy blues*** Check out the free America Explained newsletter for a few posts a month on American politics and foreign policy *** The war in Ukraine has shaken up global energy markets and created fears of a seriously bad winter inContinue reading “Europe’s winter energy blues”
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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