Over 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 hate crimes related to the Covid-19 pandemic and the tragic spa shootings in Atlanta have madeContinue reading “#StopAsianHate”

Why liberals can’t tell stories

The 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 is much more adept at telling stories than the other? That’s the argument of David Ricci,Continue reading “Why liberals can’t tell stories”

Joe Manchin’s America

On Sunday, the Democratic Senator from West Virginia dropped a bombshell. Joe Manchin said he will refuse to vote for any legislation to advance or protect voting rights in America unless ten Republican senators back it as well – an impossibly high bar, particularly at a time when Republicans all over the country are pushingContinue reading “Joe Manchin’s America”

Are the Democrats anti-Israel?

As violence shook the Middle East over the past few weeks, a debate was raging in the United States over American support for Israel. It has seemed to many observers that the Democratic Party is increasingly turning against Israel. This episode breaks down the party’s debate over Israel and argues that less has changed thanContinue reading “Are the Democrats anti-Israel?”

Trump, Biden and Israel (bonus episode)

Just a few weeks ago, former Trump administration officials were still claiming that they had brought peace to the Middle East. But the latest round of violence demonstrates that their approach was deeply flawed and only set the conditions for long-term escalation. Meanwhile, the Biden team has clearly been caught flat-footed, having been distracted byContinue reading “Trump, Biden and Israel (bonus episode)”

Politics of Voter Suppression

In 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 former Obama campaign official Karin Robinson to discuss the scariest parts of the voter suppression effort,Continue reading “Politics of Voter Suppression”

Debating Afghan withdrawal

This 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, why this isn’t so straightforward of a win for progressives as it might appear, and howContinue reading “Debating Afghan withdrawal”