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American Prestige

English, News, 1 seasons, 395 episodes, 2 days 14 hours 30 minutes
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A podcast from Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison that provides listeners with everything they need to know about what’s going on in the world. www.americanprestigepod.com (https://www.americanprestigepod.com?utm_medium=podcast)
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Bonus - George Kennan w/ Frank Costigliola

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny chats with Frank Costigliola, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Connecticut, about diplomat and historian George F. Kennan. They discuss his legacy as a realist with an unending belief in diplomacy, the “long telegram”, his wariness of the public holding sway in foreign relations, the emphasis on industrial …
14/01/20244 minutes 41 seconds
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Special - The 2024 Crisis in Ecuador w/ Guillaume Long

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDerek Sits down with Guillaume Long, senior research fellow at the Center for Economic and and Policy Research (CEPR) and former foreign minister of Ecuador, to discuss the outburst of armed conflict there over the last several days and how this fits into a larger context of issues facing the country.Subscribe now for the full interview! Recorded Friday…
12/01/202419 minutes 34 seconds
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Special - South Africa Takes Israel to the ICJ w/ Spencer Ackerman

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comSpencer Ackerman, journalist at various outlets including Forever Wars, chats with Derek about South Africa’s case charging Israel with genocide at the ICJ.Check out Spencer’s piece on the matter.Recorded Thursday, January 11, 2024
12/01/20243 minutes 48 seconds
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News - ICJ Israel Genocide Case, US-UK Yemen Strikes, Ecuador Crisis

Danny and Derek come off the hottest year on record with the new year’s cold, hard facts. This week: South Africa brings a genocide case against Israel in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) (2:39) while Antony Blinken tours the region (8:48); Iraqi PM Mohammed Shia' Al Sudani is looking to request the withdrawal of U.S. forces (19:09); the Israel-Hizbollah border battles continue to escalate (22:23); the U.S. and U.K. launch strikes on Yemen (25:31); rebels in Myanmar take the border city of Laukkaing (28:49); Ethiopia looks to make a deal with the unrecognized state of Somaliland (33:56); Ukraine is running out of air defenses and shifting to a defensive posture (37:12); armed battles and chaos break out in Ecuador (40:23); 2023 was indeed the hottest year on record (43:55). Recorded Thursday, January 11, 2024 <br
12/01/202446 minutes 59 seconds
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E130 - Kissinger and Nixon in Southeast Asia w/ Carolyn Eisenberg

Danny and Derek welcome Carolyn Eisenberg, professor of history at Hofstra University, to explore Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon’s joint pursuit of war in Southeast Asia in the 1960s and 70s. Using Carolyn’s book Fire and Rain as a guide, the group gets into the duo’s relationship, their aims in escalating conflict in the region while pursuing diplomacy with China and the Soviet Union, military events like Operation Lam Son 719, and what this story reveals about U.S. foreign relations. Carolyn also contributed to the edited anthology The Good Die Young: The Verdict on Henry Kissinger, which was released after his death in December 2023. Be sure to also check out Danny and Derek’s special episode with Greg Grandin on the life and legacy of Kissinger.Become a found
09/01/202456 minutes 39 seconds
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Bonus - The History of the Kurds, Ep. 5 w/ Djene Bajalan

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comWe’re back into our History of the Kurds series with Djene Bajalan, associate professor of history at Missouri State University. In this episode, the group explores changes in Kurdish nationalism during and after World War II (i.e. when it began to be framed in the context of decolonization), 1950s and 60s Kurdish politics in Iraq and Turkey, and the co…
07/01/20244 minutes 59 seconds
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Free Bonus - Global Radicalism and the Mexican Revolution w/ Christina Heatherton

The news roundup returns next week, so in the meantime we thought we’d share our conversation with Christina Heatherton, Elting Associate Professor of American Studies and Human Rights at Trinity College, Connecticut. Her book Arise! Global Radicalism in the Era of the Mexican Revolution covers the Mexican Revolution as an international story, something that galvanized radical organizers of the era to fight global capitalism in new ways. The discussion broaches Dubois framing the color line as a tool of imperial expansion, touches on figures like Ricardo Flores Magón and Alexandra Kollontai, examines prisons used as organizing spaces, and how this era of radicalism can inform organizing today.The book will be out in paperback from UC Press in February while the Spanish translation will be out from La Cigarra Press this Spring.Recorded in June 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get acces
05/01/202455 minutes 5 seconds
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Special - Escalations in the Middle East

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek give subscribers an update on the recent events in the Middle East, including today’s blasts in Iran at a memorial for slain general Qasem Soleimani, Tuesday’s strike on a Hamas leader in southern Beirut, Israel’s recent strike in Damascus, and South Africa’s petition at the ICJ to declare the situation in Gaza a genocide.Recorded Wednes…
03/01/20243 minutes 39 seconds
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E129 - Hope at the Brink w/ Jeffrey Lewis

Jeffrey Lewis, professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies on the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Faculty, joins Danny and Derek to discuss his new podcast The Reason We’re All Still Here, which covers scientists, analysts, and idealists who have gone above and beyond in the name of peace and diplomacy when state actors fail to do so. This discussion focuses on the podcast itself as well as questions about Marx’s theory of alienation, the hope of changing the massive structures all but guaranteeing our demise, and why being an “imperfect part of the solution” might be worthwhile. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
03/01/202447 minutes 27 seconds
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Bonus - Fashion, Women, and Power w/ Denise Rall

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDenise N. Rall, adjunct research fellow at Southern Cross University in Australia, joins Danny and Derek to discuss the relationship between fashion, women and power. Topics include the origins of the fashion industry, sartorial diplomacy, figures like Elizabeth II and Michelle Obama, and the power suit.Be sure to check out Denise’s book Fashion, Women,…
31/12/20234 minutes 39 seconds
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Free Bonus - Soviet Material Culture in Cuba and India w/ Sudha Rajagopalan

Danny and Derek sit down with Sudha Rajagopalan, Senior Lecturer in East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam, to discuss her book Journeys of Soviet Things, an oral history of socialist globalization focusing on the journeys of Cold War era Soviet objects in Cuba and India. The conversation explores why Sudha focused on banal objects, what Soviet-made household technologies meant to people in Cuba and India, people’s views of American-produced goods of the time, whether a transnational identity was forged through these objects, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
29/12/202347 minutes 9 seconds
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E128 - The Vietnam War in the Pacific World w/ Brian Cuddy and Fredrik Logevall

Danny and Derek chat with Brian Cuddy, lecturer in security studies at Macquarie University, and Fredrik Logevall, Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, about the eponymous collection of essays they co-edited, which examines the lasting impact of the Vietnam War in Southeast Asia and the wider Pacific. They discuss how the regional dynamics shaped the course of the war, what taking a regional perspective illuminates, the current state of the politics of Vietnam historiography, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
26/12/202342 minutes 36 seconds
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Bonus - The Medievalist's Guide to Christmas w/ Eleanor Janega

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back to the podcast Eleanor Janega, medieval historian, author, and broadcaster, to get down to brass tacks: What is Christmas? They discuss its practice in early and medieval Christian societies, mummers’ plays and gambling, Saint Nicholas providing dowries and resurrecting boys killed for their meat, the post-Reformation treatm…
23/12/20235 minutes 53 seconds
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News - Gaza War, Houthi Red Sea Response, North Korea ICBM

Danny and Derek amble across the finish line of 2023. This week: a Gaza update including the latest UN resolution, ceasefire talks, and a potential Geneva conference (1:15); the West/North Atlantic formally responds to Houthi actions in the Red Sea (8:50); General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi wins re-election (13:22); continued fighting in Myanmar (14:29); another ICBM test from the DPRK/North Korea (15:47); the RSF captures another city in Sudan (19:39); a possible resurgence of piracy in Somalia (21:43); the latest constituional referendum in Chile (24:09); a Venezuela-U.S. prisoner swap (25:56); and a Ukraine war update (29:02). Recorded Wednesday December 20, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
21/12/202336 minutes 27 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 20 w/ Dalia Hatuqa

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDerek welcomes back Dalia Hatuqa, a journalist specializing in Palestinian-Israeli affairs, to discuss developments in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel proper over the past couple of weeks. Then Danny and Derek give a news update for subscribers.Recorded Tuesday, December 19, 2023
20/12/202329 minutes 32 seconds
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UNLOCKED - The Christmas Truce of World War I w/ Terri Blom Crocker

Merry (early) Christmas! Danny and Derek speak with historian Terri Blom Crocker to discuss the reality of the mythologized Christmas Truce of 1914, when soldiers in World War I made various agreements to cease fighting. Check out Terri's book The Christmas Truce: Myth, Memory, and the First World War! Originally published on Christmas 2021 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
19/12/202358 minutes 5 seconds
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E127 - The Pahlavi Petro-State w/ Gregory Brew

At AP headquarters, nothing brings holiday cheer quite like oil, so Danny and Derek are back with Gregory Brew, analyst at Eurasia Group in energy and Iran, to discuss Iran’s postwar “petro-state” period. They get into the country’s trajectory leading up to the 1953 coup, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and his relationship with the U.S., the 1963 White Revolution, how oil revenue supported industrialization, middle class growth, and state expansion, the rise of the clerical opposition to Pahlavi’s reign, and more. Check out Gregory’s book Petroleum and Progress in Iran: Oil, Development, and the Cold War. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit
19/12/202357 minutes 50 seconds
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Bonus - Queer Germany, Ep. 10 w/ Samuel Huneke

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek sit down for one last time with Samuel Huneke, assistant professor of history at George Mason University, to discuss queer life in Germany from the 18th century through the Cold War. This episode focuses on the 1980s and the AIDS crisis, the different ways East and West Germany framed and dealt with it, the effect of the Soviet Union’s c…
17/12/20233 minutes 11 seconds
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News - Gaza War, Armenia-Azerbaijan Prisoner Exchange, Myanmar Ceasefire in Sight

Sunny Danny tees up Iceman Derek. This week: an update on the grim situation in Gaza (0:59); the Yemeni Houthis respond with attacks in the Red Sea (15:13); the Egyptian presidential election (18:16); an Armenia-Azerbaijan prisoner exchange (19:55); a possible ceasefire in Myanmar (22:46); an actual ceasefire in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) (24:31); a Ukraine update (27:05); a Venezuela-Guyana update (33:34); and the conclusion of the COP28 climate conference (35:41). Recorded Thursday, December 14, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
15/12/202338 minutes 52 seconds
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E126 - How the Soviet Jew Was Made w/ Sasha Senderovich

Danny and Derek are joined by Sasha Senderovich, associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Washington, for a discussion of his book How the Soviet Jew Was Made. They explore the background of Jews in the Pale of Settlement and lands that later made up the USSR, the role of the Jew in the Bolshevik imagination, Yiddish language culture and figures like David Bergelson, the role of the pogrom to Jews of the Soviet Union, the Jewish Autonomous Oblast in the far east of the USSR, and more.Be sure to grab a copy of the book, which was a finalist for the 2023 National Jewish Book Award and is presently short-listed as the Best First Book by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL). This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss
12/12/202343 minutes
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Bonus - Queer Germany, Ep. 9 w/ Samuel Huneke

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny welcomes back Samuel Huneke, assistant professor of history at George Mason University, to discuss queer life in Germany from the 18th century through the Cold War. This episode picks up in the late 1960s with the repealing of Paragraph 175 in West Germany, the proliferation of queer media in the 1970s, the racial dynamics of the gay rights moveme…
10/12/20233 minutes 32 seconds
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UNLOCKED - The History of the Maccabees w/ Joseph Scales

Chag Sameach! Danny and Derek are joined by independent scholar Joseph Scales to talk about the history of Hanukkah. They discuss the rivalry between the Seleucid and Ptolemaic empires that preceded the conflict; the Maccabean/Hasmonean revolt and the family's ascension to power within Judea; the Judean expansion; and much more.Originally published November 27, 2021 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
09/12/20231 hour 24 minutes 20 seconds
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AP x Nonzero - The Gaza War and the Palestine Question w/ Robert Wright

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comWelcome to episode two of the collaboration between AP and Nonzero Newsletter! For those who missed the first one, we decided to join forces every couple of months and put out crossover episodes between the two projects. Paid subscribers get an extra 40 minutes of discussion plus a discounted membership to Nonzero— just scroll below the paywall near the bottom of the description, where you’ll also find the video for the Overtime segment.Public video:  Title: The Gaza War and the Palestine Question0:00 A bold experiment in podcast synergy continues3:35 The dire humanitarian situation in Gaza9:51 Is fu
09/12/202338 minutes 35 seconds
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News - Gaza Bombardment Update, Guinea-Bissau Coup Attempt, Venezuela-Guyana Tensions

Danny and Derek deliver the goods a day early. This week: an update on Gaza (0:36); more Ansar Allah (Houthi) activity off of Yemen’s coast in the Red Sea (11:46); Italy withdraws from the China-led Belt and Road Initiative (15:04); South Korea launches a spy satellite (16:51); an attempted coup in Guinea-Bissau (19:35); a Russia-Ukraine update featuring prisoner exchange talks with the U.S. (23:03) and dwindling funds on Ukraine’s behalf (24:56); Venezuela-Guyana tensions on the rise over the Essequibo border region (28:35); and a COP28 update (32:36). Recorded Thursday, December 7, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
07/12/202337 minutes 7 seconds
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E125 - Rising Ethiopia-Eritrea Tensions w/ Mohamed Kheir Omer

Danny and Derek chat with Mohamed Kheir Omer, a researcher and writer based in Oslo, Norway and former member of the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF), about the current escalating tensions between Ethiopia and Eritrea. They get into the historical background of the two countries’ frought relationship, the respective roles of Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed, Eritrean support of Ethiopia in the Tigray War, where the current conflict in Ethiopia’s Amhara region fits into this, and more.Check out Mohamed’s article on the topic in Foregin Policy. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
05/12/202353 minutes 17 seconds
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Bonus - Ageless Napoleon w/ Everett Rummage

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comEverett Rummage, the man behind The Age of Napoleon podcast, joins Danny and Derek to break down Ridley Scott’s new film on Monsieur Bonaparte. They discuss Napoleon’s (English coded) portrayal, aspects his life the film chose to focus on, the centrality of Josephine in Napoleon on film, what the film gets right, conflates, or completely fabricates, and…
03/12/20235 minutes 4 seconds
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Special - The Death of Henry Kissinger, Ep. 2 w/ Greg Grandin

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek speak with Greg Grandin, author of Kissinger's Shadow: The Long Reach of America's Most Controversial Statesman, about the life and legacy of Henry Kissinger.
01/12/20235 minutes 5 seconds
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News - Ukraine Slogs On, Dutch Election, UN Climate Summit

The Tryptophan Twins return from the holiday to bring you up to speed. This week: an update on Gaza (0:42); Kuwait’s emir has a brief health scare (5:50); the U.S. accuses the Indian government of complicity in a murder plot in New York (6:59); the DPRK (North Korea) puts a spy satellite into orbit (9:32); a failed coup attempt in Sierra Leone (12:43); far-right populist Geert Wilders' Freedom Party (PVV) wins the Dutch parliamentary elections (14:54); a Ukraine update (19:37); Henry Kissinger shuffles off this mortal coil (24:55); and the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference kicks off in Dubai (26:33).Check out all the latest updates on Gaza/Israel-Palestine here. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe?utm_medium=podcas
01/12/202332 minutes 45 seconds
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Special - The Death of Henry Kissinger, Ep. 1 w/ Ben Burgis

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Ben Burgis, host of the Give Them an Argument podcast, share their immediate thoughts upon the expiration of the infamous statesman.Check out GTAA on Patreon and YouTube.Stay tuned for a more in-depth follow-up discussion with Greg Grandin, author of Kissinger’s Shadow, coming tomorrow (Friday, December 1). Recorded Thursday, November 30, 2023
01/12/20233 minutes 28 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 19

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek give subscribers a news update on the situation in Israel/Palestine, including the temporary pause in (some) hostilities, Ansar Allah/Houthi actions, and more. Check out the rest of our specials on the current conflict.Recorded Tuesday, November 28, 2023
29/11/20233 minutes 2 seconds
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E123 - The Making of Silicon Valley, Ep. 3 w/ Margaret O'Mara

Danny and Derek welcome back to the pod Margaret O’Mara, historian and author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America, to conclude the story tracing Silicon Valley’s rise until the the 21st century. The discussion starts in the late 70s/early 80s and covers the rise of biotech and the personal computer, competition from Japan, government interventions like SEMATECH and the High Performance Computing Act of 1991 (HPCA), the dot-com boom (and bust), and more.Check out the rest of the series here.Be sure to grab a copy of the book! You can find Margaret’s other work at her website. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https:/
28/11/202357 minutes 18 seconds
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Bonus - JFK and Vietnam w/ Marc J. Selverstone

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome to the pod Marc J. Selverstone, head of the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, to discuss what John F. Kennedy might have done had he lived and oversaw America’s involvement in Vietnam. Using his book The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitment to Vietnam as a launching …
26/11/20234 minutes 25 seconds
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Free Bonus - The Communist Meownifesto w/ Leigh Claire La Berge

Danny and Derek speak with Leigh Claire La Berge, author of Marx for Cats: A Radical Bestiary. They discuss Leigh Claire’s unique approach to Marxist critique through the lens of cats, feline usage in the lexicon from the royal (Richard the Lionheart) to the proletarian (“wildcat strike”), how our feline friends help illuminate watershed moments in the advent and development of capitalism, and more.Be sure to pounce on a copy of the book! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
24/11/202352 minutes 25 seconds
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Re-Post - This Land is Their Land w/ David Silverman

Danny and Derek welcome David Silverman, professor of Native American, Colonial American, and American racial history at George Washington University, for a discussion of the historical Thanksgiving holiday. They get into the the origin and proliferation of the holiday’s myth, the historical Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony, the Wampanoag Indians, their culture, politics, and relationship with the English settlers, who and what the holiday serves in 2022 America, and more.Be sure to grab a copy of David’s book This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving!Originally published November 22, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get acc
22/11/202351 minutes 24 seconds
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RE-POST - We Solve the JFK Assassination Mystery, Pt. 2 w/ Aaron Good

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek continue the conversation with Aaron Good of American Exception on the JFK assassination. Check out the first part here.Originally published Dec 18, 2021
22/11/20233 minutes 11 seconds
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Unlocked - We Solve the JFK Assassination Mystery, Pt. 1 w/ Aaron Good

Danny and Derek speak with the political scientist Aaron Good, author of American Exception: Empire and the Deep State and the new podcast American Exception, about the JFK assassination. They delve into the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination, the  idea of Kennedy as a "peacenik," why it's important to study the assassination, and much more.Fredrik Logevall's essay "Kennedy and What Might Have Been" can be found in The Vietnam War: An Intimate History by Ken Burns and Geoffrey C. Ward.Check out the second part here.Original published December 12, 2021 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigepod.com/subscr
22/11/202348 minutes 35 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Argentina Presidential Election w/ Andre Pagliarini

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Andre Pagliarini, assistant professor of history at Hampden-Sydney College, for a breakdown of how so-called “anarcho-capitalist” Javier Milei was elected president of Argentina, what he can actually enact of his, er, ambitious plans, what this means for the country, and more. Recorded Tuesday, November 21, 2023
21/11/20233 minutes 2 seconds
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E123 - The Making of Silicon Valley, Ep. 2 w/ Margaret O'Mara

Danny welcomes back to the pod Margaret O’Mara, historian and author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America, to continue the story of how Silicon Valley came to be. They pick up in the midst of the Space Race, touching on the sources of tech capital the 1950s and 1960s, how the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) reshapes Stanford, figures like Stewart Brand and Steve Jobs, the transition from 60s counterculture to 70s “founder culture”, and more. Check out the first episode here.Be sure to grab a copy of the book! You can find Margaret’s other work at her website. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.a
21/11/202359 minutes 49 seconds
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Bonus - All Hailbag the Mailbag 7: The Musical

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDisclaimer: There are no musical numbers.At long last, Producer Jake returns to tee up subscriber queries for Danny and Derek. In this edition, we explore whether nations “deserve” to exist, if Mearsheimer has stumbled onto something about China, the notion of military intervention on behalf of Mother Nature, what the gang thinks about the show “The Ame…
19/11/20234 minutes 38 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 18 w/ Mariam Barghouti

Danny and Derek speak with Mariam Barghouti, a journalist and writer based in Ramallah, about where things stand in Palestine. In addition to the situation in Gaza, they catch up on what’s been happening in the West Bank, particularly since October 7. Recorded Friday, November 17, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
17/11/202321 minutes 48 seconds
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News - Gaza War, Rebels in Mali, Biden and Xi Meet

Righteous rage fuels these righteous brothers’ need to inform the people. This week: an update on Gaza (0:30); more U.S. airstrikes on Syria (7:36); an update on the war in Sudan (9:24); a rebel offensive in Myanmar (12:33); rebels in Mali take on the national army (15:49); the Ukrainian army crosses the Dnipro River (18:39) and a Ukrainian suspect in the Nord Stream bombing (21:57); the Polish opposition is close to forming a government (25:06); the Socialist Party in Spain forms a government (28:02); the U.K. sees a cabinet reshuffle while a court strikes down a plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda (29:47); and a New Cold War update featuring Biden and Xi meeting face to face (34:24). This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
17/11/202337 minutes 45 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 17 w/ Haggai Matar

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDerek catches up with Haggai Matar of +972 Magazine for an update on the domestic situation in Israel. Danny and Derek then give a news update for subscribers. Some of Haggai’s recent work: * “How October 7 has changed us all — and what it signals for our struggle”* “Palestinians fear ‘slow death’ as hunger and thirst spread in Gaza”* “For Israeli leaders, ev…
16/11/202321 minutes 50 seconds
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E122 - Biden's Border Wall w/ Laiken Jordahl

Taking a detour from our series on Silicon Valley, Derek speaks with Laiken Jordahl, Southwest conservation advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, about the Biden administration’s decision to continue construction of a border wall through the Rio Grande Valley. They discuss the impact this will have on the region’s ecology, wildlife, and indigenous and local communities, how it fits into the larger trend of border militarization, and more.Relevant links:* <a target="_blank" href="https://www.texasobserver.org/biden-quietly-gave-border-wall-contrac
14/11/202343 minutes 56 seconds
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Bonus - Thank You for Your Service w/ Ross Caputi

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek speak with Ross Caputi, a PhD student in Modern U.S. and Italian history at UMass Amherst, about his experience serving in the Iraq War and his thoughts on Veterans Day. They go into what it was like in the Second Battle of Fallujah, how he and some of his fellow soldiers’ tenure compared with the idea of war they had going into the conf…
12/11/20234 minutes 49 seconds
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News - Gaza War, Sudan War, EU Expansion

Danny, fresh from the dentist, seeks relief in Derek’s news recap. This week: a Gaza War update (0:31); the U.S. attacks another weapons depot in Syria (16:51); Ansar Allah (Houthi) forces in Yemen down an American drone (18:31); Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah makes a speech on the region’s crisis (19:58); opium cultivation in Afghanistan is at a new low after the U.S. withdrawal (22:17); a major rebel offensive in Myanmar (23:59); in Sudan, the RSF advances in Darfur and near the South Sudan border (26:13); Putin to run for re-election while Russia quits the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) (28:41); the North Atlantic appears to be pushing for peace talks for the Ukraine War (29:56); the European Union advances Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia candidacies (32:48); peace talks with FARC-EMC groups suspended in Colombia (34:43); and more bad climate news (36:31). <a target="_blank" href="https://www.americanprestigepod.com/p/2023-gaza-war-specials-an
10/11/202340 minutes 11 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 16 w/ Akbar Shahid Ahmed and Michael Brenes

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDerek speaks with Akbar Shahid Ahmed, senior foreign affairs reporter at HuffPost, about what is going on within the Biden administration around the Gaza War. Topics include sidelining the State Department, stifling voices therein, figures influencing Biden’s Middle East policy like Brett McGurk, and more.Then, for subscribers, Danny and Der
09/11/202330 minutes 21 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 15 w/ Emily Tamkin

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back to the podcast Emily Tamkin, author of Bad Jews: A History of American Jewish Politics and Identities, to check in with how American Jews across the political spectrum are reacting to the current moment.Check out Emily’s recent articles on the topic in The New Republic and Slate.
08/11/20234 minutes 30 seconds
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E121 - The Making of Silicon Valley, Ep. 1 w/ Margaret O'Mara

Danny and Derek speak with Margaret O’Mara, historian and author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America, about how Silicon Valley came to be the behemoth we know today. In this first part of the conversation, they get into the origins of Silicon Valley from the days when it was most known for apricot orchards. Topics discussed include the transformation of research at Stanford and MIT in the postwar era, figures such as Vannevar Bush and Frederick Terman, the 1960s rejection of the military-intellectual complex, and more. Be sure to grab a copy of the book!You can find Margaret’s other work at her website. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe?utm_medium=podcast&#38;utm_campaign=C
07/11/202347 minutes 10 seconds
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Bonus - If We Burn w/ Vincent Bevins

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek are joined by journalist Vincent Bevins to talk about his latest book If We Burn, which explores the past decade of mass protests which yielded little to no fundamental change. They discuss some of the cases examined in the book along with comparable movements preceding the 2010s, whether the protests’ revolutionary goals are attainable,…
05/11/20234 minutes 20 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 14 w/ Zachary Foster

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek are joined by Zachary Foster, historian of Palestine and editor of the Palestine, in Your Inbox newsletter. He and Danny compare their respective backgrounds as American Jews grappling with narratives of Israel and Palestine fed to them by Jewish day school, “Birthright Israel” trips, and related programs. The group then discusses the hi…
03/11/202329 minutes 25 seconds
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News - Gaza War, Myanmar Rebels, Ukraine Stalemate

Danny and Derek clock in to deliver the (grim) news. This week: an update on Gaza (0:31); Yemeni Houthis fire at Israel (18:30); potential escalation in Lebanon (20:55); new rebel offensives on the Myanmar-China border (22:44); China-U.S. arms control talks (25:14); a Sudan conflict update (26:56); a human rights report on Ethiopa civilian deaths (28:47); a Russian mob attack in Dagestan (30:20); and an update on the war in Ukraine (32:41). This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
02/11/202337 minutes 15 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 13 w/ Maryam Jamshidi

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDerek speaks with Maryam Jamshidi, associate professor of law at the University of Colorado, about the legal ramifications of what’s happening in Gaza under international law. Then Danny and Derek give a news update for subscribers.Here are Al Jazeera’s updates on the Jabaliya strikes and the conflict.Note: since the time of recording, the casualty figu…
02/11/202322 minutes 17 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 12 w/ Ken Klippenstein

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comKen Klippenstein, investigative reporter for The Intercept, returns to the program to discuss his recent article detailing a U.S. base recently constructed in Israel, 20 miles from Gaza. They explore the implications of such a classified “private-public partnership” project, America’s current geostrategic interest in Iran, how a base in such close proxi…
01/11/20233 minutes 6 seconds
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E120 - Killers of the Flower Moon w/ Jim Gray

Danny and Derek welcome Jim Gray, former chief of the Osage Nation, to the podcast to discuss Martin Scorcese’s film Killers of the Flower Moon. They explore Osage history leading up to the events depicted in the film, Osage culture and politics, the book upon which the film is based, to what extent the filmmakers worked with Osage people throughout production, what distinguishes this film from other Hollywood portrayals of Native Americans, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
31/10/20231 hour 24 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 11 w/ Udi Greenberg

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome Udi Greenberg, associate professor of history at Dartmouth, back to the podcast to discuss the internal situation in Israel. They touch on domestic media coverage, the rhetoric surrounding the Hamas operation and Israeli bombardments, Netanyahu’s political calculus, public opinion on Gaza and settler violence in the West Bank, an…
30/10/20234 minutes 5 seconds
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Bonus - The Historical Columbus w/ Juan Ponce Vázquez

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek speak with Juan Ponce Vázquez, associate professor history at the University of Alabama, about Christopher Columbus. They explore his Genoese origins, his journeys to the Americas on behalf of the Crown of Castile, the geopolitical situation at the time, what we know about his contact with native peoples, how the modern holiday came to b…
29/10/20235 minutes 2 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 10

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek give a news update and an analysis of where things stand today. They discuss the new phase of the war, the Israeli public’s response so far, the prospect of a hostage-prisoner swap, Friday’s UN General Assembly vote, the U.S. bombings in Syria, and more.Catch up with all of the content related to this current war here.Recorded Saturday, …
28/10/20234 minutes 59 seconds
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News - War on Gaza, Antarctic Glacier Loss, Ukraine Update

The News That’ll Never Make You Snooze™. This week: Israel continues its relentless assault on Gaza with no ceasefire in sight (0:32); collisions between Chinese and Philippine vessels raise tensions in the South China Sea (10:14); China's foreign minister Wang Yi pays a visit to Blinken while the PRC imposes export controls on graphite (found in electric vehicle batteries) (12:19); an update on the war in Sudan, where peace talks are reportedly underway once more (15:23); the U.S. officially suspends aid to Gabon due to the August coup d’état (18:24); an update on the Ukraine War (19:48); Sweden is close to sealing the deal for NATO membership (24:30); the Socialist Party (PSOE) and far-left Sumar coalition of Spain agree to form a coalition government (26:30); the first round of Argentina’s presidential election wraps up without a clear winner, leading to a November runoff (28:21); and Climate Change stays winning, with a study indicating that glacier melting in western Antarctica
27/10/202333 minutes 6 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 9 w/ Omar Shakir

Derek speaks with Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), about the U.S. government’s decision to publicly question the statistics coming from Gaza’s Ministry of Health nearly three weeks into Israel’s bombardment of the enclave. They also discuss the dire humanitarian situation there including the collapse of the hospital system, the inadequate amount of aid being allowed to trickle into the strip, what’s been happening in the West Bank, and more.You can find Omar’s work and more at HRW’s Israel/Palestine page: https://shorturl.at/ajuDJ.You can also find all our episodes on the 2023 Gaza War here. Recorded Wednesday, October 26, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <
26/10/202334 minutes 50 seconds
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E119 - A Palestinian Voice in Hollywood w/ Lexi Alexander

Danny chats with filmmaker Lexi Alexander about what it’s like being Palestinian-American in the industry at this moment. They talk about Hollywood’s relationship with marginalized groups over the past decade, the space Arabs occupy in American films, how U.S. imperialism plays into globally consumed American entertainment, and more. Check out Jack Shaheen’s 2006 documentary Reel Bad Arabs on Kanopy: https://shorturl.at/irOV2 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
24/10/202343 minutes 32 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 8 w/ Sina Toossi

In the past two weeks, much has been made of Iran’s role in the current war on Gaza. Sina Toossi, senior non-resident fellow at the Center for International Policy, returns to the show to help contextualize Iran in the greater regional dynamics around the conflict.Recorded Thursday, October 19, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
19/10/202338 minutes 45 seconds
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News - Gaza Bombardment, US-Venezuela Sanctions Deal, A Week of Global Elections

The last bits of Derek’s sanity serve Danny’s need for the headlines. This week: Biden visits Israel as it pummels Gaza and an IDF ground invasion looms (0:38); a number of countries hold elections, including New Zealand (8:19), Liberia (9:34), Poland (10:57), and Ecuador (13:28); China holds its annual Belt and Road Forum (14:48) while a U.S. report says the People’s Republic is building its nuclear arsenal faster than previously believed (16:45); an update on the conflict in Sudan (18:02); Mali sees U.N. peacekeepers continue to withdraw from the north of the country, potentially leading to increased fighting (20:10); the State Duma in Russia greenlights the process to pull out of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (21:20); Ukraine hits Russian airfields in the occupied Luhansk Oblast (22:37) while the Russian assault on the Ukrainian city of Avdivka stalls (24:22); Islamist attacks in Belgium and France trigger free movement suspensions (25:59); Argentina prepares for the
19/10/202335 minutes 36 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 7 w/ Seraj Assi

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDerek sits down with Seraj Assi, a Palestinian writer living in Washington DC, to discuss the ongoing situation in Gaza including more background context on the Gaza Strip, Tuesday’s Ahli Arab Hospital strike, the overall humanitarian situation, looking ahead to the potential ground invasion, and more. Danny and Derek then give a news update for subscri…
19/10/202333 minutes 30 seconds
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E118 - The Realists Were Right w/ Lily Lynch

Danny and Derek sit down with journalist Lily Lynch to discuss her article for The New Statesman, “The Realists Were Right”, which assesses the state of the Ukraine War 18 months into the conflict. They discuss the shifting perspectives of the war within Ukraine, what exactly happened with the much-hyped Spring counteroffensive, the future of U.S. support, the response to Lily’s piece, the role of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky on the international stage, what role the war might play in the 2024 U.S. presidential election, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
17/10/202350 minutes 7 seconds
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Free Bonus - Christian Zionism, Pt. 1 w/ Daniel Hummel

Danny and Derek sit down with Daniel Hummel, director for university engagement at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Upper House, to discuss the emergence and rise of Christian Zionism in the United States since 1948. In this first part, they get into the pre-WWII roots of the movement, Evangelical Christians’ relations with Muslims of the region in the early days of the State of Israel, the theological basis of Christian Zionism, figures like Douglas Young and Billy Graham, the concept of Judeo-Christianity, the effect of the 1967 War on the relationship, and more until the Nixon Administration. Be sure to grab a copy of Daniel’s book Covenant Brothers: Evangelicals, Jews, and U.S.-Israeli Relations: https://www.danielghummel.com/covenant-brothers This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a
15/10/20231 hour 36 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 5

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek give a news update on the Gaza War for subscribers. We’ve also unlocked our discussion with Rashid Khalidi from our Monday update for everyone in addition to his series A History of Modern Palestine for those looking for an accessible history of the past 100 years of Palestine. Recorded early afternoon EST, Friday, October 13, 2023
13/10/20235 minutes 50 seconds
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News - Gaza War, US Freezes Iran Funds, Aircraft Carrier Group in South China Sea

Danny and Derek wouldn’t miss a Friday news roundup, folks! This week: the war in Gaza escalates with full U.S. support (0:30); Qatar is pressured by America to re-freeze $6 billion promised to Iran as part of the prisoner swap deal (5:29); the U.S. sends an aircraft carrier battle group to the South China Sea (8:54); Sudan normalizes its ties with Iran and an update on its domestic conflict (10:16); months after the fact, the United States recognizes the coup in Niger (12:36); a Russia/Ukraine update featuring a Russian attack on Avdiivka in Donetsk Oblast (15:08), Zelensky’s “surprise” visit to NATO (17:00), and Russia losing an election to the UN Human Rights Council (19:37); the Finnish and Estonian Balticconnector pipeline/telecom cable is severed (21:34); Palestinian solidarity protests being banned in Europe (24:01); the ceasefire in Colombia with the former FARC group EMC begins, but is already under threat (24:55); a sanctions relief deal with Venezuela is reportedly in the
13/10/202333 minutes 24 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 4 w/ Nour Odeh

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek speak with Nour Odeh, political commentator and analyst in Ramallah, about the state of the media coverage of this war. They then give a news update for subscribers. Check out Al-Jazeera’s article on the issue of disinformation around the conflict.Recorded midday EST, Wednesday, October 11, 2023
11/10/202321 minutes 19 seconds
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AP x Nonzero - Israel, Palestine, and US Foreign Policy w/ Robert Wright

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comWelcome to the first installment of a collaboration we’re trying between AP and Nonzero Newsletter! Basically, we love the work of Bob and the team so much that we are going to periodically put out crossover episodes between the two projects. Paid subscribers get a discounted membership to Nonzero— just scroll below the paywall near the bottom of the description, where you’ll also find the video for the Overtime segment. (0:05) Nonzero/American Prestige cocktail with a hybrid episode twist (1:55) Was Hamas’s attack a predictable response to conditions in Gaza? (14:15) Did Biden’s foreign policy make the attack more likely? (24:52) America’s unstrategic Middle East strategy (30:07) Can anything good come out of the current cris
10/10/20231 hour 15 minutes 52 seconds
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RE-POST - A History of Modern Palestine, Ep. 1 w/ Rashid Khalidi

Note: In lieu of a new public episode this week, we’re re-posting this first episode of our History of Modern Palestine series. This episode will always be publicly available, but we also are unlocking the other five for the next week. Please check them out!Danny and Derek speak with Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, about his book The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017. This first episode explores Dr. Khalidi’s inspiration and methodology behind the book, discursive shifts surrounding Israel-Palestine, the advent of Zionism, and more.Grab a copy of Professor Khalidi's book: https://bit.ly/3GLfgct This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribe
09/10/202352 minutes 18 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 3 w/ Rashid Khalidi

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek give a news update with where the conflict stands today. Then, for paid subscribers, they speak with Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, about the larger implications of the war.We’ve also unlocked our series with Rashid, A Modern History of Palestine, for the next week.Special episode…
09/10/202316 minutes 41 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Gaza War, Ep. 2 w/ Haggai Matar and Dalia Hatuqa

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comThis second episode on the current conflict in Gaza and within Israeli territory is in three parts: first, Danny and Derek give us a news update on the situation. They then speak with Haggai Matar, executive director of +972 Magazine, about his piece contextualizing yesterday’s surprise attack from Gaza (23:53). Derek then closes out the episode speakin…
08/10/20233 minutes
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Special - The Hamas October Offensive, Ep. 1

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek jump on the mic to lay out what we know so far about today’s offensive launched by Hamas from Gaza into Israeli territory (within the 1948 borders). Recorded midday EST, Saturday, October 7, 2023
07/10/20233 minutes 43 seconds
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News - Biden's Border Wall, Ukrainian Aid in Question, Renewed Kosovo-Serbia Tensions

Derek is Rocky, while Danny is Mickey, that is to say, there’s news. This week: in a climate update, it was the hottest September on record (0:31); a suicide bombing (claimed by the PKK) rocks Turkey’s capital of Ankara, leading to retaliatory airstrikes (2:00); the U.S. freezes aid to Egypt amid the Bob Menendez indictment (4:05); more than 100,000 ethnic Armenians flee the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave of Azerbaijan (6:11); Pakistan orders over 4 million undocumented persons, particularly Afghans, to leave (9:22); signs point to the DPRK making moves to reclaim weapons-grade plutonium from the reactor at their Yongbyon complex (11:34); Mali’s junta government continues to struggle with the rebel group Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) (13:03); reports emerge that the Niger junta government might be open to talks with ECOWAS and making the transition to civilian rule (15:
06/10/202332 minutes 51 seconds
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E117 - A History of Counterinsurgency w/ Joseph MacKay

Danny and Derek welcome Joseph MacKay, senior lecturer at the Australian National University, to talk about counterinsurgency— what it is, where it came from, and why it persists. The discussion focuses on several case studies over several centuries, using military manuals and their respective authors as a guide, to give us an idea of how counter-insurrectionary war developed and eventually took on its late twentieth and early twenty-first century forms. Grab a copy of Joseph’s book The Counterinsurgent Imagination: A New Intellectual History: https://shorturl.at/zBCE5 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
03/10/202355 minutes 17 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Guatemalan Presidential Election and Aftermath w/ Rachel Nolan

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDerek and Danny sit down with Rachel Nolan, assistant professor at Boston University, to discuss the 2023 Guatemalan presidential election and its aftermath. They discuss the country’s recent history, the opponents’ respective political movements, the victory of the Semilla party’s Bernardo Arévalo, the contested result, who stands to gain from blocking…
02/10/20233 minutes 2 seconds
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Bonus - A Marine's Unbecoming, Pt. 2 w/ Lyle Jeremy Rubin

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek conclude their discussion with Lyle Jeremy Rubin, veteran of the war in Afghanistan and author of the memoir Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body: A Marine’s Unbecoming. We’ve reached the point of Lyle’s deployment to Afghanistan, with the conversation touching on his work as a signals intelligence officer, how his personal politics evolved…
01/10/20234 minutes 1 second
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Special - The Bob Menendez Indictment w/ Ken Klippenstein

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comKen Klippenstein, reporter for The Intercept and of his eponymous newsletter, returns to the podcast to help lay out what exactly Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey has been accused of doing, what we know so far (including accepting gold bars and pursuing high-level Egyptian contacts), and what the implications are. Check out Ken’s latest piece in The …
29/09/20233 minutes 34 seconds
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News - Nagorno-Karabakh Crisis, Saudi Nuclear Program, Ukraine's New American Tanks

Derek telepathically (and verbally) delivers Danny the news. This week: Antarctic sea ice breaks record lows (0:39); Saudi Arabia and Israel move forward with their normalization agreement, which includes a Saudi nuclear program (1:57); the U.S.-Iran prisoner swap is completed (6:05); an update on the humanitarian crisis in the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave of Azebaijan (8:02); a diplomatic spat between Canada and India over the latter carrying out an apparent assassination on Canadian soil (10:25); the DPRK releases the U.S. soldier who crossed the border from South Korea (12:40); France announces its withdrawal from Niger (15:15); a Ukraine update featuring attacks on Crimea and new tanks supplied by the U.S. (17:38); Colombia moves ahead with a six-month ceasefire with the with the National Liberation Army (ELN) (23:52); a New Cold War update featuring a potential Biden-Xi meeting (25:48) and America hosts the second U.S.-Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Summit (27:20); and Bob Menendez, of
29/09/202333 minutes 37 seconds
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E116 - A Marine's Unbecoming, Pt. 1 w/ Lyle Jeremy Rubin

Danny and Derek chat with Lyle Jeremy Rubin, veteran of the war in Afghanistan and author of the memoir Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body: A Marine’s Unbecoming. In this first part, they get into Lyle’s origins in Connecticut, how he became enamored with rightwing media, the galvinizing impact of 9/11, what exactly one learns at bootcamp in 2006, the culture among his peers and superiors, and more through the end of his training.Be sure to grab a copy of Lyle’s book! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
26/09/202346 minutes 52 seconds
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Bonus - The History of the Philippines, Ep. 7 w/ Lisandro Claudio

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comWe’ve reached the end of our “History of the Philippines” series featuring Lisandro Claudio, associate professor at UC Berkeley. In this final episode, the group picks up at the end of Ferdinand Marcos’ rule, examining the economic and ideological factors in his downfall, the end of the Cold War in the archipelago, the tenure of president Corazon Aquino, the New People's Army (NPA), and where the US-Philippines relationship stands today. Check out the rest of the series here: https://shorturl.at/bemW4For more on contemporary Philippine politics, check out our non-series episode on the subject with Lisandro: https://shorturl.at/eJLNX Don’t forget to pick up a cop
24/09/20234 minutes 6 seconds
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Special - Renewed Tensions in Nagorno-Karabakh w/ Laurence Broers

Derek sits down with Laurence Broers, associate fellow at the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House and author of Armenia and Azerbaijan: Anatomy of a Rivalry, to discuss this week’s events in Nagorno-Karabkah, a predominantly Armenian enclave within Azerbaijan. They get into the complex political history of the territory, the resulting conflicts between Armenia and Azerbaijan including the 2020 war, what Azerbaijan’s recent actions seek to achieve, the roles of Russia and Turkey, the human rights situation in the enclave, and more.Grab a copy of Laurence’s book: https://shorturl.at/bvFS9Recorded Thursday, September 21, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe<
22/09/20231 hour 5 minutes 16 seconds
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E115 - US Democracy Promotion in Venezuela w/ Timothy Gill

Timothy Gill, assistant professor in the department of sociology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, joins Danny and Derek for a discussion of how the US has attempted to undermine foreign governments, particularly Venezuela, by way of democracy promotion. They discuss the role of government groups like the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and parastatal actors like the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the history of US-Venezuelan relations and how they deteriorated, the two-party consensus in the US around democracy promotion interventions, how this tactic has also been used by the US in other regions, and more.Be sure to grab a copy of Tim’s book Encountering US Empire in Socialist Venezuela: The Legacy of Race, Neo-Colonialism, and Democracy Promotion: https://shorturl.at/aiEIN This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers
19/09/202351 minutes 58 seconds
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Bonus - The History of the Philippines, Ep. 6 w/ Lisandro Claudio

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comOur journey through Philippine history continues as Danny and Derek again speak with Lisandro Claudio, associate professor at UC Berkeley. It’s now the time of Ferdinand Marcos, with the discussion exploring his origins, role in a broader regional context, declaration of martial law, interaction with student activists, figures like economist Gerardo Sic…
17/09/20234 minutes 1 second
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News - North Africa Disasters, US "Human Rights" Partners, More Climate Boundaries Broken

Danny’s on the road, but finds the time to slow down and hear Derek out! This week: humanity has breached 6 out of the 9 planetary boundaries for the climate (0:30); a Houthi delegation from Yemen visits Saudi Arabia (1:46); the Iran prisoner swap moves forward as the undead JCPOA (nuclear deal) persists (2:58); the Biden administration’s purported priority on human rights again brought into question given some recent diplomatic partners (5:52); the DPRK’s Kim meets Putin in Russia (10:13); catastrophic natural disasters in Libya and Morocco (13:00); a renewed uprising in the north of Mali (16:40); the US sends long-range artillery to Ukraine (19:10); the G20 summit in India (23:43); a New Cold War update featuring a proposed US-backed India-Europe shipping network (25:57), Biden visiting Vietnam (27:58), and Maduro in China (29:36); and the anniversary of 9/11 (30:48). Disaster Relief: * <a target="_blank" href="https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/morocco-earthquake
15/09/202333 minutes
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E114 - Extinction Agenda w/ Spencer Ackerman

Danny and Derek welcome back Spencer Ackerman, publisher of Forever Wars, to discuss his new piece in The Nation, “US Foreign Policy Has an Extinction Agenda”. The group gets into the article’s bleak analysis of where US foreign policy is headed in the era of climate collapse, which includes American declarations of world cooperation despite pursuing a cold war with China and arming Ukraine, fear-mongering around inevitable upticks in migration to the global north, whether the international left has a chance of affecting policy around climate change, and more.Be sure to also check out Spencer’s work for DC Comics in Waller vs. Wildstorm! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe?utm_medium=podcast&#38;
12/09/202337 minutes 55 seconds
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Bonus - The History of the Philippines, Ep. 5 w/ Lisandro Claudio

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek are back with Lisandro Claudio, associate professor at UC Berkeley, going through the history of the Philippines. This episode picks up at World War 2, exploring life under the Japanese occupation of the archipelago, post-war independence, the Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP), the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO), the Bandu…
10/09/20233 minutes 5 seconds
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News - Escalations in Syria, India Prepares for G20, Ukraine to Receive US Depleted Uranium

Troubadour Derek sings songs of news for sweet Danny. This week: In climate news, the world keeps getting hotter (0:30); fighting between the Kurdish-led SDF and Arab tribes escalates in Syria (1:43); Saudi Arabia to continue oil production cuts (6:26); India prepares to host the G20 and there’s talk of possible name change (8:30); the DPRK’s Kim heads to Russia for a conference amid rumors of an arms deal (12:51); a Sudan update (15:01); the French negotiate with Niger’s junta government about the former’s military presence in the region (17:38); an update out of Gabon in the wake of the recent coup (19:18); the US is set to supply Ukraine with depleted uranium rounds (22:14); a massive decline in deforestation in Brazil (25:59); Biden tries to “Third Way” oil drilling with a ban protecting a large swath of Alaska after giving the greenlight to drill elsewhere (27:11). This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get acc
08/09/202329 minutes 40 seconds
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E113 - Muslims and the Making of Modern Europe, Pt. 2 w/ Emily Greble

Danny and Derek are once again joined by Emily Greble, professor of history at Vanderbilt University, to further discuss the story of Balkan Muslims’ place in the modern European project. They pick up at the formation of Yugoslavia and go into more detail about the rights and protections afforded to the Muslim populations, the sharia mandate, dynamics between the different Muslim communities, what their situations say about liberalism at the time, the impact of Yugoslav democracy and authoritarianism, Balkan Muslim communities’ interactions with the Nazis, and more.Listen to the first part of the discussion here! Be sure to grab a copy of Emily’s eponymous book, Muslims and the Making of Modern Europe! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https:/
05/09/202349 minutes 42 seconds
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Bonus - The History of the Philippines, Ep. 4 w/ Lisandro Claudio

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek are back with Lisandro Claudio, associate professor at UC Berkeley, going through the history of the Philippines. They touch on changes by the Wilson administration to US colonial policy toward the Philippines, the “Filipinization” of the archipelago’s bureaucracy, Manuel Quezon and the Nationalist Party, Francis Burton Harris, state bui…
03/09/20233 minutes 8 seconds
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Special - The Coup in Gabon w/ Nathaniel Powell

Derek sits down with Nathaniel Powell, West Africa analyst at Oxford Analytica and honorary researcher at Lancaster University’s Centre for War and Diplomacy, for a discussion of Wednesday’s coup in Gabon. Nathaniel gets into the background of ousted president Ali Bongo Ondimba and his family, what we know about the junta, the domestic and international reaction, the possible role of US military training, how France fits into the equation, and more. Check out Nathaniel’s book France’s Wars in Chad and follow him on Twitter @natkpowell! Recorded Friday, September 1, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
01/09/202343 minutes 59 seconds
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News - Weakened Palestinian Authority, Niger Expels French Ambassador, Coup in Gabon

Danny plays Ed McMahon to Derek’s...You don’t know who these people are, anyway. This week: the Palestian Authority continues to lose control in the West Bank (0:30); an update on the Sudan conflict (5:22); Niger expels the French ambassador while Algeria tries to play peacemaker (7:58); the coup in Gabon (11:34); Russia makes a shock announcement about Wagner chief Prigozhin’s death (17:14); Ukraine may possess long-range weapons and reaches a potential breakthrough in the counteroffensive (18:20); and a New Cold War update featuring BRICS expansion (24:08), US secretary of commerce Gina Raimondo in China (28:28), and China releasing a map that irritates the neighbors (30:19). This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
01/09/202332 minutes 34 seconds
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Special - The American Left and Latin America w/ Andre Pagliarini

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek speak with Andre Pagliarini, assistant professor of history at Hampden-Sydney College, about the American left’s relationship with leaders and movements in Latin America in light of the recent trip several progressive legislators made to Brazil, Chile, and Colombia. They discuss the aims of this trip, what was actually accomplished, what…
31/08/20233 minutes 7 seconds
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E112 - Muslims and the Making of Modern Europe, Pt. 1 w/ Emily Greble

Danny and Derek are joined by Emily Greble, professor of history at Vanderbilt University, to discuss the story of Balkan Muslims’ place in the modern European project. In this first part, the group touches on the Balkans’ frequent exclusion from notions of Europe, how centering Islam contributes to the larger European story, the effect of rapid political change on Balkan Muslims beginning in the late 19th century, the “Muslim legal other”, and more leading to the end of the Ottoman Empire.Be sure to grab a copy of Emily’s eponymous book, Muslims and the Making of Modern Europe! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
29/08/202342 minutes 52 seconds
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Special - BRICS Primer and the 2023 Summit w/ Alexandra Sharp

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDerek chats with Alexandra Sharp, writer at Foreign Policy’s daily World Brief newsletter, about the BRICS political and economic bloc, which just wrapped up its annual summit last week in South Africa. Alexandra gets into the origin of BRICS, the main issues broached at the summit, what the newly added countries (which double its size) both bring to th…
28/08/20232 minutes 57 seconds
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Bonus - The History of the Philippines, Ep. 3 w/ Lisandro Claudio

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek continue their discussion with Lisandro Claudio, associate professor at UC Berkeley, on the history of the Philippines. It’s the dawn of the 20th century and the beginning of American colonial rule. The group touches on William Howard Taft’s tenure as governor of the archipelago, Filipino roles in colonial politics, the Moro Wars on Mind…
27/08/20232 minutes 58 seconds
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Special - The Death of Yevgeny Prigozhin, Pt. 2 w/ Mark Ames

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Mark Ames, co-host of the Radio War Nerd podcast, to further discuss the death of Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin this week. Mark helps try to make sense of why Prigozhin and Wagner’s top brass left themselves so vulnerable, contextualizes Prigozhin’s place among Russian military leadership like (former) General Sergey…
25/08/20233 minutes 3 seconds
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News - BRICS Summit, India Moon Landing, Fukushima Waste Release

Everyone wants to get to the Moon, but little do they know that Danny and Derek are the stars in their eyes. This week’s news: the 2023 BRICS summit sees the bloc expanding significantly (0:34); India makes a historic lunar landing (5:19); meanwhile, the DPRK has a disastrous satellite launch (7:11); Japan begins releasing waste water from the Fukushima disaster into the Pacific (8:46); an update on Sudan, where the militant group the Sudan People's Liberation Movement–North has entered the picture (10:11); things remain tense as ECOWAS declares a “d-day” for intervention in Niger (12:25); Wagner Group head Yivginy Prigozhin is said to have died in a plane crash in Russia (15:43); an update of the situation Ukraine, where the counteroffensive continues to inch toward the city of Melitopol (18:14); and a New Cold War update featuring the Japan-South Korea summit at Camp David (23:04) and Chinese military exercises near Taiwan (24:51).For more on Prigozhin’s death, <a target="_
25/08/202326 minutes 56 seconds
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Special - The Death of Yevgeny Prigozhin

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek jumped on the mic to catch us all up with the latest in Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin’s death in a plane crash earlier today.Recorded August 23, 2023
24/08/20232 minutes 14 seconds
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E111 - The Petrostate w/ Emma Ashford

Emma Ashford, senior fellow at the Stimson Center, joins Danny and Derek for a discussion on petrostates. They define what exactly “petrostate” means, the different ways these countries may use their resources to affect geopolitics, the intersection of oil wealth and personalized autocratic systems of government, the future of these states in the era of climate collapse, and more.Be sure to grab a copy of Emma’s book Oil, the State, and War: The Foreign Policies of Petrostates. Recorded April 14, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
22/08/202348 minutes 8 seconds
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Special - Biden's China Tech Controls w/ Kevin Klyman

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comKevin Klyman, researcher at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, picked up the red phone for the dedicated AP hotline, so Danny and Derek knew it was time for a special. This time, it’s about Biden’s recent executive order regarding outbound investment controls on China which ban a slew of tech relating to AI, semiconductors, and quantum information. The…
21/08/20232 minutes 18 seconds
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Bonus - The History of the Philippines, Ep. 2 w/ Lisandro Claudio

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek continue their discussion with Lisandro Claudio, associate professor at UC Berkeley, on the history of the Philippines. We’re now at the end of the 19th century, the time of the Philippines’ independence struggle. The crew touches on La Liga Filipina and its revolutionary successor groups, the Philippine Revolution itself, figures like J…
20/08/20232 minutes 59 seconds
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News - Niger Intervention Looms, Argentina Presidential Primary, Russian Ruble Troubles

Leading the world in “Derek” podcasts, it’s the great Derek Davison (and Danny) with the news. This week: Saudia Arabia hits a speed bump in attempts to normalize with Israel (0:31) while the Kingdom continues successful talks with Iran (2:47); details emerge from the US-Iran prisoner swap (4:22); the DPRK ramps up activity in its defense industry (7:10) while claiming the American soldier who recently defected was disillusioned (9:14); an update on the Sudan conflict (11:26); promising developments collapse over the weekend as Niger braces for ECOWAS intervention (13:08); the Russian ruble crashes (16:20); an update on the Ukraine counteroffensive (19:04); a strong showing by far-right candidate Javier Milei in the Argentinian presidential primary (23:03); and a New Cold War update featuring Biden hosting a summit with South Korea and Japan (27:55) and new polling on US animosity toward China (29:26). Recorded Thursday, August 17, 2023 This is a public
18/08/202331 minutes 50 seconds
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Special - APSA Crosses the Line w/ Erin Pineda

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comErin Pineda, political theorist and professor at Smith College, brings Danny and Derek up to speed on the controversy surrounding the American Political Science Association’s (APSA) decision to hold its flagship conference in Los Angeles on Labor Day Weekend despite an ongoing hotel workers’ strike and requests by UNITE HERE Local 11 (representing over …
17/08/20232 minutes 59 seconds
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Special - The Hawaii Fires w/ Noelani Ahia

Danny and Derek sit down with Noelani Ahia, a Kānaka Maoli community organizer in Maui, to discuss last week’s devastating fire that destroyed much of the city of Lahaina. They discuss the present situation there, the role of the American government’s resource and water management in exacerbating the conditions leading to the fires, the struggle of native Hawaiians, how climate change is affecting Hawaii, and more.Donate to the Maui Mutual Aid Fund now to help Lahaina and its people recover. Recorded Wednesday, August 16, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
16/08/202325 minutes 3 seconds
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The Other Oil w/ Jonathan Robins

It’s Commodity Day here at American Prestige, so Danny and Derek decided to celebrate by speaking with Jonathan Robins, associate professor of history at Michigan Tech, about a ubiquitous product that somehow flies under the radar: palm oil. They touch on the history of oil palm cultivation, the different uses of the oil itself, its role in the story of global capitalism, commodity fetishization, the ecological impacts of oil palm cultivation, and more. Be sure to grab a copy of Jonathan’s award-winning book Oil Palm: A Global History! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
15/08/202343 minutes 32 seconds
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Bonus - Fascism in Latin America w/ Luis Herrán Ávila

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome Luis Herrán Ávila, assistant professor of history at the University of New Mexico, to talk about, you guessed it, fascism in Latin America. They define its European forms vs those in Latin American countries, discuss the ideology’s influence on groups like the Tacuara Nationalist Movement (TNM) in Argentina, Nazi refugees’ collab…
13/08/20233 minutes 7 seconds
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News - US-Iran Tension in the Gulf, Imran Khan Arrested, Ecuador Presidential Candidate Fernando Villavicencio Assassinated

Your news roundup for the start of August…with Style. This week: climate collapse continues with heat records shattered and more of the Antarctic lost (0:35); the most recent leader of ISIS is killed in Syria (2:22) and Damascus agrees to open up humanitarian corridors (4:42); US-Saudi-Israel talks move along (6:59); in Iran news, the US deploys “deterrent” troops to the Red Sea (9:07) while Iran agrees to the release several US prisoners (12:09) and sees the Saudi embassy reopening in Tehran (15:05); the Azerbaijani blockade in Karbakh comes with warnings of humanitarian disaster (15:59); Imran Khan is again arrested in Pakistan as the country enters a presidential election amid reports of US involvement (19:14); an update of the situation in post-coup Niger (22:51); the Fano militia of the Amhara region of Ethiopia escalates the conflict with the government (26:03); presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio is assassinated in Ecuador (28:13); and a New Cold War update with US
11/08/202333 minutes 57 seconds
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E109 - Power and Struggle in Modern Mexico w/ Dawn Marie Paley

Danny and Derek speak with Dawn Marie Paley, investigative journalist and editor of Ojalá, a new online weekly dedicated to in-depth, independent coverage of Latin America in English and Spanish. They discuss a range of social challenges in modern Mexico, touching on the wave of disappearances dating back to Calderon’s so-called War on Drugs, how the drug war is a tool to assert social and territorial control, the role of global capital, US-Mexico security and migration policy, organized movements among marginialized groups in Mexico today, and more. Be sure to sign up for Ojalá’s English language newsletter! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe?utm_medium=podcast&#38;utm_campaign
08/08/202344 minutes 55 seconds
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Bonus - Capitalism: Not a Good Idea w/ Quinn Slobodian

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek sit down with Quinn Slobodian, professor of history at Wellesley College, for a discussion of neoliberal globalism and capitalist extremism. They touch on Quinn’s own intellectual history, the dream of capitalism, the birth of neoliberalism, the Austrian and Chicago Schools, libertarianism, and more.Check out Quinn’s books Crack-Up Capit…
06/08/20233 minutes 1 second
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News - Niger Coup Backlash, Ukraine Counteroffensive Progress, Haiti Bracing for UN Intervention

Danny and Derek slide on down to deliver the news with the grace of a Boston cop. This week: the Biden administration continues to push for Saudi Arabia-Israel normalization (0:33), an update on the humanitarian situation in Sudan (4:56), Niger’s military junta takes shape and faces a possible ECOWAS intervention (7:10), Ukraine sees some results from the counteroffensive as Saudi Arabia prepares to host peace talks (14:02), tensions between Poland and Belarus (17:59), Brazil sees a drop in deforestation compared with pre-Lula levels (20:44), the Colombia-ELN ceasefire takes effect (22:20), a UN intervention in Haiti takes shape (24:38), and a New Cold War update featuring the Taiwanese vice president Lai Ching-te visiting the US (27:37) and Italy wanting out of the BRI (28:59). Recorded Thursday, August 3, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.amer
04/08/202331 minutes 15 seconds
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E108 - Constitutional War Powers w/ Katherine Yon Ebright

Danny and Derek welcome Katherine Yon Ebright, counsel with the Brennan Center’s Liberty & National Security Program, to the podcast for a discussion of the past and present of US constitutional war powers. They touch on the Mexican-American War, the Boxer Rebellion, the Korean War, congressional resistance to the expansion of war powers, security cooperation authorities, the AUMF, and more. Check out Katherine’s recent report on the matter, “Secret War”, her piece in Just Security on the risks of codifying the 1202 authority, and her Irregular Warfare Initiative piece on the broken oversight regime for security cooperation. This is a public episode. If you’d like to d
01/08/20231 hour 1 minute 20 seconds
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Bonus - The Real Oppenheimer w/ David Hecht

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek sit down with David Hecht, associate professor of history and chair of the history department at Bowdoin College, to talk about Oppenheimer, both the film and man himself. They talk about his politics, the role of his Jewish identity, his accomplishments as a physicist, his personal life, the relationship between scientists and the milit…
30/07/20233 minutes 26 seconds
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Special - The Coup in Niger w/ Alex Thurston

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDerek welcomes back Alex Thurston, assistant professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati, for a discussion of this week’s coup in Niger, led by General Abdourahamane Tiani and which ousted President Mohamed Bazoum. Check out Alex’s piece in Responsible Statecraft to learn more!Recorded Friday, July 28, 2023
28/07/20233 minutes 2 seconds
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News - Israeli Judicial Overhaul, Ethiopia Food Crisis, Niger Coup

Ariana Grande hasn’t broken up Danny and Derek…yet. This week: another grim climate update (0:31), the Knesset in Israel votes on the first part of the judicial overhaul package (2:38), Cambodia holds an election and Hun Sen steps down (5:42), a Sudan conflict update (8:22), the food crisis in Ethiopia (10:09), a coup in Niger (12:06), a Ukraine update (17:24), the general election in Spain (20:30), and a New Cold War update featuring John Kerry’s climate talks in China (23:13), the Chinese foreign minister sacked (24:48), and Antony Blinken in Tonga (26:32). This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe?utm_medium=p
28/07/202329 minutes 49 seconds
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Special - The Israeli Judicial Overhaul w/ Udi Greenberg

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Udi Greenberg, associate professor of modern European history at Dartmouth, to help us understand the Israeli government’s judicial overhaul package, the initial legislation for which was passed on Monday. They discuss its implications, the influence of Viktor Orbán’s Hungary, why this is happening now, the domestic and inte…
27/07/20232 minutes 53 seconds
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The 2023 Spanish General Election w/ Nando Vila

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny speaks with Nando Vila, of the Shoot the Messenger podcast, about Sunday’s general election in Spain, including the issues at play, how it was something of a victory for the left, and more.
26/07/20232 minutes 59 seconds
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Special - The Supreme Court in International Perspective

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny welcomes back Aziz Rana, the provost’s distinguished fellow at Boston College, for a discussion of the US Supreme Court from a comparative international perspective. They get into the Court’s domestic role, when and how it assumed an anti-democratic function, how it compares with other supreme courts around the world, the possibility for reform, a…
25/07/20233 minutes
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E107 - Climate Violence w/ Noah Gordon

Danny and Derek are joined by Noah Gordon, acting co-director of the Sustainability, Climate, and Geopolitics program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to talk about how violent nonstate actors (VNSAs) might be empowered by climate change and the responses to it. They get into how climate change will likely affect state capabilities, the strategic implications of increasingly inhospitable areas, how the wealthy might be insulated from VNSAs, resource conflicts, the role of climate migration, and more. Check out Noah’s piece around which the episode is centered, “How Climate Change Helps Violent Nonstate Actors”. Noah also recently wrote this piece for The New Republic on water scarcity near the
25/07/202347 minutes 16 seconds
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Bonus - The 1953 Iranian Coup D'État w/ Greg Brew

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Greg Brew, analyst at Eurasia Group in energy and Iran, for a discussion of the 1953 ousting of then-prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh in Iran. They discuss the background of Iran’s oil history starting with the 1901 D’Arcy Concession, Great Britain’s interest in and control of the commodity, the Tudeh party, the Abadan Cris…
23/07/20233 minutes 13 seconds
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News - Climate Crisis, Sudan Conflict, Peru Protests

Danny and Derek power through the heat to hit the headlines. This week: a new UN global poverty report (0:54), more depressing climate news (2:47), the UN ends Syrian aid operation (5:02), a Sudan update (6:40), protests in Peru (10:30), a defection to North Korea (12:28) and a ballistic missile test (13:45), Russia cancels Black Sea grain deal (14:40), Putin decides to skip August BRICS summit (18:20), Wagner apparently arrives in Belarus (20:25), a Ukraine war update (22:20) and a NATO summit (26:07), a Sweden/NATO update (29:11), and a New Cold War update featuring John Kerry in China (33:16) and the vice president of Taiwan coming to the US (35:08). This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
21/07/202337 minutes 3 seconds
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E106 - American Grand Strategy Reconsidered w/ Christopher McKnight Nichols

Danny and Derek welcome back Christopher McKnight Nichols, Wayne Woodrow Hayes Chair in National Security Studies and professor of history at Ohio State University, to the program for a chat about rethinking American grand strategy. They talk about what exactly “grand strategy” is, grand strategy vs. first principle, the role of WWII and the end of the Cold War in US grand strategy, PEPFAR and the Bush administration, climate change vs other low-success grand strategies, technology and grand strategy, and more.Be sure to check out the volume Christopher co-edited, Rethinking American Grand Strategy! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
18/07/202352 minutes 53 seconds
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Bonus - What Was the New Left?, Ep. 4 w/ Terry Renaud

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny welcomes back Terry Renaud, assistant instructional professor in social sciences at the University of Chicago, to the pod to conclude the series on “new lefts”. They discuss the legacy of the 1960s in the American imagination, criticisms of the new left movements of that decade, neoliberalism and the “‘Me Decade”, how the US higher education syste…
16/07/20233 minutes
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UNLOCKED - I Love the Smell of Gaming in the Morning w/ Clayton Kozan

Note: Team AP is on the road this week, so no news. Instead, please enjoy this bonus episode on gaming!Danny speaks with Clayton Kozan, a graduate student at Texas Tech University who analyzes how the Vietnam War is portrayed in video games. From 1980s-era games that have you playing as a lone wolf; to Call of Duty: Black Ops, which makes the Vietnam War about Nazis (??) and Soviets; to the more recent When I Was Young, which focuses not only on combat but the social experience of being a soldier, Danny and Clayton discuss how and why video games' portrayal of Vietnam changed over time. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
14/07/202337 minutes 52 seconds
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Bonus - What Was the New Left?, Ep. 3 w/ Terry Renaud

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny welcomes Terry Renaud, assistant instructional professor in social sciences at the University of Chicago, back to the pod to continue the series on “new lefts”. This episode focuses on what most people know as “The New Left”, i.e. the new left movements of the 1950s and 1960s. They compare the new lefts of postwar decades vs. those in the prewar y…
09/07/20233 minutes 1 second
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News - IDF Attacks Jenin, Prigozhin on the Move, Rising Ocean Temperatures

Danny and Derek are back with the #1 news digest in Rákosszentmihály. This week: climate news featuring skyrocketing ocean temperatures and the return of El Niño (0:34), Israeli military strikes in the West Bank’s Jenin refugee camp (2:22), Saudi Arabia and Russia cut oil production (6:11), Afghanistan sees more restrictions on women and a grim aid forecast (7:53), Rapid Support Forces gradually gain ground in Sudan (11:07), the government and ELN guerillas cease offensive operations in Colombia (13:57), former Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro temporarily banned from political office (15:42), NATO sees more Sweden-Turkey tension and another year for Jens Stoltenberg as secretary general (17:14), a Ukraine update featuring American cluster bombs (22:05) and the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant threat (24:28), the whereabouts of Wagner Group’s Yevgeny Prigozhin remain uncertain (27:04), and a New Cold War update with Janet Yellen in China (29:08) and the United States’ glorious return to
07/07/202333 minutes 36 seconds
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E104 - Why Are We in Ukraine and More w/ Christopher Layne

Danny welcomes Christopher Layne, professor of international affairs and Robert M. Gates Chair in Intelligence and National Security at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, to discuss the recent article he co-authored with Benjamin Schwarz for Harper’s, “Why Are We in Ukraine?” They get into the discourse around the conflict among the public and international relations (IR) scholars, the history and nature of the field of IR, the role of NATO expansion in the current Ukraine conflict, US nuclear doctrine, the solipsism of the US foreign policy establishment, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
04/07/202346 minutes 16 seconds
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Bonus - Art, the Left, and the Manifesto w/ China Miéville

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome author China Miéville, whose most recent book is A Spectre, Haunting: On the Communist Manifesto. They discuss the role of the artist and intellectual in 2023, the genre of manifesto and potential for enacting change, labor relations without a workplace, private vs. personal property, criticism of Marx from a left perspective, ps…
02/07/20233 minutes 7 seconds
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News - Wagner Rebellion, Greek Election, Study on Rainforest Loss

Danny and Derek are back with another news roundup for all! This week: more updates on the Wagner uprising in Russia (0:34), Sweden hits a speed bump in its path to NATO membership (10:53), a Ukraine update (17:04), conservative Mitsotakis wins re-election in Greece (19:46), Biden cuts funding for West Bank institutions (21:27), a Sudan update (22:39), the UN peacekeeping operation in Mali looks to be shut down (25:54), a new UN report on the the US’s human rights violations in Guantanamo Bay (28:59), a new study on devastating rainforest loss (30:07), and a New Cold War update featuring a meeting between China and New Zealand (33:19) and a Pew survey on the US’s reputation around the world (35:58). Recorded Thursday, June 29, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.amer
30/06/202341 minutes 28 seconds
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E103 - What's Happening in the Indo-Pacific? w/ Kelly Grieco and Jennifer Kavanagh

Danny and Derek welcome Kelly Grieco, senior fellow in the Reimagining U.S. Grand Strategy Program at the Stimson Center, and Jennifer Kavanagh, senior fellow in the American Statecraft Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to discuss the US’s presence in the Indo-Pacific. The group defines what exactly constitutes the “Indo-Pacific”, touches on how the Beltway sees the US’s role in the region vs what it is actually doing there, how China is perceived in the region, the Taiwan issue, the dynamic with US regional allies such as Australia, strategic empathy, the future of the US’s role in the region, and more.Check out Kelly and Jennifer’s article in Foreign Policy, “The Indo-Pacific Has Already Chosen Door No. 3”!Kelly also recently authored the pieces <a target="_blank" href="https://www.stimson.org/2022/americas-indo-
27/06/202359 minutes 49 seconds
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Special - The Wagner Affair w/ Mark Ames

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome Mark Ames, co-host of Radio War Nerd, to the show to analyze the weekend’s events in Russia involving the Wagner Group, speculating on what Prigozhin’s aim was, what this all might suggest about the Russian state and power structure, Wagner’s future, the “Russia experts” who mobilized around the incident, and more.Recorded Monday…
26/06/20233 minutes 4 seconds
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Special - What Just Happened in Russia

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek give an update and analysis of the events in Russia yesterday involving the Wagner Group.Check out the special from yesterday!Recorded Sunday morning, June 25, 2023
25/06/20233 minutes 4 seconds
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Bonus - Hyperpolitics w/ Anton Jäger

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome Anton Jäger, historian of political thought, to the program to discuss the end of mass politics, or “hyperpolitics”, as he calls it. They touch on why this is a major issue for the left, the feasibility of organizing under the present structural conditions, Occupy Wall Street, where there is room for movement in the next decade, …
25/06/20232 minutes 41 seconds
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Special - What's Happening in Russia

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek give an update on the situation with the Wagner Group in Russia. Recorded midday EST, Saturday, June 24, 2023
24/06/20232 minutes 42 seconds
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News: West Bank Violence, Ukraine Counteroffensive, Blinken in China

Danny and Derek return with absolutely no submersible-related news, and that’s a guarantee. This week: flights resume between Yemen and Saudi Arabia (0:31), the IDF and settlers clash with Palestinians in the West Bank (2:19), Mali wants UN peacekeepers removed (6:22), a Sudan update (9:53), NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg stays in power (14:59), a Ukraine update featuring an African peace delegation (16:00), the Ukrainian counteroffensive (18:29), and a Crimea bridge attack (20:33), and a New Cold War update featuring a recap of Antony Blinken’s visit to China (21:36), Biden insulting Xi (23:09), and Indian prime minister Modi’s visit to the US (24:38). Recorded Thursday, June 22, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
23/06/202327 minutes 28 seconds
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E102 - A Brief History of American Jews w/ Emily Tamkin

Danny and Derek welcome journalist Emily Tamkin to the podcast to discuss American Jewish identity and politics over the past 100 years. They get into the salience of the term “Bad Jew”, how Jews fit into American social and legal definitions of whiteness, how American Jews have grappled with the Zionist project, generational shifts among American Jews, and more.Be sure to grab a copy of Emily’s book Bad Jews, and check out her recent article for +972, “‘A moment of disillusionment’: American Jews torn as Israel turns 75”.Recorded in March 13, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
20/06/202347 minutes 35 seconds
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Bonus - LIV Free or Die Hard w/ David Roth and Chris Thompson

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome David Roth and Chris Thompson of Defector to the pod for a discussion of the PGA Tour-LIV Golf merger. They discuss the 2022 launch of LIV Golf, the initial competition between the two entities, the Saudi Public Investment Fund, the antitrust questions surrounding the merger, what exactly LIV’s brand is, Saudia Arabia’s motives b…
18/06/20233 minutes 6 seconds
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Special - Meno Male Che Silvio C'è w/ Luca Falciola

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome to the pod Luca Falciola, lecturer in history at Columbia University, for a discussion of the life and legacy of Silvio Berlusconi. They discuss his life as a property developer, his foray into politics, his terms as prime minister, his provocative behavior and how it was received in Italy, and more.Check out Luca’s book Up Again…
16/06/20232 minutes 1 second
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News: US-Iran Talks, Sudan Conflict's Civilian Toll, Nord Stream Investigation

We went out in the AP Eyewitness News van only to find we’re not a local news show. This week: low-key US-Iran talks in Oman (0:32), a cyber attack on US government servers (6:09), the price paid by civilians in the Sudan Conflict (7:21), the long-awaited Ukraine counteroffensive (13:14), the Nord Stream investigation (15:06), Sweden inching toward NATO membership (18:05), Colombia peace talks with the ELN (20:46), and a New Cold War update featuring the US rejoining UNESCO (24:01), the US pushing reform at the UN (26:37), and Anton Blinken visiting China (29:57). Recorded Thursday, June 15, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
16/06/202332 minutes 16 seconds
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E101 - Semiconductor Kind of Life w/ Kevin Klyman

Danny and Derek welcome back Kevin Klyman, researcher at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, for a discussion of the technology arms race between the US/EU and China. They discuss China’s role as the leading hi-tech manufacturer in the world, de-risking and export controls, the CHIPS and Science Act, the dynamic with Taiwan and its semiconductor industry, the advent of AI and quantum computing, and more. Check out Kevin’s two recent pieces on the matter: "The EU joins Washington's campaign to contain China" in Just Security and "The US wants to make sure China can't catch up on quantum computing" in Foreign Policy! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href
13/06/202347 minutes 7 seconds
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Bonus - What Was the New Left?, Ep. 2 w/ Terry Renaud

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny welcomes back to the pod Terry Renaud, assistant instructional professor in social sciences at the University of Chicago, to continue the series on “new lefts”. This episode picks up during and after WWII in Germany, touching on the “inner exile” experienced by some German intellectuals during the Nazi regime, wartime intelligence work by leftist …
11/06/20233 minutes 7 seconds
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News Roundup - June 9, 2023

Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail, nor wildfire smoke shall keep Danny and Derek from their appointed rounds…giving you the news. This week: a new study on disappearing Arctic ice (0:31), wildfires ravage Canada (3:43), Antony Blinken visits Saudi Arabia (5:58), a Sudan update (9:39), political progress in Libya (12:41), human rights concerns in Ethiopia (13:32), a Ukraine update (15:39), a “soft coup” open letter and progress in ELN talks in Colombia (21:28), a New Cold War update featuring maneuvers in the Taiwan Strait (24:33), Fiji suspending a law enforcement pact with China (26:12), and China putting a listening post in Cuba (27:50). Recorded Thursday, June 8, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
09/06/202329 minutes 54 seconds
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E100 - What Was the New Left?, Ep. 1 w/ Terry Renaud

Danny and Derek welcome to the pod Terry Renaud, assistant instructional professor in social sciences at the University of Chicago, for a series on “new lefts”, from the antifascist 1920s to the anti-establishment 1960s. In this first episode, they discuss the forms of alternative left organizations, György Lukács, 1930s German anti-fascist group Neu Beginnen (New Beginning), sexual liberation and transgression of traditional forms, Neu Beginnen’s role in the Spanish Civil War, World War II’s effect on new leftism, and more.Be sure to grab a copy of New Lefts: The Making of a Radical Tradition! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
06/06/202344 minutes 3 seconds
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Bonus - What is the Role of the Media? w/ Osita Nwanevu

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome to the pod Osita Nwanevu, columnist at The Guardian and contributing editor at The New Republic, to discuss the role of the media in politics. They discuss the disconnect between public opinion and policy, whether independent leftist media has a meaningful impact, the fetishization of manufacturing consent, how power in modern, A…
04/06/20233 minutes 1 second
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News Roundup - June 2, 2023

Danny is the wind beneath Derek’s wings as they soar through the news. This week: the Turkish presidential election run-off (0:30), new IAEA reports on Iran (4:04), an Afghanistan-Qatar meeting and clashes at the Afghanistan-Iran border (7:20), a DPRK satellite launch falls short (10:34), a Sudan update (13:04), a Russia-Ukraine update with border shelling and drone strikes inside Russia (16:11), unrest in Kosovo (18:04), and a New Cold War update featuring China refusing a defense minister meeting (21:27).Recorded Thursday, June 1, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
02/06/202324 minutes 20 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Turkish Presidential Election Run-Off w/ Djene Bajalan

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDerek speaks with Djene Bajalan, associate professor of history at Missouri State University, to recap what happened in Sunday’s Turkish presidential election run-off, the dynamics at play, what to expect moving forward, and more.Check out Djene at This Is Revolution podcast and his new radio program at KSMU Talking History! Recorded Tuesday, May 30, 20…
30/05/20235 minutes
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E99 - Imran Khan w/ Arsalan Khan

Danny and Derek welcome to the program Arsalan Khan, assistant professor of anthropology at Union College, for a primer on Imran Khan, Pakistan’s cricket star-turned-prime minister-turned-opposition leader. They discuss his celebrity background, his early ideology, the state of Pakistan in the the 1990s, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), his relationship with the military, activity during the Musharraf government, his term as prime minister, the subsequent no confidence vote, and more.Keep your eyes out for Dr. Khan’s book The Promise of Piety: Islam and the Politics of Moral Order in Pakistan, coming soon on Cornell University Press! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
30/05/20231 hour 1 minute 1 second
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Bonus - Indigenous American Sovereignty and Subjecthood w/ Matthew Kruer

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome to the podcast Matthew Kruer, assistant professor of history at the University of Chicago, to discuss his essay “Indigenous Subjecthood and White Populism in British America”. The discussion focuses on the American colonies of the 17th and 18th century, touching on the antimony between sovereignty and subjecthood, England’s notio…
28/05/20235 minutes 1 second
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News Roundup - May 26, 2023

Danny is back to full strength, so he and Derek combined forces to take on…The News. This week: a Sudan ceasefire update (0:30), a Turkey presidential runoff preview (3:41), Iran constructs a new nuclear facility (6:00), a Russia-Ukraine update including a sabotage operation in Russia (10:38), the NYT report on the Kremlin drone strike (13:34), Wagner taking Bakhmut (15:56), and more, and a New Cold War update including the G7 on China (25:03) and the new US-Papua New Guinea defense deal (28:18). Recorded Thursday, May 25, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
26/05/202331 minutes 47 seconds
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E98 - Intro to Erdoğan w/ Gönül Tol

Danny and Derek welcome Gönül Tol, founding director of the Middle East Institute's Turkey program and author of Erdoğan's War: A Strongman's Struggle at Home and in Syria to discuss Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. They touch on his origins with AKP in the early aughts, his interactions with the military, his relationship with Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, Erdoğan’s foreign policy, the effect of the Arab Spring on his tenure, how he’s approached “the Kurdish issue”, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
23/05/202347 minutes 34 seconds
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Bonus - The History of Taiwan, Ep. 4 w/ James Lin

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back James Lin, assistant professor of international studies at the University of Washington, to conclude their discussion of the history of Taiwan. They pick up in the 1970s with Chiang Kai-shek’s death, democratization, the Tangwai movement, Lee Teng-hui, the Taiwan-PRC relationship in the aughts, Taiwan’s tech sector, and more…
21/05/20235 minutes 5 seconds
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News Roundup - May 19, 2023

Danny has been upgraded with new gum implants, enabling him to better yammer on about God knows what while Derek actually educates us on what’s happening. This week: Round 1 of Turkey’s presidential election (0:48), a ceasefire for Gaza (5:21), Imran Khan released on bail in Pakistan (6:40), the Thai general election (9:21), a Sudan update (13:40), deforestation is down in Brazil (16:16), Guillermo Lasso dissolves the national assembly in Ecuador (17:58), Ukraine sees the Black Sea deal renewed, Chinese and African peace initiatives, and a new F-16 push (20:04), and a New Cold War update featuring Biden cancelling trips to Papua New Guinea and Australia (30:09), the Compact of Free Association agreements with Palau and Micronesia (32:29), and the US selling weapons to autocracies (34:20).Recorded Thursday, May 18, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://
19/05/202336 minutes 54 seconds
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E97 - Vibes of Rome w/ Milo Edwards, Phoebe Roy, and Patrick Wyman

Danny and Derek welcome Milo Edwards, Phoebe Roy, and Patrick Wyman, recovering classicists and hosts of Rome, the podcast about HBO’s series Rome. They talk about the development of the show in the early era of prestige TV, the portrayal of the city itself, Vorenus and Pullo, the imaginary of the average Roman, Atia and depictions of Roman femininity, and more. Also be sure to check out Milo and Phoebe’s Seinfeld podcast Masters of our Domain, Phoebe’s internet culture and history podcast Ten Thousand Posts, and her Substack. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
16/05/202357 minutes 53 seconds
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Bonus - Mother Mary's Day w/ Eleanor Janega

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comHappy Mother’s Day! Danny and Derek welcome Eleanor Janega, co-host of the We’re Not So Different podcast and author of The Once and Future Sex: Going Medieval on Women's Roles in Society, to discuss one of the great mothers of history: The Virgin Mary. They discuss what actually makes Mary the ultimate medieval mother (despite being from ancient times)…
14/05/20235 minutes 29 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Turkish Presidential Election w/ Djene Bajalan

Derek welcomes back another AP Champion, Djene Bajalan, associate professor of history at Missouri State University, to discuss tomorrow’s presidential election in Turkey. They discuss Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, a “free and fair” election, the political fallout of the 2023 earthquake, how Erdoğan’s strengthening of the presidency plays into things, the stakes for Syrian refugees, and more. Recorded Friday, May 12, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
13/05/20231 hour 6 minutes 59 seconds
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Special - Disinformation/Feinstein w/ Ken Klippenstein

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny welcomes back AP All-Star (and investigative reporter for The Intercept) Ken Klippenstein for another special episode. The first part concerns his article detailing the government’s creation of a disinformation office, the Foreign Malign Influence Center, and its considerable reach. The second part addresses Ken’s recent highlighting of the role o…
12/05/20235 minutes 3 seconds
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News Roundup - May 12, 2023

It’s Danny’s Goose to Derek’s Maverick (sorry Danny)…time for the News Roundup. This week: Syria’s invited back to the Arab League (0:45), fighting in Gaza (5:20), a Sudan update (11:10), a Ukraine update (14:34), the Chilean constitutional assembly election (20:41), and Imran Khan arrested in Pakistan (24:58).Updates since recording: * In Israel/Palestine, there has been one reported Israeli death due to Gaza rocket fire. * In Sudan, both sides of the conflict have agreed to protect civilians, but have not agreed to a ceasefire.Recorded Thrusday, May 11, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.co
12/05/202328 minutes 6 seconds
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E96 - A Broken India w/ Ashoka Mody

Danny and Derek welcome to the program Ashoka Mody, Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor in International Economic Policy at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, to discuss what he sees as democratic and economic breakdowns in India rooted in its post-independence period. They discuss the tenure of Jawaharlal Nehru, people left behind by post-independence industrialization, parallels with postwar Japan, American investment in the subcontinent, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, the rise of modern Hindu nationalism, and more. Check out Dr. Mody’s book India Is Broken: A People Betrayed, Independence to Today. Also check out his recent op-eds in Business Standard and Project Syndicate. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanpr
09/05/202356 minutes 11 seconds
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Bonus - The History of Taiwan, Ep. 3 w/ James Lin

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back James Lin, assistant professor of international studies at the University of Washington, to continue the discussion of the history of Taiwan. They pick up at the end of WWII and the Second Sino-Japanese War, assessing the effect of the war on Taiwan, the February 28th incident of 1947, the implementation of martial law, the …
08/05/20234 minutes 58 seconds
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UNLOCKED: A Fascism Debate w/ Jason Stanley and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins

This week’s bonus episode, the third installment of The History of Taiwan series w/ James Lin, is coming tomorrow, so in the meantime we hope everyone enjoys this debate using Danny’s New Republic piece on fascism as a launching point!Daniel Steinmetz Jenkins, assistant professor in history at Wesleyan College, moderates a debate between Danny and Jason Stanley, Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and author of the 2018 book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, about fascism discourse in the United States. The discussion was centered around Danny’s piece in The New Republic, “Does American Fascism Exist?”. Things get spicy, but we’re all friends in the end. Except with fascists. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonu
07/05/20231 hour 7 minutes 40 seconds
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News Roundup - May 5, 2023

Derek releases the fire hose of news upon the trash fire of Danny. This week: the death of an Islamic State leader (0:39), clashes in the Gaza Strip (5:52), a Sudan update (8:27), the Kremlin drone strike and a Ukraine update (12:04), a damning human rights report on Peru (16:21), a New Cold War update (17:48) featuring the Paraguayan election and its relationship with Taiwan (17:52), a new US embassy in Tonga (19:40), a new NATO office in Japan (20:36), and Jake Sullivan’s Washington Consensus speech (24:08).Recorded Thursday, May 4, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
05/05/202328 minutes 54 seconds
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Special - The Kremlin Drone Strike

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny speaks with Derek about the overnight drone strike on the Kremlin in an alleged assassination attempt on Russian president Vladimir Putin’s life. Recorded Wednesday, May 3, 2023
03/05/20233 minutes 2 seconds
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E95 - The American Occupation of China w/ Zach Fredman

Danny and Derek welcome to the program Zach Fredman, assistant professor of history at Duke Kunshan University, to discuss his book The Tormented Alliance: American Servicemen and the Occupation of China, 1941–1949. They get into the background of the US military presence in China at the end of “the century of humiliation”, the US-China relationship prior to WWII, General Joseph Stilwell, the day-to-day interactions between American GIs and both Chinese military and civilians, the occupation’s place in the broader American imperial history in East Asia, and more.Dr. Fredman will be speaking at the Harvard International and Global History Seminar (HIGHS) tomorrow, Wednesday, May 3, which will have a remote option to participate as well. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other s
02/05/202350 minutes 23 seconds
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Lessons of Guerrero, Ep. 3 w/ Alexander Aviña

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Alexander Aviña, associate professor of history at Arizona State University, to close out the discussion of rural guerrilla movements in Mexico and other topics from his book Specters of Revolution. In this episode, they discuss the myriad crises facing Mexico in the mid-1990s, Subcomandante Marcos of the Zapatista Army of N…
30/04/20234 minutes 58 seconds
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UNLOCKED: Bonus - Lessons of Guerrero, Ep. 2 w/ Alexander Aviña

Ahead of closing out our Lessons of Guerrero series on Sunday, we’ve unlocked the second episode so you can catch up!Danny and Derek welcome back Alexander Aviña, associate professor of history at Arizona State University, to continue the discussion of his book Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside. In this episode, they pick up in the 1970s and discuss President Luis Echeverría, the advent of neoliberalism in Mexico, the 1982 default, the transformation of the drug trade in the 1980s, changes in the PRI during the same era, the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, and more through the 1995 Aguas Blancas massacre.Listen to the first episode here! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="h
29/04/202347 minutes 24 seconds
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Special - The Sudan Crisis w/ Joshua Craze

Danny and Derek welcome Joshua Craze, writer and researcher specializing in Sudan, to discuss the current conflict taking place between the Rapid Support Forces and Sudanese Armed Forces.Check out Joshua’s piece in New Left Review, and his other work at his website! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
28/04/202330 minutes 25 seconds
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News Roundup - April 28, 2023

Fresh off his debut television appearance, Danny comes crawling back to Derek to receive The News. It is said Derek the Magnanimous received Danny with a warm embrace. This week: a new report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) confirms record high global arms spending (0:53), continued fighting in Sudan escalates ancillary effects on civilians (2:16), polls show a tightening race ahead of the Turkish election (10:26), Azerbaijan imposes a checkpoint near Karabakh (15:25), President Yoon of South Korea visits the US (18:35), and a Ukraine update on both the battlefield and the diplomatic front (25:28). Recorded Thursday, April 27, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
28/04/202334 minutes 29 seconds
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Special - Some Pentagon Papers w/ Ken Klippenstein

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Ken Klippenstein, investigative reporter for The Intercept, to discuss his two most recent articles detailing revelations in leaked Pentagon documents. The first concerns $36 million earmarked for research and treatment of everyone’s favorite new disease, Havana Syndrome. The second examines a DOD assessment of “the strategi…
25/04/20233 minutes 3 seconds
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E94 - Belt and Road w/ Juliet Lu

Danny and Derek are joined by Juliet Lu, assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and co-host of The Belt and Road Podcast, to discuss, you guessed it: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)! They get into China’s ideological vision for the project, the Sinophobia around it, how the project compares with non-Chinese institutions’ infrastructure development, the soft power angle, different populations’ reactions to Chinese-branded projects, the debt discourse, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
25/04/202354 minutes 9 seconds
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Bonus - Maass Expansion w/ Richard Maass

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome Richard Maass, professor of political science at Old Dominion University, to discuss US annexation and his book The Picky Eagle: How Democracy and Xenophobia Limited U.S. Territorial Expansion . They discuss the importance of annexation in understanding contemporary US foreign policy, territorial expansion’s relation to class con…
23/04/20235 minutes 26 seconds
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News Roundup - April 21, 2023

Derek tolerates Producer Jake filling in for Danny, who was off filming his new action vehicle Hans Speier: Social Science Slaughter. This week: escalating conflicts in Sudan (1:50), a prisoner exchange in Yemen (10:00), a diplomatic free-for-all in the Middle East (13:27), an unprecedented heat wave hits Thailand (20:32), continuing grain shipment woes for Ukraine (23:03), and government-FARC peace talks set to begin in Colombia (28:31).Recorded April 20, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
21/04/202331 minutes 44 seconds
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E93 - The International Thought of W.E.B. Du Bois w/ Adom Getachew and Jennifer Pitts

Danny and Derek welcome Adom Getachew, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago, and Jennifer Pitts, Professor of Political Science and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, to discuss their co-edited volume W.E.B. Du Bois: International Thought, a collection of essays and speeches by Du Bois engaging in empire and internationalism. They touch on the book’s relation to the discipline of international relations, Du Bois’ encounters with the international as a young man, his notion of the color line, the recurring theme of democratic despotism in his work, his evolving relationship to liberalism, his views on Liberia, Japan, and Russia, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.america
18/04/202356 minutes 35 seconds
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Bonus - Queer Germany, Ep. 8 w/ Samuel Huneke

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Samuel Huneke, assistant professor of history at George Mason University, to discuss queer life in Germany from the 18th century through the Cold War. After setting the stage of the early Cold War period last episode, the crew delves further into queer life (in this discussion, gay men, gay women, and trans people) in the FR…
16/04/20235 minutes 2 seconds
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News Roundup - April 14, 2023

Our AI-generated Derek was working well until it kept insisting Danny’s name was “Darren” and that The Flat Earth was the news. On this spherical celestial body, however, we covered some other stories: Diplomatic progress in Saudi Arabia with Syria and Iran (0:50), peace talks in Yemen (5:30), the UN responds to the Taliban’s ban on female employees in Afghanistan (8:15), a new missile test from the DPRK (11:04), violence in Ethiopia’s Amhara region (13:01), Finland finally joins NATO (15:26), a New Cold War update featuring Emmanuel Macron in China (17:47), fallout from the recent document leak in the US (20:36), and a Ukraine update (24:43) featuring Seymour Hersh’s new piece (27:22). *Note: US authorities have arrested the document leaker since the time of recording.Recorded Thursday, April 13, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https:/
14/04/202332 minutes 14 seconds
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E92 - Hope and Sorrow w/ Helen Benedict

Danny and Derek welcome Helen Benedict, novelist, author, and professor at the Columbia Journalism School, to discuss refugees in European camps and the refugee crisis in general. They get into the genesis of the book she co-authored, Map of Hope and Sorrow: Stories of Refugees Trapped in Greece, which documents the experiences of refugees in one particular camp, working as a journalist vs. as a novelist, the US’s reputation as a bastion of human rights, the inherent colonialism of anthropology, the specific perils faced by women refugees, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
11/04/202354 minutes 18 seconds
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Bonus - The Military-Industrial Complex, Ep. 4 w/ Michael Brenes

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Michael Brenes, associate director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and lecturer in history at Yale University, for the EXPLOSIVE conclusion to the history of the United States’ military-industrial complex (MIC). They pick up in the Reagan years, the transition from Cold War liberalism to neoconservativism, the…
09/04/20234 minutes 47 seconds
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Free Bonus - Secret Evidence w/ Laila Al-Arian

Danny and Derek welcome Laila Al-Arian, executive producer of Fault Lines on Al-Jazeera English, to discuss her family’s experience as Muslim, Arab Americans persecuted by the state before and after the War on Terror. They get into the case of her father, Sami Al-Arian, beginning in the 1990s and culminating with his 2015 deportation from the US, the imprisonment of her uncle, the phenomenon of “secret evidence”, George W. Bush’s pre- and post-9/11 relationship with Muslim and Arab Americans, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
07/04/202346 minutes 53 seconds
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Foreign Exchanges: The Mamluk Sultanate w/ Carl F. Petry

Hello Prestigeheads! We just wanted to share Derek’s grand return to podcasting over at Foreign Exchanges in the form of this great discussion of the Mamluks. Be sure to subscribe to FX for content like this, the daily World Roundups, and more. Enjoy!Hello everybody! After a very extended hiatus we’re back with a real, full blown Foreign Exchanges podcast (more on that at the end of the show)! I’m joined by Carl F. Petry, Hamad ibn Khalifa Al Thani Professor of Middle East Studies and Professor of History Emeritus at Northwestern University and author of The Mamluk Sultanate: A History, a book that you can—nay, should—buy today. Professor Petry and I discuss who the Mamluks were, how they came to rule much of Egypt, Syria, and the Hejaz in the mid-13th century, and why it took until 2022 for the emergence of an a
05/04/20231 hour 8 minutes 37 seconds
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G-Man and Masters of the Universe w/ Beverly Gage

Danny and Derek welcome Beverly Gage, professor of history and American studies at Yale University, to discuss the life and work of J. Edgar Hoover. They touch on his DC upbringing, early years at the nascent FBI, the 1930s War on Crime, the effect of WWII and the Cold War on the agency, COINTELPRO, his sexuality, religiosity, racism, and more. Grab your copy of Beverly’s book G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
04/04/202358 minutes 49 seconds
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A Fascism Debate w/ Jason Stanley and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDaniel Steinmetz Jenkins, assistant professor in history at Wesleyan College, moderates a debate between Danny and Jason Stanley, Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University and author of the 2018 book How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them, about fascism discourse in the United States. The discussion was centered around Danny’s pie…
02/04/20235 minutes 14 seconds
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News Roundup - March 31, 2023

Derek busted through the window with a boombox to “school” Danny on “how it is”, also known as giving the News Roundup. This week: an Israel update (0:31), the DPRK sees Kim ordering more nuclear material (6:39), Russia might be positioning nukes in Belarus (9:20) and the US pulls out of another part of New START (12:02), a Ukraine update on the situation in Bakhmut (14:01), France continues to see protests and King Charles delays his visit (15:39), an ELN attack threatens peace talks in Colombia (16:45), the US hosts the glorious Summit for Democracy (19:10), a New Cold War update featuring Honduras officially switching recognition to China (21:23), Saudi Arabic investing in Chinese companies and affiliating with Shanghai Cooperation Organization (22:33), and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen visits the US (25:15). This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigepod
31/03/202328 minutes 31 seconds
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Special - The 2023 Israeli Judicial Reform Protests w/ Udi Greenberg

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek speak with Udi Greenberg, associate professor of history at Dartmouth College, about the protests in Israel over Benjamin Netanyahu’s government’s legislation seeking to overhaul the Israeli judiciary. They discuss the background and scope of the protests, concessions made to the far right while the legislation is shelved, and more.
28/03/20232 minutes 44 seconds
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E90 - The 2023 Nigerian Presidential Election w/ Alex Thurston

Danny and Derek welcome back Alex Thurston, assistant professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati, to discuss the 2023 Nigerian presidential election. They discuss the three main candidates, controversy around the election itself, issues the country is currently grappling with, what a Bola Tinubu presidency might look like, the legacy of incumbent Muhammadu Buhari, the international response, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
28/03/202348 minutes 38 seconds
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Bonus - All Hailbag the Mailbag 6: Child of Mailbag

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comThe greatest franchise in podcast history, the American Prestige Mailbag, is back with stunning developments. Actually, it’s like the other mailbags, where our dear paid subscribers submit questions and prompts of the highest quality for Danny and Derek (and sometimes Jake). This edition of the mailbag features questions about the New Cold War, world-sy…
26/03/20234 minutes 34 seconds
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News Roundup - March 24, 2023

Our mainframe computer, DEREK, gave us the news before it became sentient and we had to unplug it. This week: the new IPCC report on climate and UN report on water access (0:38), good and bad news from Yemen (4:34), Israel makes moves on a new bill legalizing old settlements and Smotrich gets in trouble with Jordan (6:45), Ethiopia sees progress in implementing the Tigray peace deal (10:44), pension problems in France (13:42), a Russia/Ukraine update (18:16), and a New Cold War update (26:50) featuring Xi Jinping visiting Russia, Kishida Fumio visiting Ukraine, and Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen visiting the US. Recorded Thursday, March 23, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
24/03/202335 minutes 56 seconds
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Shoot the Messenger, Episode 2: Discovering the Power of Pegasus Spyware

Hello, Prestigeheads! We had such a great response last week that we’re bringing you another episode of Shoot the Messenger! This week we continue with the story of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi with friends of the pod Nando Vila & Rose Reid. We learn Khashoggi wasn't just targeted — he was hunted. This is the behind-the-scenes story of how Pegasus works, and how it was discovered (and found in Khashoggi's inner circle). This episode is part of Shoot the Messenger's 10-part series on "Espionage, Murder & Pegasus Spyware."  This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
22/03/202345 minutes 45 seconds
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E89 - American Jews and Israel w/ Eric Alterman

Danny and Derek welcome Eric Alterman, CUNY distinguished professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College, to discuss the history of America’s relationship with Israel. They touch on Eric’s own story, the evolution of the Israeli and the Arab in the American Jewish imagination, the inflection points of the 1967 war and the 1982 Lebanon invasion, the Left’s history with Zionism, and more.Be sure to grab a copy of We Are Not One: A History of America’s Fight Over Israel! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
21/03/20231 hour 8 minutes 23 seconds
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Special - 20 Years After Shock and Awe w/ Spencer Ackerman

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek are joined by Spencer Ackerman, journalist and founder of Forever Wars, to take a look back at America in the early days of the Iraq invasion. They discuss Spencer’s time as a lonely anti-war voice at a liberal hawk publication, how the failure of the war shook up the consensus at such establishments, Democrats defending the war but crti…
20/03/20234 minutes 49 seconds
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Bonus - The Military-Industrial Complex, Ep. 3 w/ Michael Brenes

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Michael Brenes, associate director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and lecturer in history at Yale University, to discuss the shocking, scandalous, and salacious history of the United States’ military-industrial complex (MIC). They pick up in the 1970s, touching on the advent of the all-volunteer force (AVF), …
19/03/20235 minutes 13 seconds
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News Roundup - March 17, 2023

Derek now comes with USB-C connections, making it that much quicker to obtain…The News. This week: polling from Turkey as election season heats up (1:08), negotiations between Colombia and the ELN plus problems with the Clan del Golfo (5:14), a US drone and Russian jet close encounter (7:38), a Ukraine update (11:07), the Saudi-Iran diplomatic agreement (15:42), and a New Cold War update featuring AUKUS (18:21), the Japan-South Korea meeting (20:12), and Honduras switching recognition from Taiwan to the PRC (22:49).Recorded Thursday, March 16, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
17/03/202325 minutes 44 seconds
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Introducing Shoot the Messenger: Espionage, Murder & Pegasus Spyware

This is the first episode of PRX and Exile Content Studio’s Shoot the Messenger: Espionage, Murder & Pegasus Spyware entitled “What Really Happened to Murdered Journalist Jamal Khashoggi?”, as the crew discussed on this week’s episode of AP. Check out the show (without Danny chiming in) wherever you get podcasts! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
14/03/202350 minutes 18 seconds
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AP 88 - Fly, Pegasus, Fly w/ Rose Reid and Nando Vila

Danny and Derek welcome Rose Reid and Nando Vila, co-hosts of the new podcast Shoot the Messenger: Espionage, Murder & Pegasus Spyware. They discuss mass surveillance, (the totally legal) Pegasus spyware, how the grisly murder of Jamal Khashoggi fits into this, the vulnerability of journalists, and more. Check out the first episode of the podcast, which we put on our feed, and other episodes on Apple Podcasts or wherever you download your podcasts. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
14/03/202344 minutes 55 seconds
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Bonus - Ukraine Endgame: AP vs. NonZero w/ Bob Wright

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Bob Wright, of the Nonzero Newsletter and the Nonzero podcast, to discuss Vladimir Putin and the Ukraine War. The discussion also veers into ideology, discussing leftist vs. left liberal views of the conflict, the utility of the United Nations and international law, and more. Checkout the Nonzero Newsletter and podcast!Recor…
12/03/20235 minutes 30 seconds
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News Roundup - March 10, 2023

It’s not quite Top Gun, but Danny, Derek, and Producer Jake fly high with a special theme song. Otherwise, in news this week: the situation in Bakhamut, Ukraine and a new narrative around the Nord Stream explosion (2:13), a Turkish politics update (8:45), Havana Syndrome is not the greatest threat to US citizens’ health (13:50), the USA is #1 [in arms deals] (16:06), a New Cold War update featuring South Korea patching things up with Japan (18:53), AUKUS making moves (21:27), Biden’s budget for the pacific islands (22:39), and McCarthy possibly pulling a Pelosi in Taiwan (26:41).Recorded Thursday, March 9, 2023If you like “New Cold War” and the rest of the show’s music, check out Producer Jake’s band Moloq!“New Cold War” song lyrics:Jake: “Tower, this is call sign PRESTIGE. Permission to open up on this balloon bogey.” Danny: “Roger that. Take ‘em
10/03/202328 minutes 50 seconds
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E87 - The New Canon w/ Sarah Dunstan and Katharina Rietzler

Happy Women’s History Month! Danny and Derek welcome Sarah Dunstan, lecturer in the international history of modern human rights at the University of Glasgow, and Katharina Rietzler, senior lecturer in American history at the University of Sussex, to discuss their new co-edited volume (along with Patricia Owens and Kimberly Hutchings), Women’s International Thought: Towards a New Canon, which is part of a larger multi-disciplinary project, “The History of Women’s International Thought”. They discuss the volume’s contributors, women’s erasure from the history of international relations (IR), the “historical woman”, how re-centering these thinkers contributes to the field of IR, historical recovery projects, and more.Follow the larger project, Sarah, and Katharina on Twitter! <b
07/03/202354 minutes 28 seconds
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Bonus - Queer Germany, Ep. 7 w/ Samuel Huneke

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Samuel Huneke, assistant professor of history at George Mason University, to discuss queer life in Germany from the 18th century through the Cold War, and it’s Judgment Day: we’ve reached the Cold War. The crew discusses the quick transformation of Germany in the early Cold War period, queer life under the new Grundgesetz (e…
05/03/20234 minutes 55 seconds
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News Roundup - March 3, 2023

Derek’s your brave captain, Danny your loyal steward…it’s another News Cruise. This week: an update on the tense situation in Palestine (0:31), a welcome bit of happy news from Yemen (4:18), Tunisia sees mistreatment of asylum seekers and Saied arrests critics (6:13), the election in Nigeria (9:00), Sweden and Finland amble along toward NATO accession (13:00), a Russia-Ukraine update (18:18), and the UK and EU reach a Northern Ireland deal (22:50). Recorded Thursday, March 2, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
03/03/202326 minutes 33 seconds
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Special - Israeli Violence in Huwara, Palestine, Ep. 2 w/ Jalal Abukhater and Udi Greenberg

Danny and Derek are back with a two-part special episode on the violence in Huwara, Palestine. In the first half, Derek speaks with Jalal Abukhater, a Palestinian writer based in Jerusalem, about the background of recent settler violence in the West Bank, the details we know of the Huwara attack, the impunity with which settlers and the Israeli government act, and the Palestinian Authority and international community’s reaction to Huwara. Danny and Derek then speak with Udi Greenberg, associate professor of history at Dartmouth College, about the domestic Israeli dynamics at play behind the recent violence, the makeup of the current far-right government, its relation to the settler movement, the legal framework it is hoping to create, and more. Check out Jalal’s work on his website and Twitter. This is a public episode. If you’d like to di
01/03/202354 minutes 26 seconds
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E86 - Syria's Earthquake Response w/ Adrien Zakar

Derek welcomes Adrien Zakar, assistant professor of history at the University of Toronto and co-host of the virtual lecture series Technologies of Power, to discuss the response in Syria to the recent earthquake in Turkey which affected the former’s northwestern region. They cover Syria’s current political situation, what it means for opposition- and Turkish-controlled enclaves regarding relief efforts, the role of sanctions, what this all means for Syrian refugees at home and abroad, and more.Check out the following organizations aiding in recovery efforts:* Disaster Philanthropy * Doctors Without Borders* <a target="_blank" href="https://help.rescue.org/donate/syria-crisis?ms=gs_ppc_fy23_syria_mmusa_oct&#38;initialms=gs_ppc_fy23_syria_mmusa_oct&#38;gcli
28/02/202341 minutes 47 seconds
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Special - Israeli Violence in Huwara, Palestine, Ep. 1

Danny and Derek give a quick update on today’s Israeli attacks in Huwara, a town just south of the West Bank city of Nablus. We will have a follow-up special with experts on this as soon as possible. Recorded Sunday, February 26, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
27/02/202319 minutes 22 seconds
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Bonus - The Manchurian Candidate w/ Josh Olson

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome Josh Olson, podcaster and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, to discuss the 1962 film The Manchurian Candidate and its 2004 remake. They explore the idea of brainwashing, the influence of the respective geopolitical atmospheres’ influence on each film, what makes the original so brilliant and the remake so baffling, glean insi…
26/02/20235 minutes 14 seconds
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News Roundup - February 24, 2023

Danny tees it up, Derek hits it out of the park, that’s the way it works at the News Roundup! This week: a New Cold War update (0:37), tension at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border (6:52), the DPRK conducts another ICBM test (9:39), Russia sees Putin giving a speech marking one year in Ukraine plus tension between the Wagner Group and Russian military (12:20), Biden makes a surprise visit to Ukraine (16:43), an Israel-Palestine update (18:22), higher uranium enrichment reported in Iran (25:30), and a devastating drought in the Horn of Africa (28:36). Recorded Thursday, February 23, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
24/02/202331 minutes 17 seconds
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Bonus - The Currency of Politics, Ep. 3 w/ Stefan Eich

Danny and Derek welcome back Stefan Eich, assistant professor of government at Georgetown University, to continue their series on the politics of money. This episode focuses on the work of the King of All Socialists himself, Karl Marx. The crew touches on his political economic approach to currency, distills an explanation of “capital” into a 20-minute sequence, explores how the 1857 Panic affected his work, and more. Check out all episodes at the series page! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
23/02/202349 minutes 6 seconds
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E85 - Haiti Primer w/ Pascal Robert

Danny and Derek welcome Pascal Robert, co-host of This is Revolution podcast, for a discussion on Haiti. Pascal gives a breathtaking, uninterrupted 200-year history of the country in 30 minutes, while also broaching US evolving interests in Haiti, the prosecution of the Jovenel Moise assassination case, current prime minister Ariel Henry, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
21/02/202349 minutes 57 seconds
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The Currency of Politics, Ep. 7 w/ Stefan Eich

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Stefan Eich, assistant professor of government at Georgetown University, to conclude their series on the politics of money. They pick up in the 1970s, discussing the end of the Bretton Woods system, petrodollars and eurodollars, democracy’s relation to finance, the collapse of the Soviet Union’s effect on currency politics, …
19/02/20235 minutes 1 second
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News Roundup - February 17, 2023

If news was a watermelon, Derek would be a prop comic smashing it with a mallet for Danny’s benefit. This week: an update on the earthquake in Turkey and Erdoğan’s response (1:16), Russia makes gains in Ukraine’s Bakhmut (6:11), the fate of Finland’s NATO membership may lie with Turkey (12:54), a series of political arrests in Tunisia (15:41), o senhor Lula vai para Washington (18:12), and a New Cold War Update featuring The Balloon (22:09) and US moves in the South Pacific (26:56). Recorded Thursday, February 16, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
17/02/202328 minutes 32 seconds
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Special - Offer Rescinded w/ James Cavallaro

Danny and Derek welcome James Cavallaro, professor of law and executive director of the University Network for Human Rights, for a discussion of the State Department’s recent decision to withdraw his nomination to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights over comments categorizing the treatment of Palestinians by Israel as “apartheid”. They discuss James’ work in human rights advocacy, the weaponization of anti-Semitism, the US goverment’s particular aversion to the word “apartheid”, and more. The University Network for Human Rights has released this statement on the incident. Recorded Thursday, February 16, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss t
17/02/202328 minutes 11 seconds
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E84 - One Year of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine w/ Emma Ashford and Anatol Lieven

Danny and Derek welcome back Emma Ashford, senior fellow with the Reimagining US Grand Strategy program at the Stimson Center, and Anatol Lieven, director of the Eurasia Program at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, for a discussion examining the Russian invasion of Ukraine one year into the conflict. They discuss the present circumstances of the war and how they compare with initial expectations, the response of Europe and the US, negotiations and what a potential endgame might look like, the ramifications of the rise in anti-Russian sentiment, the effect of sanctions on Russia, and more.Check out Emma’s book Oil, the State, and War: The Foreign Policies of Petrostates as well as Anatol’s most recent book Climate Change and the Nation State: The Case for Nationalism in a Warming World! This is a public episode. If you’d li
14/02/202352 minutes 41 seconds
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Bonus - Tooze Day w/ Adam Tooze

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome to the program Adam Tooze, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis professor of history at Columbia University and author of Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World's Economy. They discuss the phenomenon of the public intellectual, the role of intellectuals in the 2023 North Atlantic world, the current debate around fascism, the polycrisis, …
12/02/20234 minutes 59 seconds
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News Roundup - February 10, 2023

Derek descended from Mount News and Danny received The Message. This week: the balloon saga (1:17), Israel continues killing Palestinians and ignores US pleas to pause settlement construction (10:00), Peru protests continue amid calls for an election (14:41), a Ukraine update (18:16), and the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria (24:05).*Note: This episode was recorded earlier than typical News Roundups, on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
10/02/202331 minutes 34 seconds
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E83 - The Decline of the History Profession w/ Erin Bartram

Danny and Derek welcome to the program Erin Bartram, school programs coordinator at the Mark Twain House and co-founder of Contingent Magazine, for a discussion of the decline of the history profession and humanities programs in general. They discuss the effect of consistent loss of knowledge production on a given field, the American Historical Association’s (AHA) response to the state of the academic job market, organizing in academia, moving on to non-academic fields after leaving the academy, and more. Check out Erin’s controversial piece on leaving academia, “The Sublimated Grief of the Left Behind”. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe?ut
07/02/202347 minutes 49 seconds
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News Roundup - February 3, 2023

Danny and Derek are hot off the presses, albeit with serious injuries. Stories this week: violence in Israel and the threat of a Gaza war looms (0:32), Iran reacts to an (allegedly) Israeli drone strike on the city of Isfahan (5:40), Russia makes gains in Ukraine and Biden rejects prospect of supplying F-16s (9:10), the Sweden-Finland-Turkey NATO saga continues (17:34), the Tuareg Coordination of Azawad Movements (CMA) pulls out of the constitutional process plus other developments in Mali (20:31), and another New Cold War update featuring a new US-Philippine military agreement (24:03), the US opening an embassy in the Solomon Islands (25:21), and a disturbing USAF memo on a future conflict with China (27:29).Recorded Thursday, February 2, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe?utm_medium=podcast&#38;utm_campaign=CTA
03/02/202331 minutes 29 seconds
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E82 - Hell of Hinge Points w/ Matt Christman and Chris Wade

Danny and Derek welcome American Prestige champion Matt Christman and first-timer Chris Wade—hosts of Chapo Trap House’s Thirty Years’ War spinoff series, Hell on Earth—for a special AP-Hinge Points-Hell on Earth mashup episode. What if Henry IV of France was not assassinated? What if there was no defenestration of Prague? What if Gustavus Adolphus lived? Check out Hell on Earth and Hinge Points! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
31/01/202355 minutes 54 seconds
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Bonus - Davos Divas w/ Ken Klippenstein

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome Ken Klippenstein, investigative reporter for The Intercept, for a discussion of the hottest ticket for Bond villains: the 2023 World Economic Forum at Davos. They touch on what exactly the World Economic Forum is, the recurring themes among the participants’ commentaries, the ideology of the event, the warm welcome to gulf state …
29/01/20234 minutes 59 seconds
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News Roundup - January 27, 2023

Derek, along with his trusty lackey Danny, again conquers the news. This week: the US restricts the flow of dollars into Iraq, the dinar collapses (0:33); Israel sees Netanyahu firing Deri and the IDF kills more Palestinians in the West Bank (2:45); NGOs threaten to withdraw from Afghanistan over Taliban restrictions on women’s rights (5:02); Eritrean soldiers are seen leaving the Tigray Region in Ethiopia as the peace deal is implemented (7:53); Burkina Faso gives France one month to withdraw troops (9:44); the US designates Russia-based Wagner Group a criminal organization (12:26); a Ukraine update including newly-arrived tanks (13:37); Turkey threatens to veto Sweden’s NATO application (18:41); and in Peru, Boluarte calls for a “truce” while protests carry on and a movement for her impeachment gathers steam in Congress. Recorded Thursday, January 26, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to
27/01/202326 minutes 40 seconds
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E81 - State of the Sahel w/ Lamin Keita and Alex Thurston

Danny and Derek welcome Lamin Keita, PhD candidate in political science at Northwestern University, and Alex Thurston, assistant professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati, for a discussion on the situation in the Sahel, namely Mali and Burkina Faso. They talk about the 2022 coups in each country, the role of jihadist conflicts in the region, where the respective junta governments currently stand, the role of the United States in the coups and the Sahel in general, and more.Note: This discussion was recorded before the expulsion of French troops by Burkina Faso.Check out Alex’s work at Sahel Blog, the issue of Middle East Report he guest edited, and his book Jihadists of North Africa and the Sahel!Check out Lamin’s AfroSaharo Res
24/01/202358 minutes 28 seconds
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Bonus - Queer Germany, Ep. 6 w/ Samuel Huneke

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Samuel Huneke, assistant professor of history at George Mason University, to discuss queer life in Germany from the 18th century through the Cold War. In this episode, they pick up at the end of WWII and situate us in the era of Germany’s partition, exploring socialism’s relationship with homosexuality, queer life in Allied …
22/01/20235 minutes 29 seconds
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News Roundup - January 20, 2023

Derek plugged into the mainframe, Danny mined the data…It’s the weekly News Roundup. This week: the Israeli Supreme Court orders Netanyahu to dismiss his interior minister (0:31), Israel is averaging about one Palestinian killing per day in West Bank so far this year (3:32); China’s population declined last year for the first time since 1961 (6:18), Jacinda Ardern resigns as prime minister of New Zealand (10:16); an update on the implementation of the peace deal in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region (12:50); a Ukraine update (14:57), Sweden and Finland inch along towards NATO membership (20:47), and protests continue in Peru (24:17).Recorded Thursday, January 19, 2023 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
20/01/202326 minutes 23 seconds
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E80 - The F-35: A Biography w/ Michael Brenes

Danny and Derek welcome back Michael Brenes, associate director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and lecturer in history at Yale University, to discuss the undisputed greatest use of taxpayer dollars in our great nation’s history: the F-35. They discuss its war-fighting purpose, Lockheed’s business strategy with the jet, the effect of consolidation and privization on the arms industry, and more.Check out Michael’s article on the F-35 in Jacobin: “The F-35 Is Everything Wrong With the Military-Industrial Complex”. Also check out Michael’s Substack, Warfare and Welfare. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.
17/01/202349 minutes 54 seconds
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The Currency of Politics, Ep. 4 w/ Stefan Eich

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Stefan Eich, assistant professor of government at Georgetown University, to continue their conversation of the politics of money. In this episode, they continue their discussion of John Maynard Keynes, his reaction to the the Great Depression, his seminal 1936 work The General Theory Of Employment Interest And Money, his per…
15/01/20235 minutes 38 seconds
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News Roundup - January 13, 2023

And we’re back! Happy New Year, Prestigeheads and Haters alike, it’s Danny and Derek with the News Roundup. This week: Wagner Group activity in Ukraine and a leadership reshuffle for Russia (1:31), progress made in the Tigray Conflict peace plan in Ethiopia (10:17), a little dust-up in Brazil (12:30), more protests in Peru (21:19), and the “Three Amigos” summit in Mexico (25:23), Recorded Thursday, January 12, 2022Check out our Brazil special with Benjamin Fogel! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
13/01/202332 minutes 28 seconds
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E79 - Ideology in US Foreign Relations w/ Christopher McKnight Nichols

Danny and Derek welcome Christopher McKnight Nichols, Wayne Woodrow Hayes chair in national security studies and professor of history at Ohio State University, to discuss the volume he co-edited, Ideology in U.S. Foreign Relations: New Histories. They define ideology vs. ideas, their effect on US foreign relations since colonial times, and more.Grab a copy of the book here! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
10/01/20231 hour 8 minutes 1 second
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Special - The January 8, 2023 Riot in Brasília w/ Benjamin Fogel

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Benjamin Fogel, contributing editor to Jacobin, to discuss the events of Sunday, January 8, 2023 in Brazil’s capital Brasília as crowds of people attacked all three branches of government.Recorded Monday, January 9, 2023
09/01/20232 minutes 54 seconds
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Bonus - Queer Germany, Ep. 5 w/ Samuel Huneke

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Samuel Huneke, assistant professor of history at George Mason University, to discuss his book States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany. In this episode, they focus on the Holocaust, how it affected queer people, the perceived “internal” threat of gay men vs. the “external” threat of Jews, the infamous pink triangle, and more. Check out Dr. Huneke’s book here!
08/01/20235 minutes 6 seconds
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UNLOCKED - The End of History from the Other Shore w / Jacob Bacharach and Matt Christman

Danny and Derek are joined by the writer Jacob Bacharach and Matt Christman, co-host of Chapo Trap House and Hell of Presidents, about the "New Chronology" Soviet/Russian conspiracy theory. The four explore everything from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the history of chronology, Mormonism, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
06/01/20231 hour 2 seconds
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E78 - An Unwritten Future w/ Jonathan Kirshner

Danny and Derek welcome Jonathan Kirshner, professor of political science and international studies at Boston College, to discuss his book An Unwritten Future: Realism and Uncertainty in World Politics. They touch on structural realism/neorealism, the importance of classical realism, Mearsheimer, Thucydides, and more. *Producer’s note: Due to a technical error, we unfortunately do not have audio for the beginning of this conversation, so the discussion picks up about 15 minutes in.Grab up a copy of Jonathan’s book! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
03/01/202343 minutes 55 seconds
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Bonus - Music and American War w/ Catherine Bateson

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comHappy New Year! Danny, Derek, and Producer Jake welcome Catherine Bateson, associate lecturer of American history at the University of Kent, to discuss the music of American wars. They touch on music’s multifaceted role in different conflicts, musical literacy before mass media, appropriation and recycling of familiar melodies, the ideology of war music, protest songs, and more. Be sure to grab a copy of Catherine’s book Irish American Civil War Songs: Identity, Loyalty, and Nationhood!
01/01/20235 minutes
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UNLOCKED - Going Ballistic w/ Will Menaker

Grab your flight suit, aviators, and baby oil: Will Menaker is in the house. The host of the Chapo Trap House podcast joins Danny and Derek for a discussion of the classic action flick Top Gun. The crew discusses Vietnam Syndrome, the lost trope of the fighter pilot, Tony Scott, and homoeroticism, as all three hosts revisit what may be the most “California” film franchise to date. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
30/12/20221 hour 1 minute 52 seconds
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E77 - Evangelicals and US Foreign Policy w/ Lauren Turek

Danny and Derek welcome Lauren Turek, associate professor of history at Trinity University, to discuss the influence of evangelical Christians on US foreign policy throughout the country’s history. They touch on the contentious definition of what an “evangelical” is, prominent thinkers in the evangelical tradition, the gender dynamics of evangelical organizing, the effect on evangelicals on human rights discourse, and more.Grab a copy of Lauren’s book To Bring the Good News to All Nations: Evangelical Influence on Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Relations! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe?utm_medium=podcast&#38;u
27/12/202250 minutes 31 seconds
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Bonus - The Sino-Soviet Split Primer w/ Jeremy Friedman

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome Jeremy Friedman, Marvin Bower associate professor at Harvard Business School, for a discussion about the Sino-Soviet split. They talk about the early days of the revolutionary states’ relationship, the differences in their ideologies, the external forces shaping each nation’s trajectory, the heyday of their cooperation, and the beginning of the fissure in the mid-1950s. Grab a copy of Jeremy’s great book Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World!
25/12/20225 minutes 2 seconds
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News Roundup - December 23, 2022

Season’s greetings! It’s the jolliest of episodes: The News Roundup. This week: Netanyahu forms a government in Israel, the Taliban bans women from university in Afghanistan, fears of a COVID wave in China, election results and a possible coup in Fiji, elections in Tunisia, a Russia-Ukraine update, Sweden-Turkey extradition, a Peru update, and Brandon Biden makes a profit on oil sales.Recorded Thursday, December 22, 2022Don’t forget about our special year end offer for 15% off annual subscriptions! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
23/12/202228 minutes 56 seconds
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E76 - AMLO: A Portrait w/ Alexander Aviña

Danny and Derek welcome back Alexander Aviña, associate professor of history at Arizona State University, for a discussion focusing on the career of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) of Mexico. They touch on his unsuccessful bids for president, the MORENA party, the current Mexican political culture, his relationship to neoliberalism, his administration’s foreign policy, COVID response, and more.Remember, we have a 15% discount on annual subscriptions deal running through January 3rd! Check out Alexander’s book Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside, the basis of an ongoing AP series. <br/
20/12/202256 minutes 21 seconds
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Bonus - Queer Germany, Ep. 4 w/ Samuel Huneke

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Samuel Huneke, assistant professor of history at George Mason University, to discuss his book States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany. In this episode, they pick up after the Nazis take power, examining the effect of the Nuremberg Laws on gay, lesbian, and trangender life, Nazi notions of gender roles, the concept of third gender in German society, queer exiles, and more. Check out Dr. Huneke’s book here!
18/12/20225 minutes 2 seconds
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News Roundup - December 16, 2022

When not slinging NFTs featuring Producer Jake’s likeness, Danny and Derek give you one thing: The News. This week: ongoing protests in Peru (1:41), constitutional struggles in Chile (6:34), tensions in northern Kosovo (9:27), the mayor of Istanbul is convicted of insulting public officials in Turkey (13:45), a Ukraine update (16:47), the US-Africa Leaders Summit in DC (19:45), and Bernie caves on the Yemen war powers resolution (23:08).Recorded Thursday, December 15, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
16/12/202229 minutes 25 seconds
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E75 - Intro to Oil w/ Greg Brew

Danny and Derek welcome back Greg Brew, AP’s resident “oil man” and postdoctoral fellow at Yale’s Jackson School of Global Affairs, to discuss oil: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. They touch on the markets for oil beyond gasoline, international legal structures around the commodity, its effect on US foreign policy, emerging oil markets, the current Russian price cap, and more. Pre-order your copy of Greg’s book Petroleum and Progress in Iran: Oil, Development, and the Cold War! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
13/12/202254 minutes 2 seconds
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Bonus - All Hailbag the Mailbag 5: Return to Sender

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comIt’s the most wonderful time of the year for Prestigeheads: The Mighty Mailbag. Producer Jake tees up subscribers’ questions, theories, and prompts, and Danny and Derek knock them all out of the park (mixing sports metaphors, blah blah). Thanks to everyone who participated!
11/12/20225 minutes 11 seconds
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Special - The Peru Crisis w/ Javier Puente

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek speak with Javier Puente, associate professor of Latin American and Latino/a Studies and chair of Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Smith College, about the ongoing political crisis in Peru. Recorded Friday, December 9, 2022
09/12/20225 minutes 2 seconds
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News Roundup - December 9, 2022

All the news that’s fit for large print…it’s the News Roundup. This week: rumors of Iran doing away with the “morality police” (0:35), President Xi visits Saudi Arabia (5:49), an update on Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict (11:34), a far right plot is foiled in Germany (22:52), and the arrest of President Castillo in Peru (25:13). Recorded Thursday, December 8, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
09/12/202229 minutes 57 seconds
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E74 - World Cup Curiosities w/ Nando Vila

Danny and Derek welcome back Nando Vila, host of The Best Soccer Podcast in the World, to discuss the FIFA World Cup. They touch on the ubiquity of soccer around the globe, the structure of FIFA, corruption at the organization’s top levels, the controversies surrounding the 2022 World Cup being hosted in Qatar, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
06/12/202254 minutes 56 seconds
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Bonus - A History of Modern Palestine, Ep. 6 w/ Rashid Khalidi

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, to discuss his book The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017. In this final episode of the series, they discuss the US ramping up aid to Israel in the 1970s, the factors leading to the PLO conducting operations from Lebanon, the 1982 Israeli invasion of the country, the Sabra and Shatila massacre, and more. Grab a copy of Professor Khalidi's book here.
04/12/20224 minutes 58 seconds
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News Roundup - December 2, 2022

Back from break and full of boosters (well, Derek is, Danny is using crystals), it’s the News Roundup. This week: the third leader of Islamic State killed in Syria (0:36), protests continue in China (6:29), Russian fertilizer and grain trickles back out to the world (10:59), the US gives Chevron the green light for “limited operations” in Venezuela (15:02), and Monsieur Macron goes to Washington (17:28). Recorded Thursday, December 1, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
02/12/202221 minutes 24 seconds
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E73 - The Military and the Market w/ Jennifer Mittelstadt and Mark Wilson

Danny and Derek welcome Jennifer Mittelstadt, professor of history at Rutgers University, and Mark Wilson, professor of history at UNC Charlotte, to discuss their new edited volume The Military and the Market. They talk about the military welfare state and the all-volunteer force (AVF), mercenaries within the system, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
29/11/20221 hour 7 minutes 14 seconds
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Bonus - Contest or Conquest? w/ Daniel Immerwahr

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Daniel Immerwahr, Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities at Northwestern University, to discuss his essay in Harper’s Magazine reviewing Pekka Hämäläinen’s book Indigenous Continent: The Epic Contest for North America. They touch on reclaiming the narrative of Native American history, the resistance-focused vs lachrymose conception of American history in liberal historiography, the political en
26/11/20225 minutes 28 seconds
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E72 - This Land is Their Land w/ David Silverman

Danny and Derek welcome David Silverman, professor of Native American, Colonial American, and American racial history at George Washington University, for a discussion of the historical Thanksgiving holiday. They get into the the origin and proliferation of the holiday’s myth, the historical Pilgrims and Plymouth Colony, the Wampanoag Indians, their culture, politics, and relationship with the English settlers, who and what the holiday serves in 2022 America, and more. Be sure to grab a copy of David’s book This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://ww
22/11/202251 minutes 24 seconds
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Bonus - Queer Germany, Ep. 3 w/ Samuel Huneke

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Samuel Huneke, assistant professor of history at George Mason University, to discuss his book States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany. In this episode, they continue the discussion of life in Weimar Germany, why it became seen as the birthplace of modern gay politics, material conditions in a country grappling with the War Guilt Clause during the Great Depression, the influence of queer German exiles on American culture, the rise of the Nazis and their virulent homophobia, fascist aesthetics and queerness, and more. Check out Samuel’s book here<
20/11/20225 minutes 30 seconds
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News Roundup - November 18, 2022

King of the News Derek and Baron of Bylines Danny are back for another News Roundup. This week: the G20 convenes in Indonesia (1:46), the NIC releases a report on the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) efforts to influence US politics (6:04), the Ethiopian government and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) work to open up Tigray for humanitarian relief (8:26), at least six dead in a bombing in Istanbul (12:18), the Israeli government reacts to the FBI investigation into the killing of reporter Shireen Abu Akleh (14:27), and Danny and Derek tackle a week of Fake News™ regarding Iran (16:31) and Poland (20:29).Recorded Thursday, November 17, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
18/11/202226 minutes 13 seconds
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E71 - Somalia and the War on Terror w/ Samar Al-Bulushi

Danny and Derek welcome Samar Al-Bulushi, assistant professor of anthropology at UC Irvine, contributing editor at Africa is a Country, and non-resident fellow at the Quincy Institute, to discuss the US War on Terror in Somalia. They cover the background of US involvement in the Horn of Africa, the Islamic Courts Union, the 2006 Ethiopian invasion of Somalia, the emergence of Al-Shabaab, AFRICOM, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
15/11/202248 minutes 21 seconds
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Bonus - The History of the Philippines, Ep. 1 w/ Lisandro Claudio

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Lisandro Claudio, associate professor at UC Berkeley, for the first episode in a series on the history of the Philippines. In this episode, they touch on the islands’ societies before the advent of Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the roots of Filipino nationalism, the Philippines in the context of 19th century Asia, Gomburza and the 1872 Cavite Mutiny, José Rizal, and the leadup to the 1896 Philippine Revolution. Grab a copy of Lisandro’s book Liberalism and the Postcolony: Thinking the State in 20th-Century Philippines.
12/11/20224 minutes 39 seconds
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News Roundup - November 11, 2022

The News makes another star appearance (featuring Danny and Derek). This week: A Ukraine diplomatic (0:50) and military (5:50) update, negotiations over the Northern Ireland Protocol (10:13), Responsible Statecraft’s new report on special visas for Afghan auxiliaries (13:54), the new far-right Israeli government (17:53), Ethiopian and Tigrayan negotiations to implement the new peace deal (21:50), Sudan’s junta government begins negotiations for a transfer of power (24:31), and the glory of COP27 (27:35). Recorded Thursday, November 10, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
11/11/202232 minutes 54 seconds
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E70 - The Iran Protests w/ Assal Rad and Pouya Alimagham

Danny and Derek welcome back Assal Rad, research director at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), and Pouya Alimagham, historian of the Middle East at MIT, for an episode on the ongoing protests in Iran. They discuss protest tactics, Iranian Student Day, labor power from the bazaar, the state’s reaction, the role of sanctions, the situation in Sistan and Baluchestan, and more. Order your copy of Assal’s book, The State of Resistance: Politics, Culture, and Identity in Modern Iran, and also pick up Pouya’s book, Contesting the Iranian Revolution: The Green Uprisings. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes
08/11/20221 hour 3 minutes 37 seconds
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Special - The Israeli Election w/ Udi Greenberg

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome Udi Greenberg, associate professor of history at Dartmouth College, to discuss the 2022 Israeli legislative election.Grab a copy of Udi’s book The Weimar Century: German Émigrés and the Ideological Foundations of the Cold War. Recorded Monday, November 7, 2022
07/11/20223 minutes 7 seconds
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Bonus - A History of Modern Palestine, Ep. 5 w/ Rashid Khalidi

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, to discuss his book The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017. In this episode, they cover topics including: Israeli regional dominance in the postwar years, the so-called Arab Cold War, changes in the US-Israel relationship between 1956 and 1967, factors leading to the 1967 War, UN Security Council Resolution 242, and more.  Grab a copy of Professor Khalidi's book here.
05/11/20225 minutes 4 seconds
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News Roundup - November 4, 2022

Back from a residency at The Laugh Factory, it’s Danny and Derek! With news! This week: The return of Bibi in Israel (0:40), the Lebanese parliament struggles to elect a president (4:22), the Social Democrats hang onto power in Denmark (5:20), a Ukraine update (7:35), Imran Khan is shot in Pakistan (10:57), the DPRK responds to more Western military drills with missile tests (13:44), a peace deal in Ethiopia’s Tigray Conflict (16:23), M23 once again on the move in the Democratic Republic of Congo (19:26), and Bolsonaro supporters take to the streets in post-election Brazil (22:15). Recorded Thursday, November 3, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
04/11/202225 minutes 27 seconds
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E69 - The Audit w/ Joshua Olson, David Sirota, and Kate Willett

Danny and Derek welcome Joshua Olson, co-host of the new podcast The Audit, David Sirota, founder and editor-in-chief of The Lever, and Kate Willett, stand-up comedian and co-host of Reply Guys podcast, to discuss The Audit. The conversation touches on the state of the post-2016 leftwing media ecosystem, the role and value of independent media, rehabilitating irredeemable figures, the damage done by The West Wing, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
01/11/202251 minutes 20 seconds
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Special - The 2022 Brazil Presidential Runoff w/ Andrew Fishman and Benjamin Fogel

Danny and Derek welcome Andrew Fishman, president and co-founder of The Intercept Brasil, and Benjamin Fogel, contributing editor to Jacobin and historian of Brazil at NYU, to discuss Sunday’s presidential runoff in Brazil in which Lula da Silva narrowly defeated Jair Bolsonaro. Make a donation to support The Intercept Brasil, which just went independent.Also check out the late Michael Brooks’ interview with Lula from 2020.Recorded Monday, October 31, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
31/10/202251 minutes 38 seconds
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Bonus - The Currency of Politics, Ep. 3 w/ Stefan Eich

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Stefan Eich, assistant professor of government at Georgetown University, to continue their conversation of the politics of money. After touching on the gold standard as it existed in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as the paper money/specie relationship at the time, the crew gets into the work of John Maynard Keynes. They talk about his response to the Treaty of Versailles, his time at the UK’s India Office, his focus on central banks, the Second Thirty Years War, and more.Check out the series page here for all episodes and be sure to pick up a copy of Stefan’s book <a target="_blank" href="https://bookshop.org/books/the-currency-of-politics-the-political
30/10/20225 minutes 8 seconds
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News Roundup - October 28, 2022

Our own Dr. Frankenstein Derek, along with Igor Danny, bring to life another news aggregation creation. This week: Russia accuses Ukraine of a planned dirty bomb (0:33), the UK’s newest (and wealthiest) prime minister (8:12), Iran protests hit 40 days and Shiraz suffers a terror attack (11:01), a Myanmar military airstrike kills at least 80 concertgoers in the country’s north (13:38), Xi announces a third term as the Chinese Communist Party’s 2022 Congress wraps up (16:36), and the UN implements sanctions on and debates an intervention in Haiti (21:31). This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
28/10/202225 minutes 31 seconds
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UNLOCKED - The Galactic Vietnam w/ Daniel Immerwahr

Danny and Derek welcome back Daniel Immerwahr, professor of history at Northwestern University, to talk about about his new essay, “The Galactic Vietnam: Technology, Modernization, and Empire in George Lucas’s Star Wars”. They discuss the ideological projects of Lucas’ early work, Star Wars as a “Vietnam film”, its characters’ real-life counterparts, the franchise’s orientalism, and more.Check out Daniel’s chapter in the volume Ideology in U.S. Foreign Relations: New Histories. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
26/10/202259 minutes 50 seconds
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E68 - The Military-Industrial Complex, Ep. 2 w/ Michael Brenes

Danny and Derek welcome back Michael Brenes, associate director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and lecturer in history at Yale University, to discuss his book For Might and Right: Cold War Defense Spending and the Remaking of American Democracy. They pick up the discussion after the Korean War, touching on Eisenhower’s “military-industrial complex” farewell address, the 1958 National Defense Education Act, Robert McNamara and the Kennedy administration, defense conversion and “anti-militarist” Democrats, the effect of the Vietnam War on the MIC, and more.Check out the first episode here. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.
25/10/202245 minutes 12 seconds
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Bonus - The History of Afghanistan, Ep. 10 w/ Tim Nunan, Pashtana Durrani, and Haroun Rahimi (Pt. 2)

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comIn the second and final part of the two-hour finale to our History of Afghanistan series, Tim Nunan, lecturer in global history at the Free University of Berlin, moderates a panel discussion where he, Danny, and Derek are joined by Pashtana Durrani, founder of LEARN Afghan, and Haroun Rahimi, lawyer and visiting professor at Università Bocconi. Pashtana and Haroun share more personal experiences from Afghanistan during the war, including the media important to them in this time, the nuances of intra-Afghan cultures, life in Herat and Kandahar, the presidency of Ghani, Afghan women’s rights initiatives, , and more.
23/10/20225 minutes 10 seconds
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News Roundup - October 21, 2022

The number one news update in Dublin, Georgia returns for another weekly roundup. This week: Liz Truss’ farewell (0:40), the EU imposes yet more sanctions on Iran (7:45), a Ukraine update (10:35), renewed tensions in Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict (13:38), the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress (17:22), a potential intervention in Haiti (19:34), and Joe Biden dips into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (23:07). Recorded Thursday, October 20, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
21/10/202227 minutes 38 seconds
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E67 - American Exception w/ Aaron Good

Danny and Derek welcome back Aaron Good, host of the American Exception podcast and author of a book by the same name, for a discussion of American foreign policy education and historiography. They talk about what drove Aaron to write the book, individual actors’ power within the “US regime,” the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the value of highlighting the US’s political dark side for political change, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
18/10/202253 minutes 14 seconds
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Bonus - The History of Afghanistan, Ep. 10 w/ Tim Nunan, Pashtana Durrani, and Haroun Rahimi (Pt. 1)

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comIn the first part of our two-hour finale to our History of Afghanistan series, Tim Nunan, lecturer in global history at the Free University of Berlin, moderates a panel discussion where he, Danny, and Derek are joined by Pashtana Durrani, founder of LEARN Afghan, and Haroun Rahimi, lawyer and visiting professor at Università Bocconi. In this first part of the discussion, Pashtana and Haroun share experiences of their respective childhoods in Afghanistan and Iran, their families’ connections to the modern events in Afghanistan, cultural touchstones for them in the eras of the Taliban and Karzai, and more.
16/10/20225 minutes 26 seconds
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News Roundup - October 14, 2022

Danny and Derek once again deliver The News™. This week: more trouble in the US-Saudi relationship (0:48), the Lebanon-Israel maritime deal (5:47), a new president of Iraq (9:34), the continuing Iran protests (12:50), an Ethiopia war update (15:22), protests in Haiti (17:26), a Ukraine war update (19:58), and a new US national security strategy (24:50). This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
14/10/202227 minutes 50 seconds
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Special - The Katie Halper Story w/ Katie Halper

Danny and Derek welcome Katie Halper, host of The Katie Halper Show, to discuss her recent dismissal from The Hill’s program Rising due to a segment critical of Israel. They discuss the segment itself, the accusations thrown her way, voices of support in the wake of her firing, and more.Like and subscribe Katie on YouTube or throw her some support on Patreon. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
13/10/202224 minutes 28 seconds
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Special - OPEC+ and the Contemporary Oil Market w/ Greg Brew

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek speak with Greg Brew, postdoctoral fellow at Yale’s Jackson School of Global Affairs, about OPEC+’s oil production cut, the bloc’s history, the state of the global oil market, and the US-Saudi relationship.
11/10/20224 minutes 56 seconds
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E66 - The History of Colombia, Ep. 1 w/ Rob Karl

Danny and Derek speak with Rob Karl, professor of arts and humanities at Minerva University, about the history of Colombia. They discuss wars between liberals and conservatives in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Colombian political structure, the Colombian state, and more, in this first episode of a series. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
11/10/202240 minutes 39 seconds
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Bonus - Lessons of Guerrero, Ep. 2 w/ Alexander Aviña

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Alexander Aviña, associate professor of history at Arizona State University, to continue the discussion of his book Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside. In this episode, they pick up in the 1970s and discuss President Luis Echeverría, the advent of neoliberalism in Mexico, the 1982 default, the transformation of the drug trade in the 1980s, changes in the PRI during the same era, the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, and more through the 1995 Aguas Blancas massacre.Check out Alexander’s book here! Listen to the first episode here!
08/10/20225 minutes 6 seconds
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News Roundup - October 7, 2022

Danny and Derek are back with the hottest news update on this side of the dial. This week: a Ukraine update (0:31), the DPRK conducts numerous missile tests over several days (10:22), a Yemen ceasefire expires (15:34), OPEC cuts oil production (18:46), the second coup of the year in Burkina Faso (22:00), and an update on the Brazilian election (25:54). Recorded Thursday, October 6, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
07/10/202229 minutes 2 seconds
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E65 - The World of Early Islam, Ep. 1 w/ Hamza Zafer

Danny and Derek welcome to the program Hamza Zafer, associate professor in the department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of Washington, to discuss the world as it stood in the early days of Islam. The conversation focuses on the material conditions of the Arabian peninsula around the 7th century, touching on culture and economy of Mecca, the Red Sea Wars, early historiography of the Qur’an, pre-Islamic civic cults, ḥunafā’, the controversial ideas of Hagarism, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
04/10/202257 minutes 3 seconds
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Special - The 2022 Brazilian General Election w/ Benjamin Fogel

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome Benjamin Fogel, contributing editor to Jacobin and historian of Brazil at NYU, to discuss the results of the first round of the 2022 Brazilian general election, the far right and left in Brazil, what the results portend, and more.Check out Benjamin’s piece on the election in the Daily Maverick and another one in The Nation. Recorded Monday, October 3, 2022
03/10/20224 minutes 58 seconds
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Bonus - The History of Afghanistan, Ep. 9 w/ Tim Nunan

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Tim Nunan, lecturer in global history at the Free University of Berlin, for the final narrative episode on Afghanistan's history. The discussion covers the Trump administration’s policy toward Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, the Doha Agreement, the Taliban-Al-Qaeda relationship in the era of the so-called Islamic State (IS), the role of independent contractors in Afghanistan, and the 2021 US withdrawal. We will conclude the series with a panel episode taking a macro perspective of the country, its historiography, and more. You can find the other episodes of the series here.Check out Tim's book <a target="_blank" href="https://bookshop.org/books/humanitari
02/10/20224 minutes 39 seconds
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News Roundup - September 30, 2022

Danny and Derek report on the Nord Stream leaks (0:53), Russians’ reaction to the recent mobilization (7:26), referendums in eastern Ukraine and an update on the conflict (9:19), the Italian general election (14:59), economic troubles in the UK (16:33), protests in Iran (18:45), MBS becoming prime minister of Saudi Arabia (22:28), the upcoming Brazilian election (25:35), and a ceasefire in Colombia. Recorded Thursday, September 29, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
30/09/202232 minutes 14 seconds
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E64 - The Triumph of Broken Promises, Ep. 1 w/ Fritz Bartel

Danny and Derek welcome Fritz Bartel, assistant professor at the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University, for a conversation on his book The Triumph of Broken Promises: The End of the Cold War and the Rise of Neoliberalism. They lay the groundwork for the neoliberal era, discussing the particularities of the original Cold War as compared with the new one with China, why great power competition might end peacefully when that’s not anticipated, the social contract promising “modernity’s good life”, the politics behind making promises, and more. Grab a copy of Fritz’s book here! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe?utm_medium=podcast&
27/09/202241 minutes 49 seconds
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Special - The 2022 Italian General Election w/ Paolo Gerbaudo

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome Paolo Gerbaudo, sociologist at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, to discuss the 2022 Italian General Election, in which the far right Brothers of Italy won a significant portion of the vote.Recorded Monday, September 26, 2022
26/09/20225 minutes 4 seconds
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Bonus - The Currency of Politics, Ep. 2 w/ Stefan Eich

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Stefan Eich, assistant professor of government at Georgetown University, to continue the discussion of his book The Currency of Politics. They focus on the oft-overlooked work of Johann Gottlieb Fichte, state experimentation with fiat currencies in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, parallels with modern crypto currencies, MMT, and more.Check out Stefan’s book here and Episode 1 of the series here.
25/09/20225 minutes 1 second
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Special - The September 2022 Protests in Iran w/ Sussan Tahmasebi

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome Sussan Tahmasebi, co-founder and Executive Director of FEMENA, to talk about the ongoing protests in Iran. They discuss the background of the inciting incident, the history and enforcement of dress laws in Iran, government reaction to the unrest, underlying grievances among protesters, and more. Check out FEMENA’s work at their official website. Recorded Friday, September 23, 2022
23/09/20223 minutes 44 seconds
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News Roundup - September 23, 2022

Danny and Derek discuss the UN General Assembly (0:53), the Tigray Conflict in Ethiopia (3:05), protests in Iran (5:02), protests in Haiti (8:55), Ukraine annexation referendums (12:36), the Russian mobilization (15:19), and a Havana Syndrome update (32:24). Recorded Thursday, September 22, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
23/09/202235 minutes 32 seconds
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E63 - The Crisis in Progressive Foreign Policy w/ Stephen Wertheim

Danny and Derek welcome back Stephen Wertheim, senior fellow in the American Statecraft Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to discuss his new article in Foreign Affairs, “The Crisis in Progressive Foreign Policy”. They discuss DC’s rhetoric around Ukraine, the schisms within “progressive” foreign policy, Joe Biden and Taiwan, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
20/09/20221 hour 3 minutes 49 seconds
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Bonus - Queer Germany, Ep. 2 w/ Samuel Huneke

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Samuel Huneke, assistant professor of history at George Mason University, to discuss his book States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany. In this episode, they pick up at the end of World War I, discussing domestic factors in that loss and the narrative around it, the Weimar constitution and Paragraph 175, queer writers of the time such as Friedrich Radszuweit and Klaus Mann, high profile gay fascists like Ernst Röhm, and more. Check out Dr. Huneke’s book here.
17/09/20225 minutes 13 seconds
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News Roundup - September 16, 2022

Danny and Derek discuss the Ukrainian counter-offensive (0:58), renewed tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan (9:27), Ethiopia and Eritrea’s Tigray offensive (16:50), Islamic State in the Sahara making gains in Mali (19:36), Sweden’s new far-right majority parliament (21:21), and DPRK legislation codifying itself as a nuclear power (25:06). This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
16/09/202228 minutes 7 seconds
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E62 - The Blockade of Gaza w/ Omar Shakir

Danny and Derek welcome back Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, to discuss the blockade of Gaza. A follow-up to our special episode on the recent Israeli attacks on the Strip, this episode touches on the 2005 Israeli disengagement from Gaza, the effect of Gaza’s isolation from the West Bank on Palestinian civil society, Israel’s Gaza “policy”, regional enablers of the Strip’s isolation, the Abraham Accords, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
13/09/202246 minutes 4 seconds
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Special - The Life and Death of Elizabeth II

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny welcomes Kathryn Lamontagne, lecturer in social sciences at Boston University, to discuss the life and death of Elizabeth II, her vision of empire and the commonwealth, the gender politics surrounding her, King Charles, Princess Diana, Prince Andrew, and more.
12/09/20225 minutes 15 seconds
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Bonus - The Vikings and White Supremacy w/ Lauren Poyer

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back to the program Lauren Poyer, assistant teaching professor at the University of Washington, to discuss the use of viking culture in the context of white supremacy. They explore 19th century efforts to create a Scandinavian and Germanic Volk, the dialogue between viking age archaeology and mythology, Scandanavian immigrants in the early 20th century US, Nazi interest in viking age imagery, how scholars of the viking age reoncile with white supremacist appropriation, and more.
11/09/20224 minutes 58 seconds
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Bonus - Tony Stark in Afghanistan w/ Leslie Lee III

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.com**Originally recorded and released in September, 2021**Danny and Derek speak with Leslie Lee III, the host of Struggle Session, about post-9/11 culture and how the United States' imperial adventures influenced movies, TV, and video. They discuss a number of cultural products, including the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC universe, 24, The Shield, and …
11/09/20222 minutes 56 seconds
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Special - Rescue 9/11 w/ Jim Lobe and Laila Ujayli

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.com**This episode was originally recorded and released in September, 2021**Danny and Derek begin the episode with some reflections on their 9/11 experience. They then interview Jim Lobe, director of LobeLog and contributing editor at the Quincy Institute’s Responsible Statecraft, about the intellectual origins of the coalition that after 9/11 pursued endle…
11/09/20225 minutes
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Special - Ukraine's Kharkiv Counter-Offensive

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDerek and Danny give an update in light of the ongoing counter-offensive in northeastern Ukraine.Recorded Saturday, September 10, 2022
10/09/20224 minutes 57 seconds
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Special - The Chilean Constitutional Plebiscite w/ René Rojas

In lieu of a News Roundup this week, Danny and Derek welcome René Rojas—assistant professor of human development at SUNY Binghamton, member of the editorial board of Catalyst, and contributor to Jacobin—to discuss the September 4 Chilean constitutional plebiscite and what it means for Chilean politics.Check out René’s latest essay in Catalyst, “Chile’s Resurgent Left”. Also, keep an eye out for his piece on the plebiscite in Jacobin this coming weekend, as well as an upcoming book on 21st Century leftist movements for Verso. Recorded Friday, September 9, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
09/09/202247 minutes 22 seconds
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E61 - Current Conflicts in the Eastern DR Congo w/ Jason Stearns

Danny and Derek welcome Jason Stearns, assistant professor at Simon Fraser University and director of the Congo Research Group at NYU, for a discussion of the conflicts currently transpiring in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They unpack a number of topics, including the background of the March 23 Movement (M23), the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), the controversy over UN and East African peacekeeping missions, the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), the Ituri Conflict, and more.Grab copies of Jason’s books Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa and The War That Doesn't Say Its Name: The Unending Conflict in the Congo. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with othe
06/09/202258 minutes 56 seconds
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Bonus - The History of Afghanistan, Ep. 8 w/ Tim Nunan

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back Tim Nunan, lecturer in global history at the Free University of Berlin, for the eighth episode on Afghanistan's history. They pick up at the end of the Obama administration, examining the Afghanistan War’s place in the American imagination, why the war was hardly discussed in the 2016 election, Abdul Rashid Dostum, Jalaluddin Haqqani and the Haqqani Network, the push for peace talks, Trump’s influence on the war, and the 2019 Afghanistan presidential election. Check out Tim's book here!  
03/09/20223 minutes 36 seconds
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News Roundup - September 2, 2022

Danny and Derek discuss flooding in Pakistan (0:30), the Greenland ice sheet melting (3:11), violence in Baghdad (4:39), factional fighting in Tripoli, Libya (8:15), the expansion of the Tigray War in Ethiopia (10:45), IAEA inspectors and the beginning of a counteroffensive in Ukraine (13:31), the EU suspending visas for Russians (17:54), tension in the Solomon Islands (20:11), and the Pentagon’s new initiative to minimize civilian casualties (23:50). Recorded Thursday, September 1, 2022. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
02/09/202226 minutes 44 seconds
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E60 - The Military-Industrial Complex, Ep. 1 w/ Michael Brenes

Danny and Derek welcome Michael Brenes, associate director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and lecturer in history at Yale University, to discuss his book For Might and Right: Cold War Defense Spending and the Remaking of American Democracy. They discuss the origins of the military-industrial complex (MIC), the MIC-New Deal connection, NSC-68, the MIC as a tool of social mobility, labor unions’ relation to the security state, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
30/08/202245 minutes 35 seconds
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All Hailbag the Mailbag 4

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comIt’s time for subscribers’ favorite feature: Danny and Derek divulging their personal financial data! No, our mailbags don’t get quite so transactional, but the two hosts happily respond to questions and comments from our dear subscribers. Topics of this mailbag include: CPAC, Ukraine, the art of regional branding, an update on the Blob, a prognosis on Brazil, and more.Recorded Wednesday, August 17, 2022
27/08/20224 minutes 34 seconds
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News Roundup - August 26, 2022

Danny and Derek discuss fighting between U.S. and Syrian militias, the JCPOA, Imran Khan's legal troubles, the resumption of fighting in Ethiopia, the murder of Darya Dugina, and Joe Biden's $3 billion arms transfer to Ukraine.Recorded Thursday, August 25, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
26/08/202227 minutes 12 seconds
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E59 - Understanding Modern Iran, Ep. 1 w/ Assal Rad and Pouya Alimagham

Danny and Derek welcome Assal Rad, research director at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), and Pouya Alimagham, historian of the Middle East at MIT, for the first episode in a series on modern Iran. The crew sets the stage for the 1953 coup against prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh, discussing Iranians’ attempts to wrest sovereignty from the hands of foreign powers since the 19th century, the 1890 tobacco concession, the ousting of the Qajars, the rise of the Pahlavis, the 1941 allied occupation, Mosaddegh’s background, “Third World” nationalism, and more. Pre-order your copy of Assal’s book, The State of Resistance: Politics, Culture, and Identity in Modern Iran, and also pick up Pouya’s book, <
23/08/202253 minutes 48 seconds
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Bonus - The Galactic Vietnam w/ Daniel Immerwahr

Danny and Derek welcome back Daniel Immerwahr, professor of history at Northwestern University, to talk about about his new essay, “The Galactic Vietnam: Technology, Modernization, and Empire in George Lucas’s Star Wars”. They discuss the ideological projects of Lucas’ early work, Star Wars as a “Vietnam film”, its characters’ real-life counterparts, the franchise’s orientalism, and more. Check out Daniel’s chapter in the volume Ideology in U.S. Foreign Relations: New Histories. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
20/08/202259 minutes 50 seconds
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Special - Trump and the Espionage Act w/ Maryam Jamshidi

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comWith the recent FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago and the revelations of this particular investigation into Donald Trump, the Espionage Act is the talk of the town. Danny and Derek spoke with Maryam Jamshidi, professor of law at the University of Florida and specialist in national security law, in order to contextualize the Espionage Act, past cases where it has been implemented, and more.Recorded Friday, August 19, 2022
19/08/20224 minutes
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News Roundup - August 19, 2022

Danny and Derek talk about the Kenyan presidential election (0:35), the UK prime minister race poll (4:53), Ukraine (7:11), the Iran nuclear talks (14:39), and Biden's decision not to release Afghan central bank funds (18:17). Recorded Thursday, August 18, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
19/08/202221 minutes 20 seconds
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E58 - Left Internationalism in the Heart of Empire w/ Aziz Rana

Danny and Derek welcome back to the show Aziz Rana, Richard and Lois Cole Professor of Law at Cornell University, for a discussion on his recent article in Dissent, “Left Internationalism in the Heart of Empire”. They discuss left foreign policy as it relates to postcolonial movements, transnational programs like the NIEO, the post-Bernie moment, institutional impediments past and present, the post-Cold War era, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
16/08/202258 minutes 2 seconds
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Bonus - The History of the Kurds, Ep. 4 w/ Djene Bajalan

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek are once again joined by Djene Bajalan, associate professor of history at Missouri State University, to continue their miniseries on the history of the Kurds. In this episode, they begin in post-World War I Turkey. They discuss life under the Kamalist regime, the new republic’s changing geostrategic position in the 1920s, the “Kurdish Question”, the Sheikh Said Rebellion and other Kurdish nationalist uprisings, the influence of fascism in the 1930s, and more.
13/08/20224 minutes 19 seconds
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News Roundup - August 12, 2022

Danny and Derek discuss the Antarctic ice sheet melting (0:34), the attack on Gaza (4:05), election polls in Israel (6:53), JCPOA negotiations (8:29), Russia and New START inspections (12:20), Ukraine (16:00), Sweden & Finland and NATO (20:08), and Antony Blinken's Africa trip & US Africa policy (23:00).Recorded Thursday, August 11, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
12/08/202227 minutes 44 seconds
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Special - Gaza Under Attack w/ Omar Shakir

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome Omar Shakir, Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch, for a special discussion contextualizing the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza.Check out Omar’s work at Human Rights Watch.Recorded Tuesday, August 9, 2022
09/08/20224 minutes 2 seconds
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E57 - Technology as a Weapon of Empire w/ Kevin Klyman

Danny and Derek welcome Kevin Klyman, researcher at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, to discuss science, technology, and US imperialism. The discussion covers vaccine diplomacy/colonialism, digital democracy and authoritarianism, the role of Big Tech, the Declaration for the Future of the Internet, the Chips and Science Act, and more.Check out Kevin’s (Twitter handle @kevin_klyman) work discussed in the episode:* “Biden's Campaign for ‘Digital Democracy’ is Really a Giveaway to Big Tech” (Jacobin)* “Biden's Successor to TPP is a Boon for Big Tech (The American Prospect)* “Vaccine Apartheid has Reinforced US Empire” (<a target="_blank" href="https://jacobin.com/2022/01/vaccine-apartheid-us-empire-diplomacy-china-
09/08/202244 minutes 1 second
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Bonus - The History of Taiwan, Ep. 2 w/ James Lin

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek welcome back James Lin, assistant professor of international studies at the University of Washington, to continue the discussion of the history of Taiwan. In this episode, they discuss the indigenous peoples who originally inhabited the island, the co-colonization of the Dutch and Han Chinese during the Ming Dynasty, the House of Koxinga, the island under Qing rule, the Japanese occupation, and more leading up to the February 28th Incident in 1947.
06/08/20225 minutes 49 seconds
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News Roundup - August 5, 2022

Danny and Derek talk about the killing of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri (1:01), Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan (6:53), the war in Ukraine (14:30), protests and the political situation in Iraq (20:10), and the ceasefire in Yemen (23:19).For a more in-depth analysis of Pelosi’s Taiwan visit, check out our special episode with James Lin.Recorded August 4, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
05/08/202225 minutes 58 seconds
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Special - Pelosi in Taiwan w/ James Lin

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny and Derek picked up the big red phone to James Lin to help us all contextualize Nancy Pelosi’s contentious trip to Taiwan.
03/08/20224 minutes 14 seconds
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E56 - Global Inequality and American Foreign Policy in the 1970s w/ Michael Franczak

Danny and Derek welcome Michael Franczak, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, to discuss his book Global Inequality and American Foreign Policy in the 1970s. The conversation explores the role of the 1970s in US historiography; the Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations’ respective responses to the food, oil, and debt crises of that decade; the New International Economic Order (NIEO); figures like Earl Butz, Henry Kissinger, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan; and more. Grab a copy of Dr. Franczak’s book here! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
02/08/202256 minutes 31 seconds
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Bonus - Making the Republic of Vietnam, Ep. 2 w/ Nu-Anh Tran

This is a free preview of a paid episode. To hear more, visit www.americanprestigepod.comDanny welcomes back Nu-Anh Tran, assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, to continue the discussion of her book Disunion: Anticommunist Nationalism and the Making of the Republic of Vietnam. In this episode, they pick things up at the 1954 Geneva Conference and the partition of Vietnam. They discuss the implications of partition, President Ngô Đình Diệm’s struggles to centralize control, the 1955 Battle of Saigon, the Bình Xuyên Force, the Cần Lao Party, and more.Grab a copy of Dr. Tran’s book here: https://bit.ly/3cK
30/07/20225 minutes 39 seconds
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News Roundup - July 29, 2022

Danny and Derek talk about the Tunisian constitutional referendum (1:01), Iraqi protesters storming parliament (2:55), the Iran nuclear deal (7:05), executions in Myanmar (12:26), al-Shabab on the Somali-Ethiopian border (15:14), Ukraine (17:51), Biden's phone call with Xi (27:15), and the melting of the Greenland ice sheet (28:26).Recorded July 28, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
29/07/202230 minutes 34 seconds
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This Week in History - July 24-30

Greetings!We’re trying a new series, “This Week in History” brought to you by Foreign Exchanges (FX). I (Producer Jake) will choose a few interesting historical events each week based on what Derek has compiled for FX, and I’ll turn them into a mini podcast episode. Maybe I’ll end up using some of that ol’ “radio magic”, anything is possible! This will also be a series for paid subscribers, but we’re putting this first one out for everyone.This week we find ourselves at the beginning of French colonization in the Americas and, remarkably, the conclusion of several major wars. Enjoy! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
28/07/20223 minutes 37 seconds
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E55 - Making the Republic of Vietnam, Ep. 1 w/ Nu-Anh Tran

Danny and Derek welcome Nu-Anh Tran, assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, for a discussion on her book Disunion: Anticommunist Nationalism and the Making of the Republic of Vietnam. In this first episode, they discuss the ideologies of independence movements dating back to the 1920s, the Japanese occupation of World War II, the Việt Minh, the roles of the Cao Đài and Hòa Hảo religious movements in anticolonial resistance, the outbreak of the Anti-French Resistance (First Indochina) War, and more until the Geneva negotiations of 1954. Grab a copy of Dr. Tran’s book here: https://bit.ly/3cKggnG This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe?utm_medium=podcast&#38
26/07/202245 minutes 22 seconds
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News Roundup - July 22, 2022

Danny and Derek talk about Biden's Middle East trip (0:33), the apparent Turkish attack in Northern Iraq (4:05), Putin's and Erdoğan's trip to Iran (7:16), Sri Lanka's new president (12:49), Bolsonaro's claims of election fraud (15:36), Draghi's resignation in Italy (19:21), Ukraine (23:02), and the European heatwave (31:02). Recorded July 21, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
22/07/202235 minutes 37 seconds
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E54 - Queer Germany, Ep. 1 w/ Samuel Huneke

Danny and Derek welcome back Samuel Huneke, assistant professor of history at George Mason University, to discuss his book States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany. In this first episode, they begin in the era of German unification in the 19th century, discussing the contemporary scholarship on sexuality, German liberalism and the rights available to homosexuals in Germanic states, the influence of the Enlightenment and French Revolution on proto-German laws, conservative ennobling of homoerotic bonding, and more until the WWI. Check out Dr. Huneke’s book here: https://bit.ly/3OdZMBn This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigep
19/07/202248 minutes 4 seconds
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News Roundup - July 15, 2022

Danny and Derek wish you a happy day-after-Bastille Day! They discuss tensions around Kaliningrad Oblast (1:19), the war in Ukraine (4:13), protests in Sri Lanka (8:50), the Pacific Islands Forum (13:36), the UN Security Council and Syria (15:35), and Biden's Middle East trip (18:18).Recorded July 14, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
15/07/202223 minutes 27 seconds
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E53 - Money Meddlers w/ Jamie Martin

Danny welcomes Jamie Martin, assistant professor of history and of social studies at Harvard University, to talk about his new book, The Meddlers: Sovereignty, Empire, and the Birth of Global Economic Governance. They discuss global economic governance, the League of Nations, interwar imperialism, the transition from dollar diplomacy to the IMF, and more.Check out Dr. Martin’s book here: https://bit.ly/3AEMLOh This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
12/07/202256 minutes 40 seconds
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PREVIEW - The Legacy of Abe Shinzo w/ Chelsea Szendi Schieder

This is a free preview of the special we put out on Abe Shinzo. Sign up for the paid list or trial it for two weeks to see all the bonus content you can get, including exclusive series, discussion threads, and more.Danny and Derek welcome Chelsea Szendi Schieder, author of Coed Revolution: The Female Student in the Japanese New Left, for a special episode in the wake of former prime minister of Japan Abe Shinzo’s assassination. They discuss postwar Japan and the “peace constitution”, the Abe family’s political history, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Nippon Kaigi, Abe’s terms as PM, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
09/07/20222 minutes 17 seconds
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News Roundup - July 8, 2022

Derek and Danny—through Covid and the sniffles, respectively— reunite for a news update. This week, they cover the fraught Iran nuclear discussions in Doha (0:31), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meeting (3:47), the start of the Chilean constitutional campaign (8:05), Ukraine (11:00), Finland and Sweden inching towards NATO membership (17:11), and dear Boris Johnson’s resignation (21:23). The music played under our Bojo sendoff is “Nimrod” from the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar. Recorded July 7, 2022 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
08/07/202228 minutes 28 seconds
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E52 - Deference to Empire w/ Matthew Specter

Danny and Derek welcome Matthew Specter, senior fellow at the Institute for European Studies at UC Berkley and lecturer of history at Santa Clara University, to talk about his pathbreaking book The Atlantic Realists. They discuss the origins of realism, thinkers at the fin de siècle, the national interest, Hans Morgenthau, the finer points of liberal internationism vs. realism, and more. Grab a copy of The Atlantic Realists here: https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=28906 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
06/07/202241 minutes 20 seconds
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Special - Empire Burlesque w/ Danny Bessner

*Derek is on vacation, so no news recap this week!*With Derek out of town, Producer Jake takes the opportunity to chat with Danny a bit about his new article in Harper’s, “Empire Burlesque”. They discuss some of the concepts presented in the piece, including the American century, liberal internationalists and restrainers, the latter two ideologies’ approaches towards US-China relations, where the American public stands on US armed primacy, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
01/07/202231 minutes 23 seconds
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E51 - A Deeper Sickness w/ Margaret Peacock and Erik Peterson

Danny and Derek welcome Margaret Peacock and Erik Peterson, associate professors at the University of Alabama, to discuss their book A Deeper Sickness: Journal of America in the Pandemic Year. They discuss the book’s aims, how history informs the COVID moment, where the pandemic intersects with the political, the state of the historian profession, and more.Grab a copy of the book here: https://bit.ly/3NpZhE8 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
28/06/20221 hour 6 minutes 8 seconds
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Special - Danny and Derek on "Unf*cking the Republic" Podcast

ICYMI, here is Danny and Derek’s guest appearance on the UNFTR podcast for a new series of theirs called “Phone a Friend”. Episode Web PageEpisode Transcript This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
26/06/202249 minutes 29 seconds
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Bonus - A History of Modern Palestine, Ep. 4 w/ Rashid Khalidi

Danny and Derek welcome back Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, to discuss his book The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017. In this fourth episode, they focus on the 1947 UN partition plan and outbreak of war, discussing the UN Special Committee On Palestine (UNSCOP), U.K. General Orde Wingate, the training and tactics of Zionist militias, the historiography of Plan Dalet and the beginning of the Nakba, and more.  Grab a copy of Professor Khalidi's book here: https://bit.ly/3LNDLJV This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
25/06/202252 minutes 26 seconds
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News Roundup - June 24, 2022

Derek and Producer Jake (filling in for Danny) bring you news highlights of the week, including: an update on Ukraine (2:32), the parliamentary election in France (11:43), the presidential election in Colombia (17:00), protests in Ecuador (21:40), the collapse of the Israeli coalition government (25:06), Mohammed bin Salman’s Middle Eastern tour (31:09), and the earthquake in Afghanistan (36:26).If you’d like to support victims of the earthquake, here are some places you can go:* Red Cross* Global Giving* Islamic Relief* Doctors Without BordersRecorded June 23, 2022<p
24/06/202240 minutes 18 seconds
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E50 - Thorny Think Tanks w/ Eli Clifton

Danny and Derek welcome Eli Clifton, senior advisor at the Quincy Institute and Investigative-Journalist-at-Large at Responsible Statecraft, for a discussion on Beltway think tanks. They talk about the recent kerfuffle at Brookings Institution, the Foreign Agent Registration Act, dark money, the influence of think tanks on legislation, and much more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
21/06/202247 minutes 21 seconds
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E49 - Contemporary Philippine Politics w/ Lisandro Claudio

Danny and Derek discuss Biden's trip to Saudi Arabia and Israel (1:06), the potential collapse of the ruling Israeli political coalition (6:41), the M23 conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (10:01), the first round of the French parliamentary election (14:11), and Ukraine (17:25). They then speak with Lisandro Claudio, assistant professor at UC Berkley, about Philippine politics from the 1980s through today. They discuss the Duterte and Marcos families, the U.S.-Philippines relationship, the Philippines “balancing act” between the U.S. and China, and much more.Check out Dr. Claudio’s book Liberalism and the Postcolony: Thinking the State in 20th-Century Philippines here: https://bit.ly/3Hz0BTH This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.america
17/06/20221 hour 12 minutes 1 second
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E48 - Queer Theory w/ Samuel Huneke

Danny and Derek do a lightning round of news: they talk about a potential Chinese naval base in Cambodia (0:54), the SIGAR report on missing Afghanistan funds (5:01), the IAEAs' censure of Iran (8:33), the recent Israeli vote on settlements (12:54), Ukraine (16:52), and the Summit of the Americas meeting (22:05). They they speak with Samuel Huneke (29:52), assistant professor of history at George Mason University, about queer theory. They discuss Foucault, the rise of sexual identities, essentialism vs social constructionism, the role of the state in gay liberation, and more.Check out Dr. Huneke’s book States of Liberation: Gay Men between Dictatorship and Democracy in Cold War Germany here: https://bit.ly/3O2kiFP This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.ameri
10/06/20221 hour 21 minutes 39 seconds
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E47 - Lessons of Guerrero, Ep. 1 w/ Alexander Aviña

Danny and Derek talk about Ukraine (0:34), the Yemen ceasefire extension (20:18), and the Colombian election (23:59). They then speak with Alexander Aviña (27:34), associate professor of history at Arizona State University, about his book Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside. They discuss the background of the Mexican state of Guerrero, the Mexican Revolution and historical memory, how rural teachers formed the revolutionary vanguard of the 1960s, and the major players in the fight against the ruling PRI. Check out Alexander’s book here: https://bit.ly/3an4DBX This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
03/06/20221 hour 21 minutes 14 seconds
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E46 - The Currency of Politics, Ep. 1 w/ Stefan Eich

Danny and Derek talk about the Australian election (0:33), Biden's Asia trip (6:48), island transfers in the Red Sea (14:22), and Ukraine (21:08). They then speak with Stefan Eich (32:44), assistant professor of government at Georgetown University, about his new book The Currency of Politics. They discuss the history of money, the relationship between war and currency, and much more through the time of John Locke.Check out Stefan’s book here: https://bit.ly/3NEHyt3 This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
27/05/20221 hour 21 minutes 46 seconds
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Special - Strategic Ambiguity? w/ James Lin

Danny and Derek are joined by James Lin, assistant professor of international studies at the University of Washington, to discuss Joe Biden’s “gaffe” about U.S. policy toward Taiwan. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
24/05/202220 minutes 23 seconds
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Danny on Wisdom of Crowds Podcast

Danny argues with the folks at the Wisdom of Crowds podcast. Enjoy! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
23/05/202251 minutes 59 seconds
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E45 - Putting the "You" in UAE w/ Annelle Sheline

Danny and Derek discuss the Lebanese election (0:35), fighting in Libya (6:28), problems confronting Finland and Sweden's attempt to join NATO (10:23), and Ukraine (16:28). They then speak with Annelle Sheline (20:28), research fellow at the Quincy Institute, about the UAE, how it functions and its growing geopolitical prominence, before pivoting into a discussion of the current situation in Yemen and tensions in US relations with both the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
20/05/20221 hour 6 minutes 15 seconds
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Special - The Northern Irish Assembly Election w/ Daniel Finn

Danny and Derek talk with Daniel Finn, features editor at Jacobin and author of One Man's Terrorist: A Political History of the IRA, about the May 5 Northern Ireland Assembly election, wherein Sinn Féin became the largest party. They discuss the factors leading to this result, why an Irish nationalist/republican party winning a majority is significant, what it means for the prospect of Irish reunifcation, and more.Check out Daniel's book here: https://www.versobooks.com/books/3755-one-man-s-terrorist This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
16/05/202221 minutes 9 seconds
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E44 - The Northpeople w/ Lauren Poyer

Danny and Derek talk Ukraine (0:33), the crisis in Sri Lanka (11:36), the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh in Palestine (17:59), and a possible Summit of the Americas boycott (23:40). They're then joined by Lauren Poyer (29:24), assistant teaching professor at the University of Washington, to discuss the movie The Northman, what it gets right and wrong, Viking legends’ influence on American mythology, and the history of the Vikings more broadly. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
13/05/20221 hour 35 minutes 21 seconds
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E29 - Cuba's American History, Ep. 2 w/ Ada Ferrer

In recognition of Ada Ferrer receiving the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in History, we’re re-posting the two episodes in which she’s the featured guest.Danny and Derek begin by talking about Havana Syndrome (1:44), the Houthi attack in Abu Dhabi (7:31), U.S. diplomacy with regards Ukraine (17:14), and the recent North Korean missile tests (28:02). They are then again joined by Ada Ferrer (32:50), professor of history and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU, to discuss the history of Cuba in the first half of the twentieth century. They talk about a variety of issues, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba's political economy, the U.S. (re)occupation of the island, Gerardo Machado and Fulgencio Batista, and more. Grab Ada's book here! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit
11/05/20221 hour 21 minutes 46 seconds
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E19 - Cuba's American History, Ep. 1 w/ Ada Ferrer

In recognition of Ada Ferrer receiving the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in History, we’re re-posting the two episodes in which she’s the featured guest. Danny and Derek talk about the Nicaraguan elections, MBS and his pro-Republican oil policy, and last weekend's attack on the Iraqi prime minister. They then speak with Ada Ferrer (21:00), professor of history and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU, about the history of Cuba from the precolonial period until the Spanish-American War/War of 1898.Grab Dr. Ferrer's book here: https://bit.ly/3CevBUK This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
11/05/20221 hour 19 minutes 34 seconds
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E43 - En Marche? w/ Silyane Larcher

Danny and Derek give updates on Ukraine (0:56), Finland and Sweden's attempts to join NATO (17:40), Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to Saudi Arabia (22:06), North Korea's recent weapons test (28:05), and the potential return of the British Virgin Islands to direct UK rule (29:49). They then speak with Silyane Larcher (33:20), tenured research fellow at the French National Center for Scientific Research, about the results of the French election. They discuss the results, five years of Macron’s policies, Le Pen’s surprising gains, Mélenchon’s bold next steps, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
06/05/20221 hour 26 minutes 53 seconds
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E42 - State of the Blob w/ Emma Ashford

Danny and Derek talk about the war in Ukraine (1:02); the Global South's reaction to the war (4:57); Russian war aims and Moldova (11:39); food insecurity in the Horn of Africa (14:57); and the elections in France (17:04) and Slovenia (20:51). They are then joined by Emma Ashford (24:34), senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, for an update on where the DC foreign policy establishment stands today. They talk about the future of US grand strategy, analyze Ukraine in a realist framework, look at inter-generational and party stances on liberal internationalism, and more in a wide-ranging discussion. Check out Emma’s upcoming book Oil, the State, and War: The Foreign Policies of Petrostates: https://bit.ly/3y3Z0CQ This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod
29/04/20221 hour 14 minutes 7 seconds
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E41 - The History of Taiwan, Ep. 1 w/ James Lin

Danny and Derek discuss the war in Ukraine (2:04), the U.S.-China rivalry in the Solomon Islands (23:20), North Korea's latest weapons test (27:55), and violence in Israel-Palestine (30:21). They then speak with James Lin (35:54), assistant professor of international studies at the University of Washington, about the history of Taiwan. The group covers the first part of the twentieth century until 1949, including the Communist (CCP) and Nationalist (KMT) parties’ respective ideologies and relationship, Chiang Kai-shek, the political economy of China at the time, and more. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
22/04/20221 hour 13 minutes 35 seconds
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E40 - We Come for France w/ Emile Chabal

Danny and Derek give updates on Ukraine (1:04); Finland and Sweden beginning internal debates about joining NATO (12:42); Imran Khan's loss of Pakistan's prime ministership (18:46); and China's recent security deal with the Solomon Islands (21:37). They then speak with Emile Chabal, reader in history at the University at Edinburgh, about the recent French election results.Check out Emile’s latest book France. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
15/04/20221 hour 13 minutes 7 seconds
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E39 - American Prestige: The New Class

Danny and Derek are over at Substack now! In this news-only episode, they talk about the state of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Russian military generally (7:28); atrocities in Ukraine (17:38); Putin's domestic position (22:23); Viktor Orbán's reelection in Hungary (24:44); Aleksandar Vučić's reelection in Serbia (31:14); Marine Le Pen gaining on Emmanuel Macron in French polls (34:59); Sri Lankan protests (42:05); Pakistan's no confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan (45:45); and the ceasefire in Yemen and President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi's ceding of power (49:39). Note: You will still be able to listen to American Prestige on any podcast app of your choice. You can also directly download the episode MP3 below. If you have any issues, please reach out to [email protected] for dedicated support. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss t
08/04/202257 minutes 39 seconds
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E38 - Venezuela and Chavismo w/ Alejandro Velasco

Danny and Derek speak about potential Russia-Ukraine peace talks (0:51), Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s facing a no-confidence vote (9:36), Ansar Allah/Houthi and Saudi ceasefires (14:28), and the DPRK’s most recent ballistic missile test (17:39). They are then joined by Alejandro Velasco, associate professor of history at NYU, to discuss Venezuela and Chavismo. They talk Venezuelan history since the 1950’s, Chavez’s early life, ideologies informing his approach to state power, and much more.   Check out Alejandro's book Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela: https://bit.ly/3DqgMki This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
04/04/20221 hour 9 minutes 40 seconds
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E37 - The South Korean Presidential Election w/ E. Tammy Kim

Danny and Derek speak about the opening and closing of girls' schools in Afghanistan (0:39), the North Korean missile test (6:56), and the Russian invasion of Ukraine (11:51). They then speak with E. Tammy Kim (31:42), a writer, contributing opinion writer at The New York Times, and co-host of the Time to Say Goodbye podcast, about the recent presidential election in South Korea. Check out Tammy's article on the South Korean election: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2022/03/16/exit-polls-in-seoul/ Become a patron today: www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americ
25/03/20221 hour 21 minutes 55 seconds
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Irish Pain for Ukraine AP Remix

Producer Jake remixes the bleakest of the bleak—Nancy Pelosi's reading of a poem by Bono— for the real heads.   Become a patron: www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
18/03/20221 minute 25 seconds
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E36 - The History of NATO Expansion w/ Joshua Shifrinson

Danny and Derek discuss the state of the Russian invasion of Ukraine (2:49); Volodymyr Zelenskyy's speech before the U.S. Congress (12:27); Russia-Ukraine peace talks (15:35); the South Korean election (18:57) and the North Korean missile test (20:52); a potential Yemen peace conference (24:20); and the Iran missile attack on Erbil and the JCPOA (26:38). They then speak with Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson (33:10), associate professor of international relations at Boston University, about the history of NATO expansion from 1989 until 2008.   Become a patron: www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
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E35 - Ukraine, NATO, and International Politics w/ Anatol Lieven

Danny and Derek begin the episode by talking about the recent election in South Korea, the oil market, and a new ISIS leader who just came on the scene. They then speak with Anatol Lieven of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft about the history of Russia-Ukraine relations, European countries' response, what this suggests about international relations, and more.   Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
11/03/20221 hour 9 minutes 6 seconds
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Bonus - A History of Modern Palestine, Ep. 3 w/ Rashid Khalidi

Danny and Derek welcome back Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, to discuss his book The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017. In this third episode, they examine how the Zionist movement was affected by World War II; the postwar conflicts in the region; the development of a Palestinian national identity; and more leading up to the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.  Grab a copy of Professor Khalidi's book here: https://bit.ly/3LNDLJV This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
05/03/202258 minutes 3 seconds
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Special - Ukraine Explain 6

Danny and Derek give an update on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.   Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
04/03/202233 minutes 9 seconds
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E34 - All Hailbag the Mailbag

Danny and Derek finally do their first mailbag episode, the clip show of podcasts. They answer a multitude of questions relating to the theory and practice of U.S. foreign policy and also give some book and TV recommendations. This one was fun, enjoy it!   Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
04/03/202249 minutes 34 seconds
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Special - Ukraine Explain 5

Danny and Derek give an update on the Russian invasion of Ukraine; the domestic reaction within Russia; Russian nukes; western responses to the invasion; Turkey's closing its straits to Russian ships; Germany's dedicating €100 billion to its defense spending; and media coverage surrounding the conflict.   Become a patron: www.patreon.com/americanprestige  This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
27/02/202259 minutes 6 seconds
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Special - Ukraine Explain 4

Danny and Derek analyze Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine: what's happening, its potential causes, its potential consequences, and the United States' and West's responses. For more on Putin and Ukraine, see Jacob Lassin and Emily Channell-Justice's article at The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/why-putin-has-such-a-hard-time-accepting-ukrainian-sovereignty-174029 Become a patron today: www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe?utm_medium=podcast&#38;utm_campaign=CTA_2"
24/02/202254 minutes 6 seconds
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Special - Ukraine Explain 3

Danny and Derek give an update about Vladimir Putin's directive that sends Russian "peacekeepers" to the Donbas.   Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
22/02/202223 minutes 9 seconds
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Bonus - A History of Modern Palestine, Ep. 2 w/ Rashid Khalidi

Danny and Derek welcome back Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, to discuss his book The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017. In this second episode, they cover Mandatory Palestine, how the English navigated Zionist and Arab nationalist interests, the 1936-39 uprising, the White Paper of 1939, and more leading up to the 1947 UN partition plan.    Grab a copy of Professor Khalidi's book here: https://bit.ly/3LNDLJV This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
19/02/20220
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Special - Ukraine Explain 2

Danny and Derek give another update on Ukraine in light of what appears to be a Russian escalation. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
19/02/202221 minutes 10 seconds
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E33 - Where Did Sanctions Come From? w/ Nicholas Mulder

Danny and Derek give a world-historical update on the fate of Nick Kristof's gubernatorial campaign (0:38) before turning to the French withdrawal from Mali (3:16), Biden's discussions with Saudi Arabia over oil (10:12), the Iran deal (14:49), the Afghanistan central bank (17:32), and Ukraine (23:23). They then speak with Nicholas Mulder (28:05), assistant professor of history at Cornell, about his new book The Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War.   Check out Nicholas' book: https://bit.ly/35cXL80   Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
18/02/20221 hour 31 minutes 25 seconds
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Special - Ukraine Explain

Danny and Derek give a special update about what's been going on in Ukraine. What, exactly, has occurred in the last two weeks? How does the Ukrainian situation today compare to what happened in Crimea in 2014 and Georgia in 2008? What is Putin's domestic position? And most important, is war on the immediate horizon? This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
13/02/202229 minutes 18 seconds
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Bonus - The History of Afghanistan, Ep. 1 w/ Tim Nunan

Danny and Derek welcome back Tim Nunan, lecturer in global history at the Free University of Berlin, to kick off a 10-part series on the history of Afghanistan. In this first episode, they cover the major players in the formation of modern Afghanistan, its interactions with colonial powers, Afghan nationalism, the country’s role in the Cold War, and a number of other topics leading up to the 1978 coup.Check out Tim's book here!  This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
12/02/202258 minutes 1 second
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E32 - A History of Modern Palestine, Ep. 1 w/ Rashid Khalidi

Danny and Derek begin by talking about Libya's appointment of a new prime minister, though the country already has one (1:17), General Kenneth McKenzie's comments on Yemen (7:02), Ukraine (11:00), and a new report released by the Costs of War Project on the War on Terror (21:11). They then speak with Rashid Khalidi (24:53), the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, about his book The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917-2017.     Grab a copy of Professor Khalidi's book: https://bit.ly/3GLfgct     Dig into the Costs of War Project report: https://bit.ly/3gCSuZF     Enjoy Danny vs Vaush: https://bit.ly/3JfZ7NG     Become a patron today! www.patreon.
11/02/20221 hour 16 minutes 44 seconds
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E31 - Sanctions Sanctions Everywhere w/ Yar Batmanghelidj

Danny and Derek speak about the attempted coup in Guinea-Bissau (1:38), North Korea's missile test (6:26), Ukraine (12:13), the U.S. operation that killed an Isis leader in Syria (18:49), and recent reports about Iran's nuclear breakout capability (24:26). They then speak with Yar Batmanghelidj (29:52), founder and CEO of the Bourse & Bazaar Foundation, about the human toll of U.S. sanctions on Iran.   Check out Yar's study, his piece in <e
04/02/20221 hour 34 minutes 32 seconds
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Bonus - AP on American Exception

Danny has a fun conversation with Aaron Good about propaganda on the American Exception podcast! Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
28/01/202251 minutes 12 seconds
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E30 - Skynet Has Become Self Aware w/ Rebecca Gordon

Danny and Derek talk about the coup in Burkina Faso (1:15), Xiomara Castro's inauguration in Honduras (8:21), Ukraine (13:03), and the State Department's deal with Egypt (21:28). They then speak with Rebecca Gordon (25:54), who teaches at the University of San Francisco, about the history and present use of autonomous weapons. Check out Rebecca's recent piece in TomDispatch here, and grab her books Mainstreaming Torture and American Nuremberg</
28/01/20221 hour 13 minutes 49 seconds
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E29 - Cuba's American History, Ep. 2 w/ Ada Ferrer

Danny and Derek begin by talking about Havana Syndrome (1:44), the Houthi attack in Abu Dhabi (7:31), U.S. diplomacy with regards Ukraine (17:14), and the recent  North Korean missile tests (28:02). They are then again joined by Ada Ferrer (32:50), professor of history and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU, to discuss the history of Cuba in the first half of the twentieth century. They talk about a variety of issues, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba's political economy, the U.S. (re)occupation of the island, Gerardo Machado and Fulgencio Batista, and more. Grab Ada's book here! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe?utm_medium=podcast&#3
21/01/20221 hour 21 minutes 46 seconds
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E28 - The History of the Kurds, Ep. 2 w/ Djene Bajalan

Danny and Derek discuss Boris Johnson&apos;s problems in the UK, US/Russia/Europe talks, the situation in Kazakhstan, the Saudi-Hezbollah feud, and the decline of the Saudis. They are then joined by Djene Bajalan, assistant professor of history at Missouri State University, to continue their miniseries on the history of the Kurds. In this episode, they discuss Kurdish history during the long nineteenth century. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
14/01/20221 hour 36 minutes 16 seconds
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E27 - The History of the Kurds, Ep. 1 w/ Djene Bajalan

Danny and Derek discuss what's been going on in Kazakhstan; next week's series of meetings between the United States, Europe, and Russia; the security cooperation treaty signed between Australia and Japan; the U.S. military budget; and why everything feels so strange these days. They then speak with Djene Bajalan, assistant professor of history at Missouri State University, about the history of the Kurds from the medieval period until the 19th century. Become a patron! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
07/01/20221 hour 23 minutes 38 seconds
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E26 - The History of Vietnam, Ep. 5 w/ Sean Fear

In this fifth episode of our series on Vietnam, Danny and Derek talk with Sean Fear, lecturer in international history at the University of Leeds, about the situation of South Vietnam after the Tet Offensive and Huế massacre of 1968. They talk about developments in rural South Vietnam, urban South Vietnam, and the increasing delegitimization of the administration of Nguyễn Văn Thiệu's government. Become a patron for the rest of the episodes of this series! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
30/12/202159 minutes 16 seconds
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Bonus - The Christmas Truce of World War I w/ Terri Blom Crocker

Merry Christmas! Danny and Derek speak with the historian Terri Blom Crocker to discuss the famous Christmas Truce of 1914, when soldiers in World War I made various agreements to  cede fighting. We talk about the reality of the various truces and how the truce has been memorialized and remembered since 1914.Please find Terri's book here!  This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
25/12/20210
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E25 - Joint Comprehensive Plan of Inaction w/ Sina Toossi

Merry Christmas! Danny and Derek talk about Libya’s postponed election, Chile’s new president-elect, Russian designs on Ukraine, Omicron, and the Pentagon’s systemic failure to protect civilians from its bombs. Then, the NIAC’s Sina Toossi returns to conclude our discussion of Iran’s nuclear program from the 2013 election of Hassan Rouhani through the first year of the Biden administration. Sina’s “Iran Unfiltered” project: https://bit.ly/3qqyqhy Become a patron! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
24/12/20211 hour 38 minutes 42 seconds
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E24 - Liberalism and Development w/ Sheyda Jahanbani

Danny and Derek discuss the upcoming elections in Chile and France, Turkey changing its name to Türkiye, the U.S.-UAE relationship and the "New Cold War" with China, and U.S. war crimes in Syria. They then speak with Sheyda Jahanbani, associate professor of history at the University of Kansas, about liberalism and development, and why liberals have over time embraced development as a key platform in their foreign policy. Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
17/12/20211 hour 9 minutes 26 seconds
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E23 - Havana Sindrome w/ Natalie Shure and Bob Wright

Danny and Derek give updates on Russia-Ukraine tensions, the recent change of government in Germany, the U.S.' boycott of the Olympics, and the Summit for Democracy. They then speak with Natalie Shure, of The New Republic, and Bob Wright, of The Nonzero Newsletter, about Havana Syndrome. Check out Natalie's piece at Slow Boring: https://bit.ly/3Gz3rGu Check out Bob's piece at the Nonzero Newsletter: https://bit.ly/3DH49jm Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
10/12/20211 hour 12 minutes 47 seconds
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E22 - The Iranian Nuclear Program w/ Sina Toosi

Danny and Derek begin the episode with updates on the omicron COVID variant, the Honduran election, developments in Ethiopia, and the re-opening of the discussions surrounding the Iranian nuclear agreement. They then speak with Sina Toosi, Senior Research Analyst at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), about the history of the Iranian nuclear program from the 1950s until the 2010s. Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
03/12/20211 hour 18 minutes 53 seconds
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E21 - The Original Poster w/ Patrick Wyman

Danny and Derek wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate, and a good holiday weekend to anyone who doesn't. The boys begin the episode talking about the Russia-Ukraine conflict; the German coalition agreement between the SPD, FDP, and Greens; and Joe Biden's tapping into the US' Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). They then have a  wide-ranging conversation with Patrick Wyman, host of the podcast "Tides of History," about history’s first poster, Martin Luther, and Patrick's new book The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World. Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit
26/11/20211 hour 28 minutes 15 seconds
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E20 - The Tigray Conflict w/ Terje Østebø

Danny and Derek open with an update on Danny’s COVID and then segue into a discussion of the border conflict in the Caucasus, the migrant crisis in Eastern Europe, and this week’s big Biden-Xi summit. Derek is then joined by the University of Florida’s Terje Østebø, who takes us through the roots of Ethiopia’s year-long civil war and assesses where things stand now. Check out Terje's book: https://bit.ly/3kRZrbK Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
19/11/20211 hour 23 minutes 32 seconds
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E19 - Cuba's American History, Ep. 1 w/ Ada Ferrer

Danny and Derek talk about the Nicaraguan elections, MBS and his pro-Republican oil policy, and last weekend's attack on the Iraqi prime minister. They then speak with Ada Ferrer (21:00), professor of history and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU, about the history of Cuba from the precolonial period until the Spanish-American War/War of 1898. Grab Ada's book here: https://bit.ly/3CevBUK Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
12/11/20211 hour 19 minutes 34 seconds
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Bonus - AP on This is Revolution Podcast

Danny and Derek have a fun conversation with the guys over at This is Revolution Podcast! Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
07/11/20211 hour 57 minutes 22 seconds
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E18 - No White Lotus w/ Sarah Miller-Davenport

Danny and Derek talk about the COP26 climate summit, the Ethiopian civil war, recent developments in Sudan, and Israel's budget drama. They're then joined by Sarah Miller-Davenport, senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield, to discuss the history of Hawai'i, focusing on the United States' long-standing colonial relationship to the territory, its eventual statehood, and its cultural meaning for Americans. Check out Sarah's book Gateway State: Hawai'i and the Cultural Transformation of American Empire! Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit <a href="https://www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe?utm_medium=podcast&#38;utm_campaig
05/11/20211 hour 22 minutes 44 seconds
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E17 - The History of Sudan w/ Alden Young

Danny and Derek talk about China's hypersonic weapons test, Mohammed bin Salman's return to the United States' good graces, and recent developments in Sudan. They then speak with Alden Young, assistant professor of African American Studies at UCLA, about the history of Sudan from the 19th century until today. Check out Alden's book Transforming Sudan: Decolonization, Economic Development, and State Formation! https://bit.ly/3bnMqle Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
29/10/20211 hour 31 minutes 51 seconds
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E16 - Atomic Anxieties w/ Emma Claire Foley and John Carl Baker

Danny and Derek discuss the life and career of Colin Powell, Russian moves on NATO and Afghanistan, and bombshell revelations about the Biden Administration and the Iran nuclear agreement. They then speak with Emma Claire Foley, Research Associate at Global Zero, and John Carl Baker, Nuclear Field Coordinator and Senior Program Officer at Ploughshares Fund, about the U.S. nuclear program, focusing on its history and present posture. Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
22/10/20211 hour 26 minutes 20 seconds
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E15 - Illiberal Internationalism w/ Anatol Lieven

Danny and Derek talk about Nick Kristof's resignation from the NYT, developments in ME diplomacy, the Norwegian elections, and Democratic hawkishness on Taiwan. They then speak with Anatol Lieven, senior research fellow on Russia and Europe at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, about his recent article on liberal internationalism as well as his realist approach to foreign affairs. Check out Anatol's article: https://bit.ly/3DPBdGp Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
15/10/20211 hour 31 minutes 19 seconds
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E14 - All Your Bases Are Belong To Us w/ Leah Bolger, Patterson Deppen, and David Vine

Danny and Derek discuss the Pandora Papers; the recent EU summit on whether six Western Balkan states will enter that org; and developments in intra-Middle East diplomacy. They then speak with Leah Bolger, president of World BEYOND War, Patterson Deppen, researcher for WBW, and David Vine, prof of anthropology at American University in DC, about their Quincy Institute report (https://bit.ly/3FugUjd) about the U.S.' global basing structure. Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
08/10/20211 hour 21 minutes 50 seconds
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Bonus - The History of Vietnam, Ep. 1 w/ Sean Fear

Danny and Derek speak with Sean Fear, lecturer in international history at the University of Leeds, about the history of Vietnam. They discuss the life and times of Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnamese nationalism and communism, the French and Japanese occupations of Vietnam, and much more. This is the first in a series on the history of Vietnam from the perspective of the Vietnamese. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
02/10/202152 minutes 30 seconds
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E13 - Unsustainable Development w/ Christy Thornton

Danny and Derek begin the show with the UK and Brexit woes; the meeting between Jake Sullivan and MBS at Neom; Canada-China relations; and more. Danny then interviews Christy Thornton, assistant professor of sociology and Latin American studies at Johns Hopkins University, about her book Revolution in Development, which explores the role Mexico played in shaping approaches to international development. Become a patron! www.patreon.com/americanprestige Christy's book: https://bit.ly/2ZPuhKD This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
01/10/20211 hour 29 minutes 30 seconds
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Special - Auf Wiedersehen, Merkel

Danny and Derek speak with Tim Nunan, lecturer in global history at the Free University of Berlin, about the recent German elections. They discuss the origins and legacy of Angela Merkel, what the election results say about German politics, and what we may expect in the future. Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
27/09/202129 minutes 28 seconds
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E12 - Inside the Belly of the Beast w/ Kate Kizer

Danny and Derek talk about this week’s UN General Assembly session, AUKUS and the New Cold War, and Boris Johnson’s diminished hopes for a better commercial relationship with the United States. They’re then joined by Kate Kizer, policy director at Win Without War, to discuss the state of the DC foreign policy establishment, the Biden administration’s failures to live up to its rhetoric, and making a career in foreign policy. Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
24/09/20211 hour 24 minutes 16 seconds
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E11 - Oh, the Humanity w/ Samuel Moyn

Danny and Derek talk about North Korea's new weapons developments, the chaos going on in Haiti, the announcement of a new US-UK-Australian military pact (and France's response), and recent revelations about how General Mark Milley responded to Donald Trump's post-election breakdown. The boys then speak with Samuel Moyn, Luce Professor of Jurisprudence and Professor of History at Yale University, about his new book Humane: How the United States Abandoned Peace and Reinvented War and Danny's review of it in The New Republic. Become a patron today! https://www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus
17/09/20211 hour 26 minutes 30 seconds
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E10 - So Far from God, So Close to the United States w/ Alexander Aviña

Danny and Derek discuss COVID-19 and how vaccine colonialism reflects longer-term trends in U.S. history, the recent coup in Guinea, the formation of the new Afghanistan government, and the upcoming German elections. The boys then speak with Alexander Aviña, an assistant professor of history at Arizona State University, about the history of Mexico and U.S.-Mexican Relations from the 1810 Mexican War of Independence to the "drug war" of today. Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
10/09/20211 hour 38 minutes 32 seconds
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Bonus - I Love the Smell of Gaming in the Morning (PREVIEW)

Danny speaks with Clayton Kozan, a graduate student at Texas Tech University who analyzes how the Vietnam War is portrayed in video games. From 80s games that have you play the lone wolf; to Call of Duty: Black Ops, where the War is about Nazis (??) and Soviets; to When I Was Young, which focuses not only on combat but the social experience of being a soldier, Danny and Clayton discuss how and why games' portrayal of Vietnam changed over time. Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
08/09/20214 minutes 17 seconds
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E9 - Everything You Wanted to Know About Climate Change but Were Too Afraid to Ask w/ Keith Pluymers

Danny and Derek begin the show with an update on Afghanistan before turning to Biden's speech on the withdrawal and the status of the U.S.-Iran nuclear agreement. The boys then speak with Keith Pluymers, an Assistant Professor of History at Illinois State University, about the deep history of climate change, starting with human settlement about 12,000 years ago and continuing up to today. Turns out that capitalism might be a problem. Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
03/09/20211 hour 43 minutes 10 seconds
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E8 - Living on the Edge w/ Emily Atkin

Danny and Derek give an update on Afghanistan, discuss Based Biden's rejection of European complaining, do a reading series on Obamanaut Ben Rhodes' recent article in Foreign Affairs, and address some dubious ambassador appointments. They then talk to Emily Atkin, who founded the essential newsletter Heated (https://heated.world), about climate change (it's real bad, folks) and what we need to do to make sure humanity makes it past the year 2100. Thank you to Courtney Rawlings and Don Hughes for their help with the LeMay University ad Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
27/08/20211 hour 32 minutes 20 seconds
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E7 - Indecent Interval w/ Spencer Ackerman

Danny and Derek give an update on Afghanistan before turning to Lebanon, which is presently in chaos, and Cameroon, where climate change has engendered new conflicts. They are then joined by Spencer Ackerman, whose new book "Reign of Terror" charts the many failures that have defined the "War on Terror" for the past twenty years. Grab a copy of Spencer's book! https://bit.ly/3B34USV Become an AP patron today! http://www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
20/08/20211 hour 30 minutes 39 seconds
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Special: Afghanistan Falls

Danny and Derek do a quick breakdown of what's been going on in Afghanistan, who the major players are, and what's likely to happen in the coming days, weeks, and months. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
16/08/202120 minutes 40 seconds
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E6 - From BS to MBS w/ Annelle Sheline

The boys spend the episode's first part discussing the recent report by the IPCC on climate change, the fate of the Afghan government against the Taliban, and Mauritius' inability to get the United States to play by the rules of Joe Biden’s “rules-based order." In the episode's second half, the boys talk with the Quincy Institute's Annelle Sheline about the United States' best friend Saudi Arabia and its role in broader Middle Eastern politics. Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
13/08/20211 hour 19 minutes 49 seconds
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E5 - Blues Coups w/ Assal Rad

Danny and Derek spend the first part of the episode talking about Libya from its independence through the rise and fall of Muammar Gaddafi, the civil war, and its faltering peace process. Then, Derek is joined by Assal Rad, senior research fellow at the National Iranian-American Council, to discuss her recent piece on the role economic warfare plays in extending the US empire and on the state of American-Iranian relations. Check out Assal's article here: https://bit.ly/2TZR8AD Become a patron today! www.patreon.com/americanprestige   This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
06/08/20211 hour 37 minutes 49 seconds
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E4 - Consensus and Sensibility w/ Matt Duss

This week, Danny and Derek take you from Iran, to China, to Iraq, to Tunisia, before speaking with Matt Duss, the chief foreign policy advisor to Senator Bernie Sanders. They talk with Matt about the Olde Blogosphere, how he got to work for Bernie, and interrogating the foreign policy “consensus” from inside the belly of the beast. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
30/07/20211 hour 9 minutes 31 seconds
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E3 - Some Like it Cold (War) w/ Aziz Rana

The boys talk with Aziz Rana, professor of law at Cornell University and the author of the book The Two Faces of American Freedom, about the Cold War and why so many of our leaders act like they are living in a different era. They address everything from the insular cases of the early 20th century to why Biden and his team do the things they do. Surprise, surprise, it’s not great folks! This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
23/07/20211 hour 21 minutes 55 seconds
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E2 - To Hell and Back w/ Matt Christman

In this episode, Danny and Derek talk with Matt Christman, co-host of Chapo Trap House and the new podcast Hell of Presidents. The gang explores the institution of the presidency and how it changed over time, asking the age-old question: “Presidents: good or bad?” This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
16/07/202154 minutes 33 seconds
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E1 - Ghosting Afghanistan w/ Stephen Wertheim

In the premiere episode of American Prestige, Danny and Derek get into the nitty gritty of the US's withdrawal from Afghanistan. Did the military intentionally botch the withdrawal? Has the imperial frontier contracted in any meaningful way? Will the Taliban gain legitimacy with the Afghan people? Plus, an in-depth interview with Stephen Wertheim, discussing his new book “Tomorrow, the World”, which explores how and why during World War II U.S. elites decided that their nation should, indeed must, dominate the world. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.americanprestigepod.com/subscribe
09/07/20211 hour 34 minutes 34 seconds