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Ep Sixteen: Deneen on Liberalism's Failure

9/16/2018
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In this episode of T&TWO Andrew and Ray talk about Patrick J. Deneen's book Why Liberalism Failed (2018).

Duration:00:57:03

Ep Fifteen: Black Mirror

8/15/2018
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Andrew and Ray (and Daniel) discuss their summer activities before moving on to a conversation about the TV series "Black Mirror." For helpful reviews of the series check out articles by Charles Bramesco and Kathryn VanArendonk for Vulture as well as Emily Nussbaum's piece for The New Yorker.

Duration:00:36:06

Ep Fourteen: The Politics of Sports

5/17/2018
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How did sports get so political? Ray and Andrew discuss the NFL, NBA, NCAA and the ways in which American sports are shaped by patriotism, social activism, pay inequity and much more. Recommended: Howard Bryant's New York Times piece "How Did Our Sports Get So Divisive?"

Duration:00:50:22

Ep Thirteen: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Post-racialism, & Class

5/1/2018
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Using an article by Touré F. Reed as a springboard, Ray and Andrew discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates, Barack Obama, and the politics of race and class.

Duration:00:45:41

Ep Twelve: Marx vs Lincoln!

4/15/2018
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Ray and Andrew battle it out over the films The Young Karl Marx (2017) and Lincoln (2012). Read A. O. Scott's review of The Young Karl Marx after you listen!

Duration:00:57:29

Ep Eleven: Free Speech Freakout

4/1/2018
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Is the college campus closed to free speech? Ray and Andrew offer a sober discussion of the free speech controversy that has recently rocked American universities. Andrew's recent Washington Post essay serves as the springboard for discussion.

Duration:01:46:58

Ep Ten: Zinn and the Art of History

3/15/2018
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On this episode of Trotsky & the Wild Orchids our hosts, Andrew and Ray, talk about Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. They consider Michael Kazin's critique of Zinn and the larger implications A People's History has for the profession. Is Zinn a gateway drug for historians?

Duration:00:51:58

Ep Nine: Pete's Prison Pedagogy

3/1/2018
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Pete Kuryla comes on the show to discuss his experience teaching history in a prison.

Duration:01:07:37

Ep Eight: Neoliberalism (part two)

2/15/2018
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Andrew and Ray return to the topic of neoliberalism. What does the term mean and how has that meaning changed? What is its analytical value? They address these questions through a discussion of Lawrence Glickman's essay "Everyone was a liberal" as well as the Dissent forum "Debating the Uses and Abuses of 'Neoliberalism'"

Duration:00:57:19

Ep Seven: Stranger Things & 80s Nostalgia

2/1/2018
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Andrew and Ray enter The Upside Down to explore our current fascination with the culture of the 1980s. They consider the popular Netflix programs Stranger Things and The Americans as they discuss culture, politics, and science during the Cold War.

Duration:00:42:12

Ep Six: Mike O'Connor, American Studies, & Public Affairs

1/15/2018
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Features a conversation with Mike about his decision to work on a Master of Public Affairs after completing a PhD in American Studies.

Duration:01:03:19

Ep Five: Neoliberalism

1/1/2018
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Andrew and Ray consider the relationship between liberalism and neoliberalism.

Duration:01:19:01

Ep Four: Building Community at the 'SUSHI' Conference

12/15/2017
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Andrew and Ray talk about the Society for US Intellectual History (S-USIH) annual conference and how it has shaped the field of intellectual history.

Duration:02:27:25

Ep Three: The Wal-Mart Effect on Higher Education

12/1/2017
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Andrew and Ray draw from Bethany Moreton's book To Serve God and Wal-Mart as they consider the relationship between neoliberalism and higher education.

Duration:01:00:29

Introduction

11/15/2017
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Two intellectual historians discuss politics, culture, and the history of ideas in the United States.

Duration:01:43:06

Ep Two: Rorty, Democracy, Public Choice

11/15/2017
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In this episode Ray and Andrew discuss Rorty's political theory as well as the Nancy MacLean book Democracy in Chains.

Duration:01:30:14