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RADIKAAL is a DIY podcast about the radical aspects of music, politics, and sports. Each episode, host Cas Mudde interviews one guest about a specific topic for about 30 minutes. Guests include academics, athletes, journalists, musicians, and politicians. In short, this is a podcast about fascists, punks, and ultras.

RADIKAAL is a DIY podcast about the radical aspects of music, politics, and sports. Each episode, host Cas Mudde interviews one guest about a specific topic for about 30 minutes. Guests include academics, athletes, journalists, musicians, and politicians. In short, this is a podcast about fascists, punks, and ultras.


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RADIKAAL is a DIY podcast about the radical aspects of music, politics, and sports. Each episode, host Cas Mudde interviews one guest about a specific topic for about 30 minutes. Guests include academics, athletes, journalists, musicians, and politicians. In short, this is a podcast about fascists, punks, and ultras.




66. Aurelien Mondon on the Mainstreaming of the Far Right

My guest today is Aurelien Mondon, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies at Bath University in the United Kingdom. He has been studying the far right in Europe and beyond for over a decade now, focusing in particular on its mainstreaming, and engaging critically with both the scholarship and its terminology, in particular the term populism. Aurelien is a frequent commentator on the far right in the media and blogs on the topic on Medium. His most...


65. Melanie Schiller on Music and Nationalism in Germany

My guest today is Melanie Schiller, an Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Popular Music at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Her research combines critical theory, cultural studies, and media studies and focuses particularly on the relationship between popular music and nationalism and populism. In 2018 she published Soundtracking Germany: Popular Music and National Identity with Rowman & Littlefield. Currently, Melanie is part of a collaborative international research...


64. Lenka Bustikova on Radical Right Parties in Eastern Europe

My guest today is Lenka Bustikova, currently an Associate Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University who will soon join St. Anthony’s College at the Oxford University, as Associate Professor in European Union and Comparative East European Politics. Her research focuses on party politics, democratic decay, ethnicity, and clientelism, with special reference to Eastern Europe. She is the author of the awards-winning book Extreme Reactions: Radical Right Mobilization in Eastern...


63. Phillip Ayoub on the LGBT Movement in Europe

My guest today is Phillip Ayoub. Phillip is an Associate Professor in the Department of Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in California. This Summer he will take up a Professorship in the Department of Political Science at University College London. His research bridges insights from international relations and comparative politics, engaging with literature on transnational politics, gender and politics, norm diffusion, and the study of social movements. He is the author of...


SES6. Rainbow Murray on the 2022 French Presidential Elections

My guest today, for this sixth episode in the Special Election Series, which will focus on the 2022 French presidential elections, is Rainbow Murray. Rainbow is a Professor of Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London in the UK. She is an expert on representation, political institutions, gender and diversity, with particular expertise in French and British politics. Rainbow is also the Faculty Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion...


62. Charlotte Lysa on Gender, Politics, and Soccer in Qatar

My guest today is Charlotte Lysa. Charlotte is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law and the University of Oslo in Norway. Her academic interests include politics and society in the Middle East and North Africa, and in the Arab Gulf monarchies in particular. She is currently working with the project REF-ARAB: Refugees and the Arab Middle East: Protection in States Not Party to the Refugee Convention, where she works on a sub-project on Saudi Arabia, but...


61. Chris Ogunmodede on Afrobeat in Nigeria and Beyond.

My guest today is Christopher Ogunmodede. Chris is a foreign policy advisor and associate editor of World Politics Review, who is based in Lagos, Nigeria. He specializes in diplomacy, development and international security, with a particular focus on West Africa and its history, political institutions and foreign relations. His areas of interest include governance, elections, military dictatorships, comparative authoritarianism, trade and regional integration, migration, diasporism and...


SES5. Zsolt Enyedi on the 2022 Hungarian Election

My guest today is my former colleague Zsolt Enyedi. Zsolt is Professor in the Department of Political Science and Senior Researcher at the Democracy Institute of Central European University, which was initially based in Hungary but now primarily operates from Austria. His research focuses both on the role of religion in politics and on party politics. His most recent book, Party System Closure, co-authored with Fernando Casal Bertoa, was published by Oxford University Press in 2021. But...


60. Lorenza Antonucci on the Gig Economy, the Proletariat, and Populism

My guest today is Lorenza Antonucci. Lorenza is an Associate Professor and Birmingham Fellow in the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology at the University of Birmingham in the UK. Her research and teaching focuses on the impact of European social policies on people’s lives, and she is currently leading two major research projects, GIGWELL, about the gig economy, and PRECEDE, about the economic and cultural roots of populism in Europe. You can follow Lorenza Antonucci on...


59. Kirsten Dyck on White Power Music

My guest today is Kirsten Dyck. Kirsten got her PhD in American Studies from Washington State University in 2012. She taught History, Humanities, Academic Writing, and English as a Foreign Language at James Madison University from 2012 to 2017 after which she joined the Peace Corps and taught English in Poltava, Ukraine. She currently teaches Conversational English and Cross-Cultural Communication at Nanjing Xiaozhuang University in China. In 2016 she published the book Reichsrock: The...


58. Mic Crenshaw about Anti-Racist Skinheads in Minneapolis and Hip Hop in Portland

My guest today is Mic Crenshaw. Mic is a hip hop activist, organizer, and MC, who is based in Portland, Oregon. He used to be the front man of Hungry Mob and has since published various CDs, including “Thinking Out Loud” and “Under the Sun”. Before that, Mic was part of an anti-racist skinhead crew in Minneapolis, which was the topic of a recent PBS program, called “The Baldies”. We talk about being a skinhead, about hip hop in the US and Africa, and about Black man in overwhelmingly white...


57. Andrew Lawn on Football Chanting

My guest today is Andrew Lawn, a UX writer at Pickatale. He also delivers training courses on “Designing Better Academic Posters” and “Effective Digital Communications” at the University of East Anglia. In his spare time, Andy is Assistant Manager of Norwich United FC U18s and a co-founder of the Norwich City fanzine, Along Come Norwich. Finally, he is the author of ‘We Lose Every Week; The History of Football Chanting’, which was published by Ockley Books in 2021. You can follow Andrew Lawn...


56. Ildiko Otova on Nationalism and Populism in Bulgaria

My guest is Ildiko Otova, who teaches European Migration Policy at Sofia University. Ildiko holds a PhD in Political sciences from New Bulgarian University and is a laureate of the Mozer Scholarship for excellence in the study of political science and civil courage. She works as researcher in various national and international projects on migration and refugee issues, integration, urban policies and citizenship. She published, with Evelina Staykova, Migration and Populism in Bulgaria with...


55. Kathleen Belew on White Supremacy and Paramilitary America

My guest today is Kathleen Belew. Kathleen is an assistant professor in history at the University of Chicago – soon to be an associate professor at Northwestern University. In 2019 she published her first book, Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, with Harvard University Press, which has become a must-read on the contemporary far right in the US and has made her a much sought-after media guest and public speaker. Last year, together with Ramón Guitiérrez,...


54. Russ Rankin on Punkrock, Veganism, and Hockey

My guest today is Russ Rankin. Russ is a musician, record producer, hockey scout and writer from Santa Cruz, California. He is best known as the singer of the punk rock bands Good Riddance and Only Crime, but has lend his voice to many other punk bands too. He is also the California scout for the Tri City Americans, a junior hockey team in the Western Hockey League. Russ is also an outspoken voice on many political issues, including animal rights. If you want to keep up to date on the many...


SES4. Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser on the 2021 Chilean Presidential Elections

My guest today is mi hermano Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser. Cristóbal is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Social Science Research Institute at Diego Portales University in Santiago de Chile. He has published extensively on populist and right-wing politics in Europe and particularly Latin America, including, co-edited with Pablo Luna, the prophetic The Resilience of the Latin American Right, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2014; co-authored with me, Populism: A...


53. Brenda Elsey on Women and Sports in Latin America

My guest today is Brenda Elsey. Brenda is a professor of History at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York, and studies the history of popular culture and politics in twentieth century Latin America, with a particular focus on gender and sports. She has written extensively on these issues, in both academic and popular journals and magazines. Among her most relevant books are, Citizens and Sportsmen: Fútbol and Politics in Twentieth Century Chile, published with the University of Texas...


53. Katherine Cramer on Rural Consciousness and the Politics of Resentment

My guest is Katherine Cramer. Kathy is a Professor of Political Science and the Natalie H. Holton Chair of Letters and Science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Her work focuses on the way people in the United States make sense of politics and their place in it. In 2016 she published The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker with the University of Chicago Press. This excellent book won several awards and has become one of the key texts...


51. Simon Kuper on Football and Politics (and Barca)

My guest today is Simon Kuper. Simon is a columnist with the Financial Times and an award-winning author on football, or if you will soccer. Among his many excellent books are Football against the Enemy, which won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, Soccernomics (with Stefan Szymanski), and Ajax, the Dutch, the War: Football in Europe during the Second World War. His new book is Barca: The Inside Story of the World’s Greatest Football Club, published by Short Books in Europe and as The...


50. Toni Haastrup on EU-Africa Relations

My guest is Toni Haastrup, a Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Her research broadly explores the nature of global power hierarchies in knowledge and practice between the Global North and South. She has researched topics such as the African Union, EU relations with Africa, feminist foreign policy, and the women, peace and security agenda. I discuss most of these issues with her in this episode. You can follow Toni on Twitter at @ToniHaastrup.