Best Political Science podcasts (Updated November 2017; image)
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
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David Axelrod, the founder and director of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, brings you The Axe Files, a series of revealing interviews with key figures in the political world. Go beyond the soundbites and get to know some of the most interesting players in politics.
 
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New Books in Political Science
 
Interviews with Political Scientists about their New Books
 
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New Books in Public Policy
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Interviews with Scholars of Public Policy about their New Books
 
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Scholars Strategy Network's No Jargon
 
No Jargon, the Scholars Strategy Network’s weekly podcast, presents interviews with top university scholars on the politics, policy problems, and social issues facing the nation. Powerful research, intriguing perspectives -- and no jargon. Find show notes and plain-language research briefs on hundreds of topics at www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/nojargon.
 
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SAGE Political Science & International Relations
 
Welcome to the official free Podcast from SAGE for Political Science & International Relations. SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets with principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, and Singapore.
 
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New Books in History
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Interviews with Authors about their New Books
 
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Party Politics
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A political podcast hosted by two political science professors, Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston and Jay Aiyer from Texas Southern University. They’ll provide you with up-to-date politics and policy conversations for your next cocktail party and it’ll make you sound really smart!
 
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A Good Run with Daniel Feldman
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A Good Run Podcast offers pieces of political history as personally experienced by Dan Feldman, a New York State legislator between 1981 and 1998 and current public management professor at John Jay College. The series includes revealing encounters between Feldman and such legendary New York political figures as Ed Koch, Mario Cuomo and John Lindsay, as well as with figures still prominent in American politics. His two children, Asher and Leah, take turns interviewing Dan about topics recount ...
 
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Today we spoke to Gregory Mann about his book From Empires to NGOs in the West African Sahel: The Road to Non-Governmentality (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Gregory Mann investigates how the effectiveness of government institutions declined in the…
 
How does the idea of ‘meritocracy’ serve to reinforce social inequality?In Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power and Myths of Mobility (Routledge, 2017) Dr Jo Littler, Reader in Culture and Creative Industries at City, University of London analyses the history…
 
When teaching the first half of world history, I always do a little section on Augustine. My focus is on how he was an important theologian who shaped Christian understandings of war and even influenced Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,…
 
In her new book, Beyond the Silver Screen: A History of Women, Filmmaking and Film Culture in Australia, 1920-1990 (Melbourne University Publishing, 2017), Mary Tomsic, an ARC Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Melbourne, explores the…
 
In The Haredim: A Guide to their Beliefs and Sectors (Am-Oved and the IDI, 2017, in Hebrew), Benjamin Brown, a professor of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University, offers a mapping of the various sects that compose Jewish Israeli…
 
In this interview, two of the three authors (Wolfram Elsner and Torsten Heinrich) of The Microeconomics of Complex Economies: Evolutionary, Institutional, Neoclassical, and Complexity Perspectives (Elsevier, 2014) discuss their new book of Microeconomics and position it in the…
 
Today we are joined by Adam J. Criblez, author of the book Tall Tales and Short Shorts: Dr. J, Pistol Pete, and The Birth of the Modern NBA (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). In his second book, Criblez…
 
In her new book, Selling under the Swastika: Advertising and Commercial Culture in Nazi Germany (Stanford University Press, 2013), Pamela Swett, Professor of History at McMaster University is the first comprehensive examination of commercial advertising in the…
 
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
 
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair joins David in London to talk about the implications of Brexit, the Trump/Brexit connection, his dealings since stepping away from British politics, and more.
 
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Scholars Strategy Network's No Jargon
 
The neighborhoods we live in help shape our mental and physical health. Professor Antwan Jones explains what happens when some neighborhoods benefit from private and public investments while others are left behind, and what can be done to change this. For more on This Topic: Check out Jones’ brief, The Health Consequences of Moving from Place t ...…
 
Seeing is often a good reason for believing—when things go well. But suppose we have a case like this: Jill believes that Jack is angry, although she has no good grounds for this belief. Nevertheless, when she sees him, she…
 
Fashion is often dismissed as trivial, but Reina Lewis‘s Muslim Fashion: Contemporary Style Cultures (Duke University Press, 2015) takes both it and what Muslims specifically wear and devotes and 300+ eye-opening pages to it. Defining it…
 
“Marriage is the foundation of a successful society,” proclaimed the Clinton-era welfare reform bill. Since then, national and state governments have spent nearly a billion dollars on programs designed to encourage poor and low-income Americans to get married and to…
 
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
 
CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour joins David in London to discuss growing up in Iran during the revolution, her experience covering the first Gulf War, her relationship with John F. Kennedy Jr., the refugee crisis, and much more.
 
A new Federal Reserve chair being nominated by President Trump. His name is Jerome H. Powell. Jay and Brandon get into who he is and whether he's up to the task. Former Bush Presidents speak out against President Trump. Former Democratic National Committee vice-chair Donna Brazil releases a book where she dishes the dirt in the DNC last year wh ...…
 
Gun control after the shooting in Sutherland Springs last weekend. A death penalty case turns into life in prison for an intellectually disabled inmate. A long list of Texas legislators accused of varying types of sexual harassment is released. What happened with all of those amendments Jay and Brandon talked about last week? Then, the guys get ...…
 
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
 
Former Export-Import Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg chats with David about the evolution of gay and transgender rights issues, his replacement at EXIM, trade issues in the United States, and more.
 
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Scholars Strategy Network's No Jargon
 
Inequality is on the rise in America, but what’s behind it? Professor Steven Teles and Dr. Brink Lindsey lay out how federal and state policies help the rich get richer, slow economic growth, and promote inequality. For More on This Topic: Check out Teles and Lindsey’s book, The Captured Economy Read their opinion piece in the New York Times Fu ...…
 
The recent spate of revelations about high-profile sexual predators who have been harassing and assaulting women, sometimes for decades, along with the #MeToo campaign, have drawn renewed attention to the pernicious problem of discrimination in the workplace. We speak about…
 
Andrew R. Lewis is the author of the new book, The Rights Turn in Conservative Christian Politics: How Abortion Transformed the Culture Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Lewis is assistant professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati and…
 
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
 
Ambassador Susan E. Rice joins David to talk about lessons learned from Rwanda to Syria, the threat from North Korea, the need for American leadership in the world, the Tuskegee Airmen, and much more.
 
On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus deconstruct what this week's political news means for you. Looking at the New York terrorist attack, Trump declaring war on Opioids, the new tax plan from Congress, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly talking about the Civil War and President Trump takes on director ...…
 
On this weeks' episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of the Houston Astros winning the World Series, okay it's not really politics, but this doesn't happen every day you know! U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is nuts… for pecans; Texas Governor Greg Abbott on a the Confederate plaque at ...…
 
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
 
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe joins David to talk about the races in Virginia, his winning formula in a Southern state, what Democrats need to focus on in 2018, the Mueller investigation, and more.
 
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Scholars Strategy Network's No Jargon
 
This week we are highlighting an episode from Have You Heard, a podcast co-hosted by SSN member Jack Schneider and journalist Jennifer Berkshire. They spoke with Sally Nuamah about the long-term effects of school closures on communities, like declining voter turnout. For more on this topic: Read Nuamah’s paper, The paradox of educational attitu ...…
 
Christopher Baylor is the author of First to the Party: The Group Origins of Political Transformations (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017). Baylor is an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Based on substantial archival research, Baylor’s book positions…
 
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
 
Former South Carolina State Representative Bakari Sellers joins the show to talk about his family's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, the Orangeburg Massacre, politics in the South, voting rights, and more.
 
A huge bombshell was dropped this week when Texas House Speaker Joe Straus decided not to seek re-election. Jay and Brandon unpack the impact of this to the state of Texas.By HPM Digital Team.
 
Jay and Brandon get their heads around what the future of the Republican party may look like now that Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz) and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) are not seeking re-election.By HPM Digital Team.
 
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SAGE Political Science & International Relations
 
Claire McKinney interviews Author Kathy Ferguson about her article "Anarchist Women and the Politics of Walking" in the December issue of Political Research Quarterly.
 
Claudia Leeb’s new book, Power and Feminist Agency in Capitalism: Toward a New Theory of the Political Subject (Oxford University Press, 2017), takes up pressing issues within contemporary political and feminist theory, especially as we consider the…
 
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
 
Washington Post political correspondent Karen Tumulty joins David to talk about growing up in military family, Trump's controversial call with a military widow, the many changes in the field of journalism, and more.
 
Over the course of a public career that stretched from the Washington administration to the Mexican-American War, John Quincy Adams became a living link to America’s revolutionary generation. In The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of …
 
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Scholars Strategy Network's No Jargon
 
As Republicans move forward with their tax overhaul, this week’s episode revisits Vanessa Williamson’s interview on the misconception that Americans hate taxes. She outlines how anti-tax policies became popular despite the fact that most Americans support increasing taxes for services they care about. For more on this topic: Read her brief, Who ...…
 
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
 
David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, joins the show to talk about the refugee crisis, the forces shaping European politics, his work at the IRC, and more.
 
On this weeks' national episode, Brandon and Jay get into what's really happening with the Iran nuclear deal, if there is indeed anything happening with the Iran nuclear deal.By HPM Digital Team.
 
This week's episode is a must listen. Brandon Rottinghaus gets called out by U.S. Senate candidate Beto O' Rourke and Jay Aiyer breaks some news! Oh and they talk about challengers to Ted Cruz's Senate seat.By HPM Digital Team.
 
Ryan Enos is the author of The Space Between Us: Social Geography and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Enos is associate professor of government at Harvard University. Scholars have long wrestled with the impact of segregation on politics.…
 
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
 
Author and writer for The Atlantic Magazine Ta-Nehisi Coates sits down with David to talk about his upbringing in Baltimore, his early forays into journalism, race and politics in America, his reflections on the Obama presidency, and much more.
 
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Scholars Strategy Network's No Jargon
 
Political rumors are spreading across the country and the widening divide between parties is only making them more potent. Professor Adam Berinsky discusses where these rumors come from and what, if anything, can be done to combat them. For More on This Topic: Read Berinsky’s brief, What Works - and What Doesn’t - To Discredit Harmful Rumors An ...…
 
In this podcast I talk with James Forman Jr. about his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017). Mass incarceration and the carceral state are hot topics in law…
 
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SAGE Political Science & International Relations
 
Alexander Scott, Outreach Coordinator for Latin American Perspectives, interviews special guest editor Ray Bromely on the subject of the January 2018 issue: "The Urban Informal Economy Revisited."
 
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SAGE Political Science & International Relations
 
Alexander Scott, Outreach Coordinator for Latin American Perspectives, interviews special guest editor Ray Bromely on the subject of the January 2018 issue: "The Urban Informal Economy Revisted."
 
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
 
Colorado Senator Michael Bennet chats with David about securing the future of our democracy, making tough choices as a a school superintendent in Denver, his work on the DREAM Act, and more.
 
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
 
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joins the Axe Files once again to talk about her negotiations with President Trump on the Dreamers, the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, her hopes for women in public service, and more.
 
Jay and Brandon get into the weeds of what Congress might achieve this year, especially as President Trump has been fighting with some of those in the Republican party.By HPM Digital Team.
 
Jay and Brandon talk Texas politics, including the potential trouble Attorney General Ken Paxton seems to be getting himself into.By HPM Digital Team.
 
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
 
Financier and philanthropist David Rubenstein joins David to talk about his modest beginnings in Baltimore, working in the White House for Jimmy Carter, the importance of civic education, and more. CNNPoliticsAPP
 
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The Axe Files with David Axelrod
 
Former Obama speechwriter David Litt discusses his early days as a field organizer for Obama in 2008, his botched interview with the CIA, and other lessons learned during his ongoing career in politics as told in his new book, "Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years."
 
On September 3, 1991, a fire erupted at the Imperial Foods factory in the small town of Hamlet, North Carolina. Twenty-five people died behind the factory’s locked doors that morning. Most of the victims were women, and about half of…
 
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