Politics & Polls #17: Art & Politics Featuring Robert Schenkkan

Oct 31, 2016
Published by: Public Affairs
Who knew that the discharge petition—signed by members of the House of Representatives to bring a bill from committee to the floor—could be good material for a Tony Award-winning play and HBO feature film? In this episode, Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang interview Robert Schenkkan whose play “All the Way” about Lyndon B. Johnson has been brought from the stage to the screen. “All the Way” is a play and film depicting LBJ’s efforts to...

Q&A with Tilghman: Inside the Presidential Debates

Oct 28, 2016
Wednesday's face-off between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump marked the third and final presidential debate of the 2016 campaign. Those debates, which gave tens of millions of Americans the opportunity to see the top two candidates discuss key campaign topics, were organized and conducted by the independent, nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Shirley M. Tilghman, president of the University, emeritus, and professor of molecular...

Politics & Polls #16: Voter 'Fraud' & 'Rigged' Elections

Oct 26, 2016
Published by: Public Affairs
Donald Trump has made it clear that if he loses on Nov. 8, it is because the election was “rigged.” He has warned that there might be widespread voter fraud that will favor Democrats. But does this threat have any basis in reality? Or is the real threat new voter identification laws that have the potential to disenfranchise significant portions of the population? And why, after a century of working to expand the right to vote, have we seen the...

The Next Four Years: Race and Inequality

Oct 24, 2016
The next president will face a range of challenges related to race and inequality, from poverty and tensions with police to the Black Lives Matter movement, civil rights, incarceration and gender equity. In the sixth installment of a Q&A series on important issues the next president will need to address, Princeton University professors Imani Perry and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor examine challenges related to race. Full Story

Politics & Polls #15: Down Ticket: House & Senate Races

Oct 21, 2016
Published by: Public Affairs
What happens in the House and Senate races will ultimately shape and influence the next presidency. And many questions remain: What will the Trump effect be on congressional races? What impact will this have in the Senate? Is there any possibility that the House, currently with a large Republican majority, could swing to the Democrats? And will the Freedom Caucus expand or contract in size, and what challenges will this pose House Speaker Paul...

The Next Four Years: Foreign Relations

Oct 20, 2016
The challenges facing the next president will span the globe, from Russia to the Middle East to China and beyond. In the fifth installment of a Q&A series on important issues the next president will need to address, Princeton University researchers Aaron Friedberg and G. John Ikenberry examine foreign policy challenges. Full Story

Former Google CEO Schmidt, Peru President Kuczynski to Receive Top Alumni Awards

Oct 17, 2016
Princeton University will present its top honors for alumni to Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc., and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, president of Peru. Schmidt, a member of the Class of 1976, will receive the Woodrow Wilson Award. Kuczynski, who earned a Master in Public Affairs in 1961 from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, will receive the James Madison Medal. They will receive the awards and deliver...

Politics & Polls #14: The Fight to Vote

Oct 14, 2016
Published by: Public Affairs
The issue of voting rights in America has been long debated and has changed dramatically since the country was founded. From then until now, Americans have fought for the right to vote, while many tried to stop them. In episode 14, professors Julian E. Zelizer and Sam Wang interview Michael Waldman, author of “The Fight to Vote,” a book chronicling the long struggle to win voting rights for all citizens. Podcast Here

The Next Four Years: The Middle East

Oct 11, 2016
The next president will have his or her hands full regarding issues in the Middle East: the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) remains a threat; the integrity of the Iran nuclear accord must be ensured; and decisions loom about the United States’ role in Syria. In the fourth installment of a Q&A series on challenges that will face the new president, Princeton University researchers Amb. Daniel Kurtzer and Jacob N. Shapiro examine these...

Politics & Polls #13: The Alt-Right

Oct 6, 2016
Published by: Public Affairs
A previously unknown subculture has emerged onto the political scene thanks to the 2016 presidential election. The alternative right, known as the “alt-right,” is a diverse group of people who identify as right-wing and are unified in opposition against mainstream American conservatism. In episode 13, professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang interview Rick Perlstein, author of The New York Times bestseller “Nixonland: The Rise of a President and...