Joining today’s episode is Nancy MacLean, an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century United States, whose new book, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America,” has been described by Publishers Weekly as “a thoroughly researched and gripping narrative… [and] a feat of American intellectual and political history.” Booklist called it “perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the...
Thirty-four rising college seniors from 13 states and three countries participated in the annual PPIA Junior Summer Institute at the Woodrow Wilson School, a seven-week intensive program on public policy. Their studies culminated in oral presentations of their policy research to panels of distinguished practitioners. Full story here.
Spin. It’s used by public relations gurus and politicians to shape an image or message, thereby influencing the public’s perception of a story. And it’s engrained in American politics, as presidents and presidential candidates both have used the art of spin to frame stories and public opinion.
To discuss the art of spin, David Greenberg, a professor of history and journalism and media studies at Rutgers University, joins this episode of...
Drawing connections between the past and present often sparks fierce debates within the American political landscape. In this episode, Eric Foner, one of America’s most distinguished historians, discusses these interpretations of history and how they relate to today. His latest book, “Battles for Freedom,” explores this “use and abuse of American history,” unearthing the hidden history of American radicalism. Podcast here.
The Civil Rights Movement is often looked back upon as a time when social activism sparked real political change. During that time, the United States saw some of its greatest leaders guide the country through turbulent years. Martin Luther King Jr. and President John F. Kennedy provided different models of leadership, which some argue are needed today. In this episode, Professor Julian Zelizer interviews Steven Levingston, nonfiction editor at...
President Donald Trump has spent his first months faced with a potential scandal involving Russia, an issue that’s only grown since the election with discussions and investigations about possible obstruction and collusion. In recent weeks, this has dominated national political debates, especially in Congress and the White House.
Benjamin Wittes, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Lawfare blog, joins this episode of Politics & Polls to...
From hosting an Auction to weighing in on the Zika virus, the 2016-17 academic year at the Woodrow Wilson School was both productive and exciting! The Woo family tuned in to a new podcast series, supported local charities, and learned from the experiences and expertise of many high-profile figures in public policy. Take a look back at these and many more of our highlights from the year.
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The Woodrow Wilson School is celebrating the one-year anniversary of Politics & Polls! In this episode, Professors Julian Zelizer and Sam Wang reflect on everything that’s transpired over the past year, from the presidential campaign to President Donald Trump’s election. Podcast here.
In honor of the Fourth of July, Zachary Beecher, a member of the Woodrow Wilson School's Class of 2013 and a captain in the U.S. Army, answered our questions via email. In this Q&A, he reflects on freedom, finding strength in differences and how his experiences at Princeton shaped his worldview. Full story here.
America’s experienced a blitz of political twists and turns in the past few months, which may cloak some of the deep-rooted challenges still facing the nation. Still looming large in the background are issues related to the political process — like democracy, gerrymandering, voting laws and federalism.
In this episode, the focus turns toward the structure of politics with special guest Heather Gerken, one of the country’s leading experts on...