American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin

This month, Lisa, Richard, and Aubrey discuss the new book of sonnets from Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin. Hayes’ sonnets are “acrid with tear gas, and they unravel with desire.” For the poetry doubters everywhere.

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Trump and Brown Loom over Governor’s Race

Fox & Hounds Daily published commentary by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Doug Jeffe on how President Donald Trump and Gov. Jerry Brown will impact the California gubernatorial race. …. what has been an under-the-radar gubernatorial contest has the potential to become a barn-burner–along with the several California Congressional contests that…

Trump Would Welcome Challenge From Oprah Winfrey for President

The New York Times (in a Reuters story) quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about Oprah Winfrey’s credibility across party lines. Jeffe, the USC professor, cautioned against thinking of Hollywood as a monolith of liberal Democrats. Besides the liberal creative talent, Hollywood money also comes from the more conservative, unionized trade and…

In Clash Between California and Trump, It’s One America Versus Another

The New York Times quoted Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School about the political identity of California. Beyond demographics and politics, charting its own course is part of the identity of California. “We are the frontier,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political scientist at the University of Southern California. “Beyond us, there’s nothing…

The Politics of #HimToo

In an op-ed posted in The New York Times by a contributing writer,  Abby Wood, USC Gould School, was quoted on the standard of acceptable behavior established by the Democratic Party. I’m struck by where the Democrats drew this line. Suppose they had drawn it somewhere between the allegations against Rep. John Conyers and those…

All the President’s Men (40th Anniversary Edition)

Bernstein and Woodward published All the President’s Men a mere three months before Nixon’s resignation. We’re revisiting (or visiting for the first time) this classic work of political journalism in the wake of the many callbacks since the 2016 Presidential election. Are dirty tricks just part of politics? What role does the press play? Are there parallels to the Trump administration?

Featuring host Jeffery Jenkins (@jaj7d ‏), and guests Aubrey Hicks (@AubreyHi), Lisa Schweitzer (@drschweitzer), and Donnajean Ward (@DonnajeanWard).

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Dozens of NFL teams protest national anthem after Trump comments

Fox News Los Angeles affiliate KTTV-TV interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about NFL players and owners reacting to President Donald Trump’s statements about kneeling during the national anthem. Armour told FOX 11 most people don’t realize this movement started during the Obama administration, not under Trump. “A lot of people attribute the…

How many votes could Hurricane Harvey cost Trump in Texas?

The Washington Post published commentary by Jeffery Jenkins of the USC Price School and colleagues on the electoral impact Hurricane Harvey may have on President Donald Trump. According to the researchers, voters will punish incumbents at the ballot box if natural disaster response is inadequate and will reward those who provide relief. “To the extent…