Donald Trump and the Roots of Republican Extremism in the US, an interview with Professor Theda Skocpol
13 December 2019
In this Extra Inning of the Ballpark, your host Chris Gilson of the LSE US Centre talks with Professor Theda Skocpol about her recent research on the Republican Party. Professor Skocpol outlines the shift that the Republican Party has undergone in the last decade, driven by two distinct currents of right-wing extremism: ethno-nationalist resentment, and ultra-free-market fundamentalism. They also discuss her upcoming book, which traces the growing grassroots movement of suburban white women in left-wing politics.
Contributors: Professor Theda Skocpol. Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, Chris Gilson. LSE US Centre
The Dangers of Brexit for the Special Relationship with Senator Chris Murphy
5 April 2019
On March 20th 2019, the US Centre hosted Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut for his talk, “The Dangers of Brexit for the Special Relationship”. Senator Murphy, who is a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, spoke to US Centre Director, Professor Peter Trubowitz, on the future of the US’s relationship with one of its oldest allies in the context of the UK’s looming exit from the European Union.
Contributors: Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Peter Trubowitz, US Centre Director
Lessons from History and the Future of International Trade with Jeff Frieden and Doug Irwin
22 February 2019
In this Extra Inning of the Ballpark Chris Gilson hosts a conversation between Jeff Frieden and Doug Irwin as they discuss one of the most important parts of the economy: international trade. They talk about the changing consensus on trade in the US under Trump, what the growth of populism across the world means for trade and the international economy, Brexit, the growing trade war between the US and China, and give their policy recommendations for Donald Trump.
Contributors: Jeff Frieden, University of Harvard and Doug Irwin, Dartmouth College
What the US-North Korea summit may have in store with Stephan Haggard
21 February 2019
For this Extra Inning from the US Centre’s Ballpark podcast, host Chris Gilson speaks to North Korea expert Professor Stephan Haggard about the upcoming summit between the US and North Korea. We explore what’s at stake and what the summit may be able to achieve.
Contributors: Stephan Haggard, Krause Distinguished Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California San Diego
Conspiracy Theories in the Age of Trump with Joe Uscinski
7 January 2019
This Extra Inning of the Ballpark features audio from the US Centre’s event “Conspiracy Theories in the Age of Trump” which took place on 25 July 2018. Joseph Uscinski, associate professor of political science at University of Miami, speaks about his book American Conspiracy Theories and why President Trump might be America’s first conspiratorial president.
Using an analysis of more than a hundred years of data taken from newspapers, surveys, and the internet, Professor Uscinski demonstrates that conspiracy theories follow a strategic logic: they are tools used by the powerless to attack and defend against the powerful.
Contributors: Joseph Uscinski, associate professor of political science at University of Miami, and Ros Taylor, Research Manager for the LSE Truth, Trust & Technology Commission
How Great Powers Transition: A Conversation with Dr. Kori Schake
23 November 2018
Host Chris Gilson talks with Dr. Kori Schake, the Deputy Director-General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, about her new book Safe Passage. Dr. Schake discusses how and when power can peacefully shift from one hegemon to another, the impact of Trump’s foreign policy on America’s standing in the world, and the future of the Republican party.
Contributors: Dr. Kori Schake, Deputy Director-General of the International Institute for Strategic Studies
Summer Lecture from Professor Kathy Cramer “The Politics of Resentment in the 2016 US Presidential Election”
29 August 2017
The 2016 election revealed stark divisions along the rural-urban divide in America. Professor Katherine J. Cramer’s research explored that division and investigated how rural American resentment toward cities and the urban elite provided fertile ground for right-leaning candidates to win elections. This is the third lecture of this series, and it features Professor Kathy Cramer on “The Politics of Resentment in the 2016 US Presidential Election”.
Contributors: Kathy Cramer, Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Summer Lecture from Professor Tali Mendelberg “The Affluence Effect: College Socialization and Inequality in America”
21 August 2017
Do American universities promote income inequality? That’s the question Professor Tali Mendelberg takes on in this lecture. This second lecture of the series is from Professor Tali Mendelberg, entitled “The Affluence Effect: College Socialization and Inequality in America”.
Contributors: Tali Mendelberg, Professor of Politics at Princeton University
Anxiety, Fear, and National Identity, a public lecture from Professor Neil Foley
14 August 2017
You usually have to be in London to catch the public lectures sponsored by the US Centre, but this August, we’re bringing them to you. This podcast lecture series features the research of leading American academics. This first lecture is from Professor Neil Foley, “Anxiety, Fear, and National Identity: anti-immigration politics and the rise of Latino power in the US.”
Contributors: Neil Foley, Robert and Nancy Dedman Endowed Chair in History at Southern Methodist University
The Yanks Are Coming! A lecture from Professor Mick Cox
12 December 2016
We dive into the history of Americans at LSE. As we’ll hear from Professor Mick Cox, the LSE has helped shape the United States, and Americans have helped define the LSE since its foundation in 1895.
Contributors: Mick Cox, Professor of International Relations at LSE
Conspiracy Theories and Donald Trump
Contributors: Joe Uscinski, University of Miami
28 September 2016
Donald Trump has brought conspiracy theories into the mainstream political debate. We spoke with political scientist Joe Uscinski, author of American Conspiracy Theories, about what impact this has had on American politics and elections.
Has Obama been a transformative president?
Contributors: Jeffrey Tulis, University of Texas at Austin
25 August 2015
In this installment of Extra Innings, we bring you behind the scenes of the US Centre and present a full lecture from University of Texas Austin Professor Jeffrey Tulis. Jeffrey examined Obama’s presidency and asked whether or not Barack Obama has been a transformative president. This event was held in collaboration with the Dahrendorf Forum.
Everything you wanted to know about Brexit but were too afraid to ask
1 August 2016
It’s clear that the UK has voted to leave the EU, but there are still many questions surrounding Brexit. We want to provide some answers for our listeners on the other side of the pond to all of the questions Americans have about Brexit but were afraid to ask. We’ve gathered some of the LSE’s top experts on the EU, the UK, and Brexit to hear about what’s going on here, the repercussions for the rest of the world, and what the US can learn from this historic vote.
Contributors: Chris Gilson and Denise Baron of the LSE US Centre talk to Tony Travers, Professor of Government, Tim Oliver of LSE IDEAS, and Sara Hagemann, Assistant Professor at the European Institute.
Gun Violence and Politics in the US
1 July 2016
Following the recent horrific shooting in Orlando, Florida, we gathered three Americans to discuss their research and direct experience with the politics of gun violence. We contextualise the recent news with a statistical and research frame and then took a specific look at the gun safety policy and political fights that took place in Colorado in 2013.
Contributors: Chris Gilson of the LSE US Centre talks to Sierra Smucker, PhD student at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and Visiting Student at the LSE US Centre, Sasha Milonova, Communications Associate for the Dahrendorf Forum at LSE IDEAS, and MSc student in political economy, and Denise Baron, Ballpark Producer and LSE MSc student in social psychology.
Monetary policy and more with Jeff Frieden
18 May 2016
We featured Jeff Frieden in our podcast on the Almighty Dollar, but our interview with him covered so much more. So we decided to share the full interview on the past, present, and future of monetary policy.
Contributors: Jeff Frieden, Professor of Government at Harvard University
Why the Ballpark?
5 May 2016
You might be wondering, "Why is this podcast called 'The Ballpark'?" We invited another baseball fan and political economist, Derek Valles, to chat about the overlaps and intersections of baseball and politics.
Contributors: Derek Valles, LSE Government
Erich McElroy’s Imperfect Guide to the US Presidential Debates
24 March 2016
In this Ballpark Extra Innings segment co-hosts Denise Baron and Chris Gilson head down to Erich McElroy’s Imperfect Guide to the US Presidential Debates show, and hear some comedy and commentary on the Republican presidential debate, and the US election.
Contributors: Erich McElroy, Josie Long, Robyn Perkins, Ola