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Podcast Recommendations - October 2020

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

Into America - Into Injustice for Breonna Taylor

‘Breonna Taylor had two things working against her; she was black and she was a woman.’

(31 minutes)

In this episode of ‘Into America’, Trymaine Lee (the host of the show) looks ‘into’ the case of Breonna Taylor; a 26-year old African-American woman, who was killed on March 13th by police officers in her own home. In the podcast, Lee reflects on the grand jury’s decision to not press criminal charges on the officers that killed her. Is justice for Breonna Taylor still possible? He talks to Hannah Drake, a Louisville activist, who stands up for racial inequality. She is one of the people behind Breonna’s Law; the move to ban no-knock warrants in the city of Louisville (KT). Drake talks about finding out the verdict of the grand jury and the things that need to change in society; because people need to realize that ‘when black people get justice, everybody gets justice’.

Betrouwbare bronnen - PG Kroeger over Alexis de Tocqueville

‘Amerika is het grootste experiment uit de wereldgeschiedenis...’

(1 uur en 10 minuten)

In deze aflevering van ‘Betrouwbare Bronnen’ bespreekt PG Kroeger samen met Jaap Jansen de geschiedenis van negentiende eeuwse filosoof Alexis de Tocqueville. Het duurt even voordat de daadwerkelijke analyse over De Tocqueville begint, maar als het zo ver is bespreekt Kroeger De Tocqueville’s werk over de democratie in Amerika (De la démocratie en Amérique) en over Frankrijk voor de Revolutie (L'Ancien Régime et la Révolution). De Franse De Tocqueville vraagt zich af waarom de democratie in Amerika wél gelukt is. Kroeger beweert dan ook dat het tweede boek over Frankrijk nooit bestaan had als De Tocqueville niet het eerste boek over Amerika geschreven had; de filosoof ziet de twee als een contrast en vraagt zich af wat er mis gegaan is in zijn vaderland.

Sinica Podcast - Poverty eradication by 2020: A reality check

‘Even after escaping poverty, people still feel poor.’

(1 hour and 4 minutes)

Sinica is a podcast that is focused on business, technology, politics, and culture in China. The topic of this episode, in particular, is the promise of the Xi Jinping government to eradicate all extreme poverty in China by 2020. The two hosts are Jeremy Goldkorn and Kaiser Kuo and they discuss this commitment and wonder if the Covid-19 crisis may have affected it. Guests on the show are Gāo Qín, a professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, and Matthew Chitwood, a researcher who spent two years studying rural poverty in Bangdong. They believe that even with the Covid-19 crisis, China will expectedly fulfill its target by the end of this year. Chitwood and Qín give a reality check on what China defines as ‘poverty’ and discuss how poor these people actually are. It is an interesting conversation about China’s approach to improving the lives of the poor. They question what will happen after China allegedly meets this goal; what will happen after they have ‘beaten poverty’?

A fun detail of this episode is that Goldkorn, Kuo, Qín, and Chitwood all share their book recommendations at the end of the podcast.

NRC Haagse Zaken - #5 Zo zien fotografen het Binnenhof

‘Rutte loopt langs je, groet je even en komt daarna naar buiten om te vragen: ‘Had je ‘m?’’

(1 uur en 7 minuten)

In deze aflevering van Haagse Zaken gaat Lamyae Aharouay in gesprek met twee politiek fotografen die jarenlang op het Binnenhof hebben gewerkt. David van Dam en Martijn Beekman delen allebei bijzondere ervaringen uit hun carrière en vertellen de ins en outs van fotograaf zijn in een politieke setting. Ze gaan in op wat een goede politieke foto is, regels die vastzitten aan het maken van foto’s (en ook wanneer ze zich hier niet aan hielden) en hoe de foto’s door de jaren heen veranderen. Deze podcast geeft de luisteraar een kijkje in de keuken en gaat in op een stukje politiek wat misschien niet voor iedereen voor de hand ligt, maar wel een groot deel uitmaakt van alledaagse politieke verslaggeving.

The NPR Politics Podcast - “Violent Extremists” Planned To Kidnap Michigan Governor, Says DOJ

‘What they ultimately decided upon was: the best course of action for them would be to try to snatch the governor at her vacation home in Michigan.’

(14 minutes)

The NPR Politics Podcast discusses the latest political news and analyses the possible consequences of this news with different experts. This time, they talk about Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the violent extremists that have been planning an attack on her for several months now. The FBI was aware of it and made sure these individuals were arrested before anything could happen. They now face criminal charges. This podcast analyzes whether the Governor was ever in any real danger and asks why militia groups have become more visible over time. Does President Trump have anything to do with this? In the second part of the podcast, they discuss President Trump canceling the upcoming virtual presidential debate and what implications that might have. The NPR Politics Podcast is easy to listen to and keeps the listener up to date within a few minutes.

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