Pop Goes the Culture (feat. Dr. Lilly Goren)
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1y ago
We zone out with Netflix, HBO, etc. to get away from politics, right? But where is the line between political and apolitical? To close off season 2, we hear from Professor Lilly Goren about the relationship between popular culture and politics. We cover examples across television, cinema, and literature to illuminate what political themes we often consume in our everyday lives without even realizing. We work through themes of nostalgia, gender construction, and “the anti-hero” to begin considering how we should treat popular media and its appropriate role in politics today ..read more
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Is Mid a Term? (feat. Courtney Nava)
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by Poli Sigh
1y ago
It’s election season! On this special episode of Poli Sigh, we talk with Courtney Nava about everything concerning the upcoming U.S. midterms. Coming from the perspective of American political behavior, we recap what voting behavior has looked like in the past, what we should expect later this month, and what the different possible outcomes indicate about larger U.S. politics.  ..read more
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All in the Femily (feat. Dr. Michaele Ferguson)
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by Poli Sigh
1y ago
What does it mean to be a feminist? What does feminism look like in a post-Roe era? On this episode, we talk with Professor Michaele Ferguson about feminist politics. Spanning the suffrage movement to Gaga feminism, we breakdown what has changed and what themes have continued across feminism. Within the context of the Dobbs decision, we pinpoint instances in which current feminisms may fall short, and attempt to identify which ones may be better equipped to meet today’s challenges.  ..read more
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C'mon Unity (feat. Dr. John Barry Ryan)
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by Poli Sigh
1y ago
Communication is as simple as talking, right?  This month we hear from Professor John Barry Ryan about polarization in the United States and its significance to communication and compromise in politics today. Specifically highlighting the issues of gun violence and climate change, we explain why Americans appear so far apart and how this often results in policy inaction. We discuss the nature of American democracy and its limits in order to sort out its potential to mitigate collective action problems.  ..read more
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It's (Un)just a Game (feat. Dr. John Emery)
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by Poli Sigh
2y ago
Humanity today has the technological means to annihilate itself ten times over. How do we make sure that doesn’t end up happening? We sit with Professor John Emery to discuss just that! Covering his research on war ethics, we list the ways in which war has become simultaneously dehumanized and never-ending within the 21st century. Considering the United States’ conceptualization of “enemy”, its interventions across the Middle East, and a growingly belligerent and nuclear armed Russia, could “feelings” maybe hold the answer?  ..read more
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Snap, Autocrackle, Prop (feat. Dr. Sarah Wilson Sokhey)
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by Poli Sigh
2y ago
It’s been over 4 months since Russia invaded and initiated war against Ukraine. How much longer will it last? To kick-off Season 2, we hear from Eastern European Politics scholar, Sarah Wilson Sokhey. Outlining Russian politics and citizenship, we discuss just how immune the Russian state is from public opinion. By examining past protest within Russia, we breakdown current public opinion in Russia and explore its potential to force an end to the war ..read more
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Hide and Democraseek (feat. Dr. Carew Boulding)
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by Poli Sigh
2y ago
Following the U.S. Capitol storming, is American democracy faltering? We talk with Dr. Carew Boulding about whether or not the United States is facing unprecedented challenges, and if Bolivia’s recent history holds any lessons for the United States' current democratic crisis.  ..read more
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"Sus"tainable Solutions (feat. Dr. Christina Boyes)
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by Poli Sigh
2y ago
What does it mean to meaningfully produce environmental policy? On this episode, we chat with Professor Christina Boyes about why we should take a more holistic approach, considering both the human and non-human. Looking specifically at natural resources, we discuss where environmental technology might fall short both ecologically and along lines of social justice, pinpointing some non-obvious consequences that accompany greenwashing today.  ..read more
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Social Mediacracy (feat. Dr. Jennifer Forestal)
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by Poli Sigh
2y ago
Are digital technologies and social media relevant to politics? It’s not so much a question of “if” but “how”…. This month we talk with Professor Jennifer Forestal about how the digital world can both support and hurt democracy. Looking at the way platforms are structured and monitored, we discuss ways that social media can build meaningful communities instead of atomized ones, what’s required of democratic citizenship in the 21st century, and how digital technologies might just be a boogeyman that overshadows bigger political issues ..read more
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Wore On Terror (feat. Kiela Crabtree)
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by Poli Sigh
2y ago
What is and isn’t terrorism, and why does the term matter? On our tenth episode, we talk with Kiela Crabtree to hear about her work on mass violence and racialized violence in both the past and present. Drawing parallels between 20th century Alabama and today, we ask what has changed and what hasn’t when it comes to violence against racial minorities, as well as against Americans in general. Despite their obvious harm, we attempt to raise the possibilities that might also arise to combat them.  ..read more
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