A general explanation of the US midterm elections with no assumed knowledge followed by an analysis of what the 2018 results might mean for the major parties and the future of US politics. The imminent Supreme Court appointment is discussed as is the potential for influential gerrymandering with upcoming redistricting. Alex Carlton is a journalist and social commentator with a special interest in US politics and US political culture.
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A look at Donald Trump’s first year as President of the United States through the lens of some of his Twitter activity. My guest is journalist Alexandra Carlton, a Sydney-based social commentator and magazine writer and editor. Alex’s analysis of Trump’s presidency is informed by her keen observation of US politics and her interest in the history of American political culture. Her articles on US politics have been published by Marie Claire, news.com.au and other media outlets, and you can find her replies to Trump’s tweets @alex_carlton
An analysis of the policy implementation of Donald Trump’s campaign promises in his first 100 days as President of the United States of America. Hailing from New York, Gabriel Delaney studies Politics at Oxford University and has experience as a presidential election field organiser in Pennsylvania for the 2012 Obama campaign. As well as critiquing Trump’s presidency, Gabriel is very good at explaining some of the mechanics of the U.S. political system.
Inspired by U2 stealing back the song ‘Helter Skelter’, here is a reclaiming of ‘My Way’ after the Trumps used it for their first dance as president and first lady at an inauguration ball last weekend. Also your messages about previous episodes including comments on US politics, Amsterdam’s soft drug policy, sexism experienced by women in science, and thoughts on whether human connections will be possible with virtual reality technology.
A discussion of Trump’s inauguration ceremony, a breakdown of his speech, and thoughts on what we might expect from his first days as president in US foreign and domestic policy. Oxford scholar Mitchell Robertson brings insights about American politics and history to this analysis. Mitchell is a doctoral candidate associated with the Rothermere American Institute and he has a Master of Studies in United States History from Oxford University.
Post-election analysis including a breakdown of voter demographics with Mitchell Robertson from Oxford University. Mitchell explains who voted for Donald Trump in terms of sex, age, race, education, and geography and where Hillary Clinton fell short. We also discuss the House and Senate results and the prospects for Trump pursuing his policies. Mitchell is a doctoral candidate associated with the Rothermere American Institute and he has a Master of Studies in United States History from Oxford University.
Since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election I’ve received several messages from friends asking how this could have happened. Here is a little of my conversation with Gabriel Delaney from before the election in which he gives a good overview of how support for Trump is a push back against political correctness and elite establishment politics in America and a reflection of white nationalism by a portion of the population.
To be clear, Gabriel is a Democrat and was supporting Hillary Clinton. This conversation was an election explainer and an overview of the political narratives of each of the candidate’s campaigns. You’ll find the full conversation here.
I’ve seen an outpouring of grief over the election result and fear of what’s to come. Maybe I’m overly optimistic but I’m expecting Trump to be more restrained in office than in campaign mode. The realities of the presidency and institutional checks and balances should reign him in. He’ll likely continue to have loose lips but I struggle to imagine him going through with some of his wild ideas. Here’s hoping.