Brian Rosenwald and Conservative Media

With Stephen Bannon of Breitbart joining the Trump campaign, the links between conservative media and politics is strikingly evident. Where did the conservative media establishment emerge from? How important has the conservative media been for conservative politics and the Republican Party?

For episode 18, Professor Brian Rosenwald (University of Pennsylvania) discusses the history of conservative media and politics. Rosenwald is working on his first book, on the rise of talk radio and politics in the United States, under contract at Harvard University Press. He is also the researcher for the Slate podcast Whistlestop, bringing campaign trail histories to life.

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Stephen G. Hall and the Trump Syllabus

Is Donald Trump a new phenomenon in American political history? From where did his support emerge? Where can we find the antecedents for his brand of populism and racialized politics?

In episode 17, Professor Stephen G. Hall (Alcorn State University) discusses the Trump Syllabus 2.0, and understanding Trump historically. Hall is one of the scholars behind the revised syllabus, and also the author of A Faithful Account of the Race: African American Historical Writing in Nineteenth-Century America. His main expertise includes African American historiography, nineteenth and twentieth century intellectual history, and the modern African Diaspora.

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Happy Fourth of July and Mea Culpa

The aim of Campaign Context is to feature academic discussions on issues relating to the elections, on a monthly basis. In June, due to scheduling conflicts and technical glitches, we unfortunately were unable to do this. We expect to be back with a new episode later in July instead. In the meantime, please take a listen to some of our favorite academic podcasts.

Past Present features historians Nicole Hemmer, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, and Neil Young discussing politics and culture on a weekly basis. Recent topics discussed include Trump’s faltering campaign, the Orlando tragedy, and Hillary Clinton as the first female presumptive nominee for president.

Politics & Polls is a new podcast hosted by historian Julian Zelizer and  Sam Wang, professor of neuroscience and molecular biology. The first episode deals with the Trump-Goldwater comparison, Brexit, and The Party Decides.

Who Makes Cents is hosted by Betsy Beasley and David Stein, and features a wide array of historians talking about their work.

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Nixon parade in NYC, 1964

You can, of course, also find all previous episodes of Campaign Context, listed under All Episodes. Happy Fourth of July weekend to all readers, listeners, and guests!

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Meg Jacobs and Energy Crises

How did the U.S. meet the energy crises of the 1970s? How did the crises impact energy policy? How did U.S. energy policy result in the Gulf War and what role does fracking play in current energy policy?

For the 16th episode of Campaign Context, Professor Meg Jacobs (Princeton University) talks about the energy crises of the 1970s, oil, and energy policy. Jacobs’ most recent book is Panic at the Pump: The Energy Crisis and the Transformation of American Politics in the 1970s. Her work  centers on the intersection of economics and politics in modern United States. She is the author of Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America, and co-author, with Julian Zelizer, of Conservatives in Power: The Reagan Years, 1981-1989.

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Kathryn Cramer Brownell and Showbiz Politics

When and how did Hollywood become a political powerhouse in the United States? How did John F. Kennedy sell himself as a star to the American people? Why was Richard Nixon so preoccupied with his television image? And how does Donald Trump fit into the history of showbiz politics?

For episode 15 of Campaign Context, Professor Kathryn Cramer Brownell (Purdue University) discusses celebrity, Hollywood, and showbiz politics. Brownell’s work focuses on the connections between media, entertainment, and politics in the modern United States. She is the author of Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life, and has contributed to Recapturing the Oval Office: New Historical Approaches to the American Presidency and Hollywood’s America: Understanding History through Film.

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Christina Wolbrecht and Women in Politics

Hillary Clinton could become the first female president of the United States, but for how long have women been trying to break that glass ceiling? What are the expectations and obstacles facing female politicians from Victoria Woodhull to Sarah Palin? And what about the sexism of Donald Trump?

In episode 14 of Campaign Context, Professor Christina Wolbrecht (University of Notre Dame) talks about women in politics. Wolbrecht is an expert on American politics, and gender in politics. She is the author of The Politics of Women’s Rights: Parties, Positions, and Changeand the co-author of the new Counting Women’s Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage through the New Deal. Wolbrecht is also one of the creators of the expert directory blog #womenalsoknowstuff.

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Leah Wright Rigueur and the Black Republican

How does Ben Carson fit into the tradition of the Republican Party? Why did Richard Nixon consider choosing a black running mate in 1968? How did Ronald Reagan appeal to black voters? Why is the Black Republican today seen as a contradiction in terms?

For the thirteenth episode of Campaign Context, Professor Leah Wright Rigueur (Harvard University) discusses the history of the Black Republican, race, and partisan politics. Wright Rigueur is a leading scholar on race and Republican politics, and the author of The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power.

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