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6 / 39 Stuart Skelton as Tristan in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Photo by Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera.
Episode 139: Tristan, Isolde, und Trump’s California Roots

This week, host Richard Aldous speaks with Nicholas Gallagher about the Met’s new Tristan und Isolde before discussing the Californian origins of the pro-Trump right with Jason Willick.

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Episode 138: Mosul’s Liberation and Trouble in the Security Council

On this week’s episode, host Richard Aldous speaks with Rasha Al Aqeedi about the current state and future of ISIS-occupied Mosul, before discussing the U.S.-Russia fallout over Syria with Richard Gowan.

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Episode 137: Mahler and a Bosnian Vote

On this week’s episode, host Richard Aldous speaks with Dimitar Bechev about a recent Bosnian referendum before talking about the music of Gustav Mahler with Barton Swaim.

Episode 136: Pandemics and a Collapsing Petrostate

On this week’s episode host Richard Aldous speaks with Drew Miller about bioengineered viruses before discussing Venezuela’s spiraling economy with Russell Crandall.

Episode 135: Precarious Putin and Political History’s Decline

On this week’s episode host Richard Aldous discusses political history’s disappearing act with Frederik Logevall and Kenneth Osgood before speaking about Putin’s shaky grip on power with Kirk Bennett.

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Episode 134: Ireland, Apple, and Taxes, Oh My!

On this week’s episode, host Richard Aldous speaks with Denis Staunton about a contentious ruling on Ireland’s taxation of Apple.

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Episode 133: Political Insurgencies and a New Grand Strategy

On this week’s episode host Richard Aldous speaks with Theda Skocpol about America’s dual political insurgencies before discussing a plan for a new grand strategy for America with Mark “Puck” Mykleby.

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Episode 132: African Terror and the Roots of Resentment

On this week’s episode host Richard Aldous discusses resurgent populism with Nils Gilman before speaking with Matthew King about a terror attack the media missed in Africa.

Episode 131: Coup Accusations and Wagner Orchestrations

On this week’s episode host Richard Aldous speaks with Henri Barkey about the aftermath of the Turkish coup (and how he has been personally dragged into those events) before discussing the famed Bayreuth Festival with Nicholas Gallagher.

Episode 130: Partisan Deadlock and the Value of Listening

On this week’s episode host Richard Aldous speaks with Michael Barone about what lies ahead for this year’s election before discussing the value of listening to Trump voters with David Blankenhorn.

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