Vikings on the Mississippi
Good evening, listeners! We trust you’ve had a fulfilling and hopefully relaxing Labor Day weekend. We’ve got an excellent episode for you this week, as Richard Aldous welcomes Charles Gati back to the program to discuss Hungary’s approach to Europe’s immigration crisis before speaking with Bryn Stole about Vikings on the Mississippi.
First, senior research professor at Johns Hopkins University SAIS Charles Gati returns to the show to talk about Hungary’s role in the storm surrounding European immigration. Gati notes that Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban’s response to the crisis is being influenced by xenophobic domestic politics, and criticizes the Hungarian government’s response as lacking humanity, though he commends the kind actions of many Hungarian citizens.
Then, Richard speaks with Bryn Stole, metro reporter for Baton Rouge’s The Advocate, about how the luxury kitchen appliance manufacturer Viking ended up in the Mississippi Delta. Bryn describes the incongruity of the high-end company’s presence in a relatively poor region, and discusses the impact Viking had on the town of Greenwood, Mississippi during the 1990s and 2000s before its spectacular crash in the wake of the housing crisis.