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Recommended Podcast Episode: Aziz Rana on U.S. Hegemony, the Liberal International Order, and Biden’s Foreign Policy

Podcasts are an excellent educational resource for debaters. I will occasionally recommend specific episodes that debaters might find particularly helpful.

Leftist foreign policy analysts Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison have a new podcast about U.S. foreign policy called American Prestige. The third episode (“Some Like it Cold (War)“) is particularly valuable for debaters. It includes a lengthy conversation with Aziz Rana, a Cornell law professor whose work has been cited often by debaters in recent seasons to make arguments about hegemony, imperialism, security, capitalism, and related topics.

In this conversation, Rana explains the historical context of U.S. hegemony and the domestic politics that have supported it. He then uses this history to establish several arguments about the contemporary politics of U.S. foreign policy. This wide-ranging discussion will help debaters better understand not just Rana’s arguments about Biden’s foreign policy, but also leftist critiques of U.S. hegemony and imperialism more broadly.

Podcasts About The Criminal Justice Reform Topic (Part 2)

In the first part of this two-part series, I shared five podcasts that are entirely about criminal justice reform and related issues. In this article, I will suggest individual episodes from other podcasts that are relevant to the criminal justice reform topic.

Some of the recommended episodes are from podcasts that regularly cover these issues; others are “one-off” episodes from podcasts that don’t normally cover them. Either way, all of these recommended podcast episodes are potentially useful resources for students preparing to debate the criminal justice reform topic.

This is not a comprehensive list; there are many more episodes from many other podcasts that students might find helpful when researching criminal justice reform-related topics. When curating this list, I focused heavily on episodes about prison and police abolition and on episodes from the last few weeks.

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