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Welcome to "Beyond Your News Feed: Understanding Contemporary Politics" a new podcast sponsored by the Providence College Political Science Department. Host William Hudson, Political Science Department Chair, and colleagues will provide expert analysis of current political events and issues, delving more deeply into their causes and consequences than can be found in typical media sources.
 
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We apologize for the technical problem with the recent upload of this episode. Episode is now ready for your listening enjoyment. It is a good one! Host William Hudson and his guests, Professors Adam Myers and Matt Guardino, take a comprehensive look at American politics about one year after the 2020 election. The discussion encompasses the results…
 
This episode of Beyond Your News Feed explores the fate of local news. Professors Andrea McDonnell and Matt Guardino of the Providence College Political Science Department join host William Hudson for a conversation about the dire straits of local newspapers and the impact on American democracy. Over the past couple of decades, local newspapers acr…
 
For this episode, the tables are turned on Beyond Your News Feed’s normal host, Professor William Hudson. Guest host Professor Adam Myers interviews Hudson about federal budgetary politics. Budget issues are very much in the news these days with Democrats internally divided over President Biden’s proposals for increased spending on physical and soc…
 
This episode takes up the topic of Utopia. What value do dreams of a better world have for understanding politics in the real world? What impact has utopian thinking had on the evolution of the political world over the past few centuries? Can imagining utopias provide a way to solve political challenges in our contemporary world? These and other qu…
 
Providence College Associate Professor of Political Science Ruth Ben-Artzi joins host William Hudson to discuss the formation of a new Israeli government formed last spring. We discuss the March election (the fourth Israeli election in two years) and how its outcome led the long and complicated process that produced the new coalition government. Th…
 
Last week, after twenty years of conflict, the Afghanistan Taliban took effective control of the country. The rapid collapse of Afghan government forces clearly surprised American officials and has led to the continuing chaotic removal of Afghan refugees, American citizens, citizens of allied Nato countries, and NGO workers. This episode of Beyond …
 
This special edition of Beyond Your News Feed analyzes last week’ report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Professor Casey Stevens, PC Political Science Department’s environmental politics specialist, joins host William Hudson to discuss the report. Casey offers his insights into the significance of the report, its implications…
 
This episode is a conversation with Professor Keith Morton of the Public and Community Service Department about his recent book “Getting Out: Youth Gangs, Violence, and Positive Change” published in 2019 by University of Massachusetts Press. The book recounts Dr. Morton’s experience with an innovative youth program in the Smith Hill neighborhood of…
 
Listeners will find this a different kind of Beyond Your News Feed episode. Rather than analyze political events in the news as we usually do, this episode takes a deep dive into the history of the Providence College Political Science Department. Joining Professor Hudson for this discussion are two retired members of the department: Professors Emer…
 
Donald Trump’s defeat in last November’s election spawned an eruption of press analyzes about the impact of the defeat on the Republican Party. Pundits have opined endlessly on questions like: What will be the long-term impact of the Trump presidency on the Party? Has Trump completely taken over the Party or will his influence fade with time? Can t…
 
In this episode, Providence College Professor of Political Science Ruth Ben-Artzi talks with podcast host Professor William Hudson about the recent Israeli elections and other developments in Middle East politics. With the fourth election in four years last Tuesday producing little change in the distribution of votes from the previous three, Israel…
 
Today Bill Hudson, host of Beyond Your News Feed, interviewed six PC students: Megan Labbe, Sienna Strickland, Cole Dougherty, Carson Giles, Sofia Belen Carrillo, and Dean Williams, about their experiences as first time voters in the 2020 election. Our conversation probed how they went about making their voting choice, what characteristics of the c…
 
Professors Adam Myers, Matt Guardino, and Joe Cammarano, all of the PC political science department join host, William Hudson for a post-election analysis of the 2020 election. The focus of our discussion is the larger meaning of this election for the future of American politics. What is the significance and long-term implications of the high level…
 
Professors Adam Myers, Matt Guardino, and Joe Cammarano, all of the PC political science department join host, William Hudson to look at the state of the presidential race seven days out from election day. We cover a wide variety of topics including the race in key battleground states, the impact of early voting, potential surprises, and potential …
 
In this episode, Professors Abigail Brooks, Director of PCs Women’s Studies Program, and Paul Herron, the PC Political Science Department’s Supreme Court expert, join Beyond Your News Feed host, William Hudson, to discuss the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s contributions to constitutional law. The discussion reviews Ginsburg’s historic contribut…
 
On today’s episode, I was joined by Professor Adam Myers to discuss the 2020 races for the US Senate. With more Republican Senate seats at stake in this election, Democrats have a good opportunity to take enough seats from Republican incumbents to gain a Senate majority. If Joe Biden wins the presidency and, as expected the Democrats maintain their…
 
This summer the United States has experienced a number of severe weather events that seem related to climate warming. In the West, weeks of drought and high temperatures have created a tinder box for an unprecedented explosion of wildfires. The hurricane season is heating up and we already have had hurricanes and tropical storms wreaking havoc alon…
 
William Hudson, host of Beyond Your News Feed, has invited back PC Professors Matt Guardino and Adam Myers, as promised at the end of the last episode, to bring us up to date on where the 2020 race for the presidency stands after completion of both political conventions. In this episode, we discuss what happened at both conventions, what issues wer…
 
Host William Hudson is joined by political scientists Adam Myers and Matt Guardino to analyze the shape of the presidential race as of August 18th. Our conversation took place after the first day of the Democrats virtual convention. We reflect for a few minutes on how we think the Democrats did in making their case for electing Joe Biden on this fi…
 
In this episode of Beyond Your News Feed, host Bill Hudson sits down with one of the newly graduated seniors from Providence College, Emily Ascherl, to discuss her honors thesis entitled: From Authoritarian Rule to Democratic Accountability: The Negotiation for Human Rights Trials Following the Proceso Regime. Professor Thea Riofrancos, Emily's the…
 
In this second installment of Beyond Your News Feed: Virtual Edition, Professor Susan McCarthy joins us to unpack the origins of the virus, COVID-19. Professor McCarthy helps us to trace back the discovery of the virus in Wuhan, China and analyze how the Chinese regime reacted initially. Furthermore, we delve into the details of the regime's respon…
 
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