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Cosmopod is the official podcast of Cosmonaut Magazine, a project dedicated to expanding the project of scientific socialism in the 21st Century. In our feed we have a combination of podcast episodes and audio articles from our website.
 
China has emerged as one of the 21st century’s most consequential nations, making it more important than ever to understand how the country is governed. True to the name Pekingology, or the study of the political behavior of the People’s Republic of China, this podcast aims to unpack the behavior of the Chinese Communist Party and implications these actions have within China and for U.S.-China relations. Jude Blanchette, the Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS, is joined by various expert ...
 
The Charter Cities Podcast explores how charter cities can help solve some of the largest challenges of the 21st century, from urbanization to global poverty to migration. Each episode Mark Lutter interviews experts in international development, new cities, finance, entrepreneurship, and governance, to develop a better understanding of the various aspects of charter cities If you want to learn more visit the Charter Cities Institute at https://www.chartercitiesinstitute.org/
 
China 21 is produced by the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. We are a leading university-based think tank that produces scholarly research and informs policy discussions on China and U.S.-China relations. This podcast features expert voices, insights and stories about China’s economy, politics, society, and the implications for international affairs. Learn more at china.ucsd.edu
 
Purpose: The United States and China are the largest and second largest economies in the world. President Obama calls the relationship the most important bilateral relationship of the 21st century. Yet the relationship is fraught with mistrust and miscalculation, with the potential for catastrophic conflict. Many scholars have written about the complex reasons behind the agreements and disagreements by taking a particular narrative. What they missed is that, on every single issue of importan ...
 
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Links 1. Selling Seapower: Public Relations and the U.S. Navy 1917-1941, by Dr. Ryan Wadle, OU Press, 2019. 2.Testing American Sea Power: U.S. Navy Strategic Exercises, 1923-1940, by Craig C. Felker, Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History, 2013. 3. To Train the Fleet for War: The U.S. Navy Fleet Problems, 1923-1940, by Albert Nofi, Nav…
 
This is a narration of the 37-page introduction to Lars Lih's excellent book Lenin Rediscovered: What Is to Be Done? In Context. Going against conventional wisdom, Lih presents a detailed study that paints Lenin as an optimist inspired by the capacity of the working class and determined to guide them to carry out their historic mission. Furthermore…
 
Links 1. Dr. Sal Mercogliano's Youtube Series on Ever Given 2. "Adrift: COVID-19 and the Safety of Seafarers", by Joshua Tallis, Cornell Overfield, Kevin Inks & Cherie Rosenblum, Center for Naval Analyses, October 2020. 3. "CSCL Indian Ocean finally refloated after running aground in the Elbe," by Mike Wackett, The Loadstar, September 2, 2016.…
 
Parker and Matthew sit down with sociologist and labor activist Yueran Zhang to discuss workers' struggles in contemporary China. Topics discussed include public memory of Tiananmen Square, the Chongqing model, trade unionism and labor activism in the Pearl River Delta, the Jasic workers' struggle, and prospects for the revolutionary left. ------ C…
 
A largely unexplored counterargument to immigration liberalization is that immigrants who come from countries with worse institutions will make the institutions in their destination country worse. In Wretched Refuse? The Political Economy of Immigration and Institutions, Alex Nowrasteh and Benjamin Powell respond to this argument and today we have …
 
Links 1. 21st Century Mahan: Sound Conclusions for the Modern Era, by BJ Armstrong, Naval Institute Press, 2013. 2. 21st Century Sims: Innovation, Education and Leadership for the Modern Era, by BJ Armstrong, Naval Institute Press, 2015. 3. Small Boats and Daring Men: Maritime Raiding, Irregular Warfare, and the Early American Navy, by BJ Armstrong…
 
Alex, Rudy and Christian sit down to discuss the history of the German Democratic Republic from its foundation atop the ruins of WW2 to the prelude of reunification. They discuss the challenges of building socialism in the fourth of ruined country, the challenges of brain drain, the economy before and after the Wall was built, the intelligentsia/wo…
 
Links: China Maritime Report No. 12: Sansha City in China's South China Sea Strategy: Building a System of Administrative Control, by Zachary Haver, CMSI China Maritime Reports, China Maritime Studies Institute, January 2021. KetianZhang.comBy Jared Samuelson, Zachary Haver, Dr. Ketian Zhang
 
Links (In this instance, simply a list of Sea Shanties I enjoy): 1. Bully in the Alley 2. Santiana 3. The Wellerman (featuring Promise & Frank Uzuwolu) 4. Go to Sea No More 5. Row Me Bully Boys 6. Barrett's Privateers 7. The Longest Johns Play Sea of Thieves 8. FiddleCraig.comBy Jared Samuelson, John Bromley, Promise Uzowulu, Craig Edwards, Frank Uzowulu
 
China’s rapid rise may seem unprecedented, but its journey is oddly familiar. The question is, where have we seen this type of development before, and what does the future have in store? Joining us today to answer this is Yuen Yuen Ang, Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Her research lies at the intersection of governance…
 
Sam and Rudy join Ian Scott Horst, author of Like Ho Chi Minh! Like Che Guevara! The Revolutionary Left in Ethiopia, 1969–1979 (Foreign Languages Press) for a discussion on the 1974 revolution in Ethiopia and the relationship to the Ethiopian present, as well as what we can learn and apply from it for today's world. We talk about the questions of E…
 
In this week's episode of Pekingology, Freeman Chair Jude Blanchette is joined by Yeling Tan, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon and Kyle Jaros, an Associate Professor of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. They discuss the critical -- and surprising -- role that provinces play in China's economic polic…
 
Lydia and Anne sit down with Daria Dyakonova to discuss the often neglected history of the Communist Women's Movement (1920-22). They talk about the origins of the movement, its most important figures, the debates around what the base of the CWM would be, and what would be the main issues it tackled, its changing relationship to the Comintern and i…
 
Links 1. "Neither Fish Nor Fowl Nor Yet Good Red Herring" - Joint Institutions, Single-Service Priorities, and Amphibious Capabilities in Postwar Britain, Dr. Ian Speller, U.S. Naval War College Review, 2020 Vol. 73, Nr. 4 (7). 2. Sea Control 189 - Amphibious Operations in the French & Indian War with Dr. TJ Linzy. 3.The Ambassadors: America's Dipl…
 
Much talk around climate change focuses on mitigation, with far less attention paid to adaptation strategies. Matthew E. Khan, an Economics Professor at Johns Hopkins and Director of the 21st Centuries Cities Initiative, is a climate change adaptation optimist. His research focuses on urban and environmental economics. At the start of the year, he …
 
Amelia, Jake, Steve and Rudy sit down for a discussion of what experiences in organizing brought them to be interested in Cybernetics and Beer's viable system model, and how they try to think through the structures of the organizations they currently are members of in Beerian terms. They discuss the dichotomies of centralization/de-centralization a…
 
Links 1. “The Free and Open Indo-Pacific versus the Belt and Road: Spheres of Influence and Sino-Japanese Relations," by Giulio Pugliese, Aurelio Insisa, Pacific Review, December 23, 2020. 2. “Sino-Japanese Power Politics: Might, Money and Minds,” by Giulio Pugliese, Aurelio Insisa, Palgrave MacMillan, 2018. 3. “Commitment by Presence: Naval diplom…
 
Links: 1. "Not So Disruptive After All: The 4IR, Navies and the Search for Sea Control," Dr. Ian Bowers and Dr. Sarah Kirchberger, Nov. 25, 2020 2. "Advancing Autonomous Systems: An Analysis of Current and Future Technology for Unmanned Maritime Vehicles," Bradley Martin, Danielle Tarraf, Thomas Whitmore, Jacob DeWeese, Cedric Kenney, Jon Schmid, a…
 
Lydia, Isaac and Rudy join Emmanuel Farjoun from Matzpen for a discussion on his 1983 piece Class divisions in Israeli society and how the divisions have changed in the present day. We discuss the changing strength of the Palestinians inside Israel and how that is reflected in their changing political aims, the differences between whiteness in the …
 
Links “Leveraging Unmanned Systems for Coast Guard Missions: A Strategic Imperative,” by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine - Transportation Research Board, (2020). “Coast Guard Begins At-Sea Testing of Unmanned Surface Vehicles to Tackle Illegal Fishing, Crime,” by Megan Eckstein, USNI News (October 15, 2020). “Indonesian…
 
Matt Strupp reads aloud the a reprint of the mission statement of Marxist Unity Slate, a set of proposals for the 2021 DSA convention with the aim of fostering democratic discipline and principled election campaigns, as well as uniting Marxists in DSA around a vision of a mass socialist party. The proposals can be read and signed here, 100 signatur…
 
Today we sit with Judd Devermont, Director of the Africa Program at CSIS, to find out Africa’s current global position. In our conversation, Judd reveals the continent’s shortcomings and touches on foreign policy and local democracy before pulling the curtain back on the many things that Africa can be hopeful for. The show opens with Judd telling u…
 
Donald and Rudy sit down with Wayne Au, author of A Marxist Education. They discuss his experiences on providing a critical education, how education in the US currently stands and how Covid has just brought to the forefront issues faced by students. They discuss the Au's work on Paulo Freire and Lev Vygotsky, and end up envisioning how a socialist …
 
Links 1. Six Frigates: The Epic History of the Founding of the U.S. Navy, Ian W. Toll, W. W. Norton & Company, 2008. 2. Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942, Ian W. Toll, W. W. Norton & Company, 2012. 3. The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942–1944, Ian W. Toll, W. W. Norton & Company, 2016. 4. Twilight of the Gods: …
 
In this week’s episode of Pekingology, Jude Blanchette is joined by John Yasuda, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University to discuss his research on the development of China's financial and equity markets, and how these intersect with Beijing's political priorities.By Center for Strategic and International Studies
 
Links: 1. To Provide & Maintain a Navy by Henry J. Hendrix, Dec. 19, 2020. 2. Buy Fords Not Ferraris, by Commander Jerry Hendrix, Proceedings, April 2009. 3. Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires, and the Conflict that Made the Modern World, by Prof. Andrew Lambert, Nov 27, 2018. 4. At What Cost a Carrier, by Jerry Hendrix, CNAS, M…
 
Vox co-founder, policy writer, and celebrated journalist Matthew Yglesias knows what would actually make America great: more people. Today we speak with Matthew to discuss this idea as captured in his book One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger. After introducing him, we dive straight into the topic and ask Matthew to unpack how popula…
 
The Last Turtlemen of the Caribbean: Waterscapes of Labor, Conservation and Boundary Making, by Sharika Crawford, University of North Carolina Press (2020). Sea Control 206: The Cod Wars with Will Reynolds and Walker Mills, CIMSEC (October 11, 2020) “The Cod Wars Today: Lessons from an Almost War,” by Walker Mills, CIMSEC (July 28, 2020). Sea Contr…
 
Isaac and Rudy join Moshé Machover, one of the four founding members of the Israeli Socialist Organization, better known as Matzpen after the name of their publication for a discussion on the group's origins, how their anti-zionist consciousness originated and developed, their marginalization by Israeli society during the 1967 war and how Arab/Jewi…
 
From fleeing Benin for his pro-democracy activism to becoming a renowned Princeton professor and founding one of Africa’s most prestigious universities, Leonard Wantchekon’s life is as impressive as his economic and political research. Today we speak with Leonard and explore his story, academic work, and how he founded the African School of Economi…
 
Parker and Alex have a conversation with the editor and translator of Karl Kautsky on Democracy and Republicanism (Haymarket, 2020) on the legacy of Karl Kautsky before he turned renegade. They discuss the convergence of various conflicting political views, from 'Leninists' to Social Democrats and Cold War Warriors, into what Ben Lewis calls in his…
 
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