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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Aziz Rana. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Aziz Rana, often where they are interviewed.

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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Aziz Rana. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Aziz Rana, often where they are interviewed.

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Nativist Carceral State: Aziz Rana interviews Dan Denvir

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Aziz Rana interviews Dan Denvir on how policing and mass incarceration became core features of the war on immigrants and on his book All-American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It.

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Jul 04 2020 · 1hr 18mins
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Dig: Nativist Carceral State, Aziz Rana interviews Dan Denvir

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Aziz Rana interviews Dan Denvir on how policing and mass incarceration became core features of the war on immigrants and on his book All-American Nativism: How the Bipartisan War on Immigrants Explains Politics as We Know It.

Please support this podcast wit $ at Patreon.com/TheDig

Buy Dan's book at versobooks.com/books/2858-all-american-nativism

Jul 04 2020 · 1hr 18mins

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Empire Unhinged with Aslı Bâli & Aziz Rana

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Dan interviews returning guests Aslı Bâli and Aziz Rana on the long history behind the crisis of American imperial legitimation that has become so manifest amid the pandemic.

Some works by Bâli and Rana cited in this interview:
bostonreview.net/war-security-politics-global-justice/asl%C4%B1-u-b%C3%A2li-aziz-rana-sanctions-are-inhumane%E2%80%94now-and-always lawreview.uchicago.edu/publication/constitutionalism-and-american-imperial-imagination

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Jun 11 2020 · 2hr 7mins
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Dig: Empire Unhinged with Aslı Bâli & Aziz Rana

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Dan interviews returning guests Aslı Bâli and Aziz Rana on the long history behind the crisis of American imperial legitimation that has become so manifest amid the pandemic.

Some works by Bâli and Rana cited in this interview:

bostonreview.net/war-security-politics-global-justice/asl%C4%B1-u-b%C3%A2li-aziz-rana-sanctions-are-inhumane%E2%80%94now-and-always

lawreview.uchicago.edu/publication/constitutionalism-and-american-imperial-imagination

Please support this podcast at Patreon.com/TheDig

Jun 11 2020 · 2hr 7mins

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From the archives: Aziz Rana on Two Faces of American Freedom

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Dan is taking his first week off ever in Dig history to finish his book. Here's a classic from deep in the archives: our first interview with Aziz Rana, on his book The Two Faces of American Freedom, aka episode 62. If you've already heard this one and are hungry for more content we've got everything organized by date, guest and topic at www.thedigradio.com.

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Jul 27 2019 · 1hr 10mins
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The Dig: From the archives, Aziz Rana on Two Faces of American Freedom

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Dan is taking his first week off ever in Dig history to finish his book. Here's a classic from deep in the archives: our first interview with Aziz Rana, on his book The Two Faces of American Freedom, aka episode 62. If you've already heard this one and are hungry for more content we've got everything organized by date, guest and topic at www.thedigradio.com.

Support this podcast with your money at Patreon.com/TheDig

Jul 25 2019 ·
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FREE SPEECH 64: Two Faces of American Freedom, with Aziz Rana

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America embodies the bold promise of assuring everyone's liberty to the greatest extent possible - and it also has a history of exercising its power both internally and around the globe with great force. How can we make sense of this dual promise, of personal liberation and rights for all, and of an expansionist idea the imposes the will and power of America on populations it seeks to dominate? I spoke with Professor Aziz Rana, of Cornell University's Law school, about this tension at the heart of the American promise. With a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard and a J.D. from Yale, Professor Rana is uniquely equipped to untangle the legal and political dynamics that shape the American experiment, and to test how it plays out for people both here in the US and around the world. We also talked about his more recent project about Americans' veneration for the Constitution - and whether this reverential attitude toward our foundational legal document is truly in the interest of the Founders and of ourselves.

Jun 25 2019 · 45mins
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Rethinking Migration with Aziz Rana

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Typically, people think about migration as immigration: people crossing international borders from one nation-state to another. And for the past half century in the United States, people have tended to think about that immigration in a binary way: legal immigration versus illegal immigration. But to understand the origins of the immigration politics in general and the criminalization of Mexican immigrants in particular that have become the core of the Trump presidency, we must explode these categories, identify their origins, and analyze the history that preceded them. Dan interviews Aziz Rana.
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Jan 10 2019 ·
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The Dig: Rethinking Migration with Aziz Rana

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Typically, people think about migration as immigration: people crossing international borders from one nation-state to another. And for the past half century in the United States, people have tended to think about that immigration in a binary way: legal immigration versus illegal immigration. But to understand the origins of the immigration politics in general and the criminalization of Mexican immigrants in particular that have become the core of the Trump presidency, we must explode these categories, identify their origins, and analyze the history that preceded them. Dan interviews Aziz Rana.

Thanks to Verso. Check out their huge collection of left-wing titles at www.versobooks.com

Please support this podcast with your money at patreon.com/TheDig

Jan 10 2019 ·
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Aziz Rana, “The Two Faces of American Freedom” (Harvard UP, 2010)

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America, wrote the late historian and public intellectual Tony Judt, is “intensely familiar–and completely unknown.” America’s current position as the globe’s single superpower means that almost everyone, from a farmer harvesting his crops in Missouri to a street vendor in Kazakhstan, has a strong an opinion about what America is.


For example, in its 2011 “World Report,” Human Rights Watch condemned the unlawful arrest of three Georgian poets who peacefully protested on George W. Bush Street in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, demanding that it be renamed in honor of Walt Whitman.  “George W. Bush does not represent what America is. Walt Whitman does,” said one of the protesters, Irakli Kakabadze, after being released from detention.


It’s not accidental that Aziz Rana‘s new book, The Two Faces of American Freedom (Harvard University Press, 2010), opens up with an epigraph from Walt Whitman’s “Facing West from California’s Shores.” According to Rana, Whitman’s verse highlights the disjuncture between essential American ideals and the politics the country often pursues today.


In the book, Rana investigates this seeming disjuncture between values and actions with reference to the Janus-faced American idea of freedom and how to spread it. For Americans, Rana argues, freedom means emancipation and domination. He points out, for example, that since Wilson’s time Americans have often attempted to free a country by attacking it, and they see no contradiction in this. For Americans, the pursuit of human rights–and especially emancipation–excuses and sometimes requires domination. It’s easy to see how Rana’s point is directly relevant to the current debate on U.S. intervention in Libya.


These and many other insights make Rana’s thoroughly researched and clearly written book an excellent guide for those perplexed about American ideology and its impact on the world. If you want to understand why the most powerful country in the world does what it does, I recommend you read it.

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Jul 13 2011 · 1hr 17mins