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Michael A. Cohen

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Episode 4: The Threat Industrial Complex Is Coming To Kill Everyone You Love With Its Fearmongering (Michael A. Cohen)

Singal-Minded Conversations

Boston Globe columnist Michael A. Cohen, the coauthor of the new book "Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to Americans," explains why we're worried about the wrong stuff, why Harry Truman was arguably the GOAT of scaring the hell out of Americans unnecessarily, and why it's silly for the Democrats to let concerns about "firing up" Donald Trump's base influence their 2020 primary process. (Music, in order: Why? - “The Vowels, Pt. 2”; Against Me! - "From Her Lips To God's Ears (The Energizer)"; and Country Joe & The Fish - "The Fish Cheer / I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To Die Rag")

1hr

15 May 2019

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Michael A. Cohen, "Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to Americans" (Yale UP, 2019)

New Books in Public Policy

We are fed a steady stream of doom and gloom—terrorist attacks, erosion of democracy, robots taking our jobs. But Michael A. Cohen and his co-author Mich Zenko argue in Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to Americans (Yale University Press, 2019) that our world has never been “more peaceful, freer, healthier, better educated, and wealthier,” and we only feel otherwise because of “threat inflation” that sensationalizes relatively minor threats.  In our discussion, Cohen readily acknowledges serious problems remain, such as climate change and gun violence, but urges us to recognize how much progress has been made and apply the lessons that have been learned. Moreover, he asks us to beware the “threat-industrial complex” of military agencies, special interest groups and the media that distort our understanding of the world we live in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/public-policy

38mins

2 May 2019

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Michael A. Cohen, "Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to Americans" (Yale UP, 2019)

New Books in Communications

We are fed a steady stream of doom and gloom—terrorist attacks, erosion of democracy, robots taking our jobs. But Michael A. Cohen and his co-author Mich Zenko argue in Clear and Present Safety: The World Has Never Been Better and Why That Matters to Americans (Yale University Press, 2019) that our world has never been “more peaceful, freer, healthier, better educated, and wealthier,” and we only feel otherwise because of “threat inflation” that sensationalizes relatively minor threats.  In our discussion, Cohen readily acknowledges serious problems remain, such as climate change and gun violence, but urges us to recognize how much progress has been made and apply the lessons that have been learned. Moreover, he asks us to beware the “threat-industrial complex” of military agencies, special interest groups and the media that distort our understanding of the world we live in. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/communications

38mins

2 May 2019

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Michael A. Cohen, “American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division” (Oxford UP, 2016)

New Books in Politics and Polemics

In American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division (Oxford University Press, 2016), Michael A. Cohen shows how the 1968 American presidential election proved to be an “inflection point” of history that shattered the long-standing “liberal consensus,” and unleashed a conservative populism that continues to reverberate today. Cohen delivers... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/politics-and-polemics

43mins

22 Jun 2018

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Michael A. Cohen, “American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division” (Oxford UP, 2016)

New Books in Politics & Society

In American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division (Oxford University Press, 2016), Michael A. Cohen shows how the 1968 American presidential election proved to be an “inflection point” of history that shattered the long-standing “liberal consensus,” and unleashed a conservative populism that continues to reverberate today. Cohen delivers...

41mins

22 Jun 2018

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Michael A. Cohen, “American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division” (Oxford UP, 2016)

New Books in Peoples & Places

In American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division (Oxford University Press, 2016), Michael A. Cohen shows how the 1968 American presidential election proved to be an “inflection point” of history that shattered the long-standing “liberal consensus,” and unleashed a conservative populism that continues to reverberate today. Cohen delivers...

41mins

22 Jun 2018

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Is it Still 1968? A Conversation with Michael A. Cohen

Power, Politics, and Preventive Action

21 Jul 2017