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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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In September, Iran's morality police arrested a 22-year-old Iranian woman, Masha Amini, for violating rules regarding proper wearing of the hijab, a hair covering required of all women in public. A few days later, her family was informed that Ms. Amini had died in police custody, supposedly from a heart attack, although her family claimed she had d…
 
This episode features our knowledgeable and insightful team of American politics experts, Professor Adam Myers and Professor Matt Guardino to discuss the state of American politics this summer of 2022. The last few weeks have produced a variety of interesting topics for us to talk about – all with implications for the upcoming midterm national elec…
 
America has often prided itself as a nation of immigrants. Apart from indigenous peoples, Americans generally are descended from someone who came to this country from somewhere else. Despite this history, in recent years, many Americans have shown growing hostility toward immigrants. Politicians like Donald Trump have fueled and capitalized on this…
 
On this episode of Beyond Your News Feed, Dr. Bill Hudson is joined by Associate Professor of Communication and Director of PC’s new Communication Program Professor Andrea McDonnell. She and Dr. Hudson Talk about the dissolution of the line between “celebrity” and “politician,” the prevalence of gossip as opposed to substantive information, and the…
 
Today’s guest on Beyond Your News Feed, Professor Casey Stevens, sits down with Dr. Bill Hudson to discuss the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) conducted on April 1st. Stevens, whose expertise lies in environmental politics, discusses the report’s contents, its implications for combatting climate change, and the current polit…
 
On this week's episode of Beyond Your News Feed, three Political Science seniors were asked to share their experiences with their capstone research seminars. Two of the seniors in attendance, Malik Alwani and Addison Wakelin, completed their respective seminars—Globalization and Economic Development and Climate Change—last semester. The third stude…
 
This year Providence College is celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the first class of women students at the college. Since 1971 when the college became coed, the Political Science department has had many terrific women students and our women graduates have gone on to distinguished careers in a wide variety of professions. Some have even please…
 
Can political philosophy help us understand what ails American Democracy? Host Professor William Hudson explores this question with guest Assistant Professor of Political Science Justin Brophy. We examine the question with special attention to the ancient Greek philosopher Plato and the contemporary American political theorist the late Carey McWill…
 
This episode explores the tension within American conservative thought between Traditional Burkean conservatism and classical liberalism. Host William Hudson discusses this tension with Providence College Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Savannah Johnston. Her recent scholarly work suggests that the “fusion” between these theoretic…
 
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…
 
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