We start—as most things seem to now—with the partisan polarization in the U.S., asking a political science professor if people really are seeing everything in red or blue. Then a historian and legal scholar tells how we got to this state of racial injustice, decades after the Civil Rights movement. Finally, the German professor leading Penn’s environmental humanities program describes life in the climate crisis and the vision she gets from her students of going beyond a “new normal.”
Matthew Levendusky, Professor of Political Science and Penny and Robert A. Fox Director of the Fels Institute of Government
Mary Frances Berry, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History and Africana Studies
Bethany Wiggin, Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Founding Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
Alex Schein and Brooke Sietinsons
Susan Ahlborn, Blake Cole, and Lauren Rebecca Thacker
Theme music by Nicholas Escobar, C’18
Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions
Season 1, Bonus Episode Attack on the CapitolRioters breached the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. In this bonus episode, experts share insight on the Constitution and the ugly history that has brought us to this point.Attack on the Capitol • Season 1, Bonus...
In March 2020, the UN Secretary General described COVID-19 as the most challenging crisis the world has seen since WWII. As the year draws to a close and the pandemic lingers on, we explore what life beyond crisis might look like.