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How Lincoln Packed the Supreme Court | Rachel Shelden | YDHTY, S2E18

Americans expect the Supreme Court to be nonpartisan, but history tells us this wasn't always the case. Rachel Shelden of Penn State joins me on this episode of YDHTY to discuss the Supreme Court of the Civil War Era, where Americans expected their courts to be partisan, partisanship to be fluid,...
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Should the Supreme Court Have Term Limits? | Suzanna Sherry | YDHTY, S2E17

In last week's episode of YDHTY, term limits for Supreme Court Justices were discussed as one reform that could make the Court more representative of the population they serve. The argument goes that if Supreme Court Justices served terms of 18 years, each president would get to appoint two...
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How to Reform the Supreme Court | Gabe Roth of Fix the Court | YDHTY, S2E16

Earlier this year, President Biden signed an executive order enacting a commission to explore potential reforms to the Supreme Court. Much of their discussion has focused on ways to make the partisan makeup of the Court more representative of the electorate at large - whether that be through term...
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The Infrastructure Bill: That Extra $2 Trillion Nobody Wanted | S2E15, Arjun Moorthy

Last week, Congress passed Biden's much-awaited infrastructure bill, coming up about $2 trillion short of the version that was originally proposed. In addition to repairing America's roads and bridges - something popular with voters - the original version also contained provisions such as...
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Segregated By Design: Race and Urban Planning in Dallas | Collin Yarbrough | YDHTY, S2E14

In the prior episode on infrastructure, we discussed how the interstate highway system spawned a migration of businesses to the suburbs, where rent and property were cheaper. This left many lower-income workers in central cities without access to employment or the means to get there. This was...
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China vs US Infrastructure Spending: A Comparison  | Nathaniel Baum-Snow | YDHTY, S2E13

In 1956, the US embarked on a 10-year mission to connect its major cities via the Interstate Highway System. When the project was completed in 1992 (a little over 10 years, for those of you doing the math) China began a similar journey to transform its own infrastructure. As Congress debates the...
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Want a Strong Democracy? Make Sure You Have Strong Enemies | Bob Talisse | YDHTY, S2E12

In the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush campaigned on the idea of being a "uniter, not a divider". His successor, Barack Obama, made post-partisanship the centerpiece of his bid for president. Even Donald Trump, who invited every woman who accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment to sit...
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Vietnam, Iraq, & Afghanistan - How Public Opinion Supports Forever Wars | Arjun Moorthy - The Factual | YDHTY, S2E11

As US troops began their withdrawal from Afghanistan and Americans began to see scenes of Afghans crowding Kabul's airport in an attempt to flee the country and Taliban parading the streets, sometimes in vehicles abandoned by the US military, The Factual ran a series of polls measuring their...
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What Makes a Political Extremist? | Quassim Cassam | YDHTY, s2E10

In the first episode of this series on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan a question came up that went to the root of both the events leading up to the 9/11 attacks and instances of domestic extremism in the US today: Why do comfortable people seek purpose in political violence? While the attacks...
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Vietnam, Afghanistan, and the Politics of War | Ken Hughes | YDHTY, S2E9

  Well before President Biden's decision to follow through on former President Trump's commitment to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, comparisons had been drawn between our efforts in the region and America's second-longest war, Vietnam.  The similarities are easy to see. Both lasted roughly...
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