Podcast • September 9, 2013
David Bromwich, Sterling Professor of English at Yale, reads the history unfolding around Syria as he would a novel: "there's something unhinged," he is telling me, about the language around the Obama White House.
Podcast • March 18, 2013
Rand Paul's impromptu anti-drone filibuster looks like a model of the long-bruited "convergence" against the idea of permanent war. Are we looking at a bridge broad enough to carry Tea Party and OCCUPY dissidents over a stagnant mainstream?
Podcast • June 7, 2012
It takes a classical literature man, David Bromwich at Yale, to demonstrate that Obama, Clinton and the Democrats are losing the battle of words. Democratic rhetoric in 2012 is "academically trained, scrupulous, conscientious -- without a popular touch."
Podcast • October 12, 2011
Click to listen to Chris’ conversation with David Bromwich (32 minutes, 16 mb mp3) David Bromwich is my refuge from the chatter and fog of politics. Sterling Professor of English at Yale, he’s a close-reader and hard marker of Barack Obama — so hard as ...
Podcast • December 23, 2010
Click to listen David Bromwich, the Sterling Professor of English at Yale, reads Barack Obama like a book — as if he were a book, that is. With the novelist Zadie Smith, he often seems to me the only commentator worth reading on Obama, precisely ...
Podcast • June 23, 2010
Click to listen to Chris’s conversation with David Bromwich. (43 minutes, 20 mb mp3) David Bromwich is channeling the lost conservative voice of Edmund Burke, the missing wisdom on our mad Afghanistan misadventure. This is what Yale’s Sterling Professors of Literature are for, now and ...
Podcast • November 10, 2009
Click to listen to Chris’s conversation with David Bromwich (41 minutes, 19 mb mp3). It’s a measure of the change in the discourse that David Bromwich, Yale’s Sterling Professor of English who used to write op-ed in the New York Times, now keeps a sort ...
Podcast • June 13, 2012
Jacob Hacker, Yale's bright light on American politics, is telling us how corporate capitalism ate the American Dream. The 2012 campaign cannot restore the country, he's saying, but a 35-year Neo-Progressive campaign might.
Podcast • September 16, 2010
Click to listen to Chris’ conversation with Arianna Huffington (23 minutes, 11 mb mp3) Arianna Huffington is the fair, smart, brassy embodiment of a new conversation trying to happen. At a sold-out book party at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, I am interrupting her pitch ...