A series of episodes to help develop an awareness and understanding of major political issues in the USA for A Level students.
Episode 10: Voting Restrictions20/02/2016 Duration: 42min
In this episode I look at the key ways in which voting rights are being restricted, from gerrymandering, registration drives and voter ID laws, to cuts in early voting and restrictions on felon voting. These probably contributed to the greatest challenge to American democracy since the end of Jim Crow.
Episode 9: The Consequences of Scalia's Death14/02/2016 Duration: 30min
Following the unexpected news that Antonin Scalia died on the 13th February 2016. I look at the implications for the Supreme Court and the elections, as the game of political football begins and partisan bickering overshadows the death of a Justice.
Episode 8: The Partisan Divide Part 307/02/2016 Duration: 59min
In this episode we bring the partisan divide up to the present, looking at how and why the divide has increased in American Politics since Obama became President and the consequences for American democracy.
Episode 7: The Partisan Divide Part 230/01/2016 Duration: 51min
Following on from the last episode, this time we look at how the partisan divide developed in the 1970's and became established in the 1980's under Ronald Reagan and his legacy. Particularly, we consider the impact Reagan has had on his successors and the extension of the partisan divide to Congress bringing us up to 2008.
Cooper Talks Episode 6: The Partisan Divide part 120/01/2016 Duration: 55min
In this, the first of three podcasts looking at the partisan division in America, I look at the origins of the growing divide, from the period of bi-partisan cooperation in the 1930s-60s, the growth of social movements, white backlash, the Goldwater revolution, the establishment of primaries and the reasons why the Democrats and then the Republicans began to leave the common center ground before Watergate.
Cooper Talks USA Episode 5 The Cost of US Elections05/12/2015 Duration: 37min
As the candidates start gearing up for big push in the new year, I take a look at why Presidential elections cost so much, covering the costs of simply getting on the ballot, the fact that more can lead to less in TV advertising and the other associated costs.
Cooper Talks USA Episode 4 Direct Democracy in the USA25/11/2015 Duration: 55min
How does direct democracy work in the USA? What exactly is an initiative? Why are ballot measures growing in popularity? In this episode I look at the different types of direct democracy in the USA, some recent examples of measures that have been successful and the arguments for an against them. As legislative democracy stumbles along, will direct democracy become the solution to America's problems?
Cooper Talks USA Episode 3 Affirmative Action and the Supreme Court18/11/2015 Duration: 40min
The Supreme Court has had a long history of dealing with race relations in the USA, but has the Roberts' Court seen a change in attitude since Alito's appointment? In this episode I look at three recent cases on the Court and look for clues to the future. With Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin back at the Supreme Court, could this be the end of affirmative action programs?
Cooper Talks USA Episode 2 Abortion and the Supreme Court11/11/2015 Duration: 38min
Is the Supreme Court the final protector of women's rights, or is it establishing laws it has no right to? In this episode I look at the issue of abortion at the Supreme Court, the justification of it, the evolving decisions, the impact of those decisions and the potential impact of the Texas HB2 case. This is a presentation on the specific rulings to demonstrate how the Supreme Court has operated and how parties and interest groups use the Supreme Court to advance their causes.