Cooper Talks Usa

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Synopsis

A series of episodes to help develop an awareness and understanding of major political issues in the USA for A Level students.

Episodes

  • Henry VIII: Accession

    Henry VIII: Accession

    15/03/2020 Duration: 27min

    Looking at the background to Henry VIII becoming king, considering his upbringing, the threats his father faced, his education and relationship with his mother and his influences. There are many signs that point to later moments of his tyranny and issues that help to explain subsequent events.

  • Cold War: The Korean War and Developments 1949-55

    Cold War: The Korean War and Developments 1949-55

    01/03/2020 Duration: 25min

    A look at the Korean War as a case study for containment as well as considering the development of the arms race, China going Communist, new alliances and the death of Stalin.

  • The Cold War: Origins with Soviet Expansion and the Berlin Airlift

    The Cold War: Origins with Soviet Expansion and the Berlin Airlift

    23/02/2020 Duration: 28min

    In this episode, I look at how the Cold War developed after the end of World War II, with the reasons and ways in which the USSR was able to assert control over eastern Europe, the American reaction including the Truman doctrine and Marshall Plan and the Berlin blockade and resulting airlift.

  • The Cold War: The origins and conferences

    The Cold War: The origins and conferences

    22/02/2020 Duration: 27min

    A look at the key ideas and origins of the Cold War, considering the relationship between capitalism and communism before World War II, the context of the conferences and how the seeds were planted for the development of the Cold War and nuclear arms race.

  • UK Politics: Do Parties Still Matter? January 2020

    UK Politics: Do Parties Still Matter? January 2020

    07/01/2020 Duration: 52min

    This is one of my UK politics podcasts, recorded in light of the 2019 election. There are two key parts to it; in the first part I consider the divisions between sections of the two main parties and the ideological divisions that have existed and how they, maybe, have resolved themselves; but maybe not. In the second part, I consider how parties matter in current UK politics, focusing on their role in relation to their key functions, with a bit of an exam focus for those that use these to help with their A Levels.

  • History: The Inter War Years The Road to World War II, Part 2 Sudetenland to War

    History: The Inter War Years; The Road to World War II, Part 2 Sudetenland to War

    06/01/2020 Duration: 25min

    In this episode we look at the main aspect of appeasement, the Munich conference and the resulting agreement that gave Hitler the Sudetenland, the reasons for appeasement and the consequences, including the Nazi-Soviet Pact and the outbreak of World War II.

  • History: The Inter War Years The Road to World War II, Part 1 Rearmament to Anschluss

    History: The Inter War Years; The Road to World War II, Part 1 Rearmament to Anschluss

    12/12/2019 Duration: 30min

    In this episode I look at the early steps to war, considering Hitler's aims and strategies, the key events and the background of the Great Depression and the failure of the League in Disarmament and over Abyssinia, taking us up to the unification of Austria with Germany.

  • Politics: The Revolt of the Right

    Politics: The Revolt of the Right

    10/12/2019 Duration: 31min

    A look at the concept of the revolt of the right, mainly focused on the UK but with reference to Trump in America and European movements. Considering how class dynamics have evolved, the role of the 'left-behind' voter and how the party's have responded. Great for Party topics and voting behaviour.

  • History: The Inter War Years: The League of Nations in the 1930s

    History: The Inter War Years: The League of Nations in the 1930s

    09/12/2019 Duration: 24min

    A look at the three key crises of the 1930s for the League of Nations, the failures, the reasons for them and the impact of the Great Depression, giving a final over view of the League of Nations as a whole.

  • History: Inter War Years \\the League of Nations in the 1920s

    History: Inter War Years; \\the League of Nations in the 1920s

    06/12/2019 Duration: 28min

    In this episode, I look at the work of the League of Nations in the 1920s, considering the aims, structure and actions, evaluating its success and failures and what issues were apparent before the Great Depression.

  • History: Inter War Years The Paris Peace Conferences

    History: Inter War Years; The Paris Peace Conferences

    01/12/2019 Duration: 31min

    A look at the Paris Peace conferences, focusing on Versailles and considering the context of the meetings, the attitudes of the Big 3, their aims, compromises and satisfaction with the Treaty, German reactions and the other treaties. Useful for anyone studying GCSE or just a general interest.

  • Ideologies 2 - The Development of Ideologies

    Ideologies 2 - The Development of Ideologies

    24/03/2019 Duration: 45min

    A contextual look at the historical development of the three core ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism.

  • Cooper Talks - USA - Abortion Rights Update

    Cooper Talks - USA - Abortion Rights Update

    07/10/2018 Duration: 18min

    With the confirmation of Kavanaugh yesterday, I thought it was time to look at the Hellerstedt case and how it built on the previous cases looked at in an earlier episode on abortion rights in the USA. Here I take a look at what was at issue in the case and how the ruling wasn't the liberal ruling many calm, but was significant nonetheless and how it relates to the political impact of the confirmations of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.

  • Ideologies 1: Understanding Locke

    Ideologies 1: Understanding Locke

    25/09/2018 Duration: 16min

    In this episode, I took a look at the core ideology of liberalism and the first of the key thinkers, John Locke, looking at his theories, the context in which he was writing and how his ideas have gone on to influence the liberal movement as a whole.

  • USA: Critically evaluating the constitution

    USA: Critically evaluating the constitution

    22/09/2018 Duration: 51min

    The preamble to the US constitution says 'to form a more perfect union...and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity'. What does this mean and how does the US constitution achieve this? The constitution is America, but it also has flaws and contradictions. In this episode I hope to raise some issues for discussion and explain some of the questions people ask about the constitution.

  • UK Episode 3: Is Democracy in Trouble?

    UK Episode 3: Is Democracy in Trouble?

    31/08/2018 Duration: 32min

    This UK centered episode focuses on the idea of democracy and whether or not representative democracy is in trouble, how it is supposed to work and the issues arising due to populism, demonstrated in the Brexit and Trump results of 2016. It focuses on democratic theory, but also considers different types of democracy and the nature of democratic processes and their problems.

  • UK Episode 2: The Wright Reforms

    UK Episode 2: The Wright Reforms

    31/08/2018 Duration: 27min

    The Wright reforms were a series of proposals to redress the balance between the government and Parliament, suggesting proposals to give ordinary MPs more control over the the legislative process and greater ability to scrutinize the government. Some have been introduced, while some have been ignored, but these reforms are crucial for understanding parliamentary reforms and the nature of the relationship between the government and parliament in the UK, as well as reflecting key constitutional reforms.

  • UK: Episode 1: Democracy, Participation and Elections

    UK: Episode 1: Democracy, Participation and Elections

    31/08/2018 Duration: 31min

    Made in 2015, this episode considers the nature of democracy and elections in the UK. More recent examples are available, but the principles and arguments are valid and important. Particularly, there is a focus on why participation matters and why attitudes to politics have changed as society changes. This contextualization is essential in A Level essays.

  • Episode 12: Pressure Groups and Lobbying

    Episode 12: Pressure Groups and Lobbying

    28/02/2018 Duration: 56min

    A look at pressure group activity in the USA, with particular focus on lobbying. Does it undermine democracy, or does it aid the national interest? Useful for A level students and for those learning about why the NRA is able to prevent tighter gun regulations from happening.

  • Episode 11: Caucuses

    Episode 11: Caucuses

    06/09/2017 Duration: 27min

    A look at what caucuses are, the criticisms and positives of them and the general problems they have in the wider primary process, with relevant examples.

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