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25. Natalia Petrzela: FIT NATION: How Americans Embraced Exercise As the Government Abandoned It

Historian, professor, and podcast host Natalia Petrzela takes us through her upcoming book Fit Nation.

We discuss the contemporary perceptions and landscape of the fitness culture in the United States along with how perceptions and meanings associated with fitness have changed over time.

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13. Bryant Simon: Is Our Drive to Make Things Cheaper Killing Us?

Bryant Simon is a history professor with interests in everything from Southern History to Food Studies.

The conversation starts with a fascinating overview of historic topics such as white workers in the south during the new deal era, the racial segregation of Atlantic City in the early to mid 20th century and the Hamlet Fire, a tragic incident that illustrates the shortcomings of how cheap our society has become. 

The second part of the conversation focuses on how The United States willingness to save money comes above all else, but at a cost. As such we touch  on everything from climate change to a wholistic lack of regulation and how the drive to make things less expensive and pay people less isn’t inherent to the countries identity.  

The conversation finishes by discussing why studying history is important and why society shouldn’t overlook those who study the humanities 

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12. Alan McPherson Pt. 2: Who are the Ghosts of Sheridan Circle?

Alan McPherson is a a professor within the department of history at Temple University and is the director of CENFAD, the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy at Temple University. His interests and expertise lie within the field of US foreign relations with a focus specifically on the history of US-Latin American relations.

This segment of the conversation takes a dive into his book Ghosts of Sheridan Circle which focuses on the killings of Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and his colleague Ronni Moffitt. The conversation also touches on CENFAD.

11. Alan McPherson Pt. 1: A Brief History of US-Latin American Relations

Alan McPherson is a a professor within the department of history at Temple University and is the director of CENFAD, the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy at Temple University. His interests and expertise lie within the field of US foreign relations with a focus specifically on the history of US-Latin American relations.

This part of the conversation focuses on the history of US- Latin American relations, why there is a sentiment of mistrust towards US intervention in Latin America, the current state of Latin American nations, international sentiments towards the United States, and the current state of US foreign policy.

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