Episode 12,

"Strongman" Edition

Mark Philip Bradley, John J. Mearsheimer, Phelim Kine & Robert Kuttner: Recommended Reading

Host Neal Conan explores Human Rights place in President Trump’s foreign policy after he embraced autocrats and alienated democratic allies.

As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declares that American values must take a back seat to American interests, host Neal Conan explores Human Rights place in President Trump’s foreign policy after he embraced autocrats and alienated democratic allies. We’ll look at the Human Rights record of one of those strongmen, President Roderigo Duterte of the Philippines, talk with Professor John Mearshimer about the history between US Presidents and dictators and explore how Human Rights became so important to the American public.



Mark Philip Bradley is Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Professor of International History and the College Chair, and serves as the Faculty Director of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.  He has written about and researched the history of human rights. His most recent book is The United States and the Global Human Rights Imagination.



John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago.  Mearsheimer is a West Point graduate and served as an Air Force officer for five years.  


Phelim Kine is Deputy Director of the Asia Division in Human Rights Watch. Kine has worked as a journalist in China, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Taiwan. He joined Human Rights Watch in 2007 and he has written on human rights issues for many news outlets.


Robert Kuttner: Recommended Reading  is the co-editor and co-founder of American Prospect Magazine and is a columnist for the Boston Globe and HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post). He currently teaches at Brandeis University.  

Joan Williams - White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America


Justin Gest - The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality


Arlie Russell Hochschild - Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right