THE AMERICANIST: US History, Politics, Elections 2020 & Trump
#9 Thanksgiving And Its Story (Religion & War, Turkey Dishes, Holiday, Washington, Lincoln, Obama, Trump)

#9 Thanksgiving And Its Story (Religion & War, Turkey Dishes, Holiday, Washington, Lincoln, Obama, Trump)

November 23, 2020

Thanksgiving is all about the Pilgrims and the Native Americans? Johannes shares a different historical truth behind America's most popular national holiday. It connects a belief in divine intervention with the American wars since 1776. As the two friends interpret the documents from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln, Mike shares his vision of an All-American Thanksgiving going forward. Email us to theamericanistpod@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter!

Resources mentioned in the show:

Congress 1777: https://www.loc.gov/resource/rbpe.04001400/

Washington 1789: https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/05-04-02-0091

Lincoln 1863: http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/speeches/thanks.htm

Native American Thanksgiving: https://time.com/5457183/thanksgiving-native-american-holiday/ 

#8 Democrats Divided? (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Liberals & Progressives, Republicans & Socialism, Corona Vaccine, Healthcare)

#8 Democrats Divided? (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Liberals & Progressives, Republicans & Socialism, Corona Vaccine, Healthcare)

November 16, 2020

Two weeks after the election, Donald Trump has yet to concede his loss. Meanwhile, the Democratic party is debating the way forward: Should moderates or progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lead the way? Mike has traveled to his home state Maine to finally answer the question: Is he a liberal or a progressive? And Johannes remembers the German chancellor pulling a Trump on Election Night some years ago. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @AmericanistPod and email us to theamericanistpod@gmail.com !

#7 Biden Phor President! (US Election Won in Philadelphia/Pennsylvania, Kamala Harris, Trump Not Conceding, Philly, QAnon)

#7 Biden Phor President! (US Election Won in Philadelphia/Pennsylvania, Kamala Harris, Trump Not Conceding, Philly, QAnon)

November 9, 2020

Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States. And Philly celebrates! Mike and Johannes are all excited that the votes of their former student hometown of Philadelphia (and Pennsylvania) have decided the race for the Democratic nominee and VP Kamala Harris. And guess what ... Donald Trump won't concede. What that says about his image of masculinity, the American national character, and some other scary things we learned in this election cycle - all in the latest episode of THE AMERICANIST PODCAST. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook!

Resources for this episode:

The Atlantic: QAnon is more important than you think

The Guardian: Trumpism lives on

#6 Has Biden Won? (US Election 2020, Counting in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, Latino Vote, Republicans & Donald Trump)

#6 Has Biden Won? (US Election 2020, Counting in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Arizona, Latino Vote, Republicans & Donald Trump)

November 5, 2020

One and half days into the US Presidential Election 2020, votes are still being counted across the country. It looks like Joe Biden might be the winner - but Donald Trump's supporters are also protesting in some places. Where are we at? Mike shares his emotions and Johannes recounts his election night in Germany. Email us at theamericanistpod@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter @AmericanistPod !

#5 America Votes: Election Day 2020 (Presidential History, Voting Turnout, Electoral College, Trump Rally, Biden Chances, Democracy)

#5 America Votes: Election Day 2020 (Presidential History, Voting Turnout, Electoral College, Trump Rally, Biden Chances, Democracy)

November 2, 2020

The week of the US Presidential Election 2020 is finally here. Mike's anxiety level is already off the charts, and Johannes has pulled up some fun and not-so-fun facts around the history of the American presidents and the voting process. Will Biden or Trump make it to 270 electoral votes on Tuesday? Will Trump declare himself the winner? And what would George Washington say about all of it? This and more in the latest episode of THE AMERICANIST PODCAST. Twitter: @AmericanistPod

#4 America Votes I (US Elections 2020, Early Voting, Electoral College, Battleground States, Biden/Trump)

#4 America Votes I (US Elections 2020, Early Voting, Electoral College, Battleground States, Biden/Trump)

October 26, 2020

The big election night in the United States is just one week away - and Mike tries hard to explain how Americans can vote for their favorite candidate for president. But, well, it's a little complicated: Electoral College, early vote counting, states that are no states ... In the end, Mike and Johannes do find some common ground and take some time also to assess the American media landscape - from The Boston Globe to The Fresno Bee. Part 1 of the THE AMERICANIST Election 2020 Extravaganza!

#3 Supreme Justice? (Amy Coney Barrett, SCOTUS, Conservative Court)

#3 Supreme Justice? (Amy Coney Barrett, SCOTUS, Conservative Court)

October 19, 2020

The Republican party has decided to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's spot at the United States Supreme Court with conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett. The US Senate hearings were little more than a farce. Mike feels embarassed, and Johannes wonders whether the Republicans want to turn back the time. And, anyway, how is "Whip" pronounced properly? All of this and more in the latest episode of The Americanist Podcast.

#2 Corona Crisis in the US and Europe (Germany’s Fauci, Trump, Economy, and American Individualism)

#2 Corona Crisis in the US and Europe (Germany’s Fauci, Trump, Economy, and American Individualism)

October 12, 2020

2020 has been overshadowed by the coronavius pandemic and the rise of COVID-19 cases in both Europe and the United States. Johannes remembers the early guidance by virologists like Professor Christian Drosten and politics from German chancellor Angela Merkel. Mike says American individualism and economic concerns might have contributed to the very different reaction to the virus by the Trump administration and others in the USA. (Follow us on Twitter @AmericanistPod )

#1 How is America? (Trump, Election, and US in 2020)

#1 How is America? (Trump, Election, and US in 2020)

October 6, 2020

After a crazy week for the United States and President Trump, a lot of questions are flying around. How are the USA doing four weeks before the US presidential election 2020? Just how bad has this year been so far? And what else can come? Mike shares his take on the Trump-Biden race, talks about the division in American society, and Johannes has a suggestion for new White House Speaker. From Berlin to California and back, this is the first episode of The Americanist Podcast. 

The Americanist: Podcast Intro Trailer

The Americanist: Podcast Intro Trailer

October 5, 2020

How is America? Let's find out. In a crucial time in US history, two friends reunite across the Atlantic to try and make sense of American politics, history, and culture. The Trump presidency, the election 2020, the science behind COVID-19 and Corona. Mike is an epidemiologist and professor at Stanford University, Johannes is a Berlin-based writer and journalist. Every week, they discuss their own personal state of the union. A podcast with Johannes Ehrmann and Mike Baiocchi.

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