THE AMERICANIST — US History, Politics & Science after Trump
#18 Joe Biden’s First 130+ Days in Office (Corona Stimulus Bill, Economy, Rescue Act, Infrastructure, FDR, US Immigration Policy, Kamala Harris, Champ, Major, Trump)

#18 Joe Biden’s First 130+ Days in Office (Corona Stimulus Bill, Economy, Rescue Act, Infrastructure, FDR, US Immigration Policy, Kamala Harris, Champ, Major, Trump)

June 1, 2021

In the latest episode of THE AMERICANIST Podcast, Mike updates Johannes on the first 130+ days (yeah, we missed the other one) of Joe Biden's presidency: What has been achieved, what is missing, and can America possibly heal and how? All on how Number 46 is doing ... and the usual nonsense in between ... in episode #18.

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#17 What’s Wrong with Health Care in the United States? (Public vs Private Insurance, German Healthcare, Southern Democrats, Obamacare, Race and Trump)

#17 What’s Wrong with Health Care in the United States? (Public vs Private Insurance, German Healthcare, Southern Democrats, Obamacare, Race and Trump)

May 11, 2021

Why are healthcare costs in the United States twice as high compared to similarly developed countries? And why has Obamacare not been able to level out systemic inequalities? This and more in the latest episode of our German-American therapy session. Johannes has dug up some history on the German public health insurance system, while Mike shares the story of when he went toe-to-toe with a major insurer in the States. Tune in to see who won!

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Mentioned in this show:

Ronald Gerste: Die Heilung der Welt

The Social Transformation of American Medicine

Relative healthcare costs US / world

US Health Care and Race Relations

 

#16 Beating the Candy Crush: Is our Sugar Addiction a Political Choice?

#16 Beating the Candy Crush: Is our Sugar Addiction a Political Choice?

April 21, 2021

Just how bad is our daily sugar intake - and what happens if you try to cut sweets and chocolate out? Johannes has been trying it lately - with crazy consequences. High time THE AMERICANIST talked about just how unhealthy the sweet stuff in our life can be. Mike shares some perspective on the healthcare implications as well as the political side of the issue in the United States that has also been greatly influencing lifestyle throughout global societies.

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Mentioned in the show:

45 American Stats on Americans‘ Sugar Consumption
https://www.thediabetescouncil.com/45-alarming-statistics-on-americans-sugar-consumption-and-the-effects-of-sugar-on-americans-health/ 

Subway Bread Ruled Not Bread
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/01/irish-court-rules-subway-bread-is-not-bread 

#15 AstraZeneca and Other Cheap Shots

#15 AstraZeneca and Other Cheap Shots

April 6, 2021

Big news for The Americanist crew (well, for one half of it): Mike got vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine in California. Time to celebrate this milestone with a Japanese whiskey, while Mike shares his take on the much-talked about AstraZeneca vaccine that German authorities seem to struggle so mightily with. What does any of that have to do with singer-songwriter J. J. Cale? All of that and more in the latest episode of THE AMERICANIST.

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Mentioned in the show:

AstraZeneca:
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2021/03/astrazeneca-vaccine-blood-clot-issue-wont-go-away/618451/

Bradford Hill:
https://obsstudies.org/reprint-of-hills-the-enviroment-and-disease-association-or-causation-and-comments/

Book about vaccine rumors and hesitancy:
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/stuck-9780190077242?cc=us&lang=en&

J.J. Cale - Cocaine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWmD_HcOcfU

#14 The Virus and our Mental Health (Corona Depression, Lockdown Fatigue, AstraZeneca Vaccine, US vs German COVID Vaccination Roll-Out)

#14 The Virus and our Mental Health (Corona Depression, Lockdown Fatigue, AstraZeneca Vaccine, US vs German COVID Vaccination Roll-Out)

March 16, 2021

One year after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States as well as Germany and Europe, Mike talks about his mental health struggles last year and what helped him get through this tough time. If you liked the show or have suggestions, you can email us at theamericanistpod@gmail.com !

Sources Quoted:

Emergency Department Visits

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/fullarticle/2775991?guestAccessKey=38d6409f-0b67-4608-9b7f-ba796a6263b1

Pandemic's Impact on Friends
 
How to Shoot an Anvil into the Air
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHuQy0mqW5I
#13 Corona Vaccine Facts and Rumors (Biden’s Vaccination Plan vs Germany, Andrew Cuomo, Russian Trolls, Kosovo)

#13 Corona Vaccine Facts and Rumors (Biden’s Vaccination Plan vs Germany, Andrew Cuomo, Russian Trolls, Kosovo)

February 22, 2021

In a historic week when THE AMERICANIST is ranked the #1 Politics Podcast in Kosovo, Johannes and Mike talk about the impatient wait for the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out. While Germany has been starting slow, President Biden wants to have 100 million Americans vaccinated within his first 100 days in office. A realistic scenario? And what about all these vaccines, then? Will they get the job done and help us return to a more normal life?

Mentioned in the show:

NY Times: A Wall of Grief

Book: "Stuck - How Vaccine Rumors Start, and Why They Don't Go Away"

Lancet Study Israel Vaccination

Russian Trolls and the Vaccine Debate | Pro-Kremlin Corona Disinformation

#12 Super Bowl? SUPER BOWL! (Brady vs Mahomes, Black Quarterback, White NFL Culture, Racism, GOAT Muhammad Ali)

#12 Super Bowl? SUPER BOWL! (Brady vs Mahomes, Black Quarterback, White NFL Culture, Racism, GOAT Muhammad Ali)

February 4, 2021

Is Super Bowl Sunday the last big thing the entire country can agree on? The quarterback mythology for the duel between Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes is running wild. Mike might be American, but he could actually care less about American Football. Turns out he needs help from a German guy to even know how many players are on each team... More importantly, Mike and Johannes discuss NFL politics and put the GOAT discussion into historical perspective in the latest episode of 'THE AMERICANIST'. Email us to theamericanistpod@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

#11 On Eagles’ Wings (Biden Inauguration, Kamala Harris for President, Hillary Clinton, Capitol Riots, Vaccination)

#11 On Eagles’ Wings (Biden Inauguration, Kamala Harris for President, Hillary Clinton, Capitol Riots, Vaccination)

January 21, 2021

Why did it take an old white man to replace the other in the White House again? In the first episode of 2021, Johannes and Mike catch up on recent events in Washington. The deadly riots fanned by Ex-President Trump were followed, at long last, by the official inauguration of Joseph R. Biden as the 46th US President. Is all now going to be good with the first Philadelphia Eagles fan in the Oval Office? This and more in the latest AMERICANIST pod. Send an email to theamericanistpod@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

#10 Wrapping Up the Corona Year (Coronavirus Vaccine, Biontech/Pfizer, Oxford Study, COVID-19, Trump Out, 2020)

#10 Wrapping Up the Corona Year (Coronavirus Vaccine, Biontech/Pfizer, Oxford Study, COVID-19, Trump Out, 2020)

November 30, 2020

In the last AMERICANIST episode of the year, Mike gets all excited talking about the COVID-19 vaccines currently under development. Johannes shares what his small kids taught him during this crisis year. So what to expect from 2021? All in our latest pod. Subscribe and rate and send us an email to theamericanistpod@gmail.com ! Happy holidays and talk to you in 2021!

#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/ 

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