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Why are Urban and Rural America so Divided? (#23)

Why are Urban and Rural America so Divided? (#23)

February 10, 2022

Since the United States were founded, its urban population has risen from 5 % to over 80 %. Yet its political institutions remain the same. Mike and Johannes discuss this issue, the American obsession with suburbia, and how to possibly move forward. Also, what would actually happen if you took 5 % of Californians and move them to Wyoming?

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Mentioned in the show:

Urban vs rural populations (1790-2010)

William Penn and Philadelphia's City Grid

"Saints & Strangers" (Netflix)

How I Met Muhammad Ali (#22)

How I Met Muhammad Ali (#22)

January 13, 2022

Muhammad Ali would have turned 80 this week. What does he mean for us today? Mike talks about how Ali came up several times in his American history class, how impressed he is by his reinvention of identity, while struggling with his narcissistic side. Johannes shares the story how he met Ali in person, when he came to Germany to pull off his famous magic yet again...

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Mentioned in the show:

„I am Ali“ Documentary
https://www.amazon.de/I-Am-Ali-Muhammad/dp/B00O9HY402

Billy Crystal Eulogy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XB3sD9QJCI

„Facing Ali“ Documentary
https://www.amazon.com/Facing-Ali-George-Chuvalo/dp/B002Z8CW60

„Ein Held, wie aus der Tragödie“ (German interview)
https://www.arte-magazin.de/ein-held-wie-aus-der-tragoedie/

#21 Hopes & Highlights - End of Year Pod 2021

#21 Hopes & Highlights - End of Year Pod 2021

December 20, 2021

Mike and Johannes look back on their highlights from 2021 and share their thoughts and outlook on what they are planning for and hoping to achieve in 2022. Thanks for listening to THE AMERICANIST in the past twelve months. Happy holidays everyone!

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#20 The Good News Special

#20 The Good News Special

October 31, 2021

As we've talked plenty EU/US crisis in past episodes, the October episode of THE AMERICANIST PODCAST is all about good news! From COVID-19 booster vaccination shots to more regional supply chains and the upcoming German coalition government.

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Further Reads:

mRNA technology being used in other applications:

#19 9/11 - Where We Were, Where We Are

#19 9/11 - Where We Were, Where We Are

September 9, 2021

20 years after the terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11, 2001, Mike and Johannes remember their personal 9/11 stories, where they were and how this day has changed life in the United States and in Europe.

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#18 Joe Biden’s First 130+ Days in Office

#18 Joe Biden’s First 130+ Days in Office

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?

#17 What’s Wrong with Health Care in the United States?

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

#14 The Virus and our Mental Health

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
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