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Trotsky & the Wild Orchids is back from summer break 2019! Our schedules have been quite busy, but we will try to release new episodes on the 1st of the month.

Jan 10, 2020

Andrew and Ray talk Corbyn, Trump, Bernie, and our political moment. They also provide a short briefing on the annual U-USIH conference in New York.



Sep 1, 2019

Andrew and Ray discuss 'quit lit,' the humanities, and the state of higher ed. When was the golden era for training and careers in the humanities? And for whom? For this episode we read Andrew Kay's 'Academe's Extinction Event' and a response essay, 'The Humanities Without Nostalgia' by Devin M. Garofalo, Anna Hinton,...


May 24, 2019

Andrew, Ray, and Daniel discuss Game of Thrones and Avengers: End Game. Did GoT decline as in the last few seasons? And what message do we take from Thanos and his attempt to dramatically reduce the population in the universe? 


Mar 4, 2019

Historian Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen joins the show to talk about her new book, The Ideas that Made America. Other topics in the conversation include epistemic humility, the methods of intellectual history, as well as the influences that have shaped Jennifer, Ray, and...