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Topic: American liberalism

American liberalism is a political and social philosophy that advocates for individual rights, social justice, and a role for government in addressing societal issues.

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The podcast episodes examine how American liberalism has evolved over time, from its focus on class-based analysis in the New Deal era to a greater emphasis on race, culture, and identity in more recent decades.

The first episode, Nixon Agonistes, analyzes Gary Wills's 1970 book that critiques the contradictions within American liberal individualism, as embodied by Richard Nixon's 1968 campaign.

The second episode, So Long, Race Reductionism, features an interview with scholar Touré Reed, who advocates reviving the class-based analysis of the New Deal era to address racial inequalities, rather than relying on a 'race reductionist' framework.

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