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Was there any historic truth to Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean films?

Dan Lefebrve has a popular podcast — Based on a True Story — in which he asks an expert how well a given Hollywood film matched up to historical reality…. Read more »

Talking with NBC News about Paul LePage’s return

Maine has a gubernatorial election this November that in some ways presages a possible Biden-Trump rematch in 2024. Incumbent Democratic Gov. Janet Mills is a moderate who’s upset her party’s… Read more »

Talking with Clint Watts about U.S. nationhood, regional divides

Clint Watts, NBC security analyst and author of Messing With the Enemy, had me on his podcast, Selected Wisdom, this past week. We talked about how my experiences as a… Read more »

Talking with Penobscot Nation Ambassador Maulian Dana about tribal sovereignty in Maine

As readers of my 30-part Portland Press Herald series “Unsettled” know, Maine has treated the state’s Indian tribes horrifically within living memory, denying tribal people the right to vote, serve… Read more »

Talking with Pantsuit Politics about U.S. cultural-political geography

Enjoyed joining the Kentucky-based hosts of the Pantsuit Politics podcast to help kick off their nationwide series of candidate interviews, which will use American Nations as its scaffolding.  Hosts Sarah… Read more »

Edmonton Journal columnist explains Alberta via American Nations

I’m always grateful when someone who speaks for and from a place I don’t know all that intimately uses American Nations to explain local identity, a sign that I’ve not… Read more »

A former CIA and NSA director on American Nations and the authoritarian threat to the U.S.

“I am worried about our country, as I was about Bosnia 30 years ago,” General Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency under George W…. Read more »

Talking Union and America’s search for national identity with PBS’ “Story in the Public Square”

Maintaining a shared sense of nationhood has always been a special challenge for the United States, arguably the world’s first civic nation, one defined not by organic ties, but by… Read more »

Talking pirates on Spotify’s hit podcast Real Pirates

Bristol, England-based podcast producers Noiser recently reached out to interview me for an extended series they’re doing for Spotify on the golden age pirates whose story I reassembled in my… Read more »

Talking about the state of U.S. democracy with Japan’s Asahi Shimbun

Ever since American Nations came out in Japanese translation a few years ago, there’s been consistent interest in the paradigm in Japan, where those who follow international relations have been… Read more »