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Talking American Nations and the 2020 election with Denmark’s Zetland Magasin

The world is watching as the U.S. staggers towards the highest stakes election since the 1870s Tuesday, and some reporters have been drawn to American Nations, American Character, Union and… Read more »

Talking US national identity and Union on America’s Public Forum panel Nov 1

This coming Sunday, November 1, I’ll be joining a virtual panel to discuss “The Search for a Shared American Narrative,” which in its original 19th century guise, is the topic… Read more »

Talking the Two Maines, Maine-2, and the 2020 election with CBC-New Brunswick

Not surprisingly, the outside world is paying a great deal of attention to our pending election. An additional data point: I did interviews back-to-back Monday with journalists in Denmark and… Read more »

Speaking on Union (virtually) in Brunswick, Maine, Oct. 28

Tomorrow, October 28, I’ll be speaking on my new book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood via the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine. Owing to the… Read more »

Talking UNION with Heartland Politics

Had an enjoyable conversation last week with Monmouth College political scientist Robin Johnson about the story told in Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood for… Read more »

Chicago Magazine, Alabama Political Reporter on American Nations; Jeff Daniels on Union

As the highest-stakes U.S. election since 1860 fast approaches, various news outlets have been using American Nations to explain how things got so bad. Most interesting for me is when they… Read more »

Speaking with NPR’s “1A” about non-voters in the United States

Nearly 100 million eligible U.S. voters chose not to exercise the franchise. Why not? What can be done to change that? Who would they vote for if they participated?  These… Read more »

Talking with the Boston Globe about UNION and the war for America’s soul

It was a pleasure speaking with the Boston Globe‘s David Scharfenberg last week about the struggle over the soul of the United States between defining ourselves by our ideals and… Read more »

Talking with The New Yorker about the forces of U.S. disunity

Almost a decade ago I posited, in the epilogue of American Nations, that the United States is vulnerable to dissolution. We’re an unwieldy federation of rival regional cultures, many of… Read more »

Speaking on Union and the battle to define US nationhood with the German Marshall Fund, Sept. 1

On September 1 at 10:30 Eastern (4:30 CET), I’ll be speaking with the German Marshall Fund’s executive vice president, Derek Chollet about Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of… Read more »