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The Tea Party Down Under

23 July 2014

US News & World Report

A megalomaniacal mining mandate, a rugby league player nicknamed the Brick with Eyes, and an ex-corporal with no front teeth are amongst the small bloc of populists who hold the balance of power in the Australian senate. Research associate Nicole Hemmer explains why this band of political neophytes is Australia's answer to the US Tea Party movement. Read article

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Onus on Putin to reign in separatists

21 July 2014

Triple J Hack

Vladimir Putin is caught between nationalist separatists in eastern Ukraine and an angry West wanting the Russian president to react strongly to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. Research associate Tom Switzer says Barack Obama's response sought to give Putin a way out. Listen online

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Pop music, blackface, and appropriation

21 July 2014

FBi Radio

A white British duo who use black performers as their public identity has piqued the attention of research associate Rebecca Sheehan. In this interview, she discusses the history of white performers drawing influence from and appropriating the sounds of African American artists — and the uglier history of blackface minstrelsy. Listen online

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Administration responds cautiously to Malaysia Airlines crash

18 July 2014

ABC 24

High profile US politicians are already blaming Russian separatists for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine. Research associate Tom Switzer says the Obama administration has rightly been cautious in its response at this early stage. Watch online

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US immigrant crackdown: We've seen this before

18 July 2014

ABC The Drum

How did the US get to the point where a progressive president proposes deporting children as a solution to a humanitarian crisis? Lecturer David Smith says the answer may be found in Australia's recent history. Read article

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Notes on America: Special Relationship, Book Translation, and International AIDS Conference

17 July 2014

In this edition:

  • How special is the US–UK relationship?
  • Rising Star launches in Tokyo
  • Reception honours HIV/AIDS engagement
  • Events and commentary
  • Read online

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Kathleen Burk on the US-UK relationship

17 July 2014

Centre guest Kathleen Burk is the professor emerita of modern and contemporary history at University College London. In this interview, she discusses the shared history of the United States and the United Kingdom, beginning by considering whether the relationship should be considered a special one. Watch online

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Anglo-American relations

16 July 2014

ABC Radio National Late Night Live

The United States and the United Kingdom have a relationship that stretches back to 1497 and has seen both nations fighting against one another as well as alongside one another. Centre visitor Katheen Burk discusses this vast history with Philllip Adams, from the Revolution, to the Second World War, to the present day. Listen online

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Protesters force back child migrants at Arizona border

16 July 2014

ABC Radio PM

The surge of Central American migrants trying to get into the United States through its southern border has triggered more protests. Research associate Nicole Hemmer says the debate concerns whether America is a country that welcomes other people with open arms or one that closes its doors. Listen online

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America, Britain, history, and wine

16 July 2014

ABC Classic FM

At the beginning of the 20th century, the United Kingdom was a superpower and the United States a non-servile dependent, but by 1950, the two nations' positions had reversed. Centre visitor Kathleen Burk discusses the historical ties between America and Great Britain, encompasing cooperation and conflict. Listen online

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