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What lies ahead in US midterms?

30 October 2014

SBS Radio

On Tuesday in the United States, voters head to the polls for the country's midterm elections. Associate professor Brendon O'Connor says that the nightmare scenario for President Barack Obama - that Republicans could gain control of the Senate - is looking likely. Listen online

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The midterms and beyond

30 October 2014

ABC Local Radio Sydney

Will Republicans win the Senate in November's midterm elections, and if they do, will gridlock and a lameduck presidency be the result? Lecturer David Smith looks at the coming contest and the groundwork being laid for the 2016 presidential contest. Listen online

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Notes on America: US visit for CEO, Fellowship awarded, and America on screen

30 October 2014

In this edition:

  • China and Australia on US agenda
  • Academic awarded prestigious scholarship
  • America on the small screen
  • Events and commentary
  • Read online

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Melissa Grah-McIntosh on improving gender equality

29 October 2014

According to a new report released by the World Economic Forum on closing the gender gap, Australia is falling behind on women's political empowerment and remains outside the top ten countries on economic participation. Director of the Centre's Women in Leadership initiative Melissa Grah-McIntosh discusses the upcoming International Dialogue on Women in Leadership and why gender equality remains an important issue for the US, Australia, and the world. Watch online

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The Reagan myth distilled

29 October 2014

US News & World Report

Fifty years on from "A Time for Choosing," the speech that launched Ronald Reagan's career as a politician and a conservative icon, research associate Nicole Hemmer examines what the address says about Reagan and about conservatism. Read article

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Rodney Taveira on The Wire and American TV

29 October 2014

In this interview, Centre lecturer Rodney Taveira discusses the cult television show The Wire, what it reveals about American culture and how television offers a window into contemporary issues in the US. He begins by outlining our postgraduate event TV Nation: What The Wire, Girls and House of Cards can teach us about America. Watch online

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The rise of America's populist progressivism

27 October 2014

IPA Review

For today's Democrats, Clintonian "triangulation" and the "Third Way" are out. Research associate Tom Switzer takes a look at Elizabeth Warren, the junior Massachusetts senator who is the toast of America's progressive left. Read article

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The female pioneers of Motown

27 October 2014

FBi Radio Up For It

The Marvelettes were the first all-female band to make it to number one for Motown Records but were plagued by a range of issues that saw them eclipsed in popularity by other artists at the time. Lecturer Rebecca Sheehan tells their extraordinary story and looks at their legacy.  Listen online

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Triumph and Demise lifts curtain on Rudd and Gillard governments

25 October 2014

Sydney Morning Herald

Australia's politics might have been tumultuous over the past few years, but even in its most parlous state, the Gillard government was able to pass carbon tax legislation. By contrast, says research associate Tom Switzer in this review of Paul Kelly's Triumph and Demise, even after convincing victory in 2008, Barack Obama was unable to pass even modest climate change legislation. Read article

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US Midterms: Top Experts and Special Website

23 October 2014

In the countdown to the US midterm elections, the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney has relaunched its Election Watch website with background, news, and expert commentary for those wanting to decipher the machinations behind the upcoming midterm polls. Read online

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