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American Narratives

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American Narratives 2017-08-19T17:39:36+00:00
American Narratives with Al Emid

Defining the themes running through American political discourse as we come to grips with the last federal election and start down the arduous road to the next one.

  • August 19th, 2017
    Racism, investing in Troubled Times, the Future of Social Security, the terrorist tragedy in Barcelona, the Lighter Side of the Political Scene and the Consequences of Film Productions Leaving LA  Listen Now ↣
  • August 12th, 2017
    Washington, Economic Sanctions, Retirement Crisis, the Middle East, Africa and Why We Miss Glen Campbell  Listen Now ↣
  • July 22nd, 2017
    Washington France Russia and Our Fascination with the Kardashians.  Listen Now ↣
  • July 15th, 2017
    In this, the seventh edition of American Narratives political analyst and professor Ralph Hamlett in North Carolina continues his look at the headlines from Washington and the actions of President Donald Trump…  Listen Now ↣
  • July 8th, 2017
    In this, the sixth edition of American Narratives political analyst and professor Ralph Hamlett in North Carolina continues his look at the headlines from Washington and President Trump’s narratives.
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  • July 1st, 2017
    In this, the fifth edition of American Narratives we start with political science professor and analyst Ralph Hamlett in North Carolina for his scrutiny of the headlines from Washington…  Listen Now ↣
  • June 24th, 2017
    In this, the fourth edition of American Narratives we start with political science professor and analyst Ralph Hamlett in North Carolina for his analysis of the tumult in Washington. Listen Now ↣
  • June 17th, 2017
    In this, the third edition of American Narratives we start with political science professor and analyst Ralph Hamlett for a look this week’s going-on in Washington. Ralph breaks down the confusion and the accusations and counter-accusations. Listen Now ↣
  • June 10th, 2017
    In this, the second edition of American Narratives we start with a look at some of the week’s developments in Washington and then talk to former KGB spy Jack Barsky about espionage in the East and West. Listen Now ↣
  • June 03, 2017
    In this, the first edition of American Narratives we start with political science professor and analyst Ralph Hamlett for a look at why we care about narratives, why we struggle to understand them, what they are and why they are important. Listen Now ↣
We live in a time of great tumult, whether it be Wall Street or Main Street.
But perhaps the greatest turmoil is the havoc within Washington, and the global uncertainty between Washington and domestic players and foreign powers.
Even news that is not ‘fake news’ but the real thing confuses many who need to know where it leaves them, their jobs, their families, their finances and their country
American Narratives is a one-hour radio program that will address this uncertain mood and skepticism. It focuses on several of the main themes currently running through American political discourse. Just as a narrative in a literary work has characters, plot and moves from opening to closing, so, too, will each edition of this weekly program treat the players, their moves, motives and positions. At the end of each edition, the anchor distills the main points raised and invites the listeners to decide for themselves based on fact-based discussions.
American Narratives will appeal to an audience that seeks out impartial views, achieved by anchor interviews with two or more opposing viewpoints.
The program will be appreciated by an audience weary of empty phrases and clichés such as ‘time for a change’ and ‘the American people want…’
American Narratives is timely and relevant. It comes at a time when American political discourse has never been more poisonous and divisive, and asks the necessary questions:

  1. If we are agreed that the discourse has become more poisonous than ever,what are the political fallout and economic costs to individual Americans? If the political parties cannot​find at least some common ground, will job-creation efforts suffer?
  2. What will it take to turn the economy around long-term? Analysts generally agree that it would take a consistent trend of 150,000 jobs monthly to bring serious improvement to the country’s employment scene and the creation of 250,000 monthly to accomplish lasting improvement. Is this doable? If so, how?
  3. ​What has happened to the ‘American Dream’? Can we get it back?
  4. What are the stakes with the new government?
  5. What is America’s place on the world stage? Has the cost of being the world’s policeman become unbearable? Did former President Barack Obama’s policy of strategic patience, and President Trump’s apparent rejection of that strategy, mean that the former role has been permanently dialed back?
  6. Are we headed for a three-party system?
  7. To what extent do global crises have a genuine impact on Main Street? How much do we have to be concerned in real terms about the European debt crisis? About the Middle East? About Africa?