In the ‘Over Here, Over There’ podcast, we discuss our differences across borders and divides and how we can learn from them. In this episode, we hear two different perspectives from Germany and the United States regarding the most influential figure in US foreign policy since World War II. The recent passing of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger stopped many people of a certain generation in their tracks. Kissinger dominated US foreign policy during some of the most difficult times of the Cold War. His consummate statecraft, boundless energy, and prodigious talents and intelligence were greatly admired. However, his use of power politics during the Vietnam War and support for authoritarian regimes earned him many critics, despite winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. Claudia Koestler, Senior Editor at the Süddeutsche Zeitung, discusses with political and current affairs commentator Dan Harris, Kissinger’s legacy from fleeing Nazi Germany in 1938 to his long career and life in the US.
Amidst the turmoil following Hamas’s brutal attack on Israel, President Joe Biden traveled to Israel to show US support for its close ally and try to reduce tensions amongst the warring factions. BBC Radio Kent host Steve Ladner speaks with Dan Harris, international political commentator and co-host of the ‘Over Here, Over There’ podcast to determine whether Biden’s peace-making efforts achieved their goals
Over Here, Over There podcast host Dan Harris discusses with BBC Radio Kent’s Steve Ladner the election of a new Speaker of the House, (R-LA) Michael Johnson. ‘Finally, the nightmare in the US House of Representatives is finally different’ (as opposed to over), so says late-night host Stephen Colbert. After three weeks of paralysis, the new House Speaker, second in line to the Presidency, is Representative Michael Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana. Not well known even by colleagues in Congress, many of whom had to Google him to learn more, Mr. Johnson talked cordially in the spirit of bipartisanship towards the Democrats in his acceptance speech. His quiet history tells otherwise, however. As a MAGA loyalist, he was one of the chief architects of the GOP’s campaign to decertify the 2020 U.S. presidential election in the House of Representatives. With severe challenges both at home and abroad, how he will use the powerful Speaker’s gavel, only time will tell. Have a listen.