In this episode, Niki, Natalia, and Neil discuss Rudy Giuliani’s political career, the climate activist Greta Thunberg, and the controversy over vaping.
Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- Rudy Giuliani is most prominent today as a Trump surrogate, but after 9/11 he was known as “America’s Mayor.” Natalia recommended Ken Frydman’s New York Times op-ed about working for Giuliani and Matthew Yglesias’ Vox piece about his disregard for the rule of law.
- Scandinavian climate activist Greta Thunberg is inspiring a fierce response across the political spectrum. Natalia recommended Rebecca Onion’s piece at Slate on Thunberg’s appeal.
- Vaping has existed for less than five years, but is at the center of intense controversy over its potential health consequences. Niki recommended historian Sarah Milov’s new book, The Cigarette: A Political History, and her articles about vaping at Made by History and at Time.
In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:
- Natalia discussed the history of women being dismissed from teaching for visible pregnancy in light of Elizabeth Warren’s career.
- Neil talked about the New York Times article, “Samuel Little is Most Prolific Serial Killer in U.S. History, F.B.I. Says.”
- Niki shared Moises Velasquez-Manoff’s New York Times article, “As Sea Levels Rise, So Do Ghost Forests.”