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MDR Info Interviews ASL About Start of Presidential Primary Season

The main news radio program for Mitteldeutschland, MDR Info, interviewed American Studies Leipzig for its Saturday morning news program about the start of the primaries election process and its significance. Reporter Veronika Grandke asked Crister Garrett why the system of caucuses, primaries, straw polls etc is so diverse and if it really is necessary. The system emerged in the late nineteenth century, Garrett noted, when voters got fed up with party elites hand selecting candidates, and citizens wanted more grassroots democratic power.


Deutschlandradio Interviews ASL About GOP Candidates

Deutschlandradio’s D-Wissen program conducted a live interview with ASL for its morning show on October 10th about the Republican Party efforts to find a strong candidate to run against President Obama in the 2012 election. Reporter Steffi Ohrbach asked Crister Garrett why it seems so difficult for the GOP to find a clear favorite. Garrett noted that the Republican Party has different constituencies, and these are often in conflict with each other, for example, the Tea Party movement and more moderate factions.


Hessischer Rundfunk Speaks with ASL About Wall Street Protests

Hessischer Rundfunk (Hessian Public Radio) spoke with American Studies Leipzig on October 5, 2011 for its noon news program about the expanding protests against Wall Street involving street demonstration in front of the New York Stock Exchange and increasingly in other parts of the country. Reporter Doris Rank asked Crister Garrett if the Obama Administration was concerned about the protests. Garrett replied that they were certainly watching them, especially since diverse unions and progressive grass-roots groups were getting increasingly involved.


Deutschlandradio Interviews ASL About Osama bin Laden

Deutschlandradio, one of Germany’s leading public radio news channels, interviewed American Studies Leipzig today about the raid conducted by the United States in Pakistan that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Journalist Manuel Unger spoke to Crister Garrett live for about fifteen minutes about what this historic development means for the United States and international politics. Garrett noted that while pictures of celebrating Americans were also controversial in the country, most Americans reacted with more quiet relief and a certain sense of closure.


Chuck Klosterman Interviewed on Radio Mephisto97.6

Leipzig's University Radio, cooperating with MDR Sputnik, did an Interview with this year's Picador Guest Professor for Literature Chuck Klosterman. Check out their article online at http://mephisto976.uni-leipzig.de or download the audio below.

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