The slogan of Donald Trump’s campaign has become the mantra for his nationalistic policies as president. And the term comes freighted with history. In this episode: a look back at the America First movement of the 1930s, often described as isolationist, but which also developed an affinity for Adolph Hitler and Fascism. Also: how Donald Trump’s version of America First has changed US economic and foreign policy.
Stephen Kinzer is a Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute at Brown University. He has also taught at Northwestern University and Boston University. He currently writes a column on World Affairs for the Boston Globe. Kinzer is the author of several books on U.S. foreign policy. He spent more than 20 years as a correspondent for the New York Times, mostly reporting from foreign bureaus.
Paul Miller is the Associate Director of the Clements Center for History, Strategy & Statecraft at The University of Texas at Austin. From 2007 – September 2009, Miller served on the National Security Council staff as Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was also a CIA analyst in the Office of South Asian Analysis, and served in Afghanistan as a military intelligence analyst with the U.S. Army.
Lynne Olson is the author of Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 and several other books that deal with the second world war. Olson is a former correspondent for AP and White House reporter for the Baltimore Sun.