American Prestige

A podcast hosted by Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison that provides listeners with everything they need to know about what’s going on in the world.

A crane lifts the wrecked car that has been targeted to kill the senior commander Abu Baqir al-Saadi of Popular Mobilization Forces (Al-Hashd al-Shaabi) in the eastern area of Al-Mashtal in Baghdad, Iraq, on February 7, 2024.

US Strikes in Iraq and a Humanitarian Disaster in Sudan US Strikes in Iraq and a Humanitarian Disaster in Sudan

On this news episode of American Prestige, headlines from around the globe.

Feb 9, 2024 / American Prestige / Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison

Don't Say Gay Bill Protest

The Queer State, With Samuel Huneke The Queer State, With Samuel Huneke

On this episode of American Prestige, a discussion on how queer politics and activism can engage in state power.

Feb 6, 2024 / American Prestige / Derek Davison and Daniel Bessner

US President Joe Biden speaks to reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on January 30, 2024, saying he had decided on a response to a deadly drone strike on US forces in Jordan but did not seek a wider war in the Middle East.

A Drone Strike on a US Base, Gaza Cease-Fire Talks, and Record US Weapons Sales A Drone Strike on a US Base, Gaza Cease-Fire Talks, and Record US Weapons Sales

On this episode of American Prestige, discussing this week's headlines from around the world.

Feb 2, 2024 / American Prestige / Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison

South African delegation members John Dugard, Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, and Adila Hassimon prepare for today’s hearings of Israel’s point of view as South Africa has requested the International Court of Justice to indicate measures concerning alleged violations of human rights by Israel in the Gaza Strip on January 12, 2024, in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The ICJ Israel Case Explainer With Aslı Bâli The ICJ Israel Case Explainer With Aslı Bâli

On this episode of American Prestige, the legal definition of genocide, what was ordered in the ICJ ruling, and the court’s ability to enforce it.

Jan 30, 2024 / American Prestige / Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison

A person playing call of duty with a headset on

Video Games, War, and Capitalism—With Adam Ganser and Michael Swaim Video Games, War, and Capitalism—With Adam Ganser and Michael Swaim

On this episode of the American Prestige podcast, a discussion on the confluence of history, US foreign policy, and capitalism in video games.

Jan 30, 2024 / American Prestige / Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on September 22, 2023, in New York City.

Gaza War, Yemen Strikes, and Argentina Protests Gaza War, Yemen Strikes, and Argentina Protests

On this episode of American Prestige, discussion of the week’s news, from Qatar to Ukraine.

Jan 26, 2024 / American Prestige / Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison

Congo Premier Patrice Lumumba in 1960 crosses the city in a Congolese Army truck after his arrest and return to the captial.

The Assassination of Patrice Lumumba—With Stuart Reid The Assassination of Patrice Lumumba—With Stuart Reid

On this episode of American Prestige, a discussion about the downfall of the first president of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jan 23, 2024 / American Prestige / Derek Davison and Daniel Bessner

A large billboard depicting an Iranian missile with a phrase in Persian which reads “prepare your coffins\” hangs on the side of a building in Tehran on January 16, 2024, after Iran's overnight missile attacks on multiple targets in Syria and in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region.

Iran Attacks, Israel-Palestine, Taiwan Election Iran Attacks, Israel-Palestine, Taiwan Election

On this episode of American Prestige, discussion about Iran targeting Syria, and the Taiwanese election.

Jan 19, 2024 / American Prestige / Derek Davison and Daniel Bessner

An American flag flies during a rally in support of Joe Biden's run for the US presidency on Belle Isle in Detroit.

The End of Liberal Certainty With John Gray The End of Liberal Certainty With John Gray

On this episode of American Prestige, a discussion with the English political philosopher on his recent book, The New Leviathans: Thoughts After Liberalism.

Jan 16, 2024 / American Prestige / Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison

Brett McGurk, US National Security Council coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, and Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, Saudi ambassador to the US, look on during an investment agreement signing ceremony between the US and Saudi Arabia in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah on July 16, 2022.

The White House, Gaza, and the NSC’s Lies with Akbar Shahid Ahmed The White House, Gaza, and the NSC’s Lies with Akbar Shahid Ahmed

On this special episode of American Prestige, a discussion of the post-Gaza plans of a Biden official to rebuild the Palestinian territory through a deal between Israel and Saudi ...

Jan 16, 2024 / American Prestige / Daniel Bessner and Derek Davison

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