In this week's episode, Natalia, Neil, and Niki debate the decline of the long-haul trucker, the future of NATO, and the national spelling bee.

Here are some links and references mentioned during this week’s show:


  • A New York Times article on long-haul truckers by Trip Gabriel detailed the declining status of truckers in American life. Niki commented the highpoint of truckers’ cultural cache in the 1970s, including popular cultural depictions like the movie Smokey and the Bandit. Neil cited Bruce Schulman’s argument in his book The Seventies about the “reddening” of America as another way of understanding truckers’ popularity in that decade. Natalia shared an essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books that observed what it called the “marginal characters” now attracted to the trucking profession.




In our regular closing feature, What’s Making History:




AuthorNicole Hemmer