Hello Discontents subscribers and podcast aficionados! Derek Davison here, publisher of the Foreign Exchanges newsletter and podcast. I’m very pleased to bring you the long-awaited (?) second ever Discontents podcast! It’s been six months since our first outing, so we figure the world is probably ready for another one. I’m joined this time out by fellow Substackers Kelsey Atherton of Wars of Future Past, Felipe de la Hoz of BORDER/LINES, Rob Rousseau of The Insurgents podcast, and Patrick Wyman of Perspectives: Past, Present, and Future.
Apart from bringing you more Discontents content and to fill what we feel is a critical gap in the number of podcasts out there, we’ve gathered for one main reason: to encourage as many people as possible to pre-order Patrick’s upcoming book, The Verge: Reformation, Renaissance, and Forty Years that Shook the World, which offers a new explanation for the ascendance of Europe that starts at the turn of the 16th century.
We’ll spend most of our time asking Patrick about the book before a segue (not my best segue ever, if I’m being honest) to a discussion of the Biden administration’s approach to immigration thus far and some thoughts from Kelsey on whether we’re really being visited by craft from outer space. Enjoy!