WBEZ | Bruce Cumings http://www.wbez.org/tags/bruce-cumings Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en U of C professor talks North Korea, Obama's beefed up Asia-Pacific policy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-13/u-c-professor-talks-north-korea-obamas-beefed-asia-pacific-policy-95512 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-12/korea3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>North Korea’s government-run Central News Agency announced yesterday that the body of Kim Jong-il will be embalmed and laid in state next to Kim Jong-un, his father and founder of the communist state.&nbsp; The regime also alleges it will build “smiling portraits” of Kim and “towers to his immortality.” The efforts reinforce the power of the Kim dynasty, as Kim Jong-il’s son Kim Jong-un takes over as the new “Supreme Leader.”</p><p>Before Kim Jong-il's death the United States offered to provide food aid to North Korea if it halted its uranium enrichment program.&nbsp; North Korea has indicated it may be open to negotiations on such a deal. And, the Obama administration says it plans to shift its military policy toward Asia, away from the Middle East.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><em>Worldview</em> talks with<a href="http://history.uchicago.edu/faculty/cumings.shtml" target="_blank"> Bruce Cumings</a>,&nbsp; chairman of the University of Chicago's history department and author of several books, including, most recently, <em>The Korean War: A History</em>, about what it all means.<br> &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 18:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-13/u-c-professor-talks-north-korea-obamas-beefed-asia-pacific-policy-95512 Bruce Cumings links U.S. westward expansion with overseas empire http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/bruce-cumings-links-us-westward-expansion-overseas-empire <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/72413755_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>At the end of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, U.S. territorial expansion went way beyond what we now call the lower 48 states. At one point or another, Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Amrican Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands were all under U.S. control.</p><p>Today we spend the hour with University of Chicago historian <a href="http://history.uchicago.edu/faculty/cumings.shtml" target="_blank">Bruce Cumings</a>. His 500-page tome, &quot;Dominion from Sea to Sea: Pacific Ascendancy and American Power,&quot; connects the history of our Western expansion with our Pacific history and the rise of American military supremacy.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 17:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/bruce-cumings-links-us-westward-expansion-overseas-empire