Newsweek's Foreign Service Podcast: Do Politicians Deserve Privacy?

Where does the public/private boundary lie? Jordan Saville

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All week, the U.S. has talked of little but Hillary Clinton's health, after a bout of pneumonia led Donald Trump to demand that the Democratic presidential nominee release her medical records. Meanwhile, the clamor for Trump to put out his tax return is growing, driven in part by a Newsweek investigation into his business affairs by Kurt Eichenwald.

It led us to ask: where is the boundary between public and private? Clearly, politicians have to disclose more than the average member of the public, but what, and when, is it reasonable to ask for? In France, for example, politicians are allowed much more space to themselves. Do the benefits of such an approach outweigh the downsides?

Get the answer to all of these and more in this week's episode, where Josh Lowe and Mirren Gidda discuss the issue with Sarah Churchwell, a professorial fellow in American literature at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, and Joseph Downing, a fellow in European politics at the LSE. 

Newsweek's Foreign Service is recorded and edited by Jordan Saville.