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Daily thoughtful conversation about the latest news and politics.
June 15, 2021
Gillibrand: Why Dems Are Divided On Prosecuting Sexual Assault In The Military
The Senate has a lot on its plate, from infrastructure to voting rights. On today's show, Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator (D NY), talks about her work in the Senate on military justice, plus updates on the status of the Senate's other important business.
June 14, 2021
The Difference Between Your Taxes and Warren Buffet’s
Newly released IRS documents show how the nation's tax enforcement treats the rich differently, often to their benefit. On today's show, ProPublica received a trove of IRS data showing that the wealthiest Americans "sidestep" income taxes, legally. Jesse Eisinger senior reporter and editor at ProPublica talks about his reporting, and what it says about the inequality baked into the US tax system.
June 11, 2021
The Rules And Etiquette Of Vaccine Disclosure At Work
Can businesses require their employees to disclose their vaccination status? Can they fire you if you don't want to get vaccinated? Is it OK to ask your colleagues about their status? On today's show, Robert Iafolla, reporter covering labor and employment for Bloomberg Law, joins to discuss what employers can and cannot mandate. Plus, he takes listener calls on how they would like their offices to reopen.
June 10, 2021
How Should The ACLU Balance Anti-Racism And Free Speech?
There are internal disputes at the American Civil Liberties Union over its tradition of defending all speech, including neo-Nazi protests and Klan rallies. On today's show, Nadine Strossen, professor of law at New York Law School, former president of the American Civil Liberties Union, member of the ACLU’s National Advisory Council, and author of HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship (Oxford University Press, 2020), and Elie Mystal, justice correspondent for The Nation and consultant for Radiolab, discuss how The American Civil Liberties Union is grappling with prioritizing cases, and whether First Amendment battles are more important than other, more progressive battles.
June 9, 2021
VP Harris Wants to Fix The Root Causes Of Guatemalan Migration. We Discuss How
Vice President Harris has been tasked with righting the nation's broken immigration system. On today's show, Anita Isaacs, professor of political science at Haverford College and director of Migration Encounters,
June 8, 2021
When Quitting Is Good For The World: Naomi Osaka And Maybe You
Tennis player Naomi Osaka dropped out of the French Open after being fined for not holding a press conference. So what do you do when you love the work, but hate the working conditions? On today's show, Lindsay Crouse, an Opinion writer, and producer for The New York Times, talks about why Naomi Osaka's exit from the French Open was a powerful message to the sports establishment. Plus, your calls on times you quit something in protest and whether your absence effected any change for good.
June 7, 2021
Why Tulsa Was One Kind of Race Massacre, Colfax Louisiana and Elaine Arkansas Were Different
We look at how the Tulsa Race Massacre was just one of many examples of racist violence that we weren't taught about in school, and what it means to unpack that history. On today's show, Jamelle Bouie, New York Times opinion columnist and CBS News analyst, talks about the many other moments in United States history, besides the massacre in a Black neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921, where White Americans committed organized acts of terror seeking the destruction of Black communities and neighborhoods.
June 4, 2021
What Could Reparations For Black Americans Look Like?
After a year of racial reckoning, and centuries of systemic white supremacy, we turn again to the question of reparations and a city in Illinois that could serve as a model for the nation. On today's show, Andre Perry, senior fellow with the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, a scholar-in-residence at American University, and a columnist for the Hechinger Report, breaks down what reparations might look like, what it would mean for Black Americans.
June 3, 2021
Tokyo's Reluctant Pre-Post-COVID Olympics
The Tokyo Olympics will press on, despite Japan's ongoing fight against COVID, and despite the objections of Japanese citizens. How will they pull it off? On today's show, Steve Wade, sports writer covering Tokyo and Asia for the Associated Press, talks about why Japan is planning to host the summer Olympics despite opposition from some epidemiologists and residents in the area.
June 2, 2021
What Kinds Of Reparations Would Provide Justice To Tulsa Race Massacre Families?
This week marks 100 years since the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the worst instances of racial violence since slavery. What does justice look like for the families who were attacked and displaced? On today's show, KalaLea, host of WNYC Studios’ new podcast, Blindspot: Tulsa Burning and DeNeen Brown, staff writer at The Washington Post and professor of journalism at the University of Maryland discuss the current reckoning with the Tulsa Race Massacre and why many are calling for reparations for family members of the decedents.
June 1, 2021
Here Come Some Big Supreme Court Decisions, & A Turning Point For Justice Breyer
The Supreme Court will soon hand down its first big rulings since the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney-Barrett cemented the conservative Justice's 6-3 majority. On today's show, Jami Floyd, senior editor for race and justice and legal editor at WNYC, previews the final month of the Supreme Court's term, plus talks about some of the hot-button cases they will take up next fall.
May 28, 2021
How Two Police Departments Screen Out Applicants Of Color
One possible way to bring racial justice to policing is to hire more cops of color. A look into two Long Island PDs showed a pattern of bias against Black and Hispanic candidates. On today's show, Jim Baumbach, Newsday investigative reporter, talks about his reporting that Black and Latino applicants are much less likely to be hired as Nassau or Suffolk County police officers.
May 27, 2021
Should LGBT Cops Be Allowed As A Group In Pride Parades?
LGBT+ Police have been banned from marching in uniform in the NYC Pride Parade. The organizers say it's about making participants of color feel safe. Others say it's needlessly divisive. On today's show, Jonathan Capehart, member of The Washington Post editorial board, hosts the “Cape Up” podcast the Washington Post Live's First Look and host of The Sunday Show on MSNBC, talks about the decision to block uniformed police officers from NYC's Pride March.
May 26, 2021
Historian Jon Meacham On The GOP’s Sixty Year Path to Fantasy
Trump's GOP has demonstrated an eagerness to believe in conspiracy theories and to accept disinformation that bolsters their politics. How did it get that way? On today's show, Jon Meacham, journalist, Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian, host of the new podcast "Fate of Fact" and the author of The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels (Random House, 2018), talks about what he's learned in his new podcast, which examines why so many conservative Americans have become receptive to disinformation and fans of conspiracy theories.
May 25, 2021
Why America’s 'Black Renaissance' Is Good For People Of All Races
The pipeline of qualified Black talent isn't new. But after last year's racial justice conversations, diversity efforts have brought more POC into prestigious roles. On today's show, Washington Post columnist Perry Bacon, Jr. talks about his recent column that makes the case that the focus on inclusion and diversity that's led to what's been called a "Black Renaissance" is good for all Americans.
May 24, 2021
NPR’s Mara Liasson on The Biggest Bills Congress Is Not Passing Now
Today, a status update on some of the important legislation moving through Congress, including a commission to investigate the Capitol riot, and Biden's infrastructure and jobs plans. On today's show, Mara Liasson, NPR national political correspondent, brings us the latest national politics analysis.
May 21, 2021
Paul Krugman on Economic Zombies, Cockroaches, and Crypto Too
A Nobel prize-winning economist discusses disproven ideas about the economy that just won't die, like inflation and monetary policy. Plus, his take on cryptocurrencies. On today's show, Paul Krugman, Nobel laureate in economics, New York Times columnist, distinguished professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and the author of (now in paperback) Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020), shares his knowledge and talks about current policies.
May 20, 2021
Before Everyone Forgets, Here’s What Mitch McConnell Actually Said About Jan. 6
House Democrats got 35 Republicans to vote for a commission to study the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Now, the bill is working through the Senate, where Mitch McConnell is working against it. On today's show, U.S. Representative (D NY-8th, Brooklyn and Queens) and House Democratic chairman, Hakeem Jeffries, talks about GOP opposition to a commission to study the Capitol riot on January 6, the status of the American Jobs Plan, and more national political news.
May 19, 2021
Your Kids’ Climate Anxiety And A Good Night’s Sleep
Kids today are rightly concerned about climate change. What can parents do when that concern becomes stress or anxiety about the future of the planet they're supposed to inherit? On today's show, Mary DeMocker, author of The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep (New World Library, 2018), talks about how to help kids deal with their climate anxiety and empower them along the way.
May 18, 2021
Fareed Zakaria: The U.S. Is A “Loose” Country. That’s Good And Bad
Why are some countries recovering from the pandemic faster than others, and how much of it has to do with the psychology of their citizens? On today's show, Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post columnist, host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, and the author of Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020), discusses economic and public health recovery efforts from around the globe.