An audio book club. Our geeks read and discuss new and classic works in the policy field – fictional and non. Social justice, tech, politics, policy … we cover it all and more. Let's think about what is at the heart of being a citizen in America. This book club helps us get at the heart of what it means to be a citizen in a democracy.
Sponsored by the USC Bedrosian Center
Recorded at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Just Us: An American Conversation
In Citizen, Claudia Rankine wrote: “Because white men can’t / police their imagination / black people are dying."
In her follow-up book, Just Us: An American Conversation, Rankine comes back to her exploration of conversation and the racial imaginary of the United States.
Host Aubrey Hicks is joined by LaVonna Lewis, Olivia Olson, Sumun Pendakur, and David Sloane.
Joan Samson’s 'The Auctioneer' is a classic. Her characters live in a very different time, the horror they face remains entirely relatable.
Set in a farming community in New Hampshire, the Joan Samson creates a town of residents bracing for change, unsure of the future and looking toward an understood past.
Host Lisa Schweitzer is joined by Aubrey Hicks, Jeff Jenkins, and Stacy Patterson.
NDSC Criminal Justice Data Report
Given recent events, the findings of a recent USC Price report can help us understand why & how the dialogue between communities & law enforcement is so fraught. This project can help us understand both the conflict & where to go from here.
The USC Price Center for Social Innovation partnered with Microsoft & the USC Price Safe Communities Inst. to launch the NDSC Criminal Justice Data Initiative, this report details year one.
For links: https://bedrosian.usc.edu/ndsc
The Ghost Map
The Ghost Map, by Steven Johnson, focuses on an outbreak of cholera in central London in 1854. John Snow, a doctor who theorized that cholera was waterborne, used the opportunity to collect data to prove his theory. Meanwhile the neighborhood vicar, Henry Whitehead, wanted to prove him wrong. Johnson argues that the work of these two men ushered in the modern city.
Did cholera change the world?
🎧 Host Aubrey Hicks is joined by Jeff Jenkins and David Sloane from USC Price.
The Affordable City (Author Interview)
An interview with author of The Affordable City by Shane Phillips. (Follow Phillips on Twitter: @ShaneDPhillips)
Shane Phillips believes that effectively tackling the housing crisis requires that cities support both tenant protections and housing abundance. There is no single solution to the housing crisis—it will require a comprehensive approach backed by strong, diverse coalitions.
Read along with us! For September, we’re reading The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson.
The Address Book (author interview)
An interview with author of The Address Book, Deirdre Mask.
The Address Book is a broad look at the invention and proliferation of the address. Relatively new, addresses were first a way for royals to count their subjects. Today, addresses can reflect our identity, our history, our race, and our access to opportunity. With the postal service in jeopardy, and the world in disarray, settle in for an interview with a beguiling author.
Customer ReviewsSee All
White Fragility Episode
Thank you for the courage to bring this topic to your show. I especially appreciate your willingness to be uncomfortable and speak truth about something that deeply affects people of color. I think your suggestion to bring Robin D’Angelo to your show would help deepen the impact. Chris, I rarely hear from White men on this topic, so your contributions will help me to better understand and navigate conversations I have with White men in the future. Because you have the heart to improve, I have some feedback for you that I hope you will receive in the spirit that it is given. I will email you personally. Thanks to all of you! Listening to you was eye-opening!
White Fragility Episode Needs Trigger Warning
Chris (the White man) is so problematic and triggering - this was super upsetting for me to listen to and should be removed. He dominated the air time, interrupts the female guests, actually says “no” in response to their discussing their own feelings of gender safety, and time and time again displays textbook white fragility and defensiveness. Sure, the book is not perfect but he is unqualified to be critical of it because his sexism and white supremacy is so dangerously unchecked. I am disgusted and hurt. This episode needs a trigger warning.
It’s not that great
This podcast felt like two women trying so hard to walk through eggshells and not say anything wrong. The best thing is Chris Redfearn. While I disagree politically with him, he’s the only one trying to be pragmatic (also I appreciate his voice). I do appreciate the wisdom of his experience, but I don’t think Aubrey Hicks and Liz Fallettan were not helpful on this issue in my opinion. I could be wrong, but this is my opinion.
The other issue is that not one person on the podcast challenges these ideas of implicit bias, systemic racism, white privilege, white supremacy, and etc. no one defines it. No one weighs to see if these terms are true. They just say it’s real. My only big gripe.
- in response to White Privilege episode