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
Economic Roundtable’s Locked Out Report
Daniel Flaming & Anthony Orlando join us with a new report on homelessness in the time of COVID. The Economic Roundtable uses past pandemic & recession data to predict how COVID joblessness will translate into homelessness in the coming years.
These dire predictions also come w/ concrete policy solutions to help prevent this unhousing from happening, & hopefully prevent catastrophes after the next recession or pandemic.
Download the full report here: https://economicrt.org/publication/locked-out/
The Book Truck & Teen Literacy
In today's bonus episode, we speak with Elizabeth Dragga (Founder of The Book Truck) and Julie Sandor about the work they do to support young book nerds throughout LA County.
"The future is limited for teens with low literacy skills. Underserved teens face tremendous barriers to reading. Fortunately, that’s where The Book Truck comes in. We improve literacy by giving free books to foster care and low-income teens in a way that gets even the most reluctant reader to pick up a book."
A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear
What better way to end a hard year than to visit Grafton, New Hampshire as author Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling as he reports on the people who lived there during the Free Town Project? In the new book, A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear, Hongoltz-Hetling follows Graftonites and some "colonizers' who saw it as the perfect place to build a utopian community free of government.
Host Lisa Schweitzer is joined by Anthony Orlando, Aubrey Hicks, and David Sloane.
How Do Renters Cope with Unaffordability?
In another bonus episode ... we're talking folks from the Price Center to discuss a new report on housing affordability in Los Angeles. The report covers findings from a door-to-door survey done in 2019 to uncover the realities of families living with rent burden.
Aubrey Hicks (our ED) speaks to Gary Painter (Social Innovation), Jovanna Rosen, Sean Angst, and Soledad De Gregorio about the impact of rent burden on two neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
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.
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