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Probation and parole — the under-researched arms of mass incarceration
In the past decade, the problem of mass incarceration has gotten increased attention and thought. But in his new book, Mass Supervision, Vincent Schiraldi argues that in those conversations, people often neglect to think about probation and parole — two of the biggest feeders to the U.S.'s prison population. These systems surveil close to four million Americans, which Schiraldi says is both a huge waste of resources and a massive human rights violation. On this episode, we're talking to Schiraldi about how probation and parole came to be, why they're no longer working as they were once supposed to, and why he thinks they might need to be done away with entirely.
'I Can Die For This Country, But I Can't Learn'
In June, the Supreme Court banned affirmative action at colleges and universities across the country, with one glaring exception: military academies. On this episode, we're asking — why?
Remembering and unremembering, from Kigali to Nashville
For centuries, the idea of the "American Dream" has been a powerful narrative for many immigrant communities. But for just as long, many African Americans have known that the American Dream was never meant to include them. So what happens when those beliefs collide? Today ten percent of the Black population in the U.S. are immigrants, and many grapple with this question. In this episode, we'll hear from Claude Gatebuke, who moved from Kigali to Nashville as a teenager in the wake of the Rwandan genocide. He talks about how the move to the U.S. likely saved his life, while simultaneously challenging his belief that he could have a full, meaningful future as a Black man.
Fall football — or the fall of football?
This week, the NFL is gearing up for the start of its 104th season. But as this new chapter begins, we're looking at some of the league's old problems with race and diversity — ones that have implications for the coaches, the players, and the fans.
Bad Bunny, Reggaeton, and Resistance
Bad Bunny, the genre- and gender norm-defying Puerto Rican rapper, is one of the biggest music stars on the planet. He has also provided a global megaphone for Puerto Rican discontent. In this episode, we take a look at how Bad Bunny became the unlikely voice of resistance in Puerto Rico. This episode originally aired in January 2023.
What Makes A Good Race Joke?
When a comedian of color makes a joke, is it always about race, even if it's not about race? Code Switch talks to comedians Aparna Nancherla, Brian Bahe and Maz Jobrani about how and why race makes an appearance in their jokes. Plus, one of our own reveals her early-career dabbling in comedy.
20 Sep 2023 episode!
This one hit me hard. Being a Black Hispanic American who retired as a US Army Infantry Officer, your guess was absolutely on point about the environment, access to the education, perception, and still small demographics for Black Combat Arms Officers. I was fortunate to have gone the internal route to becoming an Officer as a “Mustang” but definitely didn't make it any easier and potentially made it harder because most of my peers and superiors knew my background. Great Episode!
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This is pretty easy and has nothing to do with the conspiracy theories favored by the hosts. For starters the Biden administration argued for a special exception to be made. And Roberts in his opinion said that it’s as reasonable to exclude the military academies as they were not a party to the case. In other words, if someone brings suit then there will be a better time and place to adjudicate the issue. And then there is just the basic issue that the military argument bears no resemblance to college campuses. Given the controversies and violence on college campuses today that difference may lessening. But even with that you have non state actors driving the violence. With respect to Harvard and UNC you had the state actors as the driver of the racism. And no mention of the simple fact that Harvard was caught dead to rights discriminating against Asians. Guess Asians don’t count.