Power, politics and ideas are at the center of this weekly conversation with journalist Allen McDuffee and experts from around the globe.
Technology giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon are often praised for the jobs they create and high salaries they offer, but the tech sector is also responsible for many Americans losing their jobs. Ariana Tobin of ProPublica talks about her investigation with Peter Gosselin looking into IBM’s age discrimination against thousands of employees. And Andrew Yang discusses his new book, The War on Normal People: The Truth About America’s Disappearing Jobs and Why Universal Basic Income Is Our Future.
The Faces of New Power
In George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, O’Brien, a leader in the Inner Party concludes that “Power is not a means; it is an end." In the 20th century, that may have been true. But in the 21st century, we’re seeing new power rules take shape before our very eyes. On this episode, Mark Joseph Stern of Slate talks about the March For Our Lives Rally. And in the book chat, Jeremy Heimans, discusses his new book, New Power: How Power Works In Our Hyperconnected World—And How To Make It Work For You.
In less than a year, California Governor Jerry Brown will close out his political career after first entering state politics more than 40 years ago. On this governmentality short, Andy Kroll, discusses profile of Jerry Brown for The California Sunday Magazine. We discussed how pessimism guided his politics, his role as a senior statesman in the Trump era and his uncomfortable relationship with his legacy.
During the 2016 election cycle, the white nationalist movement peddling bigotry known as the alt-right emerged as a growing group with influence in the Trump camp. But with the ouster of Steve Bannon, does the alt-right have the same power they had just one year ago? On this episode, Allegra Kirkland of TPM talks about her reporting on the alt-right. And in the book chat, Jonathan Weisman of The New York Times discusses his new book, Semitism: Being Jewish In America In The Age of Trump.
From fights on Capitol Hill to discourse on social media, political polarization has only been increasing over the last decade. On this episode, S. Mo Jang of the University of South Carolina discusses his new study on the relationship between mass shootings and political polarization, as well as the media's impact on that dynamic. And in the book chat, Amy Chua, Yale Law professor, discusses her new book: Political Tribes: Group Instinct and The Fate of Nations.
The Fight For Corporate Civil Rights
Concerns about corporate civil rights and power over individual citizens isn’t exactly a new phenomenon. With the Supreme Court decisions on Citizens United and Hobby Lobby, Americans are increasingly aware of the special citizenship corporations possess.
On this episode, Michael Grunwald of Politico Magazine talks about his reporting on Mick Mulvaney. And in the book chat, Adam Winkler discusses his new book, We The Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights.
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This was from April, but what a great listen to.
Wow, I thought this was just a random author that was being interviewed.
I had zero idea (honestly) until the end that he was going for a candidate for president.
I had never heard of the concept of Universal Basic Income, and what a change it could bring to our society as a whole, beyond health care.
I am so elated to have more input and information on here!!!!
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