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Episode 1004

Feeling Better

May 19
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Nathan J. Robinson

Palestinian life and death in the passive voice.

Current Affairs editor Nathan J. Robinson examines the curious case of passive voice in New York Times coverage of Israeli violence that happens to happen to Palestinians, and wonders if perhaps the loudest reactionary media voices constantly complaining about being sidelined aren't the ones being silenced.

Nathan wrote the recent articles Israel and the Passive Voice and The Real “Dangerous” Ideas for Current Affairs.

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Cris Beam

Into feeling: On the moral art of empathy.

Writer Cris Beam considers the politics and potential of empathy - as a personal experience increasingly mediated by digital technology, a skill co-opted by capitalism, and as a kind of 'moral art' with the radical potential to move society beyond neoliberal isolation and towards collective care.

Cris is author of I Feel You: The Surprising Power of Extreme Empathy from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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David Webber

Labor's last weapon against capital is its own capital.

Law professor David Webber explains how labor can wield its own capital, in the form of public employee pension funds, towards the advantage of its workers, and why its trillions of dollars already invested in the market are a powerful weapon that's already under attack by the wealthy who recognize its potential.

David is author of The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon from Harvard University Press.

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