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Episode 900

Color Lines

May 14 2016

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Ansley Erickson

Why racial inequality persists in US schools, around the limits of desegregation.

Historian Ansley Erickson examines the challenges of addressing racial inequality in the nation's schools in the six decades after Brown v. Board of Education - from an incomplete definition of desegregation that mandated a white majority and closed historically black schools, to the inequalizing influence of municipal and national policies around development and real estate - and explains why education must be understood in the larger framework of US capitalism and labor.

Ansley is author of the new book Making the Unequal Metropolis: School Desegregation and Its Limits from University of Chicago Press.



Andrew Bacevich

Imperial mire: A new history of the American century at war.

Historian Andrew Bacevich reframes 120 years of American warfare into a series of decades-spanning geographic exercises with a unified aim - imperial control of the globe, blinding us to the devastating costs of war and true consequences of our actions abroad, and explains why this election's choice between a lunatic and a Reaganite offers no hope for a change from our disastrous reliance on military force to create and solve problems abroad.

Andrew wrote the Harper's article American Imperium: Untangling truth and fiction in an age of perpetual war and the book America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History from Penguin Random House.



Donna Murch

How the Clintons built their political power over the top of Black lives.

Historian Donna Murch recalls the effects of the Clinton political partnership on Black America during the 1990s - from landmark legislation gutting welfare and expanding incarceration, to their conscious courting of White voters through dog-whistle politics - and analyzes the factors behind Hillary Clinton's political support from Black America in 2016.

Donna contributed to the Verso Books collection False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton, extracted as the piece The Clintons’ War on Drugs: When Black Lives Didn’t Matter for The New Republic.



Kevan Harris

Understanding Iran's involvement in the Syrian civil war.

The Radical Pessimist, Kevan Harris explores the factors behind Iran's role in the Syrian civil war - from a post-1979 Revolution alliance between the two nations that has enduring multiple regional wars, to the Islamic state driven chaos spreading outward from Iraq - and explains how Iran's involvement in the conflict is becoming more politically controversial within the county, the deeper and more costly it becomes.

Kevan's first book A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran will be released in January 2017 from University of California Press.



Michael W. Hudson

An outsider's guide inside the Panama Papers.

Investigative journalist Michael Hudson digs into the story of the Panama Papers, explaining the origins of the financial data leak, the radical motivations of the still-anonymous leaker, and the ways financial elites buy both secrecy and complicity in hiding their money, and explains why challenging the global problem of offshore secrecy requires investigating the biggest islands in the secrecy shell game - Manhattan and Great Britain.

Mike Hudson's latest writing on the story is Panama Papers Include Dozens of Americans Tied to Fraud and Financial Misconduct for ICIJ.



Jeff Dorchen

And the people explode: On capitalism, pressure and rage.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen mounts the world's priority pendulum, stuck firmly in the "greed" half of its arc between communalism and self-interest since the Reagan/Thatcher years, and warns that mounting debt for the poor and bailouts for the rich, and shrieking bats for CNBC and riots and corruption and naked greed only last so long before the violence swings back around.