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Episode 943

Poorer By Degrees

Mar 13 2017

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Kate Aronoff

How the climate movement could remake the Democratic Party.

Journalist Kate Aronoff explains why the growing, grassroots climate movement looks like the diverse, populist wave America needs to defeat Trumpism and divert the most cataclysmic aspects of global warming, but its first step is recapturing the Democratic Party from feckless elites and refocusing its policies towards economic, as well as environmental, justice.

Kate is author of the cover story The Climate Movement Goes to War with Trump at In These Times.



Susan Kang

Challenging the flawed gospel of political polling.

Political scientist Susan Kang explains how a technocratic over-reliance on political polling blinds politicians, the media and citizens alike to the possibilities of political and social progress, then updates us on a local fight against NY state politicians positioning themselves as progressives while blocking single payer and reproducive rights policies.

Susan wrote the article What Nate Missed in the latest issue of Jacobin.



Marcy Wheeler

What's inside Vault 7? On the politics of WikiLeaks and CIA hacking.

National security journalist Marcy Wheeler unpacks the ongoing Vault 7 data dump story - from the big differences between this CIA hacking tools leak and last year's NSA hacking tools leak, to the motivations and strategy of WikiLeaks in releasing the information - and places this case in the larger context of US intelligence and global politics.

Marcy wrote the articles Wikileaks Dumps CIA's Hacking Tools and No More Secrets: Vault 7 at her site emptywheel.



Tressie McMillan Cottom

How for-profit colleges commodify social inequality.

Sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom explains how for-profit colleges cashed in on inequality in our new, financialized economy - from the industry's false promises of mobility in a time of increased precarity, to the government policies making schools too big to fail, while leaving students in debt, and society supporting another newly predatory capitalist endeavor.

Tressie is author of the book Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy from The New Press.

Interview transcript via Antidote Zine



Victoria Law

Understanding the legal challenges facing parents post-incarceration.

Journalist Victoria Law examines the intersection of mass incarceration and child custody laws - from the Clinton-era law that stripped the most vulnerable parents of their custodian rights, to the class-based barriers preventing poor parents from engaging with the legal system - and explains how legal punishments extend beyond prison sentences, into children's lives.

Victoria wrote the recent article Double Punishment: After Prison, Moms Face Legal Battles to Reunite With Kids for Truthout.



Jeff Dorchen

Brave New Clockwork Soylent Hungerball Metropolis 1984: On our constant dystopia.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen strolls out of our endtimes-obsessed multiplex and into our constant dystopia of everyday life (for however long that's going to last) and wonders which unbelievable, poorly rendered antagonists will cause our ruin in the third act, and whether someone might be able to touch up our vital narrative before the credits roll.

Read the transcript here