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Episode 944

Street Level

Mar 19 2017

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Marjorie Spruill

How Christian conservative women built a movement outside feminism - and inside the GOP.

Historian Marjorie J. Spruill explains how a schism over abortion and LGBT rights splintered the women's movement at the height of its influence in the late 1970s, setting the stage for the Christianization of the Republican Party, and four generations of conservative women's support for and influence within the GOP, from Phyllis Schlafly to Kellyanne Conway.

Marjorie is author of Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics from Bloomsbury.



Alyssa Aquino

Don't give your name, don't open your door: Undocumented Filipinos under Trump.

Policy analyst Alyssa Aquino discusses the experience of undocumented Filipino immigrants under Trump's immigration crackdown - from the increased ICE raids and surveillance across society, to the threat of deportation to a country under the grips of state-induced violence against the poor since the election of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Alyssa wrote the article Undocumented Filipinos Are Living a Special Nightmare in Trump’s America at Foreign Policy in Focus.



Judith Levine

We are largely on our own: Where the left finds itself now.

Writer Judith Levine discusses leftism after Trump's election and during the massive, long-term rightward shift in American politics that stripped the state of its humanitarian responsibilities, and its citizens of the belief in anything beyond their own wellbeing, and explains why biggest challenge on the left is resurrecting the notion of the public good, while there's still a public.

Judith wrote the essay Descent into Liberalism at n+1.



Lauren Elkin

Street jaunting: To walk, and learn, the city as a woman.

Writer Lauren Elkin discusses the power of wandering the city on foot - from noticing the infraordinary details of the built environment, to finding companionship on a solitary stroll - and walks us through the female experience of learning and living the city, on the street, with George Sand and Virginia Woolf for company.

Lauren is author of the book Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Interview transcript via Antidote Zine



Kate Clark

A policy history of the American drone war in Afghanistan, from 9/11 to Trump.

Kabul-based journalist Kate Clark examines the policy trajectory of the US drone war program in Afghanistan - from the shifting definitions war itself in the years after 9/11, to the reasons for a spike in civilian deaths in 2016 - and surveys the current state of war in Afghanistan, now going on its 16th 39th year.

Kate wrote the articles Afghanistan, birthplace of the armed drone and Targeted Killings – a future model for Afghanistan? for Afghanistan Analysts Network.



Jeff Dorchen

Every mouth for herself: On death, hope and the eating of meat.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen spills his guts about eating meat - from the goats of Chicago's Little Village, to the chickens at his Bangladeshi butcher - and explains why he's actually pretty OK with wholesale, ethnically-justified bloodlust in humanity's anarchic BBQ at least for now, while it's still hot and he's still hungry.

Read the transcript here