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Episode 994


Mar 10 2018

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Ashley D. Farmer

Women and the work of building Black Power.

Historian Ashley D. Farmer examines the radical work of women in the Black Power movement - as a multigenerational effort to redefine and reclaim Blackness, and as a challenge to Eurocentric gender politics, imperialism and the supremacy of capital, within Black political movements, and across society at large.

Ashley is author of Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era from UNC Press.



Mary Bottari

Janus v. AFSCME, public sector unions, Democratic voters and workers in general.

Journalist Mary Bottari uncovers the corporate face, and hand, behind the Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME - as right-wing billionaires and their client think-tanks threaten to dismantle public sector unions - under the guise of worker 'freedom' but with an end-goal of removing worker rights and protections across American society.

Mary wrote the feature Behind Janus: Documents Reveal Decade-Long Plot to Kill Public-Sector Unions for In These Times.



Candice Bernd

The FBI's new identity weapon is aimed straight at Black activists.

Journalist Candice Bernd explains how the FBI's use of the "Black Identity Extremist" classification is being used to monitor and prosecute Black activists involved with self-defense and anti-police movements, starting with surveillance triggered by First Amendment protected speech, and echoing the racial and political bias of COINTELPRO.

Candice wrote the article As Case Against So-Called "Black Identity Extremist" Proceeds, Emails Reveal Dallas FBI's Surveillance of First Amendment Activity for Truthout.



Julie Wilson

The self is capital: Seeing life within, and beyond, the neoliberal frame.

Media scholar Julie Wilson examines the personal and political toll of a generation under neoliberalism's expanded arena of competition, and explains how the system is sowing the seeds of its own demise - by forcing individuals to come together and rediscover communal association in order to survive this world, and perhaps build a new one, together.

Julie is author of the book Neoliberalism from Routledge.



Elizabeth Bruenig

Americans are ready for socialism.

Columnist Elizabeth Bruenig explains why Americans are way more ready for socialism than the ideology-shackled political class consensus can imagine, as the contradictions within capitalism become clearer and individuals pitted in competition against each other become more precarious, a way beyond the status quo is building momentum.

Elizabeth wrote the op-ed It’s time to give socialism a try at the Washington Post.



Jeff Dorchen

Winston Churchill reads that dumb Atlantic article in the voice of Mrs. Doubtfire.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen reads an Atlantic article so dumb that his brain enters survival mode and can only engage with it by imagining Gary Oldman as Mrs. Doubtfire as Winston Churchill as Barack Obama, and finds the fight still the same, the enemy pretty consistent, and really just the mustaches are different.

Read the transcript here