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  • Solidarity and Mutuality: Manuel Pastor

    “The social contract was brought to you by social movements.”

    Manuel Pastor is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His latest book is Solidarity Economics: Why Mutuality and Movements Matter, co-authored with Chris Benner. We bookend our 16th season with a discussion on how solidarity economics and mutuality fulfill the promise of the social contract.

  • Faith and the Social Contract: Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson

    “The social contract is a world where we all belong.”

    Reverend Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson is the President of Auburn Seminary, a leadership development and research institute that equips bold and resilient leaders of faith and moral courage to build communities, bridge divides, pursue justice, and heal the world. We discuss the role of faith in the social contract and in creating the beloved community.

  • Technocracy and the Social Contract: Latanya Sweeney

    "The design of the technology determines the way our society functions.”

    Latanya Sweeney is the Professor of the Practice of Government and Technology at the Harvard Kennedy school. Her mission is to create and use technology to assess and solve societal political and governance problems, and to teach others how to do the same. We discuss technology design as a policy maker, data privacy, and Section 230.

  • Social Contract and Taxes: Sarah Christopherson

    “We want fairness.”

    Sarah Christopherson is the Legislative and Policy Director at Americans for Tax Fairness. We take a deep dive into taxes—the spark that brings the social contract to life through things like public schools, highways, and social security—and examine the fairness of the current tax code, the estate tax, and successful tax policy.

  • Exclusions in the Social Contract: Eduardo Porter

    “You're basically building a poor nation with many of these policies.”

    Eduardo Porter is a journalist at The New York Times and the author of American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise. We discuss the intersection of public policy and racism as well as the long-term negative outcomes of exclusionary policies in our society, regardless of race.

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  • Decriminalization in Spain

    This week we’re talking all things substance-related with psychologist and Columbia professor Carl L. Hart. In his new book, Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear, he outlines a bold new approach to drug use in America.  If we are indeed the land of the free, he argues, we need to...

  • The BREATHE Act

    America’s “justice” system is broken. If the events of the last year haven’t cemented that notion in your head yet, our latest episode with Alec Karakatsanis of Civil Rights Corps will. During our conversation with Alec, he made two dramatic—and accurate—points. First, our justice system is not designed to mete out justice, promote public safety,...

  • The Fall of Enron

    This week we’re delving into the shadowy world of white-collar crime with lawyer Jennifer Taub, so we thought it was only fitting to take a quick retrospective on the “most complex” white-collar crime case in FBI history: The Enron Scandal.  Enron was born of two Texas energy companies in 1985. After hiring Jeffrey Skilling,  Enron...

  • A Primer on Sexual Harassment

    We often conflate sexual assault and sexual harassment, but they’re quite different things and we should understand the difference. So, when celebrated philosopher Martha Nussbaum stopped by our (virtual) studio recently to discuss her newest book, Citadels of Pride: Sexual Abuse, Accountability, and Reconciliation, she gave us a quick lesson on the differences. “Sexual assault,...

  • How the U.S. Still Enslaves People

    According to conventional wisdom, every history textbook in America, and any speech remotely about Abraham Lincoln, America no longer enslaves people. Further, with the passage of the 13th Amendment some seven-score-and-sixteen years ago, we left our history of chattel slavery behind—right? Well, that’s not quite true. According to the 13th Amendment, “Neither slavery nor involuntary...

  • Towards the End of Child Poverty

    If you’re living in poverty in America, it almost certainly isn’t your fault. Instead, argues our latest guest Mark Rank, you’re a victim of a system that doesn’t have enough opportunities to go around.  “What we’re doing in this country is basically playing a large-scale version of musical chairs,” he told Mila. “And the question...

  • Israel’s Oasis of Peace

    As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict raged this week, our latest interview with seasoned peacebuilder Séverine Autesserre gained an urgent new edge. Autesserre spoke to Mila about her new book, The Frontlines of Peace: An Insider’s Guide to Changing the World, which looks at the ways bottom-up peacebuilding succeeds.  Bottom-up peacebuilding is the idea that peace depends...

  • Fracking and the Tragedy of the Commons

    Fracking is a complicated issue in shale-rich communities of the country, which start with American property rights. They are unique almost the entire world over. When America was getting itself going, the Founding Fathers were highly impressed with enlightenment thinker John Locke. Locke had particular ideas about property, which he laid out in his Second...

  • How to Change Other People’s Minds

    This week on Future Hindsight, we teach you to change other people’s minds! …Sort of. Actually, Andy Norman, renowned philosopher, professor, and author of Mental Immunity: Infectious Ideas, Mind-Parasites, and the Search for a Better Way to Think, breaks it down for us. Be sure to listen to the full episode and check back May 18...

  • Missouri, The Bellwether

    It’s 2021, and America’s oldest political party is busy dismantling the norms and institutions that allowed them to exist in the first place, seemingly at the whim of a down-and-out megalomaniac who cares not a whit for them. The fact that sentence wasn’t a shock to write and probably isn’t one to read shows how...

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