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  • Legislating for Change: Jessica González-Rojas

    ”It matters who you elect.”

    Jessica González-Rojas represents the 34th District in the New York State Assembly. We discuss the intersectionality of community issues, the value of bringing lived experiences to public policy decisions, and the political courage that’s necessary to serve your constituents.

  • The Power of Voting: Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez

    "We've been under attack because we are so powerful."

    Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez is the Executive Director of NextGen America and a former candidate for US Senate in Texas. We discuss her deep career in organizing, engaging in the big ideas, and having the courage to imagine a true democracy that works for all people.

  • Building Progressive Power: Lala Wu

    “State legislatures are really where the rubber hits the road.”

    Lala Wu is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Sister District, an organization that works to elect Democrats to state legislatures. We discuss building progressive power at the state level, various opportunities in upcoming elections, and supporting candidates to win and serve effectively.

  • Run for Something: Amanda Litman

    “You should run because you want to do something.”

    Amanda Litman is the co-founder and executive director of Run for Something, an organization that helps young progressives run in down ballot races. We discuss how they go about their mission, why local and state offices are so important, and how you can get involved in our democracy.

  • Electing New York Women: Brette McSweeney

    “Change the face of power in New York State.”

    Brette McSweeney is the President of Eleanor’s Legacy, a group dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to office in New York State. We discuss the critical impact of local and state elections on our daily lives, and the value of electing more women to represent us.

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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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