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  • Ending Subminimum Wage: Saru Jayaraman

    “This is the beginning of the end of subminimum wages in the United States.”

    Saru Jayaraman is the President of One Fair Wage and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. Her new book is One Fair Wage: Ending Sub Minimum Pay in America. We discuss the history of the subminimum wage in America, the inherent unfairness of the practice, and the need to end it once and for all.

  • Stand Up for Science: Lee McIntyre

    “Science denial can kill.”

    Lee McIntyre is a philosopher of science and the author of How to Talk to a Science Denier: Conversations with Flat Earthers, Climate Deniers, and Others Who Defy Reason. We discuss the danger of science denialism, constructive dialogue techniques, and our civic responsibility to defend the truth.

  • Our Public Health: Michele Goodwin

    "Racism is a preexisting health condition in the United States.”

    Michele Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy. We discuss how America’s current social contract in public health affects COVID response, health outcomes in minority populations, and reproductive rights.

  • Contract for the Climate: Keya Chatterjee

    “This is a moral call to action.”

    Keya Chatterjee is Executive Director of US Climate Action Network and author of The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby. We discuss racial injustice at the center of the climate crisis, mobilizing 3.5% of the population for change, and disruptive humanitarianism.

  • A New Social Contract: Minouche Shafik

    "There are big choices to be made right now.”

    Minouche Shafik is the Director of the London School of Economics and the author of What We Owe Each Other: A New Social Contract. We unpack her ideas around investing in the architecture of opportunity as well as the notions of reciprocity, risk-sharing, and mutual benefit in growing our economies.

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Future Hindsight is a weekly podcast seeking to spark civic engagement, inspire hope, and reinvigorate our social contract.

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Electing New York Women: Brette McSweeney

Black Women’s Political Power: Glynda Carr

Electing More Women: Amanda Hunter

Diverse Women in Politics: Kelly Dittmar

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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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