• Reimagining Law Enforcement: Norm Stamper

    “Future policing is community and police knitted together.”

    Norm Stamper is a former Chief of Police of Seattle and author of Protect and Serve: How to Fix America’s Police. We discuss his 34-year experience as a police officer, the deeply institutionalized nature of cop culture, ending the war on drugs, and reimagining public safety through community policing.

  • The Precarity of Taxi Work: Veena Dubal

    “This is exploitation.”

    Veena Dubal is a law professor at UC Hastings whose research focuses on the intersection of law, technology, and precarious work. We discuss how taxi work became precarious work as a result of de-unionization, de-regulation, and concerted efforts by transportation network companies to exploit workers.

  • The Future of Antitrust: Zephyr Teachout

    "You need strong antitrust laws as a democracy protection."

    Zephyr Teachout is an activist, professor, and author of Break ‘Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom from Big Ag, Big Tech, and Big Money. We discuss how monopolies are deeply anti-democratic and how we can break them up by enforcing existing anti-trust laws, which protect our democracy.

  • A Keynesian Future: Zach Carter

    "Keynes was trying to find a sort of policy glue that would help societies hang together."

    Zach Carter is the author of The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes, which was just selected as one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly. We learn about Keynes, his economic theories, and potential future applications of his principles in today’s uncertain world.

  • Lasting Civic Engagement: Maria Yuan

    “There are many different ways to civically engage.”

    Maria Yuan is the founder of IssueVoter, a non-partisan civic engagement platform whose mission is to give everyone a voice in our democracy. It helps voters track bills before Congress, sends their opinions to their representatives, and puts together a personalized scorecard on the representative’s voting record. We discuss how we can create a healthier democracy through technology and civic engagement.

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  • It’s 2020. Why is the War on Drugs Still Happening?

    This week, Mila is joined by retired Seattle Police chief and author Norm Stamper for an eye-opening inside look at America’s police force. They discussed why US police culture, something espoused and protected by organizations like the Fraternal Order of Police, makes police forces around the country incapable of change. They also touched on how...

  • Unfortunately, Prop 22 Passed. Get Ready For More.

    As the nation watched Trump flail through democratic norms in a pitiful attempt to undo the will of more than 80 million Americans, it missed something with a more harmful long-term impact: the passage of California’s Proposition 22.  Prop 22 creates a special employment designation for gig-workers like Uber, Lyft, and Doordash drivers. It forces...

  • The New Robber Barons

    “You need strong antitrust laws as a democracy protection,” author, professor, and former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout told Mila during our recent interview. “People hate corporate monopolies, and it’s actually one of those areas where the people are way ahead of politicians in understanding the power structures in this country.” Listen to our interview with...

  • How Keynes Influenced FDR’s New Deal

    John Maynard Keynes lived a remarkable life as an intellectual titan of a bygone era. He married Europe’s most famous dancer, held lifelong friendships with English writers and thinkers like T.S. Elliot, Virginia Wolfe, and George Bernard Shaw. His bold ideas pulled England out of a debilitating financial crisis in the aftermath of the First...

  • Our Civic Duty Is Not Done

    The votes are cast. The dust is settling. For many Americans, the election is over, and with it, our civic duty to engage in democracy. They’re right in celebrating a historic turnout, the narrow rejection of the president (if not his party), and a surprisingly smooth election. If they think their job is done, however,...

  • 5 Reasons The 2020 Election is Not Like 2016

    Biden is up in the polls, but so was Clinton four years ago. Why is this election different, and what does it mean for the Democratic challenger this time around? Well, this is it. We’ve dropped our final episode before the 2020 presidential election, and this is the last blog post before the big day....

  • The Destructive Power of Belief

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana’s creative maxim is overused, but as the 21st century lumbers through avoidable catastrophe after accidental nightmare, it isn’t overstated. The rest of the world watches with alarm as we openly flirt with fascism, fail to protect crumbling institutions, and stumble over the...

  • #BLM and Hashtag Activism

    We’ve looked at several different ways to build political power over the last two months, and this week we cover one of the newest ways to effect change: social media. Mila was joined by UNC Professor and author Alice Marwick, who explained how politicians should and shouldn’t use online platforms. She discussed the ways social...

  • Why We Need to Defeat Proposition 22

    This week on the podcast, we have the pleasure of speaking with Jess Kutch, co-founder of CoWorker.org. We focus on building worker power and the unique ways technology is both removing worker voice and strengthening it in various sectors of the economy. Future Hindsight · Digital Labor Organizing: Jess Kutch CoWorker.org is a digital organizing...

  • How the Supreme Court Might Change, and How We Can Fix It

    This week, we talk with Adam Cohen about the conservative tilt of the Supreme Court and the harm it has caused Americans. It’s a fascinating conversation, but we’re focusing on a different angle in today’s blog: the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She was a bulwark of liberal ideals, and her passing marks an immeasurable...

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