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  • End Gerrymandering with Ballot Initiatives: Katie Fahey

    “Everyone feels like they're not being listened to and there's no accountability.”

    Katie Fahey is the Executive Director of The People, an organization working to find common ground and take action to create a more responsive government of, by, and for the people. In 2016, Katie founded Voters Not Politicians, an organization that successfully organized and passed a ballot initiative to end gerrymandering in Michigan in 2018. We discuss the appetite for non-partisan civic engagement and more accountability from elected representatives.

  • The Asian-American Vote: Sung Yeon Choimorrow

    “Build power with Asian American Pacific Islander women and girls, so that we're able to create systemic change.“

    Sung Yeon Choimorrow is the executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, whose mission is to elevate AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the United States. We discuss age-old and hardened stereotypes, changing the narrative about who Asian-Americans are, and activating Asian communities to take civic action.

  • Getting Dark Money Out of Politics: Jeff Clements

    “It's an arms race that has no end unless we fix it.”

    Jeff Clements serves as President of American Promise, an organization that is focused on repairing the constitutional foundation to renew freedom for all Americans, to support effective and honest government and an equal shot at the American dream. He is the author of Corporations Are Not People: Reclaiming Democracy from Big Money and Global Corporations. We discuss ratifying a constitutional amendment that would rid American politics of dark money.

  • Climate Action Within Reach: Amy Westervelt

    “Climate is just not the same as other political issues.”

    Amy Westervelt is a climate journalist and the founder and executive producer of the Critical Frequency Podcast Network. She hosts the Drilled and Hot Take podcasts. We discuss the long tentacles of the fossil fuel industry, the key takeaways from this year’s IPCC report, and how a small group of people have locked us into climate crisis. 

  • The Future of Abortion Rights: Andrea Miller

    “Abortion access is so essential to equality.”

    Andrea Miller is the President of the National Institute for Reproductive Health. As we await the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which will likely overturn Roe v. Wade and the right to abortion. We discuss how we got here and how we can prepare for the unwelcome reality of a post-Roe America.

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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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