Brook Sayen

Education and Title VI

The United States has a long and unpleasant history when it comes to Native Americans and education. The long-standing boarding school program severely damaged Indigenous communities; erased millennia-old customs, histories, and languages; and inflicted generational trauma still present in tribes today.  The era of boarding schools is now a thing of the past, but the…

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A Brief History of Family Separations at the Southern Border

The Trump Administration oversaw many malicious, destructive policies, but few rankled as much as immigrant child separation. The program began in 2018 as a ‘zero-tolerance policy‘ that soon spun out of control.  Suddenly, anyone who committed the misdemeanor offense of illegally crossing the border was detained and referred for prosecution. The policy removed children from…

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Whole-Worker Organizing

Unions have long been a bastion of the middle-class and are a vital part of American labor. They help raise wages, improve working conditions, and provide much-needed stability for workers in various fields. At a time of increasing worker precarity, unions are engaging in innovative work to address the issues that the most marginalized workers…

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How the New Deal Segregated America

We often think of segregation as a bad policy that ended long ago—a shameful part of our history put far behind us. In reality, segregation continues to shape, where we live, our politics, and even culture. This week Mila was joined by journalist, author, and historian Richard Rothstein. He is the author of The Color…

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Why Does the Right Hate Critical Race Theory?

This week we had the distinct honor of interviewing Mari Matsuda, a co-founder of Critical Race Theory (CRT). In her enlightening conversation with Mila, she laid out a utopian vision of the future, how it might work and how we might get there.  Our conversation happened after the former Trump Administration had publicly denounced CRT…

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Remembering Dr. King

Hello and welcome to our first blog post of the Biden Presidency! This week marked the commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a Presidential Inauguration, and Future Hindsight’s return to a podcast app near you.  Our 13th season holds the magnifying glass to systemic racism in America in its many different forms. We have…

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White Supremacy in America

Last week, we were shocked and horrified as a violent mob of the President’s supporters descended on the Capitol, killing a police officer, injuring dozens more, swarming the House and Senate chamber on the hunt for lawmakers, and generally defiling the People’s House. Shocked and horrified, but not surprised.  This malignant coup attempt, fueled by…

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Future Hindsight’s Best of 2020

Let’s get straight to the point: 2020 was a very bad, no good year for the world, and we’re beyond excited to leave it in the dust. 2020 exposed massive faults in many facets of American life, but it also motivated us to demand change. The Black Lives Matter demonstrations this summer became the largest…

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It’s Time to Forgive Student Debt

As our season on rebuilding a better America after COVID winds down, we’re taking a look at one of the essential facets of our democratic society: our higher education system.  Mila sat down with long-time Bard College president Leon Botstein to understand why the higher education system in America is failing so many of us…

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How Abolition Democracy Can Save Us From Ourselves

Donald Trump may have lost the election (even if he won’t accept it), but as our guest Bernard Harcourt explains this week, we have a long road to justice ahead of us. Harcourt is the author of The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens. In it—and in his interview with…

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