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Brook Sayen

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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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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