Civil Rights

Authoritarianism Under COVID-19: Thomas O. Melia

Thomas O. Melia is the Washington Director of PEN America, a non-profit organization that champions free speech and defends the liberties that make it possible. We talk about authoritarians worldwide consolidating power under cover of COVID, the ever-encroaching surveillance state, and the public perception of Trump’s pandemic response.

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The End of Welfare: Kathryn Edin (Rebroadcast)

Kathryn Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, who works in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family, and life, through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations. We discuss the evisceration of welfare, the rise of destitution, and the absolute necessity of cash in an advanced capitalist society.

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The Impact of Shelby v. Holder

For the third episode of our eighth season, we talked with Marcia Johnson-Blanco of the Lawyers’ Committee’s Election Protection program. We sometimes assume that we need to be most worried about external threats to our democracy, but after talking with her, it’s clear that’s not the case. One of the most worrying election issues we…

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