Season 12

Fixing High Schools: Ted Dintersmith

Ted Dintersmith is an education reform advocate and author of What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America. We discuss how schools fail students and how we can create innovative, high-quality learning around the country.

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Reimagining Higher Education: Leon Botstein

Leon Botstein is president of Bard College, chancellor of the Open Society University Network, and music director of the American Symphony Orchestra. We discuss the relationship between democracy and education, the bankruptcy of American education today, and the foundational pillars of high-quality education.

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Ending the Counter-Revolution: Bernard Harcourt

Bernard Harcourt is a critical theorist, professor at Columbia University, and the author of The Counterrevolution: How Our Government Went to War Against Its Own Citizens. We discuss the American counterinsurgency governing paradigm, the fragility of our democracy, and bringing about an alternative, just government.

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Reimagining Law Enforcement: Norm Stamper

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.

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The Precarity of Taxi Work: Veena Dubal

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.

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The Future of Antitrust: Zephyr Teachout

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.

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