Tag: Education (19)

The Meritocracy Trap: Daniel Markovits

January 10, 2020

“Meritocracy is just an ideological construction designed to make inequality okay, when inequality is not okay.”

Daniel Markovits is the author of The Meritocracy Trap as well as Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School. His book places meritocracy at the center of rising economic inequality and social political dysfunction. We talk about how the myth of meritocracy feeds inequality and erodes democracy.

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The Crisis in Higher Education: Liz Willen

August 23, 2019

“We have a college completion crisis and access crisis in this country.”

Liz Willen is the Editor in Chief of the Hechinger Report, an independent, nonprofit, and award-winning newsroom that covers inequality and innovation in education. We discuss who is attending and completing college, who is not, and why higher education must be more widely accessible to all Americans.

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Kathryn Edin

April 5, 2019

“We eviscerated the safety net for the truly, categorically needy.”

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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Cristóbal J. Alex

October 19, 2018

“It's been pretty profound to see great Latino candidates exploding Latino turnout.”

Cristóbal Alex is the President of Latino Victory, an organization that is augmenting Latino political power by empowering the community’s voters, donors, and candidates. We discuss why it is essential to increase Latino representation in government and how a more inclusive politics benefits all Americans.

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