Full episode - August 30, 2019
In the episode before Labor Day, we look at the rise and fall of the labor movement, particularly unions. By collectively bargaining for better work conditions, unions elevated the middle class. Over the years, many unions have watched their membership numbers decline. As a result of a few Supreme Court decisions, a loss in manufacturing jobs, and a lack of increased federal protections, the influence of unions was reduced. As we edge closer to 2020, candidates hoping to win the Democratic nomination have made rebuilding the middle class the central tenant of their candidacies. So, what role will unions and organized labor play in 2020? Plus, we look at domestic workers and caregivers and how they've been left out of the conversation when it comes to labor protections. Guests:Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers Lee Saunders, President of AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO Rusty McAllister, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Nevada ALF-CIO Rick Bloomingdale, President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Dave Jamieson, Labor Reporter at the Huffington Post Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance
Full episode - August 29, 2019
In Kashmir and Elsewhere, Digital Authoritarianism is on the Rise  Kashmir's blackout has meant that millions of people in the state have not been able to communicate with the outside world, so reports on conditions in Kashmir have been scarce.  Rohingya Babies Born In Bangladeshi Refugee Camps Around the second anniversary of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh, we look at the babies that have been left stateless.  U.S. Soccer Fans Rebel Against the Banning of Political Speech in the Stands For 33 minutes, many fans of the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders stayed silent. Then, the anti-fascist banners came out. South Asian Actors Are Finally Getting Hollywood Leads -- No Accent Required 2019 has seen a spread of movies starring South Asian actors. Is it a sign of a shift, or just a blip?
Full episode - August 28, 2019
Growing Concerns about U.S. Election System Ahead of 2020 On Monday, vice chairman of the Federal Election Commission Matthew Petersen announced his resignation.  Will Brazil's Far-Right President Fight Raging Fires in the Amazon? Brazil’s space research center reported a 77 percent increase in fires in the Amazon. Climate scientists worry that large parts of this rain forest will not be recoverable. Leakers are Making Bank by Uploading Bootlegs and Fake Songs to Music Streaming Services Streaming services are struggling with the fact that unscrupulous posters are gaming their platforms to make tens of thousands of dollars off of stolen music. You Can Now Track Gun Suspects in Chicago  The Chicago Police Department has launched a controversial new online tool that lets the public track people who have been arrested for gun-related offenses. It Could Get Harder to Prove Housing Discrimination The rule change would make it almost impossible to sue for housing discrimination if an algorithm is involved — but algorithms aren't free from bias. 
Full episode - August 27, 2019
The Rise of the Term "Identity Politics" The term “identity politics” is often reserved for when candidates talk about issues that affect minority communities, but not for coded appeals to white voters. Newark Announces Plan to Get the Lead Out of its Water But after years of confusion over the true scale of the problem, residents remain skeptical. 'It's Not Really Going to Support My Children': The Fight to Keep Child Support in the Family In many states, child support payments go to the government if a parent is on welfare. Beyond 1619: Slavery Under the Spanish Crown Under the Spanish crown, slavery dates back a full century before 1619. How the U.S. Prison System Fails Those With Hepatitis C Hepatitis C is far more common in jails and prisons than in the general population.
Full episode - August 26, 2019
What Does Andrew Luck's Retirement Mean for the NFL? The Indianapolis Colts quarterback announced his retirement over the weekend.  Rising Temperatures are Creating Dangerous Conditions for Workers Over 800 workers died in the U.S. from heat exposure between 1992 and 2017. Other segments: Climate Change is Affecting Farm Workers  And as global temperatures rise, Californian farmers have been moving north, seeking better working conditions and a slightly cooler climate. In Texas, Homelessness Crisis Highlights "Housing First" Approach Austin moved to decriminalize homelessness, leading to a Texas-sized debate over housing policy.
Full episode - August 23, 2019
The ongoing trade war with China, a weakened global economy, and a lack of investment by companies indicates that a recession might be looming. President Trump has spent his first term saying that the economy is in better shape than ever before, but is that really the case? Who stands to suffer most during another recession? Has the trade war with China fulfilled President Trump's objective for the economy? Also, when it comes to understanding economic opportunity in Africa, the continent is still largely overlooked by the West. We look at the African Continental Free Trade Area and the opportunities it could unlock.  Finally, a conversation with the political heavy-hitter from New Hampshire that Democratic hopefuls are trying to woo. This episode was guest hosted by Duarte Geraldino.  Guests: Nancy Cook, White House Reporter, POLITICO  Andria Smythe, Assistant Professor of Economics at Howard University David Luke, Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Howard French, Journalism Professor at Columbia University and former New York Times foreign bureau chief in Africa and China Carlos Cardona, Laconia Democratic Party Chair
Full episode - August 22, 2019
The History Behind President Trump's Accusations of "Disloyalty" Against Jewish Americans  On Tuesday, President Trump said that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is either guilty of ignorance or “great disloyalty," an anti-Semitic trope that dates back centuries. New Trump Rules would Detain Migrant Families and Children Indefinitely What does this mean for migrant families and children in government custody? Sports from Grade School to College: The Rise of "Pay to Play" As sports get more expensive, lower and middle-income children are dropping off while their wealthier peers get into the game. Other segments: The Risks of Denying the Flu Vaccine to Migrant Children The government will not administer the flu vaccine to families in detention camps, despite the fact that several children in detention facilities have died as a result of the flu.
Full episode - August 21, 2019
How the Trump Administration is Affecting Women's Health Care Beyond Abortion The lightning rod of Planned Parenthood and access to abortion could be overshadowing more widespread cuts to programs servicing women's health. "In God We Trust": Louisiana Tests the Legal Limits of Religious Speech in Public Schools In Louisiana, a 2018 law will go into effect this coming school year, requiring all schools to display the phrase “In God We Trust” in every building.  Other segments:  Telepsychiatry in Schools Could Help More Children Have Access to Mental Health Treatment  Telemedicine is allowing psychiatrists to help children in rural and urban areas where there is a lack of mental health professionals.  Brexit Negotiations Remain at a Standstill as Boris Johnson Prepares for G7 Summit On Saturday, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will head to France for the G7 Summit, a meeting that's likely to highlight growing divides between several of the leaders in attendance.
Full episode - August 20, 2019
1619: The Truth About 400 Years of Slavery Four hundred years ago this month, the first group of enslaved Africans were forcibly brought by British colonists to what is now the United States.  1619: The Racist Roots of the U.S. Racial Wealth Gap Sandy Darity breaks down the long term economic consequences of the aftermath of slavery and ties it into the racial wealth gap that we’re seeing today. 1619: How Slavery Has Impacted the Empathy Gap in our Country Scholar Clint Smith explains why we don’t show the same empathy to those who suffer the consequences of our country’s actions against African Americans even today. Read the 1619 Project here. Guests:  Dr. Ibram X Kendi Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers William Darity, who goes by Sandy. Clint Smith
Full episode - August 19, 2019
Homelessness is on the Rise, Despite Efforts at Intervention While homelessness as a whole has been going down since 2007, in the 2017-2018 years, there was a slight increase in homelessness nationwide.  The Backlash Against Jay-Z's Partnership with the NFL The rapper’s company will serve as the “entertainment strategist” for the football league, and many are calling into question Jay-Z’s motives. USCIS Backlog Leaves Thousands of Immigrants In Limbo More than 90 percent of people seeking U.S. visas are waiting in line. Other segments:  NYPD Officer Fired for Prohibited Chokehold in Eric Garner's Death Eric Garner’s death in 2014 helped spark the national movement against police brutality. The Tense Relationship Between Trump And Labor Unions Labor leaders are split on how to handle a president who says he supports them but passes policies that don't.