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36 minutes | 3 months ago
Close Read - 29 - Unionizing Progressive Workplaces w/ Aidan King
More and more workers at campaigns, nonprofits and advocacy groups are unionizing. Aidan King runs a digital agency and helps other workers in our field organize unions through the Campaign Workers Guild. We discuss why unionizing is good for progressive workplaces, the ins and outs of organizing a union, and King’s new model for a digital agency, Bread and Roses.Find Close Read on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Amazon and Google Podcasts. Or subscribe via RSS feed. Follow Close Read on Twitch and Youtube. Subscribe on Patreon for early releases, previous episodes, full show notes and transcripts.
72 minutes | 9 months ago
Close Read - 05 - Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Rises with Dr. Sarah Myhre
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just gave an incredible speech from the House floor. It was a response to a misogynistic encounter she had with Rep. Ted Yoho, but it was so much more than that; it was a deeply personal and systemic criticism of how patriarchy, racism and other forms of discrimination are used to harm people. And it speaks deeply to what a real apology—and real repair—can look like. I'm joined for this episode by Dr. Sarah Myhre, a climate scientist and justice advocate who has deep insights into public narratives and communication that are well worth your time. Get early access to new episodes and full show notes at: http://patreon.com/closeread
53 minutes | 9 months ago
Close Read - 03 - Cancel Culture, but for Public Science with Dr. Gretchen Goldman
I've worked on anti-censorship policies for several years. So amidst a rolling debate about free speech and free inquiry, I wanted to focus some attention back on government censorship of science related to COVID-19. After all, this is a life and death issue for millions of people. My old colleague Dr. Gretchen Goldman joins me for this discussion. She's the research director for the Center for Science & Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists and she's studied how censorship happens, how scientists can respond to threats of being censored, fired and reassigned, and the effect that censorship has on public policy. Get early access to new episodes and full show notes at: http://patreon.com/closeread
31 minutes | 9 months ago
Close Read - 01 - How to Cancel Yourself: Open Letter Edition
The Harper's letter got a lot of attention, but what we mean when we actually talk about "open debate." I argue that the organizers and some of the signers were a little sloppy with their process and muddled their message, sometimes in very funny, hypocritical ways. Get early access to new episodes and full show notes at: http://patreon.com/closeread
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