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0 minutes | 4 months ago
Deconstructing #MeToo: Yasmin Nair on "Know My Name"
In episode 18, the fourth in a series about books related to #MeToo, Allison talks again with author and activist Yasmin Nair, this time about Chanel Miller's 2019 memoir, "Know My Name." The book is a blistering and tender account, from Miller's perspective, of her sexual assault by Stanford University student Brock Turner, and its harrowing aftermath in The People v. Turner case. Miller's writing is brilliant and deft, and manages to convey both her personal story as well as the mechanisms of the broken system that was supposed to bring justice. Allison and Yasmin examine how Know My Name resists a lot of the problematic issues that often beset so-called "survivor" narratives, and what the emergence of Miller's voice has meant for the larger politics of #MeToo. Chanel Miller: https://www.chanel-miller.com/
51 minutes | 8 months ago
The Antiracist Movement and the Class Question, with Bill Fletcher, Jr.
The tension between race and class that continues to bedevil the American left flared up recently when a talk that prominent scholar Adolph Reed was slated to give to the New York City chapter of DSA was cancelled. The skirmish created such a ripple it was covered by the New York Times. But what really lies beneath this dustup? Author and labor activist Bill Fletcher, Jr. reflects on how the left handles differences within its own ranks, whether the antiracist movement really has a class problem, the need for both allies and comrades (and the difference between the two), and what needs to change if the left is serious about building real power. Bill Fletcher, Jr.: http://billfletcherjr.com/ Adolph Reed: https://nonsite.org/author/adolph-reed New York Times article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/us/adolph-reed-controversy.html
53 minutes | 9 months ago
Deconstructing #MeToo: JoAnn Wypijewski on Sex, Power, and the Politics of Fear
In Episode 16, the third in a series about books related to #MeToo, Allison talks with NYC-based journalist JoAnn Wypijewski about her recent book, "What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo: Essays on Sex, Authority, & the Mess of Life," published by Verso. In this collection, spanning thirty years of reporting on scandals from Abu Ghraib to the Harvey Weinstein saga, Wypijewski reveals our tendency to flatten complex stories in pursuit of villains and victims, in the process forging a "poisoned solidarity" that actually undermines the possibility of true social justice. JoAnn Wypijewski: https://www.thenation.com/authors/joann-wypijewski/ "What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo: Essays on Sex, Authority, & the Mess of Life": https://www.versobooks.com/books/3178-what-we-don-t-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-metoo
57 minutes | a year ago
Deconstructing #MeToo: Yasmin Nair on "Catch and Kill"
In Episode 15, the second in a series about books related to #MeToo, Allison talks again with Chicago-based writer, academic, and activist Yasmin Nair about "Catch and Kill," Ronan Farrow's 2019 book reconstructing his efforts to report the Harvey Weinstein story. Nair brings her decades of experience at the intellectual intersection of gender and politics to "Catch and Kill," which is at once a chronicle of the Weinstein scandal, a story about journalism itself, and an attempt by Farrow to redraw his own complicated family story. But what kind of a #MeToo narrative does this book weave, and, at the dawn of a new decade, are we standing triumphant in the movement's victories, or in its crumbling ruins? Yasmin Nair: http://yasminnair.com/ "Catch and Kill": https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/ronan-farrow/catch-and-kill/9780316486668
38 minutes | a year ago
Repurposing the Webs of Infection as Webs of Connection, with Mindy Thompson Fullilove
In Episode 14 of Ear to the Pavement, Allison talks with professor and author Mindy Thompson Fullilove about how her past work on public health crises such as 9/11 and the AIDS epidemic is informing her current thinking about the coronavirus pandemic, and why we need to "remember, respect, learn, and connect" in these difficult and frightening times. Mindy Fullilove: https://www.newschool.edu/milano/faculty/mindy-fullilove/ Mindy Fullilove's blog: http://mainstreetnj.blogspot.com/
50 minutes | a year ago
Snake Emojis, South Carolina, and the State of the Sanders Campaign, with Bill Fletcher, Jr.
In Episode 13 of Ear to the Pavement, Allison talks with author and labor activist Bill Fletcher, Jr. about the Bernie Sanders campaign's victories and mistakes, why Sanders failed to win over black voters in the South, the Sanders-Warren rift, and where the progressive movement needs to go from here. Bill Fletcher, Jr.: http://billfletcherjr.com/
60 minutes | a year ago
Deconstructing #MeToo: Yasmin Nair on "She Said"
In this episode, the first in a series about books related to #MeToo, we talk with Chicago-based writer, academic, and activist Yasmin Nair about "She Said," the 2019 book by New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey. Nair situates "She Said" within the current journalism economy, as well as within the messy politics of #MeToo, and provides trenchant analysis of the book's strengths and shortcomings. Nair also recently talked with Trevor Beaulieu on the Champagne Sharks podcast about the Influencer Industrial Complex: https://soundcloud.com/champagnesharks/cs-245-influencer-industrial-complex-pt-1-feat-yasmin-nair-02042020
38 minutes | 2 years ago
How today's politically ineffectual billionaire CEOs make the corporate elites of the 1950s look like moderate pragmatists.
In his 1956 book The Power Elite, sociologist C. Wright Mills painted a disturbing picture of U.S. society in which a small group of people at the heads of corporations, government, and the military exercised increasing control over important decisions affecting the country and its citizenry. In this episode of Ear to the Pavement, we talk to sociologist Mark Mizruchi, author of The Fracturing of the American Corporate Elite, about how Mills' classic has held up over time, and what light might it shed on the current crisis of inequality in the United States in which three men - Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett - own as much wealth as the bottom half of Americans.
27 minutes | 2 years ago
It's not just HQ2. Amazon has been stealing public money from the start.
The billions in tax breaks Amazon is slated to receive for its new headquarters in New York and Virginia has been big news lately, but for tax policy watchdog and Good Jobs First founder Greg LeRoy, Amazon's HQ2 is just the latest chapter in the company's long history of gaming the U.S. tax system. In this episode of Ear to the Pavement, we dive into the myriad ways Amazon has been dodging taxes from day one, the consequences for local economies and the public services we rely on, and what we can do to rein in the tax-break-industrial-complex that funnels taxpayer dollars to wealthy corporations that don't need it.
50 minutes | 3 years ago
Corporate America is embracing racial equity. Should we cheer them on?
Social justice non-profit PolicyLink has documented how a focus on racial equity has led to more business success for companies like PayPal, Prudential, and Gap, and they're using these examples to convince more corporations to embrace racial equity. But where does this approach to racial justice come from, and how far can it take us? In this episode, PolicyLink Founder and CEO Angela Glover Blackwell and author and labor activist Bill Fletcher, Jr. unpack the argument that racial equity gives companies a competitive advantage, and what it means for our politics.
31 minutes | 3 years ago
Living on 90 Percent Less Energy: Can We Do It for Climate Justice?
Of all of the things there are to worry about in the Trump era, climate change is at the top of the list. But the failure to act effectively on climate long predates Trump. Anne Peterman, executive director of Global Justice Ecology Project, argues that by promoting market-based solutions such as carbon trading, a series of American presidential administrations have not only failed to address climate change, but have also helped enrich corporations at the expense of poor and indigenous communities worldwide. What we really need in order to solve the climate crisis is a collective effort to transform society. But how might this happen, and what would a truly sustainable world look like?
23 minutes | 3 years ago
Everyday Radicals: What #TheResistance Can Learn From the League of Revolutionary Black Workers
In too much American political discourse, economic issues and identity issues are treated separately, even though they're deeply connected. This has been divisive and disastrous for the Left. But what does a politics that truly integrates race and class look like? The League of Black Revolutionary Workers has an answer. Formed in 1969 and lasting only a few years, the League was one of the most politically sophisticated movements in American history. Dan Georgakas, author of Detroit, I Do Mind Dying, explains what we can learn from them today.
20 minutes | 4 years ago
Take Back the Land beat Bank of America. Here's how they did it.
In Episode Five of Ear to the Pavement, housing organizer Rob Robinson recounts his journey from homelessness to the housing movement, and explains how Take Back the Land, an organization he co-founded, used radical organizing to successfully fight the corporate forces that helped create the foreclosure crisis. Robinson is currently a volunteer organizer with the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI), and is connected to housing and land movements in Europe, South Africa, and Brazil.
52 minutes | 4 years ago
Do We Need a Breitbart of the Left?
Since Trump was elected, leftist independent media outlets have been on the rise. Current Affairs Magazine is at the forefront of this movement. In this episode, Current Affairs founder and editor, Nathan J. Robinson, talks about the experiences that led him to start his own media organization, the importance for the Left of getting out of the elite media bubble and reaching a broad audience, and the crucial ingredients for building an effective progressive media.
33 minutes | 4 years ago
The Urgency of Community Media in an Era of Noise
In Episode Four of Ear to the Pavement, documentary filmmaker and teacher Louis Massiah talks about the importance of using media to focus attention on the concerns and experiences of ordinary people. One of the country's most important and celebrated pioneers in the field of community media, Massiah is Founder and Executive Director of the Scribe Video Center in Philadelphia, a media arts center which has been around since 1982. The center's mission is to help communities in the Philadelphia area learn to make media both as a means of artistic expression, and as a tool for progressive social activism.
30 minutes | 4 years ago
Revisiting Root Shock in an Age of Mass Displacement
As more and more people are displaced by gentrification, war, deportation, economic instability, and other forces, the concept of "Root Shock" is as relevant as ever. In Episode Three of Ear to the Pavement, psychiatrist, author, and scholar Mindy Thompson Fullilove revisits her classic book Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It. Well before it was an accepted idea, Fullilove documented how people's ability - or lack thereof - to put down roots and shape their communities influences not only individual mental health, but society as a whole.
40 minutes | 4 years ago
Inauguration Special: Unpacking Trump
In Episode Two of Ear to the Pavement, we present an extended interview with planning scholar, author, and activist Tom Angotti about his personal reaction to the rise of Donald Trump, how we got here, his biggest concerns, and how progressives might respond. This interview delves further into themes Tom covered in his November piece in Progressive City, Trump: What Can Progressive Planners Do?
19 minutes | 4 years ago
The Brooklyn Wars
In Episode One of Ear to the Pavement, Allison Lirish Dean speaks with New York City-based journalist and author Neil DeMause about gentrification and development in Brooklyn, and his new book, The Brooklyn Wars: The Stories Behind the Making of New York's Most Celebrated Borough
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