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The American Ingredient
27 minutes | Sep 16, 2018
08: The Experience of Race and its Complexity, Pt. 2
Part 2 of Prof. McDaniel’s conversation with Prof. Irizarry. Any discussion of race is a discussion about experiences. While there are some experiences that tie racial groups together, their experiences are not monolithic. The failure to understand the complexity of the racial experience has led to false conclusions and contributed to bad policy. In this episode I speak with Prof. Yasmiyn Irizarry about how the social sciences have overlooked the complexity of the racial experience and what can be done.
33 minutes | Aug 21, 2018
07: The Experience of Race and its Complexity, Pt. 1
Any discussion of race is a discussion about experiences. While there are some experiences that tie racial groups together, their experiences are not monolithic. The failure to understand the complexity of the racial experience has led to false conclusions and contributed to bad policy. In this episode I speak with Prof. Yasmiyn Irizarry about how the social sciences have overlooked the complexity of the racial experience and what can be done.
44 minutes | Jul 22, 2018
06: What are we getting wrong about Latino politics?
Recently television pundit Tucker Carlson suggested that the influx of Latinos into the U.S. is an attempt on the part of the Mexican government to influence American elections. This view of the rise of Latino politics may represent a fringe view, but it also represents many of our blind spots in relation to understanding Latino Politics. In this episode, I speak with Prof. Matt Barreto who discusses his Latino Decisions polling firm and how his work on Latino politics has illuminated the intricacies of the Latino political experience and helped advance how political scientists understand political behavior.
45 minutes | Jun 18, 2018
05: What economic historians can tell us about race problems?
A growing number of social scientists have focused on historical events to test theories with historical data to see if there is something missing from the historical narrative. In this episode, I interview Prof. Trevon Logan, an economist who uses economic theories and methods to shed light on the historical experience of Blacks. His work updates and corrects many of the beliefs we had about Black experience and highlights the various ways Black Americans have expressed empowerment culturally and politically.
45 minutes | May 21, 2018
04: The problem with the Black family
This episode presents the work of Prof. Anthony Brown (University of Texas), who examines how the narrative of dysfunctional Black families has influenced education policy. As a historian of the social sciences, Prof. Brown demonstrates how both Black and White scholars in the early 20th century advanced the image of the absent Black father. Further, he highlights that the image of the Black male as being both simple and beastly has dictated policy since the first slaves were brought to America. Even though these assumptions about Black families and Black men have been proven false, they continue to shape how we approach racial disparities in a variety of policy realms. Prof. Brown’s work demonstrates how certain narratives can be powerful, long lasting, and harmful.
32 minutes | Apr 16, 2018
03: Should we really be surprised by the election of President Trump?
This episode presents the work of Prof. Christopher Parker (University of Washington), who has examined the role of race in explaining the rise of the Tea Party and the election of President Trump. Prof. Parker highlights how these groups have been able to tap into deep seated feelings about race to mobilize support and attempt to drastically change American policy. He further highlights the difficulties the social sciences have had in understanding the centrality of race in American politics.
28 minutes | Mar 19, 2018
02: Will multiethnic coalitions transform American elections?
This episode presents the work of Prof. Andrea Benjamin (University of Missouri), whose recent book examines the formation and maintenance of multiethnic coalitions. Using data from multiple local elections, elite interviews, and public opinion surveys, Prof. Benjamin explains how multiethnic coalitions are the future of American politics. She further discusses how these coalitions can drastically change the political empowerment of racial minorities.
31 minutes | Feb 16, 2018
01: What can the world tell us about U.S. reparations?
The American Ingredient’s inaugural episode presents the work of Professor Kathy Powers (University of New Mexico). Through her analysis of international politics, Prof. Powers discusses the difficulties and possible pathways for African Americans to make a successful case for reparations. in the United States. She also demonstrates how African American leaders have learned from international examples to make successful claims at the local level.
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