We talk with Gabrielle Gurley, Deputy Editor, American Prospect, about the effects of climate change on how we live. We talk about the power grid, and how it should be reconfigured for security, reliability, and its effect on climate.
We chat with Rebecca Burns, an investigative reporter, about housing for now and the future. There is a shortage of housing now, especially for low-income residents. We talk about PadSplit, a 'airBnb for flophouses', their availability, and the possible abuses of such developments, especially if they are investor-owned and operated. We agree that owner-occupied rental units are a way to avoid some problems. A critical mass of occupants is needed to push for changes in regulations.
We speak with Zandra Rice Hawkins, of Granite State Progress. We discuss the NH Free State Movement, which has now captured many offices and committee chairmanships in the NH State Legislature. The Republican majority leader is a Free Stater, and the governor has sided with them.
We speak with Leah Nylen, an anti-trust reporter. We discuss the appointment of Leah Khan as chair of the FTC. Prof. Khan is an anti-trust voice, and we discuss what likely reforms she will make.
We discuss the partial agreement on infrastructure, which only deals with physical infrastructure, not human infrastructure. We also talk about climate change, and how will affect Florida and the warmer parts of this country.
We discuss the political landscape in Texas, particularly how the governor's race will be affected. We also discuss the unvaccinated people's vote, and how this will affect the national elections in the near future.
We talk with Glen Smith about Texas. Glen is from Progress Texas, and is familiar with the politics of Texas.
We discuss the conflict between Republicans and Democrats in the Texas Legislature. This conflict has most recently come to view when the Democrats left the Chamber to deny the Republicans a quorum when voting on the highly restrictive voting bill the Republicans are ramming through. The governor has cut off funding for the legislature as a result, in effect "vetoing" the Legislature. Court cases are likely to follow.
Part 2: We discuss with Robert Hockett, of the Cornell Law School, and with Bill Curry, former aide to Bill Clinton, the effect of the climate change on setting priorities in any kind of infrastructure bill. How will such a bill be debated? Should there be a public debate?
Part 1: We talk to Eliga Gould, professor of history at UNH, about the second Amendment justifications for carrying guns. We note that the right as stated in the Amendment mentions "well-regulated militia", not self-constituted armed groups or gangs. This is also an issue for conflict between states and the federal government. That point was settled by the Civil War.
Part 2: We discuss teaching slavery with Raphael Rogers, who is a professor at Clark University. There are many misconceptions and outright lies about the true state of slavery, as was practiced in the US. We need to return to original source material (narratives), rather than propaganda (about kind slave owners) to understand the impact of slavery.
Part 1: We discuss food production methods with Claire Kelloway, a reporter and researcher. We talk about how food production has become commodified, and the monopoly power large producers have with respect to animals used for food, production consolidation, and the vulnerabilities associated with this practice.
Part 2: We speak with Bob Hennelly, who is a reporter for labor issues. We discuss the NYC mayoral race, the effects of the pandemic, and the problems associated with the general ennui as a result. We also note the abnormal transition of power due to Trump's refusal to concede.
Part 1: We discuss the For the People Act with Dan Weiner, from the Brennan Center for Justice. With the SCOTUS rulings curtailing the Voting Rights Act, and the normalization of voter suppression, we need mobilization on this issue more than ever.
Part 2: We talk with Barry Woods, from PlugIn America, about the Global eDrivers Alliance. The increasing number of options for electric vehicles is bringing these closer to middle class consumers. We discuss various issues, such as increased ranges for EV's, and how EV's can provide stability and sustainability in transportation and power supplies.
Part 1: We discuss Juneteenth, and the American mythology around race and democracy. We cannot erase the true history of the US. Slavery was not erased, but replaced with restrictive laws and practices.
Part 2: We note that evangelical and Catholic numbers are decreasing, even as they become more vocal. Voter suppression of more liberal voters is becoming harsher. The Democrats are not as good at messaging as the Republicans, who have been playing the long game.
Part 1: We have a conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of the Quorum report, about Texas politics. The governor, Abbott, is preparing his run for president, with a new emphasis on building a wall in Texas, with contributions, though he has pledged hundreds of millions of dollars of Texas taxpayer money. The electrical grid in Texas is collapsing. What is the legality of building a contributors' list for his campaign?
Part 2: We talk with Harold Meyerson and Bill Curry about the filibuster problem, as emphasized by Joe Manchin's actions by insisting on 'bipartisanship'. What strategy should the Democrats pursue to pass HR1, in light of their small majority in Congress?
Part 1: Joel Christensen, Prof. and Chair, Classics, Brandeis, talks with us about fathers and sons. How do we identify ourselves in relation to others, especially our fathers?
Part 2: stef shuster, Assistant Professor of Sociology, discusses the problems that trans individuals have finding appropriate health care. Trans-gender is not an illness or disease, but patients need more specialized treatment than others. Medical schools' response for training has been lacking.