Political poetry for our times from Skip Tenczar
Some politicians fear discussion about race,
They want it out of classrooms leaving no trace.
Their intent isn’t a mystery,
Because when you ban history
We become a regressive society running in place.
Part one Housing: a conversation with Slate.com's Henry Grabar.
We discuss the problem of housing in the United States. Home prices have soared, and many people are unable to buy a house. Many factors have contributed: low interest rates, wealth in the stock market, low inventory of housing. There has been a low building rate in the last few years. Cost of building has risen dramatically.. But there are other factors which we explore in our conversation.
Bio: Henry Grabar writes for Slate.com. He is a journalist who writes about architecture, real estate, transportation, and the environment.
City Councils Are Villains of the Housing Crisis Their members have too much power over what gets built—or, more often, what doesn’t.
The Good News About the Insane Real Estate Market You’ve lost your 10th bidding war. Are you radicalized yet?
We discuss options for increasing access to education with Michelle Miller-Adams, who was member of the Biden Harris education policy committee. Biden has advanced proposals for increasing the number of years that education should be supported by the government, in various ways: pre-kindergarten, and post-high school. We talk about the “college promise”. Currently, there is not any equity among states, new proposals should address this.
Michelle Miller-Adams is a senior researcher at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and a professor of political science at Grand Valley State University. An expert on asset-building and economic development strategies, she received her PhD in political science and master of international affairs from Columbia University, and bachelor of arts in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her professional career has spanned the fields of nonprofit management, finance, research, and academia.
Miller-Adams is the author of the first book on the Kalamazoo Promise, The Power of a Promise: Education and Economic Renewal in Kalamazoo (W.E. Upjohn Institute, 2009) and an e-book on the free college movement entitled Promise Nation: Transforming Communities through Place-Based Scholarships(W.E. Upjohn Institute, 2015). She was the principal investigator for a Ford Foundation–sponsored research project that culminated in the publication of Owning Up: Poverty, Assets, and the American Dream (Brookings Institution Press, 2002). She is also the author of The World Bank: New Agendas in a Changing World(Routledge, 1999). Miller-Adams speaks regularly with local and national media about free-college programs and consults with states and communities designing their own Promise initiatives. Miller-Adams lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with her daughter and two dogs.