Conversations with Tyler (podcast): The Complacent Class

The tables are turned on Tyler Cowen, and he is the interviewee in this promotional episode of his new book, The Complacent Class.

Americans are moving less, starting fewer businesses, marrying people more like ourselves, and choosing as much as we can based on algorithms that wall us off from anything that might be too new or different. As a result, we could see a version of America that is more segregated, more unequal, and no longer the leader of tomorrow’s greatest achievements.


99% Invisible (podcast):

Sanctuary Part 1: Church

Sanctuary Part 2: State

This two-part series on the Sanctuary movement in the 80s makes me want to go read The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver with Biggie.

The Allusionist (PRX): Sanctuary

The Allusionist goes back to explore the earlier conception of Sanctuary in medieval England.


Backstory (podcast): Border Patrols — Policing in America

In the second episode of our two-part series on immigration, we explore how the federal government monitors and polices the undocumented. We’ll consider the origins of illegal immigration, as well as how the government’s deportation powers have grown over time.

Most people don’t know that the first codified immigration policy against a specific ethnic group was against Asians: The Chinese Exclusionary Act of 1882. Know your history or you’re doomed to repeat it.

Related: On the Outs — Restricting American Immigration


Trumpcast (Slate): A History of Racist Ideas

Jamelle Bouie and Ibram Kendi hash out the roots of the Bannon/Miller worldview in American history.

My underlying finding is that ignorance and hate were actually not the roots of racist ideas, but people have long created racist ideas to justify existing racist policies, to normalize racist inequities, and they were so focused on justifying these racist policies because typically they benefited from them…