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  • emPrinciples of a Pluralist Commonwealthem
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    Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth

    Gar Alperovitz talked about his book Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth, in which he argues that the U.S. needs an economic and political system that departs from both capitalism and…

  • emLifes Workem
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    Life's Work

    Dr. Willie Parker, a Christian abortion provider in Mississippi and Alabama, participated in a panel discussion on his book, Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice

  • James Forman Discusses emLocking Up Our Ownem
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    Locking Up Our Own

    Professor James Forman talked about his book Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, in which he examines criminal justice polices put in place in the early 1970s and…

  • Eric Liu Discusses emYoure More Powerful Than You Thinkem
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    You're More Powerful than You Think

    Eric Liu talked about his book You’re More Powerful than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen, in which he discusses how citizens can mobilize their power to bring about…

  • Steve Early Discusses emRefinery Townem
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    Refinery Town

    Steve Early talked about his book, Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money, and the Remaking of an American City, about the fight by the citizens of Richmond, California, against Chevron, the…

  • Dean Baker Discusses emRiggedem
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    Dean Baker talked about his book Rigged: How Globalization and the Rules of the Modern Economy Were Structured to Make the Rich Richer, in which he argues that government policies, not…

  • April Ryan Hosts Discussion on Race Relations in America
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    Race Relations in America

    April Ryan moderated a discussion on race relations in America. She was joined in conversation by Joy-Ann Reid, author of Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide; Mary Frances…

  • Cathy ONeil Discusses emWeapons of Math Destructionem
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    Weapons of Math Destruction

    Cathy O’Neil talked about her book Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, in which she examines how data algorithms impact society. She’s…

  • Zachary Roth Discusses emThe Great Suppressionem
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    The Great Suppression

    Zachary Roth talked about his book The Great Suppression: Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy, in which he examines what impact legal rulings on…

  • Reverend Billy Talen Discusses emThe Earth Wants Youem
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    The Earth Wants You

    Reverend Bill Talen talked about his book The Earth Wants You, in which he presents his critique of capitalism and consumerism.

  • emThe Poverty Industryem
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    The Poverty Industry

    Professor Daniel Hatcher talked about his book The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens, in which he argues that states and local governments are…

  • Duncan Clark on emAlibabaem
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    Duncan Clark talked about his book, Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built, about Jack Ma and the creation of Alibaba, an e-commerce company that rivals Amazon. Mr. Clark has known Mr. Ma, a…

  • emThe Invisiblesem
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    The Invisibles

    Jesse Holland talked about his book The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House, in which he looks at the lives of slaves in the White House and reports…

  • Discussion on Race in America
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    Race In America

    April Ryan moderated a discussion on race in the media, politics, and American culture. Panelists talked about the rise in race-related incidents, their origins and possible solutions. She was…

  • emWhen We Fight We Winem
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    When We Fight, We Win

    Greg Jobin-Leeds and others talked about his book, When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World, about social movements and…

  • emWe Too Sing Americaem
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    We Too Sing America

    Deepa Iyer talked about her book We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim, and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future, in which she catalogs recent racial flashpoints in the…

  • emThe Speechem
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    The Speech

    Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) talked about his eight and a half hour speech that he delivered on the Senate floor on December 10, 2010. In the speech, Senator Sanders was critical of President…

  • Stephen Harding on emLast to Dieem
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    Last to Die

    Stephen Harding talked about his book, Last to Die: A Defeated Empire, a Forgotten Mission, and the Last American Killed in World War II, about the last U.S. troop to die in World War II.…

  • emClay Water Brickem
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    Clay Water Brick

    Jessica Jackley talked about her book, Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least, about the impact entrepreneurs living in many of the world’s…

  • emLast to Dieem
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    Last to Die

    Stephen Harding talked about his book, Last to Die: A Defeated Empire, a Forgotten Mission, and the Last American Killed in World War II, about U.S. Army Air Forces Sergeant Anthony J.…

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