#360 : “In their own words.” Some of our best interviews from 2017.

On race and crime in America. On tyranny and how to fight it. Plus, a remembrance of commentator Fred Rotondaro and his final conversation with this podcast.

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Law professor James Forman Jr. puts truth to the lie that African Americans don’t care about crime. Author Tim Snyder says Trump’s America is not a tyranny …. yet. But could we slip into one? And our remembrance of Fred Rotondaro.


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James Forman Jr.

James Forman Jr. is a law professor at Yale, a former public defender,  and the author of  Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America.  Last July,  he spoke with us about how America’s  aggressive “war on crime” drew support from many African American leaders …. with devastating consequences.  

Timothy Snyder

Yale historian Timothy Snyder has spent decades studying the rise of fascism and authoritarianism  in Europe, and is the author of  On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the 20th Century, In an interview last July, he called on us to learn from that horrific past if we want to avoid repeating it.

Fred Rotondaro

Fred Rotondaro passed away in June at the age of 78.  Born into a coal mining family in Pennsylvania, Fred’s path led him to a PhD in American Studies from NYU and a career in journalism, teaching, anti-poverty work  and civil rights advocacy.  Following his retirement, he was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.  Fred was a fierce opponent of programs and policies that promoted economic inequality, and we are grateful to have had him as a regular commentator on this podcast.  This is Fred Rotondaro …. in a final interview with us last April about what he really thought about President Trump.

 

Jim Hightower

Hard times (still) in the fields.

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