Manufacturing Dissent Since 1996
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It's a union town, so it developed with this expectation of living wages and middle class life and having home - all these things that are the American dream in so many ways. The consequences of the economic system, the consequences of strategic inequality that have never really been reckoned with, in Flint and in many other places - we're seeing the consequences of these slow burn emergencies. With the water crisis, in many ways its the result of infrastructure inequality that goes back decades.

Journalist Anna Clark traces the toxic politics that poisoned the people of Flint - from the actions of state and local officials under financial emergency management, to the large-scale structural problems deep within American society - of racialized, strategic inequality, and the corrosion of the notion of a universal, public good.

Anna is author of The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy from Metropolitan Books.


Posted by Alexander Jerri

Here's what Chuck is reading this week to prepare for Saturday's show:

Gary Rivlin - Katrina: After the Flood

Matthieu Aikins - The Gangs of Karachi [subscription required] / Yemen's Hidden War

Kevan Harris - The Spectre of Global China by Ching Kwan Lee

Alyssa Katz - The Influence Machine

Rael Dawtry - Why wealthier people think people are wealthier, and why it matters.

Aug 15 2015
Posted by Alexander Jerri

Chuck is on vacation in Michigan's poorest county and we're trying to switch podcast URLs. See you soon!

Aug 8 2015
Episode 860


Aug 1 2015
Episode 859


Jul 25 2015
Episode 858


Jul 18 2015
Episode 857


Jul 11 2015
Episode 856

Founder's Fee

Jul 4 2015
Episode 855

Work Tomorrow

Jun 27 2015