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Episode 1032

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Dec 2 2018

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Natasha Lennard

What the New York Times doesn't write about when it writes about policing and White supremacy.

Writer Natasha Lennard explains what the press misses about the links between White supremacists and the police - from anecdotal, incidental reporting that misses the historical and structural anti-Blackness of law enforcement in the US, to the absent coverage of the movement for Black Lives, itself a challenge to the media's consistent blindspot on policing and racism.

Natasha wrote the article Even the FBI Thinks Police Have Links to White Supremacists - but Don’t Tell the New York Times for the Intercept.



Pero Dagbovie

On learning, and living, Black history in the American present.

Historian Pero Dagbovie surveys the contested, shifting grounds of Black history in modern American society - from struggles over the voices presenting the African American past in both academia and popular culture, to the ways history itself is taught and presented by institutions - and lived and understood by people in the 21st century.

Pero is author of Reclaiming the Black Past: The Use and Misuse of African American History in the Twenty-First Century from Verso.



Sarah Churchwell

Can you keep endlessly expanding? A century of selling America to ourselves.

Historian Sarah Churchwell explores a century of American ideology through two slogans - the narrowing of "American dream" from its egalitarian aspiration into a motto of personal accumulation, and the deeply authoritarian, exclusionary ends of America First ideology that stretch throughout America's past, and into the present.

Sarah is author of Behold, America: The Entangled History of "America First" and "the American Dream" from Basic Books.



Zoe Samudzi

On seeing an Africa beyond our anti-Blackness.

Writer Zoé Samudzi examines the blindspots in the Western political imagination when it views Africa - as a continent flattened and dehumanized by our anti-Blackness, and a site of continued economic and military predation by imperialist Western governments - and calls for the left to examine its own internal and international racism problem if it is to find true solidarity with people across the world.

Zoe wrote the article Africa’s Place in the Radical Imagination for ROAR Magazine.



Jeff Dorchen

The great reshuffling: Why it has never not always been just like this.

In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen questions the question 'what have we become' and answers back 'nothing new,' just the same mix of cruelty and generosity and barbarism and kindness and rape and corn syrup and ignorance and cowardice and finance and idealism since our ancestors clambered down from the trees and started destroying the world.

Read the transcript here