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This is Hell!

Summary: Long-form interviews with writers, thinkers and workers from around the world and across the spectrum of experience.

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 Driverless vehicles and workless drivers / Dateline Pas Ris | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:26

Political scientist Maya Rockeymoore examines the coming labor impact of autonomous vehicles. Maya is co-author of the report "Stick Shift: Autonomous Vehicles, Driving Jobs, and the Future of Work" from the Center for Global Policy Solutions. / Dans un moment de vérité, Jeff Dorchen puts the "ris" in Paris.

 The feminine critique: How feminism lost its promise. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:00:24

Writer Jessa Crispin explains why feminism has lost its radical promise - and how to recapture it. Jessa wrote the book Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto from Melville House. PLUS: Question From Hell!

 Selling empowerment / Trump in a time of hate. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:03:30

Development researcher Rebecca Reeve explains how the garment industry packages exploitation as empowerment. Rebecca wrote the article "PR, profit and ‘empowering women’ in the garment industry" for openDemocracy. Journalist Michelle Chen examines the rise of hate groups in the Obama and Trump terms. Michelle wrote the article "Donald Trump’s Rise Has Coincided With an Explosion of Hate Groups" for The Nation. PLUS: Listener feedback / The week in posting

 How torture became normal in American policy. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:25

Security analyst Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault traces the roots of America's new torture norms to pre-9/11 conservatism. Elizabeth is author of "How the Gloves Came Off: Lawyers, Policy Makers, and Norms in the Debate on Torture" from Columbia University Press. PLUS: Chuck vs hate / Rotten History

 A policy history of the US drone war in Afghanistan / A gutfull of meat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:34

Kabul-based journalist Kate Clark examines the future of drone killings - in Afghanistan and beyond. Kate wrote the articles "Afghanistan, birthplace of the armed drone" and "Targeted Killings – a future model for Afghanistan?" for Afghanistan Analysts Network. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen spills his guts about meat eating.

 Wander woman: The flâneuse walks the city. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:54

Writer Lauren Elkin explores the liberatory power of simply wandering around the city, on foot, as a woman. Lauren is author of the book "Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London" from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

 Undocumented Filipinos against Trump / Where the left finds itself now. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:32

Policy analyst Alyssa Aquino reports on the experience of undocumented Filipino immigrants in Trump's America. Alyssa wrote the article "Undocumented Filipinos Are Living a Special Nightmare in Trump’s America" at Foreign Policy in Focus. / Writer Judith Levine discusses radicalism, liberalism and things worse than fear in the Trump era. Judith wrote the essay "Descent into Liberalism" at n+1. / PLUS: Listener Feedback

 A history (and present) of America’s feminist / conservative divide. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:49

Historian Marjorie Spruill traces the ongoing, 40+ year battle between feminism and Christian conservatism. Marjorie is author of "Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics" from Bloomsbury. PLUS: Chuck vs discrimination / Rotten History

 Parenting after incarceration / All dystopia, all day. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:16

Journalist Victoria Law examines the legal labyrinth facing parents post-incarceration. Victoria wrote the recent article "Double Punishment: After Prison, Moms Face Legal Battles to Reunite With Kids" for Truthout. In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen monitors our constant dystopia.

 How for-profit colleges create, and cash in on, inequality. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 57:19

Sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom traces the for-profit college boom to our busted economy. Tressie is author of the book "Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy" from The New Press. / PLUS: Question From Hell!

 The wrong end of political polling / What’s inside Vault 7? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:01:40

Political scientist Susan Kang pokes holes in the flawed gospel of political polling. Susan wrote the article What Nate Missed in the latest issue of Jacobin. / Journalist Marcy Wheeler unpacks the scope of the Vault7-Wikileaks-CIA-hacking dump. PLUS: Listener Mail

 The climate movement could remake the Democratic Party. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:15

Journalist Kate Aronoff explains why the climate movement needs a new politics, beyond the Democratic establishment. Kate is author of the cover story The Climate Movement Goes to War with Trump at In These Times. PLUS: A Day Without Pedants / Rotten History

 Introducing the Communist Manifesto / Privatization In Public | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:08

Political theorist Jodi Dean explains why the Communist Manifesto is more relevant, and needed, than ever. Jodi wrote the introduction to a new edition of The Communist Manifesto from Pluto Press. / In a Moment of Truth, Jeff Dorchen goes public on privatization.

 A lesson in Buddhist economics. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:58

Economist Clair Brown lays out the framework for a new compassion within economics. Clair is author of the book "Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science" from Bloomsbury Press. PLUS: Question From Hell!

 Trump vs neoliberalism? / The case for the Women’s Strike | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:40

Writer Nicole Aschoff looks from the start of Trump's presidency to the end of neoliberalism. Nicole wrote the article "The Glory Days are Over" for Jacobin. / n+1 editor Dayna Tortorici makes the case for a Women's Strike now. Well, March 8th. Dayna wrote the new piece "While the Iron Is Hot: The case for the Women's Strike" at n+1.


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