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Interchange – In the Name of the Family: The Moral Uses of Welfare

The “father of the modern welfare state” is said to be Lester Frank Ward, an American sociologist who published his major work in the midst of what is called the Gilded Age, 1870-1900 (which incidentally also dovetails with the end of Reconstruction and the inception of Jim Crow Laws). He believed “A sociology which intelligently and scientifically directed the social …

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Interchange – The Strange Life of Work: Kathi Weeks

Our program today is about the problem of work. In “Life Without Principle” Henry David Thoreau, our great American guide to “getting a life,” wrote of Those slight labors which afford me a livelihood…are as yet commonly a pleasure to me, and I am not often reminded that they are a necessity. So far I am successful. But I foresee …

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Interchange – It Takes a Democrat: Selling out Solidarity

Historian and bestselling author of What’s the Matter with Kansas?, Thomas Frank, came to Bloomington on March 24th promoting his latest attempt at diagnosing our decades-long liberal malaise and ineptitude in the Democratic Party. While he was here he stopped in to chat with Interchange Assistant Producer Rob Schoon about his new book: Listen, Liberal — which asks the question, …

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Interchange – Populism Against the “Center”

Today our guest, Thea Riofrancos, suggests populism is the not the problem, as so many in the “center” (left and right) fear, but the answer to the decades-long program of neoliberal policies that have created a politically disengaged citizenry. But what flavor of populism? On the left, populism lays bare the class antagonisms that already structure social, economic, and political …

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Interchange – Unmanning Sex: Meghan Murphy on Radical Feminism

Have feminists always been pro-prostitution? Since when has supporting pornography been considered a pro-sex feminist position? And why has feminism seemingly become a catch-all for any and all gender equality issues? Meghan Murphy, the founder and editor of the online feminist media outlet Feminist Current, leads us through the re-radicalizing of feminism: starting with a tour through the individualized, all-inclusive, …

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Top Stories of 2016: Incubating the Certified Tech Park

Today is number 6 on our countdown of the Top Stories of 2016. In this episode, we take a look back at developments related to Bloomington’s Technology Park, otherwise known as the Trades District. Officials debate the project’s design and a citizen group warns of gentrification.

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Interchange – Selling Me, Inc.: Part Three of The Way of Neoliberalism

First corporations became people. Now people are becoming businesses. That’s the logic of the marketplace applied to employment. Tonight, the third episode in our series “The Way of Neoliberalism”: Selling Me, Inc. In our last two episodes we spoke with Wendy Brown and Philip Mirowski to get a sense of where Neoliberal ideas came from, and how they’ve crept into …

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Interchange – For Want of a Better Choice: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton

It’s thought that to get a woman in the White House would be an achievement for all women everywhere, a kind of trickle-down feminism. In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, the mantle of feminist elect has descended on Hillary Clinton and dissent seems tantamount to political betrayal. A new book, False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham …

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Interchange – “No Excuses” Schools: Broken Windows Theory Goes to School

I’m joined by author and educator Jim Horn to discuss his latest book, Work Hard, Be Hard: Journeys Through No Excuses Teaching. Horn explores the ideological contexts for the creation and spread of “no excuses” charter schools with a primary focus on the Knowledge Is Power Program or KIPP. “No Excuses” means schooling that focuses on psychological interventions aimed to …

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Interchange – Breaking the Rulers: The Neoliberal University

One tends to get easily bogged down and confused by the jargon used to describe particular powerful factions in our mislabeled Democracy and it’s hard not to think this is intentional on the part of pundits and policy wonks at billionaire-funded think-tanks. In this episode we try to make clear what the term Neoliberal means and see how it can …

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