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Endnotes: Indebted Societies (Andreas Wiedemann)

Nov 15 • 25:04

Whether it be earning a college degree, buying a house, or addressing income shortfalls, access to credit is essential for many people’s well-being and social opportunities in today’s richest countries. Yet, with credit also comes the burden of debt, which many are shouldering in an unsteady economic climate. But why are some people in some countries more indebted than oth...

#Changemakers: Develop a Thick Skin & Get in the Game (Dennis McBride MPA ’80)

Nov 10 • 24:11

Endnotes: Pushing Cool: Big Tobacco, Racial Marketing, and the Untold Story of the Menthol Cigarette (Keith Wailoo)

Oct 28 • 16:32

“I can’t breathe.” Those were George Floyd’s final words before he was murdered by police in Minneapolis — just outside a store known as the best place to buy menthol cigarettes. 

Today’s rise in Black deaths, cries of “I can’t breathe,” and the menthol cigarette can all be linked to a long history of race and exploitation. This is revealed in a new book by historian Keith ...

Endnotes: 9/11 and the Rise of Global Anti-Terrorism Law (Kim Lane Scheppele)

Sep 8 • 27:59

President Joe Biden confirmed the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan just 11 days shy of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Now, Afghanistan remains in turmoil following a takeover by Taliban forces.The melancholy moment has thrust into focus the past 20 years, as experts comment on how the U.S. could’ve done better. Yet, much of what transpired in the past two de...

#Changemakers: Learning From Opportunity (Maribel Hernández Rivera MPA ’10)

Sep 2 • 25:45

Maribel Hernández Rivera MPA ’10 came to the United States, undocumented from Mexico, when she was 13 years old. Since then, she’s dedicated her life to immigration law and policy. Today, she is district director for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). She previously served as executive director of legal initiatives for the New York City Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affai...

#Changemakers: Good Leadership is Humble Leadership (Rich Harwood MPA ’84)

Jul 19 • 27:47

As the president and founder of the Harwood Institute of Public Innovation, Rich Harwood MPA '84, is passionate about seeing communities do their best. The Harwood Institute’s mission is to empower communities with the tools to bridge divides, build capacity, and tackle shared challenges. His newest book, "Unleashed: A Proven Way Communities Can Spread Change and Make Hope...

#Changemakers: Stepping Up to the Plate (Evan Draim '16)

Jun 8 • 25:20

Evan Draim '16 is a current student at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School. After graduating from Princeton University in 2016, Evan moved to northern Virginia and accepted a job at Service Source, a nonprofit that provides job employment opportunities to people with disabilities. In this episode, he discusses his journey to law school, his future as a Judg...

#Changemakers: Invest Not Just in Knowledge — But Skills, Too (Martín E. De Simone MPA ’18)

May 27 • 26:50

For Martín E. De Simone MPA ’18, growing up during the Argentinian economic crisis of 2001 shaped his desire to work in public policy. Today, he’s an education specialist for the World Bank in the Western and Central Africa region and credits the Princeton SPIA for preparing him for the role. He discusses his journey from Argentina to the United States and elsewhere in thi...

#Changemakers: Big Risks, Big Opportunities (Yasmin Elhady MPP ‘15)

May 12 • 33:12

Yasmin Elhady MPP ’15 is an attorney, public policy specialist, and stand-up comedian. She’s performed all over Washington, D.C., including at The Kennedy Center and The DC Improv, and she’s toured nationally and internationally in the United Kingdom. Her alter ego is “Yasguru,” a hyperactive relationship advisor with silly videos on YouTube and Instagram. In this episode,...

Immigration & White Xenophobia in the United States (Doug Massey)

Apr 21 • 27:08
While on the campaign trail in 2015, President Donald Trump referred to Mexicans as “criminals” and “rapists,” inciting disdain from Hispanics, Latinos, and other racial groups. The rhetoric wove itself not only into the campaign but Trump’s entire tenure as president, marking a sharp turn from racially coded dog-whistle politics to more explicit white xenophobia. A volum...

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