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#1356 The Many, Many Problems with Cops and Why Reform is Impossible

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Air Date: 7–6-2020

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Today we take a look at the problems with cops that aren't the obvious, racist problems. We're talking about the rules that help protect bad cops from accountability, the police unions that insist on those rules and the lack of state or national policies that would structurally disincentivize the hiring or continued employment of problem officers.

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#1355 I Can't Breathe, The Three Words That Define an Era

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Air Date: 6–29-2020

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Today we take a look deeper at the concept of "I can't breathe," going beyond the literal utterances by victims of police brutality and COVID-19 sufferers to the metaphorical epidemic of exhaustion, burnout, depression and disaffection in the US and around the world.

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#1354 Police violence and racism are a product of our past (Uprising, Crackdown, Authoritarianism)

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Air Date: 6–22-2020

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Today we take a look at the history of racist policing which flows seamlessly into our present racist policing which itself flows into Trump's authoritarian glee at the opportunity to consolidate violent, racist power in response to protests against violent, racist power.

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#1353 Uprising, George Floyd was the spark that ignited the world

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Air Date: 6–17-2020

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Today we take a look at the uprising sparked by the killing of George Floyd in the context of a world in which that event was just the last straw in an innumerable series of straws. 

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#1352 Racism In America, The Last 160 Years, Explained

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Air Date: 6–10-2020

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Today we take a look at the long arc of racism in America as a primer for many of the topics it would be good for you to be acquainted with as we live through yet another convulsive societal awakening regarding racism and police abuse in our country. If you only ever share one episode of this podcast with friends, family or another else, make it this one.

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