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September 2nd, 2019

Good morning <<First Name>>,

Happy Labor Day! 

While you're firing up the BBQ and readying yourself for a fun-filled day of food, food and more food (we're salivating at the prospect), we thought you might also want to indulge your ears in a round-up of what we think are some of the very best podcast recommendations we've included in the newsletter over the past couple of months.

So, here are our top five podcast picks to fill your day with joy. 

See you in your inbox next Monday!
 

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LABOR DAY PODCAST PICKS
CRIMINAL JUSTICE:

KIM KARDASHIAN AND THE INCARCERATION NATION


The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. So large in fact that if it’s prison population were a city, it would rank among the country’s 10 largest.  Kim Kardashian wants to help address that.

Last year, she successfully persuaded President Trump to pardon Alice Johnson, a woman who had already served over two decades in prison for a first-time, non-violent drug offense. Kardashian went on to hear from dozens of other incarcerated women with stories like Alice’s, and was so moved by what she heard she pledged to fight for prison reform. In the past three months, she has helped free 17 inmates… all while studying to become a lawyer.

In this podcast interview, Jason Flom from the Innocence Project, which fights for criminal justice reform and the exoneration of wrongly convicted prisoners, speaks to Kim Kardashian on why she’s using her voice for this cause. 

00:59:22

GERRYMANDERING:
FROM BLUE TO RED

In 2010 the Republican party spent an estimated $30 million on an innovative strategy called REDMAP (short for the Redistricting Majority Project) in order to win control over a number of vulnerable statehouses and thereby seize control over the redistricting processes. The REDMAP website was clear in their intentions: “The party controlling that effort controls the drawing of the maps—shaping the political landscape for the next 10 years.”

And it worked. The Republicans gained nearly 700 state legislative seats, flipping 21 statehouses from Democrat to Republican - the largest increase in modern electoral history. This meant they gained complete control over the redistricting process in half the country. And what happened next fundamentally changed the course of the elections that followed.

In this episode, Planet Money discusses the impact of REDMAP on the U.S. electoral system… and what it means for democracy.


00:21:59


OPIOID EPIDEMIC:
AND THEN THE MARKET WAS FLOODED...

Between 2007 and 2012, 9 million hydrocodone pills were supplied to a town in West Virginia… of 392 people. Was every man, woman and child really consuming 12 pills a day for those five years? Of course they weren’t. 

In this episode we learn about the pharmaceutical distributors who flooded the U.S. market with prescription pills, and what happened when one man tried to stop them: ex-DEA officer, Joe Rannazzisi. 

00:55:48

POLARIZATION: 
THAT WHICH DIVIDES US

We are living in what seems like increasingly polarized political times. While the gulf between Republicans and Democrats gapes ever wider, across the Atlantic, European politics is being fractured by the rise of far-right populism. But what lies at the heart of these ideological differences? What leads us to form our political affiliations?
In this episode, Hidden Brain delves into some of the social and biological causes driving our partisan divide. 


00:52:53

MATERNAL MORTALITY:
LOST MOTHERS

Maternal mortality has been rising in the U.S. for the past 30 years. Yet it is a crisis that’s gone largely under-discussed and under-reported. Pro-Publica and NPR’s collaborative series “Lost Mothers” sought to change that, covering the stories of those who have been affected by complications surrounding childbirth and pregnancy, and investigating the myriad of failures of the U.S. healthcare system in perpetuating this issue. In this episode, we hear from ProPublica reporter, Nina Martin, on what prompted her to start this landmark investigation into America’s maternal mortality crisis and what she discovered in the process.

00:21:26

Words by: Emma-Louise Boynton
Editing by: Jim Cowles, Stacy Perez and Emma-Louise Boynton
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