Over a week after the midterms, there's uncertainty in key races in Florida and Georgia. We examine the pervasive conspiracy theories around vote counting. Plus, Amazon has concluded their infamous HQ2 search. At the time, it seemed like a reality show contest. What did it cost the participants? Also, how Amazon fits into a history of anti-trust attitudes in the U.S. And, a look back at a time when capitalism squared off against Jim Crow — and won.
1. Will Sommer [ @ willsommer ] digs into the conspiratorial buzz around the Florida recounts and how right-wing media is fueling doubt.
2. David Dayen [ @ ddayen ] talks about Amazon's HQ2 sweepstakes and what the contest may have cost participants and the public.
3. Stacy Mitchell [ @ stacyfmitchell ] goes through the history of anti-trust regulation and where Amazon fits in as a monopoly.
4. Sears once disrupted the power structure of Jim Crow with a mail-order catalog. Louis Hyman [ @ louishyman ] tells the story of how American consumerism squared off against racism.
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The Stories Fires Tell
The Camp Fire in California is the deadliest in the state's history, leaving the entire city of Paradise in ashes. Parts of Malibu were destroyed by the Woolsey Fire, which firefighters are still trying to bring under control as of this writing. Every year, the press rushes to the scene to capture the fury and the heroic images of efforts to manage fires, but we may be missing a deeper, more dangerous story. In August, when the Mendocino Complex Fire was raging, Bob spoke to historian about what the typical media narratives overlook and how we can rethink them.
We're Not Very Good At This
America’s divisions are all the more clear after another frenzied news cycle. This week, we ask a historian and a data scientist whether we humans are capable of governing ourselves. Plus, the post-midterm prognosis on climate change, and how our media have often complicated our country’s founding spirit of self-reflection.
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3. Mary Christina Wood, University of Oregon law professor, on the public trust doctrine. .
4. Jill Lepore, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer, on the enduring argument over the role of government in American life.
5. Joshua M. Epstein, director of NYU's Agent-Based Modeling Lab, on the computerized models that can teach us about how we behave in groups.
Why We're So Polarized
Last week on our show, Bob spoke with , about the reasons behind the tribalism and enmity that characterize our politics. The conversation covered a lot of ground, and much of it — including the political decisions that have shaped the two major parties over the past 50 years, as well as the distinct ways that Republicans and Democrats deploy partisan rage — didn’t make it into our tightly packed show. But, it’s too interesting and important to leave on the cutting room floor, so we’re sharing it as this week’s midterm edition podcast extra. Enjoy!
After a week of hate-fueled attacks, we examine the "dotted line" from incitement to violence. We dig deep into tribalism and how it widens the gulf between Republicans and Democrats. Plus, the history of antisemitic propaganda and how it inspires modern-day violence. Also, why is the GOP running against California in midterm races around the country?
1. A look at the possible connections between hateful rhetoric and violent acts, with law professor Garrett Epps [ @Profepps ] , historian
2. Leo Ferguson [ @LeoFergusonnyc ] of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice on the history of antisemitic propaganda.
3. Lilliana Mason [ @LilyMasonPhD ], author of Uncivil Agreement: How Politics Became Our Identity, on tribalism and partisanship.
4. Why is California the bogeyman in the midterms? Lawrence Wright [ @lawrence_wright ] on the California/Texas relationship, KQED's Marisa Lagos [ @mlagos ] with the view from California, and Seth Masket [ @smotus ] of the University of Denver on the Californication of Colorado.