Episodes

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Segregated By Design: Race and Urban Planning in Dallas | Collin Yarbrough | YDHTY, S2E14

In the prior episode on infrastructure, we discussed how the interstate highway system spawned a migration of businesses to the suburbs, where rent and property were cheaper. This left many lower-income workers in central cities without access to employment or the means to get there. This was...
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China vs US Infrastructure Spending: A Comparison  | Nathaniel Baum-Snow | YDHTY, S2E13

In 1956, the US embarked on a 10-year mission to connect its major cities via the Interstate Highway System. When the project was completed in 1992 (a little over 10 years, for those of you doing the math) China began a similar journey to transform its own infrastructure. As Congress debates the...
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Want a Strong Democracy? Make Sure You Have Strong Enemies | Bob Talisse | YDHTY, S2E12

In the 2000 presidential campaign, George W. Bush campaigned on the idea of being a "uniter, not a divider". His successor, Barack Obama, made post-partisanship the centerpiece of his bid for president. Even Donald Trump, who invited every woman who accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment to sit...
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Vietnam, Iraq, & Afghanistan - How Public Opinion Supports Forever Wars | Arjun Moorthy - The Factual | YDHTY, S2E11

As US troops began their withdrawal from Afghanistan and Americans began to see scenes of Afghans crowding Kabul's airport in an attempt to flee the country and Taliban parading the streets, sometimes in vehicles abandoned by the US military, The Factual ran a series of polls measuring their...
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What Makes a Political Extremist? | Quassim Cassam | YDHTY, s2E10

In the first episode of this series on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan a question came up that went to the root of both the events leading up to the 9/11 attacks and instances of domestic extremism in the US today: Why do comfortable people seek purpose in political violence? While the attacks...
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The Withdrawal From Afghanistan: A Soldier's Perspective | YDHTY, S2E8

The withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan last month has spurred discussions around the purpose of a war many Americans had hadn't talked out since it began 20 years ago. Since August of this year, cable news has dedicated more time to covering the region than in the prior 5 years combined. ...
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Critical Race Theory - What the Polls SAy | Arjun Moorthy | The Factual | YDHTY, S2E7

In the debate over the teaching of critical race theory in America's public schools, the loudest voices are often the ones disrupting school board meetings and promoting weak theories it's part of a neo-Marxist effort to upend American society. Like many involved in this debate, these voices tend...
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Misunderstanding History: What Both Sides Get Wrong About Critical Race Theory | YDHTY, S2E6

The debate around critical race theory in America's public schools seemingly centers around one question: Which version of American history should our children learn? To Amna Khalid, Associate Professor of History at Carleton College, the answer is simple: All of them. In this episode of YDHTY, we...
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What is Critical Race Theory and Why Are We Fighting About It? | Jean Beaman

As schools in the United States reopen, much of the conversation has been centered around mask and vaccine mandates, or a lack thereof. A quieter, yet no less passionate, issue being discussed is the teaching of critical race theory - a subject that has prompted laws in 28 states to be proposed...
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Tech Censorship (Part 3 of 4) | I Don't Think the The Law Means What You THink It Means | Denise Howell

Social media is a wonderful mechanism for fostering misunderstanding between people. This effect is no less true than in the conversation over First Amendment rights and Section 230 - both of which have been invoked in the debate over the role tech companies play in what Americans post and consume...
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