- Alyshia Gálvez, City University of New York
Since the North American Free Trade Agreement, American processed foods have flooded the Mexican food market -- with dramatic effects on people’s health. Professor Alyshia Gálvez explains how Mexico became a dumping ground for America’s corn.
- Nathan Jensen, University of Texas at Austin
Business Location Incentives are Ineffective – So Why Do They Persist in American States and Localities?
Using tax incentives to bring businesses to town is expensive and ineffective, but politicians from both parties continue to favor them as a winning political strategy. Jensen argues that requiring state and local governments to document the costs of incentives can make the pros and cons more transparent for the communities who are meant to benefit from them.
- Theda Skocpol, Harvard University
René D. Flores, University of Washington
In the first of three acts for the 100th episode live show, Professors Theda Skocpol and René Flores discuss the role of national and local organizations on the 2016 election outcome, the Trump presidency so far, and what comes next.
- Deondra Rose, Duke University
Gunther Peck, Duke University
For the second act of the live show, Professors Deondra Rose and Gunther Peck dive deep into North Carolina’s contentious politics, the impacts of the state’s voting laws and redistricting efforts, and what these deep divides say about national politics.
- Erin O'Brien, University of Massachusetts Boston
Peter Ubertaccio, Stonehill College
For the final act of the live show, Professors Erin O’Brien and Peter Ubertaccio tackle Massachusetts politics. They dig into the character of the Democratic and Republican parties in the state, and show how the state isn’t as deep blue as many think.
- Peter Dorman, Evergreen State College
The amount of climate change and extreme weather events humanity can expect in the future depends on how much carbon accumulates in the global atmosphere over decades and even centuries. To avert catastrophic climate change, Dorman argues that countries need to set overall carbon budget limits, not just aim for reductions to particular targeted rates of emission in particular years.