Camden's Turn: a story of police reform in progressCamden’s Turn (28:00) is a story of transformation. As views of police and the communities they serve have become polarized across the country, Camden, NJ Police Chief Scott Thomson works to build relationships and calls on his officers “to shift from a warrior mentality to that of a guardian and community builder.” The film profiles Police Chief Scott Thomson, his command staff and officers as they works to implement community policing reforms. After the entire police force was laid off in 2012, Chief Thomson rebuilt the department and instituted a culture of community policing -- incorporating de-escalation training, engaging officers in sports, school book programs and community events, putting officers on bikes in neighborhoods and parks, and getting officers out of patrol cars and walking the beat. Camden's strategy was highlighted by President Obama’s national efforts to implement the recommendations outlined in the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. After years of mistrust, violent crime, high arrests rates and devastating poverty, things are starting to turn around in Camden. Crime is down, people feel safer, and jobs are coming back to the the city.
Why “essential” workers are treated as disposable from The Ezra Klein ShowListen to The Ezra Klein Show episodes free, on demand. Grocery store clerks. Fast food cashiers. Hospice care workers. Bus drivers. Farm workers. Along with doctors and nurses, these are the people who are putting their own lives at risk to keep our society functioning day in and out amid the worst crisis of our lifetimes. We call them heroes, we label them “essential,” and we clap for their brave efforts -- even though none of them signed up for this monumental task, and many of them lack basic healthcare, paid sick leave, a living wage, cultural respect and dignified working conditions. How did things get this way? Why did we end up with an economy that treats our most essential workers as disposable? And what does an alternative future of work look like? Mary Kay Henry is the president of the Service Employees International Union, a 2 million person organization that represents a huge segment of America’s essential workers. If you ask a traditional economist why essential workers are paid so little, they’ll talk about marginal productivity and returns to education; ask Kay Henry and she’ll talk about something very different: power.Book recommendations: White Fragility by Robin DiAngeloLead from the Outside by Stacey AbramsThe Dowry by Lorraine Paolucci MacchelloWant to contact the show? Reach out at email@example.comPlease consider making a contribution to Vox to support this show: bit.ly/givepodcasts Your support will help us keep having ambitious conversations about big ideas.New to the show? Want to check out Ezra’s favorite episodes? Check out the Ezra Klein Show beginner’s guide (http://bit.ly/EKSbeginhere)Credits:Producer/Editor - Jeff GeldResearcher - Roge Karma Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. The easiest way to listen to podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, smart speaker – and even in your car. For free. Bonus and ad-free content available with Stitcher Premium.
An Imaginary Car From An Imaginary Country: 1977 Spiro ScrubberThe term “death cult” is certainly potent and evocative, but it’s also so sensationalizing that it tends to deaden any objectivity when it comes to any culture that gets associated with the term. That’s why I’m reluctant to bring it up now when talking about the cars made by the Redhorn Republic, but it’s conceptually crucial to the understanding of the car, so we’ll just have to do our best.
Jenny Odell on nature, art, and burnout in quarantine from The Ezra Klein ShowListen to The Ezra Klein Show episodes free, on demand. One of my favorite episodes of this show was my conversation with Jenny Odell, just under a year ago. Odell, a visual artist, writer, and Stanford lecturer, had just released her book How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy and we had a fascinating conversation about the importance of maintenance work, the problem with ceaseless productivity, the forces vying for our attention, the comforts of nature, and so much more. A lot has changed since then. Odell’s book became a sensation: it captured a cultural moment, made it onto Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2019 list and became, for many, a touchstone. And then, a global pandemic hit, radically altering the world in ways that made the core themes of Odell’s work more prescient, and more difficult. What happens when, instead of choosing to “do nothing,” doing nothing is forced upon you? What happens when all you have access to is nature? What happens when the work of maintenance becomes not just essential, but also dangerous?So I asked Odell back, for a very different conversation in a very different time. This isn’t a conversation, really, about fixing the world right now. It’s about living in it, and what that feels like. It’s about the role of art in this moment, why we undervalue the most important work in our society, how to have collective sympathy in a moment of fractured suffering, where to find beauty right now, the tensions of productivity, the melting of time, our reckoning with interdependence, and much more. And, at the end, Odell offers literally my favorite book recommendation ever on this show. And no, it’s not for my book. References: My previous conversation with Jenny Odell on the art of attention "The Myth of Self-Reliance" by Jenny Odell, The Paris Review"I tried to write an essay about productivity in quarantine. It took me a month to do it." by Constance Grady, VoxThe Genius of Birds by Jennifer AckermanBook recommendations: Give People Money by Annie LowreyLurking: How a Person Became a User by Joanne McNeilWhat It's Like to Be a Bird by David Allen SibleyWant to contact the show? Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.orgPlease consider making a contribution to Vox to support this show: bit.ly/givepodcasts Your support will help us keep having ambitious conversations about big ideas.The Ezra Klein Show is a finalist for a Webby! Make sure to vote at https://bit.ly/TEKS-webbyNew to the show? Want to check out Ezra’s favorite episodes? Check out the Ezra Klein Show beginner’s guide (http://bit.ly/EKSbeginhere)Credits:Producer/Editor - Jeff GeldResearcher - Roge Karma Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices. The easiest way to listen to podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, smart speaker – and even in your car. For free. Bonus and ad-free content available with Stitcher Premium.
Unearthed footage of San Francisco's Market Street in the '60s looks like a different cityThis footage of Market Street in the mid-60s feels like the opening of a Scorsese masterpiece, the passing neon signs and movie theater marquees give a glimpse at a vibrant city's central artery at night. Passing pool halls, cigar bars, and nightclubs and record stores briefly tease as to what life, music and vice may lie behind the clean bright post-war facades, before disappearing into the dark, and into history. The camera, seemingly fixed to the back of a trolley or car, glides from Market and 8th, down five long blocks, before coming to a halt near Market and 3rd capturing some remarkably high quality footage for the era. There's a bristling electricity in the air, the street is alive and full of potential; an American city on the brink of a counter cultural explosion, where even the Greyhound station looks enticing.
It's Time We Talk About The Racing Scene In Ready Player OneI must admit that I was cautiously optimistic going into the theater for Ready Player One in March of 2018. I’m right in the demographic for this kind of thing, nostalgic for the 80s and 90s, student of popular culture, and a fan of director Steven Spielberg’s oeuvre. The movie had some suitably weird cars in it, and one of the big action set pieces was a race, as shown in the trailer for the picture. How could it go wrong?1