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Sexual misconduct claims often come down to a case of he said, she said. Deborah Tuerkheimer is a professor at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and she joins host Krys Boyd to discuss who is deemed a credible source, why women aren’t listened to, and who retains power in the legal system. Her book is called “Credible: Why We Doubt Accusers and Protect Abusers.”

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    From the archives: For racial justice, we have to get past our shame


    To combat implicit bias, researchers are turning their focus to how our brains can be retrained. Shakil Choudhury is a consultant with 25 years of experience in justice, equity, diversity and inclusion training, and he joins host Krys Boyd to talk about addressing racism with the science of psychology, which he says helps mitigate feelings of shame or guilt in order to dig deep and do real work. His book is called “Deep Diversity: A Compassionate, Scientific Approach to Achieving Racial Justice.” This interview originally aired on Aug. 30, 2021
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    The miracle of electricity


    Electricity makes our home appliances go, and it also animates the human body. Timothy J. Jorgensen is professor of radiation medicine and biochemistry and director of the Health Physics and Radiation Protection Graduate Program at Georgetown University. He joins host Krys Boyd to discuss advances in our understanding of the connection between electricity and the nervous system – and how these discoveries are changing how we live. His book is called “Spark: The Life of Electricity and the Electricity of Life.”
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    Pandemic dads are rethinking their roles


    We’ve heard a chorus of women who say the pandemic has pushed moms to their breaking point. What about the dads? Chabeli Carrazana, covers the economy for The 19th, and she joins host Krys Boyd to discuss the men who are charting new waters as they balance raising children, work and the pressures of an ongoing public health emergency. Her article is headlined “Did the pandemic change dads forever?”
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    She kept her baby and lost her future


    In the debate about abortion, the voices of women who feel they didn’t have a choice often aren’t heard. Author Merritt Tierce joins Krys Boyd to discuss her pregnancy at age 19, when she felt adoption and abortion were not options for her, and the dreams she gave up to have her baby. Her article, “The abortion I didn’t have,” appeared in The New York Times magazine.
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    It’s surprisingly expensive to be homeless


    Being unhoused in America not only has emotional costs, but financial ones, too. Lori Teresa Yearwood is a reporter who covers housing for the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and she joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the fines and fees that those who find themselves homeless incur – and the devastating consequences they have on the path to recovery. Her recent essay published in The New York Times is headlined “The Bill for My Homelessness Was $54,000.”
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    The real people accused of voter fraud


    Election audits have shown again and again: voter fraud is not a problem on a massive scale. Vann R. Newkirk II, senior editor at The Atlantic and host of the podcast Floodlines, joins host Krys Boyd to talk about the people targeted for voter irregularities – mostly people of color – and why they serve as a cautionary tale for the future of American voting rights. His recent article is headlined “When the Myth of Voter Fraud Comes For You.”
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    A case for how to better spend policing dollars


    Some police reform activists have embraced the idea of abolishing police forces altogether. Derecka Purnell is a human rights lawyer, organizer and columnist for The Guardian, and she joins host Krys Boyd to discuss her journey to the moment where she began to believe police reform doesn’t work, and the solutions she feels are necessary for equality, healing and public safety. Her book is called “Becoming Abolitionists: Police, Protests, and the Pursuit of Freedom.”
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    Racism is bad for your health


    Our health is a reflection of the world around us, and racism runs deep in the body’s response to that world. Dr. Rupa Marya is an associate professor of medicine at UC-San Francisco and faculty director of the Do No Harm Coalition. She joins host Krys Boyd to explain her theories of how climate change and inequality correlate to surges in inflammatory disease, and how they might be healed with a new approach to medicine. Her book, co-authored with UT Austin research scientist Raj Patel, is called “Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice.”
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    How America mythologizes war


    America has a nostalgic reverence for World War II, which in some ways has shaped our national identity. West Point English professor Elizabeth D. Samet joins host Krys Boyd to discuss the picture of American exceptionalism that emerged post-war, the ways it has shaped domestic and foreign policy, and the myths it created. Her book is called “Looking for the Good War: American Amnesia and the Violent Pursuit of Happiness.”
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    Why being single costs you double


    Forty million people live in single-income households, and that means shouldering immense financial burdens alone. Anne Helen Petersen, author of the Substack newsletter Culture Study, joins host Krys Boyd to discuss why the rate of singles and solo-living individuals is growing in America, what happens as the cost of living rises, and why she believes the nation is set up to reward the partnered and the married. Her Vox article is headlined “The escalating costs of being single in America.”

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