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Episode 53


The recent police shootings of two black men – Philando Castile and Alton Sterling – followed by the shootings of five Dallas police officers, have reignited national conversations around policing, the Black Lives Matter movement, and gun violence in the U.S. To discuss the impact of these events on our country moving forward, we’re joined by Jamil Smith, Senior National Correspondent for MTV News. We also continue our summer reading series with Shaka Senghor, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison.

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Tracey Ross

Associate Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress, focusing on place-based responses to fighting poverty

Rebecca Vallas

Managing Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress. Previously, Rebecca worked directly with low-income individuals and communities as a legal aid attorney in Philadelphia

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