With the right-leaning US Supreme Court poised to eliminate affirmative action in higher education around the country — this seemed like an opportune moment to take stock of how effective affirmative action has been since President Kennedy instituted it in 1961. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to Roderick Graham, a sociology professor at Old Dominion University to examine who will actually be affected by the seemingly inevitable change, what the right wing might do once affirmative action is gone, and how this decision may affect other selection preferences in college admissions.Read the show transcript
Did you know that in last week’s election, only half of eligible voters turned out? And that turnout was surprisingly robust as election prognosticators expected it to be more in the 35 to 40 percent range. Well, smart political strategists are trying to change the political landscape by engaging the significant piece of the pie that is eligible non-voters. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to John Stoehr, an opinion columnist at the New Haven Register and publisher of The Editorial Board, to get his thoughts on the recent midterm elections. We try to make sense of the results of last Tuesday’s election, examine voter suppression tactics in places like Georgia and Florida, and talk about the impact of door-to-door canvassing.