848: Divisionaries Shows


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Scott Jacques: “This guy says ‘I’m going to kill you if you don’t pay me back,’ and the customer just says ‘you’re going to kill me over $400?’ and then the dealer says ‘no, I guess not.’ And that was the end of it. There’s no real threat of violence, and the market seems to operate just fine all the same.”

Sociologist Scott Jacques surveys the unique nature of the middle class drug trade, from lower levels of police attention to an emphasis on conflict avoidance, and explains why free drugs, not money, is often the motivator for entering the trade.

Scott is co-author of the new book Code of the Suburb: Inside the World of Young Middle-Class Drug Dealers.

Scott Jacques is assistant professor of criminal justice and criminology at Georgia State University.


John K. Wilson: “This idea of trying to ban hate speech is ultimately dangerous for progressives, because when you get down to it, the left doesn’t run university administrations. And if you trust university administrators to arbitrarily enforce their will and restrict speech, it’s just as likely to be used against leftists as it is used to protect leftists.”

Writer John K. Wilson digs into the issues behind several high profile stories of universities cracking down on free speech, from the firings of Steven Salaita and John McAdams, to the expulsion of those Oklahoma racist chanting frat bros, and explains why trusting university administrators to police speech is a dangerous path.

John has been covering these stories over at the Academe Blog. He also gives us a preview of this week’s Evanston Literary Festival.

John K. Wilson is an author, the co-editor of Academe blog, the editor of Illinois Academe.



Sheila Carapico: “The part that’s not complicated is that the Saudis have invaded a country that did not attack them, based on the so-called legitimacy of a president who is not particularly legitimate, they’re doing so with American weapons and with American backing. And the fact that the rebels, the Houthis, are not good guys, doesn’t change that equation.”

Middle East scholar Sheila Carapico breaks down the actors, events and motivations behind the war in Yemen – from Saudi incursion to the Houthi rebel uprising – and explains why the only good outcome to the war is the end of violence.

Sheila’s latest writing is Two Resolutions, a Draft Constitution and Late Developments for the Middle East Research and Information Project.

Sheila Carapico is professor of political science and international studies at the University of Richmond and visiting professor at the American University in Cairo.


Laura Carlsen: “What are the circumstances that lead to a situation in which DEA agents – and they weren’t even undercover – are partying with drug cartel members? And that’s the big thing that somehow got buried in the mainstream press coverage of this whole scandal.”

Live from Mexico City, Laura Carlsen explains how the resignation of DEA chief Michele Leonhart over a cartel-backed sex party for DEA officers shows the true relationship between both sides of the drug war, and why she’s hopeful that the Ayotzinapa protest movement can combat the rising secrecy and militarization of government branches throughout the Americas.

Laura wrote the commentaries Leonhart’s Fall Signals Urgent Need for DEA Overhaul and Continuing the Crackdown on Kids.

Laura Carlsen is the director of the Americas program at the Center for International Policy.


Ruben Andersson: “We’re seeing shifting routes across different bits of borders of the rich world – specifically the West – in response to border controls. Flows of people are being pushed around, they’re not being reduced. And what we are doing is adding to the dangers, making the journeys more and more dangerous.”

Anthropologist Ruben Andersson surveys the realities of refugee migration, from the parallel industries of smuggling and security that profit from crisis, to the political and security systems that thrive on conflict not resolution, and explains why a globalized world needs to reexamine notions of mobility and the right to movement.

Ruben is author of 2014′s highly and often recommended Illegality, Inc. – Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe and the recent article Destroy the Smuggling Markets, Not the Boats.

Ruben Andersson is an anthropologist based at the London School of Economics and Political Science.



Jeff Dorchen: “Everytime Bollywood’s most popular star gets close to going to jail, a deus or something comes ex machina to pull him from the jaws of justice.”

Live from Mumbai, Bollywood insider Jeff Dorchen casts Salman Khan as a handsome, penitent killer of men and deer, alongside suicidal fans, mobsters, mechanical Hanumans, and skeptical taxi drivers. Then Jeff gives us an update on the filming of his movie “Basmati Blues,” and his discovery of neer dosas and Bombay ducks.

According to his contacts on LinkedIn, Jeff Dorchen can do just about anything. He’s a visual artist, songwriter/musician, actor, essayist, poet, playwright and screenwriter.