Lee Urton

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Wide Angle: Episode 10 – Food Sovereignty

Wide Angle: Episode 10 – Food Sovereignty

In 1930, Mahatma Gandhi and a handful of supporters marched some 240 miles to the sea to “make salt.” That is to say, they gathered up and thereby claimed that life-sustaining mineral as their birth right, not a commodity controlled exclusively by their British...
Wide Angle: Episode 7 – Capitalism v. Democracy

Wide Angle: Episode 7 – Capitalism v. Democracy

Few Supreme Court decisions in recent memory have so captured the attention of the American public as Citizens United. To help me explore the road to Citizens United, as well as consider the potential paths leading beyond it, is Timothy Kuhner, associate professor at...
Wide Angle: Episode 6 – Moving Beyond Income Inequality

Wide Angle: Episode 6 – Moving Beyond Income Inequality

We’ve been hearing statistics like these with growing regularity: the top 1% of Americans controls 42% of the nation’s wealth; the wage gap between CEOs and average workers has grown to 587 to 1; and the top 1% pay state taxes around 5.5%, while the bottom 20% pay...
Wide Angle: Episode 5 – The Rise of Incarceration in the US

Wide Angle: Episode 5 – The Rise of Incarceration in the US

Between the 1960s and the 1990s, the incarceration rate in this country skyrocketed some 400%, far outpacing any other industrialized democracy. And for some time since, scholars have so thought they understood why that happened it has become almost an unquestioned...
Wide Angle: Episode 4 – Grief: The Feeling of Loss

Wide Angle: Episode 4 – Grief: The Feeling of Loss

Viewers of almost any age are likely familiar with Charlie Brown and one of his standard refrains: “Good grief!” When I first heard it as a young boy, it’s contradictory quality didn’t strike me. But today, even though I’ve searched its etymology and know better, I...
Wide Angle: Episode 3 – Lynching in Black Culture and Memory

Wide Angle: Episode 3 – Lynching in Black Culture and Memory

The Black Lives Matter movement, one of the most engaging in recent decades, is nonetheless dogged by a persistent if seemingly innocuous rebuttal: All lives matter. And of course they do. But the experience of African-Americans in this country has been and continues...