Episode 154: School Bus Driver Shortage and the RCSD
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3y ago
In this episode we discuss the Rochester City School District's 9/3/2021 announcement that high school students may start the school year virtually because a bus driver shortage is causing school transportation jobs to go unfilled. The RCSD is not the only school district facing a bus driver shortage: district's across the country are short bus drivers, causing transportation disruptions to the start of the new school year. We explore what's possibly causing the bus driver shortage, critique the standard of the 40 hour work week, and urge for the RCSD's systemic problems, such as poverty and s ..read more
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Episode 152: Afghanistan - From Then to Now
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by Evidence of Design
3y ago
In this episode we discuss the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban re-takeover. The costs from United States' 20 year war are steep: 250,000 lives (83x those that died 9/11) and over $2.2 trillion ($11,000,000 an hour over the past 20 years) of debt-financed spending. We revisit clips from the Bush Administration in 2001 and hear their demands of the Taliban and projections for how the war would go. From a conventional war, to counterinsurgency, to nation building, to training security forces, to withdrawal and, now, to armed oversight of evacuation, U.S. involvement has been vari ..read more
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Episode 151: Rochester Community Power with Representatives from Roctricity
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by Evidence of Design
3y ago
We chat with folks from Roctricity to help us understand Rochester's new Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) power program--Rochester Community Power. Beginning in September, most Rochester residents will be automatically enrolled in Rochester Community Power which aims to deliver 100% renewable NYS-generated electricity at a fixed rate of 0.058 $/kWh for the next two years. Thanks for joining us ..read more
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Episode 150: "Right to Repair" with Kevin O'Reilly of the U.S. PIRG
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3y ago
In this episode we discuss the "Right to Repair" movement with Kevin O'Reilly (@kevin_oreilly7), director of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group's Right to Repair campaign. Recently, the Biden Administration and 27 state governments have pushed legislation to make it easier and more affordable for consumers to repair consumer electronics, medical equipment, farming equipment, and more. Why? Well, for years consumer advocates have pushed for "Right to Repair" legislation to ensure consumers can repair devices without having to (1) throw them out and buy a new one when an issue arises or (2 ..read more
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Episode 149: Expanded Child Tax Credit Disbursements and Democrats' Proposed Budget
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by Evidence of Design
3y ago
In this episode we discuss the first disbursements of the expanded child tax credit, break down myths about why a social safety net is bad, and discuss what's in the Democrats' proposed $3.5 trillion budget. The expanded child tax credit, passed earlier this year in the American Rescue Plan with zero Republicans voting in favor of it, is a big deal. The vast majority of American families with children will now receive $3,600 for each child between the ages of 0-6 and $3,000 per child between the ages of 7-17. This is far higher than what the tax credit was before the ARP. As important, the cre ..read more
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Episode 147: Cultural Analysis of "Battle Royale" Genre
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3y ago
We analyze the battle royale genre (e.g. movies, games, books) and what it says about our culture ..read more
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Episode 146: 2021 Primary Election Results and RPD Federal Support for Crime Reduction
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3y ago
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Episode 148: Proposed Global Minimum Corporate Tax
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3y ago
We discuss the proposed creation of a global minimum corporate tax ..read more
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Episode 145: ProPublica Report (re)Reveals How Wealthy Avoid Paying Fair Share of Taxes
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3y ago
We discuss recent reporting by ProPublica that (re)reveals how the wealthy avoid paying their fair share of taxes. We say (re)reveals because this should come as a surprise to no one given a preponderance of similar evidence. All the same, the reporting helps shine an even brighter light. While the wealthiest Americans nominally pay a "high" dollar value in taxes, their true tax rate is fractions of what it is paid by most Americans. Using tax loopholes and tax avoidance strategies essentially only available for the wealthiest, they abscond from paying their fair share of taxes, taxes which wo ..read more
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Episode 144: Three Civic Opportunities in Rochester - Food Policy Council, ARP Funding, and Primary Elections
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by Evidence of Design
3y ago
We discuss three important civic opportunities in Rochester, NY. 1.) Joining the recently created Rochester Food Policy Council 2.) Sharing your feedback with the City and RCSD about how American Rescue Plan Funding should be spent 3.) Preparing to vote in the June 22nd primaries We also review the book "Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One Click America" by Alec MacGillis. Thanks for joining us ..read more
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