Time and again, the route to upward mobility in American society has been blocked for African Americans. Consider the GI Bill, which provided college education and housing benefits for veterans after World War II. The GI Bill was a conveyor belt into the middle class for millions of white WWII veterans, but many African American veterans […]
How the Federal Government Promoted Housing Segregation and Thwarted Black Home Ownership Home ownership played an important role in how many Americans built wealth in the 20th century. Yet African Americans faced significant obstacles on the path to owning a home, in the same time period. In today’s episode, we’ll discuss how government policies promoted […]
The question of whether and how to compensate descendants of people formerly enslaved in the United States has hung over the country since the end of the Civil War. It’s getting new traction in the 2020 election, and now a Duke researcher has assembled a team to determine how such a program could be enacted.
What makes a great leader during a deeply divided time? And what can we learn from one of the most striking examples of leadership in history? We look at the story of Nelson Mandela and some of the surprising strategies that made his leadership work.
A look at why local news is struggling, why that matters for democracy and what can be done about it.
On this episode of Ways and Means we ask – how did the gun control movement become a force in American politics — after being overshadowed for so long by the NRA? In a word: money.