Then & Now

Then & Now

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Then & Now connects past to present, using historical analysis and context to help guide us through modern issues and policy decisions. Then & Now is brought to you by the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy.Then & Now is produced by Maia Ferdman…


Political Polarization, Civility, and Deliberative Democracy: A Conversation with Carolyn Lukensmeyer
Sep 21 • 50 min
Whether watching the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, reading two different news sites, or merely glancing at any given Twitter feed, one might think that Americans across the country live in alternate universes. As the 2020 election…
Are Jews White? A Conversation on Race, Erasure, and Sephardic History with Devin Naar
Sep 8 • 47 min
As the United States continues to experience a national reckoning with its long history of racial inequality, so too a debate has taken hold in the Jewish community about where and whether Jews of Color fit into the communal mainstream. This episode…
Announcement
Aug 31 • 1 min
As we near the start of the 2020-21 academic year at UCLA, Then & Now will be moving to a biweekly schedule. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and to sign up for our emails, to hear about all the great work coming out of the…
Women’s Political Empowerment in the U.S. Since the 19th Amendment: A Conversation with Ellen Dubois
Aug 24 • 44 min
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which granted and protects women’s right to vote. As we mark this centennial during an election year, UCLA Historian Ellen Dubois, one of the preeminent…
Cruel, Unusual, and Overcrowded: A Conversation on California Prisons with Sharon Dolovich
Aug 17 • 54 min
The Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution prevents the government from inflicting “cruel and unusual punishment” on those accused or convicted of a crime. Yet California’s prisons have been overcrowded, rife with violence, and lacking basic…
Is the U.S. Entering an Authoritarian Era? A Conversation with Samuel Moyn and Vera Eidelman
Aug 10 • 53 min
In the wake of the unprecedented election of President Donald Trump, and now punctuated by the COVID-19 pandemic and summer of protests, many scholars and public figures have argued that the U.S. is descending into autocracy. Following the recent…
Mass Incarceration, Mass Deportation, and the Persistence of White Supremacy: A Conversation with Kelly Lytle Hernández
Aug 3 • 53 min
What are the roots of mass deportation and incarceration, and what do the two have to do with each other? How can studying these histories allow us to confront and dismantle the racist structures at the center of today’s national conversation? Professor…
“On The Basis of Sex:” A Conversation about the Supreme Court and LGBTQ Rights with ACLU Legal Director David Cole
Jul 27 • 38 min
On June 15, the Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects Gay and Transgender individuals from workplace discrimination. ACLU National Legal Director David Cole, who spearheaded the victorious lawsuit, joins Then & Now to…
Reimagining Israel-Palestine: A Conversation with Peter Beinart on American Jews, Israel, and the the Principle of Equality for All
Jul 20 • 55 min
The seemingly intractable Israel-Palestine conflict may well be moving into a new phase, one in which the long-dominant two-state solution is no longer viable or desirable to the parties involved. How did this occur? And what would replace it? Peter…
The Woman Worker, Reproductive Labor, and the ILO: A Conversation with Eileen Boris
Jul 13 • 52 min
What is work? Who is a worker? How have women been perceived and treated as workers? Who is deemed “deserving” of benefits, welfare, and pensions, and who gets excluded? Answers to these questions have enormous implications on the the structure of…
The Black Athlete as “Racial Project”: A Conversation on Race, Politics, and Sports with Ben Carrington
Jul 6 • 57 min
From Jack Johnson to Muhammed Ali, from Tommie Smith to Colin Kaepernick, Black athletes have played a huge role in the social and cultural history of the 20th and 21st centuries. Ben Carrington, sociologist at the USC Annenberg School for…
Pride, Progress, and Power: A Conversation with Bamby Salcedo
Jun 29 • 43 min
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ Pride Parade and Festival in West Hollywood. Activist, speaker, and founder of the TransLatin@ Coalition Bamby Salcedo joins Then & Now in conversation with LCHP’s Maia Ferdman to discuss…
Bella Abzug, Feminism, and Resistance Politics Today: A Conversation with Leandra Zarnow
Jun 22 • 36 min
“Battling Bella” Abzug was a Congresswoman, lawyer, and ardent feminist leader — during the 1970s she was one of the most recognizable women in U.S. politics. Abzug biographer and historian Leandra Zarnow joins Then & Now for a conversation with…
Who Counts in the Age of Corona? A Conversation on Latinx Health with David Hayes-Bautista
Jun 16 • 36 min
The coronavirus is like rain — it falls on everyone, but some communities are better able to protect themselves. In this week’s episode, Dr. David Hayes-Bautista talks with the LCHP’s Maia Ferdman about the historical origins of these health inequities…
400 Years of Racism, Myth, and Hope: Historical Perspectives on our Current Moment with Prof. Brenda Stevenson
Jun 11 • 48 min
“We cannot be the nation we want to be if we wrap ourselves in a flag of mythology, and refuse to look at what lies underneath that flag.”As part of our special coverage on the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing debate over policing…
Collecting, Curating, Corona and the Black Experience of the American West: A Conversation with Tyree Boyd-Pates
Jun 9 • 53 min
Historians have the responsibility not only to unearth facts, but to uncover and lift up stories that have been traditionally ignored or excluded. This calling is all the more important in the midst of global pandemic — and after the murder of George…
The Banality of Evil and the Murder of George Floyd: A Conversation with Robin Kelley
Jun 4 • 48 min
Political philosopher Hannah Arendt famously argued - in the case of SS officer Adolf Eichmann - that ordinary people can easily become complicit in evil acts as part of a larger system of injustice and inequality. In this special episode, we discuss…
All is Not Well in the Golden State: The Scourge of White Nationalism in Southern California
Jun 2 • 35 min
This week the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy releases its report on White Nationalism in Southern California, titled “All is Not Well in the Golden State.” We are joined by the authors, Grace Johnston-Glick, James Nee, and Gavin Quan, a team…
Bending toward Justice? The Arc of Human Rights over the Past 70 Years: A Conversation with Prof. Tendayi Achiume
May 26 • 49 min
Please join for an inspiring conversation on Then & Now with Tendayi Achiume, UCLA Law Professor, the Faculty Director of the UCLA Law Promise Institute for Human Rights, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism. Prof. Achiume…
How to Act—and Not Act—in Public Health Crises: A Conversation with Dr. Linda Rosenstock
May 18 • 42 min
Dr. Linda Rosenstock, Professor and Dean Emeritus of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, joins Then & Now to share her rich experience in the public health field and helps us make sense of the current response to the unprecedented COVID-19…
How Universities Have Responded and Should Respond to Crisis: A Conversation with Prof. Michael Meranze
May 11 • 34 min
This week we are joined by Professor Michael Meranze, UCLA History Professor and Chair of UCLA’s Academic Senate. The Academic Senate is a body of faculty members who share in the governance of the UCLA. Professor Meranze discusses the history of shared…
Of Supervisors and Sheriffs: A Deep Dive into the Challenges of County Government
May 4 • 49 min
To conclude Then & Now’s three-part mini-series on the relationship between the LA County Supervisors and Sheriff’s Department, we sat down with Connie Rice, Esq. and Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, two prominent civic leaders with deep knowledge of Los…
Of Supervisors and Sheriffs: A Conversation with Sheriff Alex Villanueva
Apr 27 • 56 min
In this special episode of Then & Now, we sit down with LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva as he responds to our inaugural episode and gives his take on the current tensions between his office and the Board of Supervisors, and on how the past informs…
Pandemics Past and Present: 100 Years of California History
Apr 22 • 33 min
Join a team of researchers from the UCLA Luskin Center for History and Policy as they discuss their timely new report examining California’s responses to pandemics over the last 100 years. They discuss the division of power among local, state, and…
Of Supervisors and Sheriffs: Who is Running LA County’s Emergency Operations?
Apr 13 • 44 min
Los Angeles County, one of the largest municipal governments in the world, is overseen by a board of five elected supervisors and three countywide elected officials, including the sheriff.In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supervisors voted to…
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Apr 7 • 0 min
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