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Week of April 26
- Kai talks with April Hemmes, Iowa corn and soybean farmer, about planting and prices.
- A Baltimore church has pledged to spend $500,000 in reparations over the next five years for its role in slavery and racial discrimination. Memorial Episcopal Church, in the tony neighborhood of Bolton Hill, was founded by slaveholders, and perpetuated housing segregation, redlining and disenfranchisement of Black voters for decades. One of its first contributions is to Black Women Build, to provide down payment assistance to the next three women to buy homes, and to help the organization purchase more abandoned properties to rehab. In this next story in our series The Block, Marketplace’s Amy Scott looks at the role churches played in segregation and how its effort is part of the larger reparations movement.
- April 26: The U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into the data-sharing practices between Florida’s Pasco County sheriff’s office and school district. Student grades, attendance, disciplinary records, and aspects of their home life were allegedly used to create a database of students “at-risk” of criminal activity, likely in violation of federal law. How private is all student data around the country? Guest: Amelia Vance, Future of Privacy Forum.
- April 26: On Point launches a new series called Amazon: The Prime Effect, which will explore the myriad ways in which Amazon is shaping how we live and work today, as well as the role the company plays in the global economy. This series will continue into the spring and summer and will likely be bi-weekly – check APM Weekly ahead of time for specific dates and topics.
- In the first part of this series, we’ll talk to Amazon biographer Brad Stone and technology in democracy expert Stacy Mitchell to understand a basic but complex question: What is Amazon? Understanding the structure of the company and how various parts of Amazon are leveraged to gain market power for other parts will lead us to questions about anticompetition practices and enforcement of federal antitrust laws. We’ll also look back to the Microsoft antitrust case of the late 90’s for insight, and parallels of how the government might handle Amazon today.
- April 27: A look at new laws being proposed by legislatures across the country that will restrict the right to protest. Republican lawmakers in Oklahoma and Iowa have already passed bills granting immunity to drivers whose vehicles strike and injure protesters in public streets.
Arts and Culture
Time Machine from The Current is a sonic journey across music history. Each week, host Bill DeVille takes you back to the sounds of a specific year with a carefully curated list of the best songs. Plus, he’ll invite you to reexamine some deeper cuts as we look back on what happened that year in music, pop culture and the world.
April 30 – 1998:
A year of excellent debuts from Tracy Chapman, Pixies and the band Living Colour. The Traveling Wilburys were launched – the group featured Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison & George Harrison…perhaps the greatest supergroup ever assembled. U2 were discovering the roots of American music on the album and film Rattle and Hum, Public Enemy released one of the most important albums of the year, Patti Smith released an anthem and Cowboy Junkies recorded an album in a church with only one microphone.
Outside the world of music, Magic, Kareem and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the bad boys of Detroit in 7 games to win the NBA Championship, the film Rainman was one of the biggest of the year, and CDs outsold vinyl for the first time…but since then the tables have turned!
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Encore episode – April 30:
- We’re taking on culinary projects this week, from paella on the grill with America’s Test Kitchen to building a community oven in a town square to the ethos of whole hog BBQ with Rodney Scott of Rodney Scott’s Barbecue in Charleston.
- Francis has never forgotten a dish made by Upland’s chef Justin Smillie, a fresh tomato bread pudding brimming with garlic and fresh herbs and olive oil, and we talk Justin into giving Francis a lesson. Justin’s book is Slow Fires: Mastering the Way to Braise, Roast and Grill.
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