Episode 04: LIVE from DC it's!...Sad Truths About Trump's Deportation Plan.

Recorded January 22nd, 2017

The last week has seen, among other things, massive protests, a ban on Muslims coming into the country, and what looks an awful lot like a purge in the State Department. We're only about 10 days into the Trump presidency, but much like the rest of the country, our heads at MuniciPALs are spinning.

 Deporting all undocumented immigrants would cost a fortune, disrupt lives, and have tangible effects on  all  of the nations' communities. This will play out on the local level. [Image courtesy  this article on the BBC .]

Deporting all undocumented immigrants would cost a fortune, disrupt lives, and have tangible effects on all of the nations' communities. This will play out on the local level. [Image courtesy this article on the BBC.]

That's why we sat down to discuss one of President Trump's biggest promises - the mass deportation of illegal immigrants. How would it work? Is there precedent for it? How does the US deport people now? What does it mean for you at the local level? Answers to all these questions and more this episode of MuniciPALs.

Show Notes:
The Postville Raid
What is the federal agency ICE?
What are Sanctuary Cities?
How minor infractions can get immigrants deported
Mayor DeBlasio tries to destroy data to protect the undocumented
- Texas Governor Abbot faces off with county Sheriffs of Austin, Dallas, and even State Universities, threatening to pull funding over sanctuary moves.
- A (much clearer) explanation of the difference between Returns & Removals

Outro Music: Mademoiselle by Jacob Sigman - Born and raised in the rust belt, Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist Jacob Sigman combines influences of Motown, Soul, and Contemporary Pop music to create something both new and familiar.

Episode 03: HUD, Ben Carson, and David's NIMBY Plight

 The debate about this development in Monroe Park has raged on in David's neighborhood.

The debate about this development in Monroe Park has raged on in David's neighborhood.

Recorded Dec. 10th
Brit, Dylan, and David discuss the appointment of Dr. Ben Carson to head the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Listen to them try to come to terms with the fact the Ben Carson has no experience in public housing, and also believes that the Pyramids were built to store grain. Relatedly, David talks about a housing development in his DC neighborhood that puts him at odds with local activists.

Links:

Politico: Trump picks Ben Carson to be HUD secretary
Monroe Park Development: Should it stay or should it go? 

Episode 02: Urbanism, technocracy, and populism

Recorded Dec. 10th
In Episode 2, Brit, Dylan, and David discuss urbanism in the wake of the November elections, and how it relates to larger discussions of technocracy and populism. Using Randolph Bourne's essay Twilight of Idols as a launching point, the boys consider Jane Jacobs' unique role as both the preeminent visionary and iconoclast in urbanism. 

Links:

Twilight of Idols - Randolph Bourne
Bright Lights, Small Government - Max Holleran
A Conference on Cities - Ada Louise Huxtable (no direct link available, but available through the New York Times Archive)

Episode 01: Race, Bike Lanes & Sea Level Rise

  Source:  http://www.wnyc.org/story/why-new-jersey-got-billions-less-sandy-aid-new-york/

Source: http://www.wnyc.org/story/why-new-jersey-got-billions-less-sandy-aid-new-york/

Recorded October 23rd, 2016

In their inaugural episode, MuniciPALs tackle two issues that are simple on their face, but more multi-faceted the deeper you dig.

David leads a discussion on what protected bike lanes in Washington, D.C. have to do with race & class, Dylan discusses the challenges of mitigating the effects of climate change on cities using his hometown of Boston as an example, and Brit serves as the ever-insightful peanut gallery, with a few tidbits of his own.

Show Notes/Further Reading:

Opening Rant: 

Bike Lanes:

Sea Level Rise:

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