My guest today is Sapreet Kaur. Sapreet served as the executive director of the Sikh Coalition for nine years.
Since the 9/11 attacks and the rise of Donald Trump, Sikhs have increasingly become the targets of hate crimes because of their appearance.
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My guest today is Os Schmitz. Os is a professor at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the author of The New Ecology: Rethinking a Science for the Antropocene.
In this conversation we talk about
I never quite understood why biodiversity was important until I spoke with Os. I think you'll learn a lot from his ways of thinking about the environment as an interconnected system.
In general, Os is very much on the side of humans and the environment existing and thriving together in tandem. He is not all "doom and gloom," as he puts it, and he advocates some common sense approaches that will allow us to continue making economic progress and better enjoy the nature around us.
If you'd like to learn more about the topics we discussed in the podcast, I highly recommend Os's book, The New Ecology. It's an excellent read.
Prison is usually thought of as a form a punishment—and in most cases, it should be. But what if prison could also be a space for helping people rehabilitate and better themselves?
The vast majority of people who go into the prison system will reenter society someday, so it’s in everyone's interest to consider this question.
Wes Caines, today’s guest, makes a compelling case for thinking of prison as a space for rehabilitation and educational opportunity. In this conversation, Wes talks about what it was like to spend 25 years incarcerated in the New York State prison system.
Although prison life was difficult, Wes was able to keep from going backward because he had the opportunity to participate in the Bard College Prison Initiative and earn two college degrees while serving out his sentence.
Today, Wes is out of prison and a contributing member of society. He's become an important voice for criminal justice reform and advocate for college-in-prison programs like the Bard Prison Initiative.
Wes tells an interesting personal story. He also makes a compelling argument for increasing funding for educational programs inside of prisons.
Check out these books about college in prison programs and incarceration: