The Afghanistan Papers, PLUS: The consultantification of the pandemic

:08 John Nichols, national affairs correspondent for The Nation, on what we learned from the House Democratic Caucus’ showdown over infrastructure legislation. 

:33 Washington Post reporter Isaac Stanley-Becker, author of a story comparing how heavily states leaned on management-consulting firms for their pandemic response — and what happened.

:51 Marcel Castanchoa, a Member of AFSCME Local 2428 who works as a carpenter in Tilden regional park, on the strike authorization vote that could lead to a shutdown of the system’s 73 parks by Labor Day weekend. 

1:08 Craig Whitlock, investigative reporter for the Washington Post who’s been covering the War on Terror since its inception. He’s about to release (on August 31) a new book based on over 10,000 pages of government documents that he and a handful of lawyers pried loose called The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War.

1:39 Archival recordings of San Francisco’s fourth poet Laureate, Jack Hirschman, who died on Saturday at the age of 86.

photo: Diego González via Unsplash


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