Explaining America’s obsession with locking up immigrants; plus, a history of YIMBYism; and how Kerala, India is beating Covid-19

0:12 – New York Times economics reporter Conor Dougherty (@ConorDougherty) has written an extensive portrait and history of the movement swarming local governments to demand they build more development — known as YIMBY (Yes In My Backyard). His new book is Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America. He argues that when the U.S. built the suburbs, it didn’t just create sprawl, it created a political problem: fragmented political power among spread-out homeowners who agitated to protect their style of living and neighborhood property values.

1:08 – A new book, Migrating to Prison: America’s Obsession with Locking Up Immigrants, traces U.S. discrimination and efforts to criminalize immigrants across history, from the Chinese Exclusion Act to today’s “baby jails” and deportations under Democratic and Republican administrations. We talk with César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández (@crimmigration).

1:53 – How did the Indian state of Kerala, which has nearly the population of California, contain the coronavirus without leaving its poor and vulnerable residents stranded? Just four people in Kerala have died from Covid-19. Reporter Jasvinder Sehgal looks at what drove the strong health and social welfare response in the region.



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