Behind the News – October 21, 2021

Behind the News

Host Doug Henwood covers the worlds of economics and politics and their complex interactions, from the local to the global.

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Sociologist Algernon Austin lays out the details of and reasons for black men’s miserable experiences in the job market. And sex pundit Susie Bright delves into the meaning of model Cara Delevigne’s “Peg the Patriarchy” vest at last week’s Met Gala. Plus lots of irrefutable reasons why you should support KFPA. Cytonn Photography via Unsplash


Behind the News

How reactionaries maintain control in Texas, and the Blob’s worries about China and Afghanistan.

Texas is a highly diverse and urbanized state, but it’s run by a bunch of would-be cowboys. How is this possible? Political scientist Clyde Barrow has some answers. The Blob—the pejorative nickname for the foreign policy establishment—wants us to worry more about China than the climate crisis, and to see the withdrawal from Afghanistan as … Continued


Mia Jankowicz of the London office of Business Insider reports on Sherri Tenpenny, the antivaxxer who claimed before the Ohio legislature that covid shots make you magnetic. And business and economic historian Sanford Jacoby, author of Labor in the Age of Finance, looks back on labor’s alliance with Wall Street in mounting the shareholder revolution. photo: Joshua … Continued