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Potstirrer Podcast

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Where politics, religion and history collide - and it's not always polite! Political opinion podcast hosted by former political science instructor and current political observer Jaye Pool. Left-leaning yet not perfectly bound by ideology. Historical context with a dose of progressive Christianity … read more


29 - A Nation of Nice People

In today's episode, Jaye discusses recent news stories related to undocumented immigration and refugees from Latin America. Where are the 1500 missing migrant children that were being tracked by the federal government? How are children in the custody of US Customs being treated? And is there any moral or ethical issue with calling MS-13 gang members "animals?" Jaye delves into past events as she makes the case that when we dehumanize other people, it becomes all too easy to treat them inhumanely - or watch and do nothing.

CONTENT WARNING: This episode includes discussion of physical and sexual violence, and descriptions of oppressive behavior.

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Hartig, Hannah. 2018. “Republicans Turn More Negative Toward Refugees as Number Admitted to US Plummets.” Pew Research Center. May 24. (June 3, 2018)

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Vasquez, Tina. 2018. “By Painting Asylum Seekers as ‘Violent Animals,’ Trump Unlocked a School-to-Deportation Pipeline.” Rewire.News. May 24. (June 3, 2018)

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“What You Need to Know About the Violent Animals of MS-13.” May 21. (June 3, 2018)

Williams, Heather Andrea. 2015. “Compartmentalizing Slavery.” Slate. June 17.


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