Throughout our many episodes, we've had the privilege to go behind the scenes with activists on the front line of criminal justice reform. We know that there are multiple factors to address like ending mass incarceration, cash bail, and calls to exonerate wrongful convictions. Still, this week's guest is the Fellowship Advisor at Columbia Law and former Equal Justice Works Fellow, Bianca Tylek, shares with Xander the incentives fueling this $80 billion prison industry and how she's dismantling what she referred to as "an extension of slavery."
We've discussed measures taken to reduce or eliminate bail and lower incarceration rates with guests like Robin Steinberg, however, what of our parole system and the elderly? This week's guest, Jose Saldana, meets with Xander to talk about the aging prison population's plight. Saldana takes us on a tour of what senior prisoners experience, from failing health to repeated parole denial, and how the organization Release Aging People In Prison (RAPP) saved him.
After decades of the global warming debate, the world seems to finally be embracing the climate crisis at hand; however, what is the best way to tackle it? This week's guest, Ibrahim AlHusseini, sat down with Xander to explain how his company is putting eco-friendly ideas and investments into practical focus towards more efficient and speedy climate restoring technology.
This week's conversation with our guest, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, takes us on the, often unseen, alternative route towards environmental change driven by Indigenous people. Before politicians and pop culture, Indigenous culture laid the groundwork. Xiuhtezcatl gives a glimpse into the perspectives of his culture that’s been advocating for harmony with the earth and fighting for social and ecological awareness for centuries. He chats with Xander to tell us What We Don't Know about Indigenous environmental activism.
Many of us worry about the environment but sometimes feel it's an insurmountable problem. We recycle, carpool when possible, and hope for the best. Still, some entrepreneurs, like our guest, Justin Kamine, are making practical, lasting change proving it’s not only possible; it's more efficient and profitable. Kamine tells Xander What We Don't Know about a circular economy. Kamine's family business is the Kamine Development Corporation, which Justin branched from to found KDC Earth creating a food infrastructure reducing food waste and creating more sustainable jobs because, as Kamine explains, "We need a closed-loop economy."
This week, we dive into What We Don't Know about wrongful convictions with the Innocence Project's founding member, Jason Flom. Flom is known in the music industry as a record label CEO and music executive, but he sits down to talk to Xander about his passion for ending wrongful convictions. "I'm so lucky to have found my calling.", Flom states, "I hope that everyone finds something that motivates them in that way, and they get to experience that same type of joy from making a difference."
Just weeks into a new presidency feels like a new beginning, and for many, a sense of moving on. However, this week we reflect on the work that still needs to be done with our guest, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois, Ilana Redstone. Redstone, who has been teaching social statistics since 2005, talks to Xander about What We Don't Know about political polarization and the necessity of teaching people how to communicate through divisive times.
The phrase "law and order" has been thrown around by all political sides in recent weeks. More recently, from the left as a reminder to conservatives who preached it all summer during BLM protests yet failed The US Capital on Jan 6th. This week, we take a look into the law with our guest, New York City defense attorney, Eliza Orlins. She sits down with Xander to talk about the legal system and her run to bring new order to New York with her bid for Manhattan DA.
We enter 2021, reflecting what has come from a challenging year of uprisings, political chaos, and the adversities of COVID-19. Meditation teacher, Shelly Tygielski, sits down with Xander to tell the story of how she started Pandemic Of Love (POL), a volunteer aid organization, and why it's unique approach brings people together more than most grassroots organizations.
Ashish Gadnis joins us this week on What We Don't Know. As a senior strategic advisor to the United Nations on the Sustainable Development Goals and winner of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Innovate for Refugees Award, Gadnis, an expert on how capitalism collides with humanitarianism, sits down with Xander to explain how.