For this week's episode, we continue our conversation on politics but shift the discussion away from the national landscape by focusing on minority representation in state politics. Specifically, we interview Dr. Christopher J. Clark, an Associate Professor of Political Science at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, about his book Gaining Voice: The Causes and Consequences of Black Representation in the American States. During our conversation, we discuss the importance of state legislative politics (29:30), the factors that shape black representation in politics (32:00), and the link between descriptive representation and policy outcomes (37:00). We then have a discussion about how partisanship impacts effective policy representation (39:12), backlash against Black policy interests (44:30), and the importance of leadership power in politics (47:46). We close by having a conversation about black political empowerment and public opinion on electoral reform (51:57), gerrymandering (58:55), and state vs. national congressional politics (1:03:00).
Other Topics Include:
00:30 - Catch up with Ty and Daphne
2:49 - BhD "Oh Lawd" News
22:10 - Introduction of the Topic
25:00 - Learn more about Dr. Clark
1:10:50 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview
For this episode, Ty and Daphne discuss life, recent news, and politics. After catching up (00:30), the hosts discuss "Oh Lawd" news (03:34), including a mass layoff over Christmas break (4:05), the increase in emergency room visits following the legalization of cannabis in Illinois (6:29), and a bizarre North Korea political crime (8:06). They then discuss recent pop culture debates about love, marriage, and cheating. Specifically, they have a conversation about Mike Tyson's comments on interracial dating (10:04), Loni Love's remarks about cheating among Black men (21:45), the data related to race and faithfulness in relationships (28:25), the factors behind racial differences in marriage rates (33:30), and how gender roles shape marriage satisfaction and divorce (41:34). Ty and Daphne then switch gears by discussing health and the best and worst diets of 2020 (49:42). Next, the hosts have a conversation about the British royal family drama (56:00) as well as Meghan Markle's self-identification and the role of race in her treatment in the British press (58:30). Ty and Daphne wrap up the episode by sharing their thoughts on millennials' limited upward mobility (1:04:30), the latest developments related to the Democratic primary (1:10:15), and tensions between the US and Iran following Trump's decision to authorize Soleimani's killing (1:15:32).