How Much Can Californians Expect Of Our Leaders In Crisis? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

How Much Can Americans Expect Of Our Leaders In Crisis?

The United States is beset by crises—from the pandemic to climate change, and from policing to our toxic politics. And no American place has more experience with crisis than California, and no American politicians have dealt with more disasters than its politicians. What can we reasonably expect from our leaders when crisis strikes? What lessons do previous crises—giant recessions, earthquakes, …

What Do We Do Now? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

What Do We Do Now?

“What do we do now?” asks Robert Redford at the end of The Candidate, the 1972 political satire that ends in an election upset—and existential despair. After a presidential election defined by an international pandemic and rampant misinformation and a post-election period that seems destined to be marked by bitterness and conflict, America must ask itself the same plaintive question. …

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What Are Today’s L.A. Women Fighting For?

Women have made Los Angeles one of the nation’s most progressive cities, fighting for their own rights as well as those of children, laborers, immigrants, and other underrepresented groups since well before they gained the right to vote over 100 years ago. The city, which has the lowest gender pay gap of any American metropolis, has been a leader in …