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Why Don’t Women’s Votes Put More Women in Power?

Since 1964, more women than men have voted in every United States presidential election. Yet we still don’t have a woman president or vice president; California, one of the first states to give women the right to vote, is one of 20 states that still hasn’t had a female governor, and Los Angeles has never had a female mayor. Why …

Are We Living in a World Ray Bradbury Tried to Prevent? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Are We Living in a World Ray Bradbury Tried to Prevent?

Imagine a society where truth and knowledge have no value, people are glued to their screens, and world war feels imminent. Or think of a place enraptured by the seductive promises of a carnival-hawker con man. Sound familiar? The first, of course, is the dystopia of Fahrenheit 451, the story of a firefighter charged with burning books in order to …

How Have Women’s Protests Changed History? | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

How Have Women’s Protests Changed History?

There are few forces of nature more formidable than a group of women fed up with the status quo. From the French Revolution—which was sparked in part by a 7,000-woman march from Paris to Versailles—to Black Lives Matter—which was founded by three women—some of the most important protest movements in global history have been women-led. In addition to organizing many …

Eduardo Porter and Cynthia Greenlee | Zócalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

How Has Racism Shaped the American Economy?

What is the relationship between American economics and American racism, and can it be severed? How will systemic racism, past and present, slow our emergence from the current downturn? New York Times journalist Eduardo Porter, author of the new book American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise, visits Zócalo with historian and writer Cynthia Greenlee to explore economic disparities …

Live on Twitter: Will Anyone Ever Be Able to Afford to Live in California? with Jerry Nickelsburg and Erika Aguilar | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Will Anyone Ever Be Able to Afford to Live in California?

On Wednesday, June 24, the latest UCLA Anderson Forecast predicted a difficult economic future for California and reported that the U.S. economy is in a “Depression-like crisis.” What does this mean for California’s pressing long-term problems, especially housing? Could this depression offer opportunities to make housing more affordable in an expensive state?  Jerry Nickelsburg, economist and director of the UCLA …

Zócalo Live on Twitter: Four Questions with Jennifer Mercieca and William Sturkey | Zócalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Zócalo Live on Twitter: Four Questions with Jennifer Mercieca and William Sturkey

What is the history behind the president’s style of rhetoric, and what does the past tell us about how to counteract it? Jennifer Mercieca, historian of rhetoric and author of Demagogue for President, visits Zócalo with William Sturkey, historian and author of Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White. Live on Twitter, they trade questions and insights into the …