After the insurrection, ideas to tackle polarization in America

Washington DC, United States.- In the photo taken on January 14, 2020, local and federal security officials near the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Is expect about 20,000 National Guard members to be involved for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration next week. "I think you can expect to see somewhere upwards of beyond 20,000 members of the National Guard that will be here in the footprint of the District of Columbia," Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee said on Wednesday.

After the assault on the U.S. Capitol, the nation is divided and on edge. Where do we go now? What kinds of political, social, and economic reforms could help us move forward as a more united nation? Darrell West, vice president and director of Governance Studies at Brookings, came on the podcast to offer some answers. The interview happened on Monday the 11th, so before the impeachment vote in the House of Representatives. But his analysis and policy prescriptions will remain relevant long after the passions of these weeks have cooled.

Also on this episode, Molly Kinder, a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program, discusses the enormous gap between corporate retail profits and pay for frontline workers that has grown during the course of the pandemic. While some retail giants like Best Buy and Costco have raised worker pay, others, notably Amazon and Walmart, have been far less generous. Listen to this audio on Soundcloud, too.

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Divided Politics, Divided Nation

The role of misinformation in Trump’s insurrection

Quinnipiac poll

Windfall profits and deadly risks

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