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Hosted by two besties on a quest to get to know each other better through one hobby they’ve never shared before: literature! Their tastes? Completely different. The commentary? Completely uncensored. Join them each month as they explore books they never expected to read.

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Evicted by Matthew Desmond – Ep 42

From Harvard sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond, a landmark work of scholarship and reportage that will forever change the way we look at poverty in AmericaIn this brilliant,heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind.The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Sherrena Tarver, a former schoolteacher turned inner-city entrepreneur, and Tobin Charney, who runs one of the worst trailer parks in Milwaukee. They loathe some of their tenants and are fond of others, but as Sherrena puts it, “Love don’t pay the bills.” She moves to evict Arleen and her boys a few days before Christmas.Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.Based on years of embedded fieldwork and painstakingly gathered data, this masterful book transforms our understanding of extreme poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving a devastating, uniquely American problem. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.give it a'listen It's a real Freaky Friday on the show today: Candace's audio was good and Ash's sucked balls. It kinda sounds like Ash is conversing with Candace through an old radio via a signal ̷̖̼̗̍ͅf̴̜̝̗̯̉r̷͚̝̻̲̰̐̏ŏ̴̡͇͆͒̕͝m̸̢͓̜̞̥̈̎̿̈́͐ ̶͉̘̭̳̐͐̏̄b̸̲̩̤̖̠͊e̷̛̹̐̋̚y̴̦̥͑͊̉͑ò̵̠̗̞̥̭n̷̢͉̞̩̄͂̃d̸̢͚̉͊͋̅ͅ ̸̭͌͐̌̋͠ṯ̵̮̰͓̩̊̆̃͠h̴̩̬̳͍̔̍e̴͇͎̎̒ ̵̘̫̳̺̈́͛̍̋̚͜v̶͚͈̦̄o̴̢̘̪̬̽̊̇í̶̮͑̓̅͠d̶͖̯̻͉̀̔̅́͠. Enjoy, ya dingdongs.GoodreadsWe'd love to have you join us in opining over on Goodreads. You can find this book via the link here: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond and of course join our discussion group here. Spotify PlaylistAsh mixes up playlists for our books - here's a sample for this week. You can check out our Spotify profile for like, all of them if you want to see more.

1hr 43mins

18 Jul 2019

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