Monthly Archives: March 2023

Philip Bump THE AFTERMATH: The Last Days of the Baby Boom and the Future of Power in America

Philip Bump is a national columnist for The Washington Post. Prior to that, he led politics coverage for The Atlantic Wire. He focuses on the data behind polls and political rhetoric, as well as writing a weekly newsletter, “How To Read This Chart.” 

His first book, THE AFTERMATH: THE LAST DAYS OF THE BABY BOOM AND THE FUTURE OF POWER IN AMERICA, looks at the overlap of the end of the baby boom and the upheaval in American politics and the U.S. economy.

After our interview with Philip Bump, we share excerpts from a conversation with former Congresswoman, Pat Schroeder, from 2014 at the Library of Congress.

At the age of 31 and the mother of two young children, she defeated an incumbent Republican congressman in 1972, and then was re-elected 11 more times before leaving Congress in 1997, disgusted with the obstructionist shenanigans of Newt Gingrich. In 1988 she ran for president of the United States.

Born in 1940, she would be designated as being in The Silent Generation, but she was anything but silent. It was she, who designated Ronald Reagan as the “Teflon President.” She served on the House Armed Services Committee, and you may be surprised by what she has to say about NATO. The final excerpt is from the end of an hour long conversation, responding to a question from the audience asking if she were president, what five things would she do immediately.

She died on March 13, 2023 at the age of 82.

Women’s History Month: Former Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder, Presidential Candidate

Climate change is the legacy of people over the age of 60. That’s why we must protest

‘We have money and power’: older Americans to blockade banks in climate protest

Millennials overtake Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation

In Montana, It’s Youth vs. the State in a Landmark Climate Case

Patricia Schroeder, Feminist Force in Congress, Dies at 82

Gordon E. Moore, Intel Co-Founder Behind Moore’s Law, Dies at 94

The Global Transformation of Christianity Is Here

Leigh Goodmark IMPERFECT VICTIMS: Criminalization and the Promise of Abolition Feminism

Leigh Goodmark is the Marjorie Cook Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law, where she co-directs the Clinical Law Program, teaches Family Law, Gender and the Law, and Gender Violence and the Law. She also directs the Gender Violence Clinic, which provides direct representation in matters involving intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, trafficking, and other forms of gender violence.

Her earlier books include A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System, and Decriminalizing Domestic Violence: A Balanced Policy Approach to Intimate Partner Violence.

Her most recent book is IMPERFECT VICTIMS: CRIMINALIZED SURVIVORS AND THE PROMISE OF ABOLITION FEMINISM, published by the University of California Press. It’s the latest in their Gender and Justice Series.

Since the 1970s, anti-violence advocates have worked to make the legal system more responsive to gender-based violence. However, greater state intervention in cases of intimate partner violence, rape, sexual assault, and trafficking has actually led to the arrest, prosecution, conviction, and incarceration of victims, particularly women of color and trans and gender-nonconforming people. In Imperfect Victims, Professor Goodmark argues that only dismantling the system will bring that unjust punishment to an end. 

We spoke with her via Skype on March 7, 2023.

Articles referenced or pertinent to this interview:

‘What Success Looks Like:’ Advocates Celebrate the Relaunch of a Parole Assistance Program

Community-Based Response to Intimate Partner Violence During COVID-19 Pandemic

Victim or villain: how guilty are the female accomplices of predatory men?

The trauma detective who combs through killers’ pasts to help them find mercy

The Forgotten History of the World’s First Trans Clinic

What Will Happen To Everyone Who is Not White, Straight, & Male If We Don’t Speak Out?

Rikers Is Already Awful, and It’s Worse if You’re Trans

The judge called Kenne McFadden a ‘nuisance’ — and let the man accused of killing her walk free

Anatomy of Doubt This American Life Feb. 2016 (2016 Peabody Award Winner)

Judy Heumann, Who Led the Fight for Disability Rights, Dies at 75

We’re 20 Percent of America, and We’re Still Invisible