Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas: Labor Problems
May 12, 2019 9:40 AM - Season 2, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Everyone's favorite late night show is back for a second season! unions : a modest proposal- jashoezzi : education

Everyone's favorite late night show is back for a second season!
Full Episode on Youtube

Ok, so maybe you slept on it, but Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas is a great curative for our embittered times. The mix of absurdity and reality is refreshing if you are overstimulated. and let's face it, a lot of us are overstimulated.

Part 1: unions
Teenagers only make up 30% of fast food workers. Center of Economic and Policy Research
Average age of the fast food worker is 29 years old. National Employment Law Project
Families of Fast Food workers enrolled in public programs. 52% UC Berkeley and UI Urbana-Champaign

"Just Squeeze a Teenager" -Shift Manager Calvin

These Burgerville employees organized the first official fast-food labor union in the country SHANE BURLEY JAN 28, 2019, 8:00 AM UPDATED: JAN 29, 2019, 3:51 PM

a modest proposal: jashoezzi

Main Part: education
kids: kay galarza, matthew beeston, paola mena
educators: jesse hagopian, kiese laymon, dorothy espelage, brittany packnett
telephone pole: diane ravitch, richard carranza, nikole hannah-jones, david sciarra, zakiya sankara-jabar, anya kamenetz, michael lindsey, arne duncan, dana goldstein

The 2018 strike wave, from rural to urban areas.
West Virginia teacher's strike, 55 strong. the teachers and the t-shirts. teachers organizing churches for food. crowdfunding for books. the pink collar around teacher's necks. Women up front. the untrained social work of teachers. state leges pursuing defunding and privatization via charters, 'school choice', and 'savings accounts.' the 1990 strikes, and the strike babies all grown.

Special guest: season 1 wyatt
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Wyatt Cenac, vindicated in the NYT

Season Two on Youtube in the wake of George Floyd's murder

Season Two Episodes
Labor Problems | Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas | Season 2 Episode 1
Safety Problems | Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas | Season 2 Episode 2
Mental Problems | Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas | Season 2 Episode 3
Sex Problems | Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas | Season 2 Episode 4
Inequality Problems | Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas | Season 2 Episode 5
Private Sector Problems | Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas | Season 2 Episode 6
Automation Problems | Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas | Season 2 Episode 7
Higher Education Problems | Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas | Season 2 Episode 8
Immigration Problems | Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas | Season 2 Episode 9
Segregation Problems | Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas | Season 2 Episode 10

""I thought, well, OK, maybe people will find it,” Oliver said. “That’s the beauty of HBO, right? You can come back and find it.”

But audiences did not seek out the series in sizable numbers, either. HBO renewed “Problem Areas” for a second season in which it focused on education reform, after which the show was canceled.

Nina Rosenstein, an executive vice president of HBO programming, said that “Problem Areas” was the show that the network had hoped for, but the program did not build on its lead-in show, “Real Time With Bill Maher,” on Friday nights.

Cenac said that going into “Problem Areas,” he was aware that late-night shows hosted by Black men tended to have brief life spans, pointing to past programs like “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News,” “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore” and “Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell,” none of which lasted more than two seasons. (There are also prominent exceptions, like Trevor Noah’s tenure on “The Daily Show,” which he took over in 2015.)

“Whatever that thing is, that thing is real,” Cenac said. “There was a pattern that existed. You’ve got two and done, and I am part of that club.”

He anticipated this with a sardonic joke in the first episode of “Problem Areas,” when he followed an interview with Hassan Beck, a community activist who is Black, with a video clip of Peter Moskos, a professor and former police officer who is white, making an almost identical point.

What he was trying to illustrate, Cenac said, is that “when a Black guy says something profound, for it to really land, you need a white guy to basically say the same thing.”
posted by eustatic at 11:23 AM on July 12, 2020

Episode 10

Part 1: highways
Wheel of Racism
Displacement of EJ communities in the history of the federal highway system | Robert Moses vs the South Bronx | UCS says Latinos, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and low-income communities are more likely to receive highway pollution in CA | White people's "Pollution Advantage" --White people are exposed to less air pollution than they cause | Ditch the Ditch vs I-70

a modest proposal: cars on a plane

Main Part: education and segregation

kiese laymon | nikole hannah-jones | david sciarra | dana goldstein | jesse hagopian

Segregation is back, and worse. Latinos more segregated from others since 1960. De facto segregation is here. White students less likely to feel supremacy if they have classmates of color. Students of color who attend integrated schools more likely to make through college and earn more (NBER, Jan 2011). Plainfield High School, NJ was 0.2% white in 2018. May 17, 2018, christian estevez and Latino Action Network filed a lawsuit against New Jersey for segregating the schools. Morristown vs Morris Township and paul trachtenburg. linda murphy and the success of court-ordered integration. george jenkins, the black klansman of real estate. liz szporn from hoover town to morristown. pastor sidney williams and nicole williams vs the counselors who segregate by tracking, and the challenges of real integration and empathy to come.

Summing up the Season

update: NJ wants to settle

"But any settlement must include a remediation plan that achieves results quickly. We need more than words. We need a concrete plan that directly addresses New Jersey schools' unacceptable levels of socioeconomic and racial segregation in concrete ways. We know that this is achievable."
posted by eustatic at 12:45 PM on July 12, 2020

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