Looking Beyond Civil Rights For Perspective On Current Protests, How We’re Feeling About Jeans, Trump In Kenosha

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blue and red lights fill the night as a lone protester raises their arms in front of large law enforcement vehicles
A protester stands in front of bearcats as people are cleared out of the area Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Kenosha. The protests were in response to police shooting and wounding Jacob Blake. Angela Major/WPR

A professor of social and cultural analysis tells us we can learn a lot about what’s happening in our current climate of unrest, from periods of protest predating the civil rights movement. Then we talk with a retail reporter about the trend in fashion away from blue jeans. And we recap President Trump’s visit to Kenosha.

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  • What Uprisings Before The Civil Rights Era Can Tell Us About Protests Today

    This year’s protests for racial justice have been compared to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, but our guest says earlier uprisings can teach us even more about the current moment. We look back at protests and unrest in the 1920s, 1940s, and the similarities to today.

  • Jeans Fall Out Of Favor As Comfort Fashion Wins Out During Pandemic

    What have we discovered while at home? We hate jeans. Or at least we value comfort! Levi’s has experienced a 62 percent drop in second quarter revenue and has planned to cut 15 percent of its corporate workforce, and the popularity of ‘athleisure’ clothing has picked up. We talk with a retail industry reporter about what we’re wearing right now.

  • Recapping President Trump's Visit To Kenosha

    Despite calls from Democrats to stay away, President Donald Trump visited Kenosha after days of unrest resulting from the police shooting of Jacob Blake. We discuss what Trump had to say as well as the demonstrations that took place in the city.

Episode Credits

  • Kealey Bultena Host
  • Dean Knetter Producer
  • Natalie Guyette Producer
  • Bill Martens Producer
  • Thomas Sugrue Guest
  • Abha Bhattarai Guest
  • Corri Hess Guest

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