Episode for March 15, 2023

Episode 800!! Author Alissa Quart and Journalist Tesnim Zekeria of Popular.Info

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For readers of Evicted and Nickel and Dimed, BOOTSTRAPPED is a powerful examination of what ails us at a societal level—the corruption at the foundations of our American experiment—and how we can free ourselves of these self-defeating myths. Quart’s book is ultimately redemptive, aiming to show readers how we might rewrite our narratives around self-reliance and move toward a new dream, one that recognizes our fundamental interconnectedness.  

 Alissa Quart is the author of four previous books of non-fiction including Squeezed (Ecco, 2018.) She is the Executive Director of the non-profit the Economic Hardship Reporting Project which she collaborated on with the late Barbara Ehrenreich. She is also the author of two books of poetry and the creator of the podcast “Going for Broke.” She has written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Time Magazine among many other publications. Her awards include an Emmy, an SPJ Award, and a Nieman fellowship. She lives with her family in Brooklyn. 

Tesnim Zekeria (@tesszeeks) is a Philadelphia-based researcher and writer for the accountability newsletter Popular Information. 

Her reporting includes an investigation into the purge of left-leaning tenured faculty by a former Koch executive; a deep dive on the wage theft scandal at Kroger, and several stories on the companies donating to anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion politicians. 

Previously, she worked at Atlantic Media, where she co-wrote The Idea. She has also collaborated with the Google News Initiative on efforts to support small and medium-sized news organizations worldwide. 

When she’s not deep in the throes of Google search results, LexisNexis, or fec.gov, Tesnim enjoys being outdoors, trying new coffee shops, and chilling with her cat Pluto. She holds a degree in comparative literature from Williams College. 

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