May 8, 2012 – This episode is hosted by Mark Cassello and includes audio from an appearance by Cornel West and Carl Dix at the University of Chicago on Monday, May 7, 2012. The appearance was titled, “In the Age of Obama… Police Terror, Incarceration, No Jobs, Mis-education: What Future for Our Youth?” Dix and West interrogate a wide array of issues related to mass incarceration, poverty, and economic injustice in the United States. Dix makes a compelling case to those who attribute the disproportionate incarceration of African American and Latinos to “bad choices.” Dix argues that choices are not made within a vacuum and that individuals choices are always made within the constraints of various other choices that have already been made for them. Ultimately, Dix argues that only a Communist revolution can eradicate the injustice inherent to a capitalistic system that employs exploitation of lives, land, and resources for short-term profits. West follows Dix and distances himself from the call for revolution. However, the two speakers have a great deal of overlap in their discussions of race relations, Obama’s presidency, and poverty. West’s speech demands that the youth be more engaged in the issues facing their generation. He is critical of consumerist culture and its tendency to encourage passivity and distraction.