Go Ahead, Hit Play: Casey’s New Podcast Tackles Race, Immigration and Inequality

Posted April 5, 2016, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The data is clear: Life’s playing field isn’t level — and America isn’t the land of equal opportunity.

In the Foundation’s new podcast, sociologist Manuel Pastor explores these facts while injecting his definitive voice into our country’s deep discussions about race, income inequality and the future of America.

Hosted by Lisa Hamilton, Casey’s vice president of external affairs, the podcast covers a lot of ground. Some conversation points include:

  • The impact of generational gaps on public investments.
  • Trends and misconceptions about immigration.
  • How suburban America is changing.
  • Why income inequality is bad for our economy.
  • The vital role that kids of color will play in our nation’s future.
  • Bright spots in our country’s current discourse on race and equality.

The 27-minute conversation marks the launch of CaseyCast, a monthly podcast devoted to bringing people together to help build a brighter future for kids, families and communities.

About the Expert

Manuel Pastor is a professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC). He studies the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities and the social movements that are calling to change these conditions.

Pastor currently directs USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. He is also the founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Stream or download Pastor's interview on the CaseyCast