A latent yet pervasive legal doctrine called "Dillon's Rule" is being wielded against Detroit. Writes Davis-Cohen: "Detroit's dismemberment is but a symptom of a legal doctrine - an idea - that has worked to trivialize the American municipality for well over a century."
The opening chapter to The Disunited States strings together actual news reports taken from 30 different US newspapers published on September 22, 1936. The effect is mesmerizing, as author Vladimir Pozner extracts the alienation, class antagonism, racism and sexism endemic to the 1930s.
In today's news cycle it's challenging keeping up with the latest developments around the world. In 2014 we saw pro-democracy protests spanning 75 days in Hong Kong to the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. On today's show we're going to bring you an update on some of the stories we've covered this year.