Episode 72

Purple Hearts, Diversity Training, Teacher Turmoil, Ohio Opioids

Ravi and Rikki revel in vacay bliss before starting the show with their thoughts on the recent Netflix craze Purple Hearts, as well as how diversity training is manifesting itself in higher education and the workplace. The hosts then discuss the ruling in Ohio holding pharmacy chains responsible for the opioid epidemic, the emerging questions around a teacher shortage, as well as specific instances of teacher turmoil in Minnesota and Florida, before wrapping up with a couple of rapid fire updates on Mar-a-Lago and Deshaun Watson.


Ravi offers a scathing review of the buzzy new Netflix rom-dram Purple Hearts, an underwhelming attempt to bring the country’s political poles together, while Rikki tries to be a bit more forgiving. 

Ravi and Rikki discuss the efficacy of diversity training and how, even with the best of intentions, certain institutions’ overcorrections with respect to DEI are proving counterproductive.

The hosts discuss whether a federal judge in Ohio was right to hold Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart financially liable for opioid abuse in two counties.

Ravi and Rikki analyze whether there is in fact a national teacher shortage before zooming in on Minnesota’s race-based layoff scheme and Florida’s move to bring veterans into classrooms.

The hosts finish with some quick updates on the Mar-a-Lago affidavit and a strange compromise on Deshaun Watson’s NFL suspension.

Purple Hearts [01:51]

Netflix’s smash-hit romance Purple Hearts is a political hate-watch (Vox, 08/17)
25 years later, how ‘Top Gun’ made America love war (The Washington Post, 8/26/2011)
38 Thoughts I Had While Watching Purple Hearts on Netflix (Vogue, 08/19)

DEI in Academia [09:48]

Your Company’s DEI Training Isn’t Critical Race Theory, No Need To Ban It (Forbes, 08/08)
How Anti-Critical Race Theory Bills Are Taking Aim At Teachers (FiveThirtyEight, 05/09)
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is tearing academia apart (UnHerd, 08/10)
How to Be an Antiracist (Ibram X. Kendi, 08/13/2019)
The Anti-Racist Revelations of Ibram X. Kendi (The Washington Post Magazine, 10/14/2019)
White Fragility (Robin DiAngelo, 06/26/2018)
How to Be an Anti-Intellectual (City Journal, 10/27/2019)
A Sociologist Examines the “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans from Confronting Racism (The New Yorker, 07/23/2018)
The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility (The Atlantic, 07/15/2020)
Woke Elementary (City Journal, 01/13/2021)
The Interview: Brown University Professor Glenn Loury (Boston Magazine, 01/11)
Industry best practices and HR trends (HR.com)
How a 28-year-old is fighting against ‘divisive’ anti-racism training (New York Post, 01/22)
Chloé Valdary’s Theory of Enchantment (Theory of Enchantment)
Fair Driving: Gender and Race Discrimination in Retail Car Negotiations (Yale Law School, 01/01/1991)
New York’s Private Schools Tackle White Privilege. It Has Not Been Easy. (The New York Times, 08/27/2021)
Other Than Merit: The Prevalence of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statements in University Hiring (AEI, 11/2021)
Infants show racial bias toward members of own ethnicity, against those of others (ScienceDaily, 04/11/2017)

Ohio Opioids Suit [24:47]

CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Ordered to Pay $650 Million to Ohio Counties in Opioid Case (The Wall Street Journal, 09/19)
A Case of Opioid Tort Abuse (The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board, 11/09/2021)
Trending in Tort Law Part II: Courts Address the Growing Use of Public Nuisance in Mass Torts (ArentFox Schiff LLP, 01/11)
Tracing the US opioid crisis to its roots (Nature, 09/11/2019)
Tracing The Fentanyl Crisis (Lost Debate, 05/18)

Teacher Shortage (?[32:36]

There Is No Teacher Shortage. So Why Is Everyone Talking About It? (Forbes, 08/09)
Is there a national teacher shortage? Here’s what we know and don’t know. (Chalkbeat, 8/11)
A ‘National Teacher Shortage’? New Research Reveals Vastly Different Realities Between States & Regions (The 74, 08/17)
Teacher shortages in the United States (teachershortages.com, 2022)
2022 School Pulse Panel (Institute of Education Sciences, 2022)
Under Siege: The Outlook of AFT Members (AFT, 06/21)
Wendy Wygant Petitioners vs. Jackson Board of Education (Cornell Law School, 05/19/1986)
Race-Based Layoff Scheme at Minneapolis Schools (Reason, 08/15)
Minneapolis’ new teachers of color layoff protections: Three things to know (Minnesota Reformer, 03/31)
The Lost Debate Ep. 63 | Climate Change, Military Recruiting, U$D in €urope, AZ Teachers (Lost Debate, 07/21, 14:29)
Florida hopes to recruit veterans to address dire teacher shortage (The Hill, 08/11)
Florida Teachers Slam Bill Allowing Veterans to Teach With No Degree (Newsweek, 07/28)
Equal Protection (SCOTUSblog)
Title IX and Sex Discrimination (U.S. Department of Education, 08/2021)
Military Veterans Certification Pathway (Florida Department of Education)

Rapid Fire Updates [47:57]

Judge signals he’s willing to unseal some of Mar-a-Lago affidavit (Washington Post, 08/18)
For No Good Reason, NFL Cuts Deal With Deshaun Watson (The Ringer, 08/18)
Deshaun Watson is the star the NFL deserves: A cynical, empty narcissist (The Washington Post, 08/18)