Booked Up with Jen Taub
Heather McGhee: The Sum of Us
March 19, 2023
In This Episode:
Heather McGhee joins Jen this week to talk about the newly released, young reader edition of her best-selling book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. Heather’s book helps show how racism affects and harms all of us and how we need to face it head-on, together. An expert in economic and social policy. Heather is also the former president of the inequality-focused think tank Demos and now chairs the board of Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization.
Heather and Jen cover the key themes of the book including that shared prosperity is possible and success in America is not a zero-sum game. They also reflect on the personal stories of the ordinary heroes Heather profiles in The Sum of Us. All of this after reminiscing about their work together on bank reform during the Dodd-Frank legislative era in 2010. The episode ends with a discussion on book writing, including how Heather found a writing home away from home at a neighborhood bar called bar Peaches Shrimp and Crab.
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