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The Clinton Years (Part Three): The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

The Clinton Years (Part Three): The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

Update: 2022-07-231


Part One of “The Clinton Years” examined Bill Clinton’s legacy through the lens of their foundation work and stubborn insistence on the private sector’s ability to cure everything from poverty to climate change. Part Two went back to the beginning to uncover the roots of Clinton’s neoliberal philosophy that would guide his decades in public service. In this final episode of the series, the rubber meets the road as we review the policies, laws and moments that have come to define the decade of the ‘90s and how Clinton’s legacy has negatively reverberated over time,  contributed to the conservative makeover of the Democratic Party and planted the seeds for the culture wars of today. 


Intro: 00:00:04

Prologue: 00:02:06

Chapter Five: The first Black president. 00:06:00

Chapter Six: Housing. The American nightmare. 00:16:37

Chapter Seven: Clinton’s criminal injustice system. 00:24:35

Chapter Eight: It’s the economy, asshole. 00:33:34

Chapter Nine: Border wars. 00:45:11

Chapter Ten: Closing the book on Clinton. 00:51:01

Post Show Musings: 00:57:13

Book Love: 01:03:35

Outro: 01:04:51


The Atlantic: It Was No Compliment to Call Bill Clinton ‘The First Black President’

Cornell Law School: Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: Has Wealth Inequality in America Changed over Time? Here Are Key Statistics

Book Love

Lily Geismer: Left Behind: The Democrats’ Failed Attempt to Solve Inequality

Nathan J. Robinson: Superpredator: Bill Clinton’s Use and Abuse of Black America

Bernard Harcourt: The Illusion of Free Markets: Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order

Binyamin Appelbaum: The Economists’ Hour: False Prophets, Free Markets, and the Fracture of Society

Matt Taibbi: Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History

Howard Zinn: A People’s History of the United States

Michelle Alexander: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

UNFTR Episode Resources

The Clinton Years (Part One).

The Clinton Years (Part Two).


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The Clinton Years (Part Three): The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.

The Clinton Years (Part Three): The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.