Professors Interviewed on NPR

Associate Professor Courtney Anderson and Regents’ Professor and Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law Paul Lombardo were featured experts on National Public Radio this spring.

Lombardo was the featured commentator on NPR’s highly rated podcast Hidden Brain last April.  The forty minute program also included a rare voice recording of a conversation with Carrie Buck, the woman whose 1927 U.S. Supreme Court case endorsed the constitutionality of state laws that allowed involuntary eugenic sterilization of more than 65,000 people in the 20th century. Lombardo discussed the revelations about Buck’s case detailed in his prize winning book: Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court and Buck v. Bell, and reprised his own interview with Buck only a few days before she died in the 1980s. The podcast ended with a reading from poet Molly McCully Brown, whose recent collection of poems The Lynchburg Colony invoked the spirit of the place where the sterilization of Buck and thousands of others took place.

In May, Anderson discussed the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and continued housing inequity on Closer Look with Rose Scott on WABE, Atlanta’s NPR station. She discussed the implications for Atlanta of a new report released by the National Fair Housing Alliance and Trulia that examines the impact of the Fair Housing Act on metropolitan areas. “The goals of the Fair Housing Act – to prohibit discrimination, spur economic development and integration – have not been realized,” said Anderson. “In the 1960s, racial segregation in housing was more overt and sanctioned by government and banks; now it is more subtle with intimidation, predatory lending and disparate zoning impact. But the results are eerily similar.”

Gentrification increases urban housing prices such that original neighborhood residents cannot afford to remain and some move out of the city to find affordable housing. Anderson returned to Closer Look in July to discuss the suburbanization of poverty in Atlanta. “Poverty in the suburbs has significantly increased,” Anderson said. “Poverty in the suburbs may present even greater challenges than in urban communities, due to lack of access to social services, limited public transportation and longer commutes to jobs, and the stigma of poverty in the suburbs.”