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EP. 97 - SBF, CHINA PROTESTS, INEQUITY IN SPECIAL ED

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Ravi and Rikki start with the latest fallout from the spectacular downfall of FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried. The hosts then turn to the historic anti-lockdown protests in China with Pulitzer-winning journalist Ian Johnson and some startling inequities in New York City’s special education system. 

Ravi and Rikki go through Sam Bankman-Fried’s possibly inadvisable interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin, shedding yet more light on all the absurdity in the collapse of crypto giant FTX. [3:37]

Michael joins the show to talk through a staggering show of public unrest in China, including an interview with the Council on Foreign Relation’s Ian Johnson. [15:08]

Ravi and Rikki unravel some revelatory reporting from ProPublica and THE CITY, detailing the multimillion-dollar inequities plaguing New York City’s special education system. [36:36]

Finally, Ravi answers a listener who called in to ask whether Ravi’s actually a Democrat. [49:43]

Sources Used/Mentioned

SBF & FTX 
‘Look, I Screwed Up’: Sam Bankman-Fried Is Challenged on the Collapse of FTX (NYT Dealbook, 11/30)
Bankman-Fried’s FTX, senior staff, parents bought Bahamas property worth $300 mln (Reuters, 11/22)
​​FTX lawyer says ‘substantial amount’ of assets are either stolen or missing (CNN Business, 11/22)
Sam Bankman-Fried tries to explain himself (Vox, 11/16)

China Protests
China Protests Break Out as Covid Cases Surge and Lockdowns Persist (New York Times, 11/28)
Family members say China’s Covid measures to blame for fatal fire incident (CNNi, 11/29)
Xi’s Obsession With Control Produced China’s Protests (Foreign Policy, 11/28)
Will China’s Protests Survive? (Foreign Policy, 11/28)
China’s faltering “zero COVID” policy: Politics in command, economy in reverse (Atlantic Council, 5/11)

Inequity in Special Ed
Public Schools Are NYC’s Main Youth Mental Health System. Where Kids Land Often Depends on What Their Parents Can Pay. (ProPublica, 11/17/22)
Banks wants to cut private school payments for NYC students with disabilities (Chalkbeat, 11/16/22)
Two boys with the same disability tried to get help. The rich student got it quickly. The poor student did not. (USA Today, 2/9/2020)
“Carter Case” Spending for Students with Disabilities Continues to Climb (Independent Budget Office, 2022)

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