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Scholar Outlines What Reparations Might Look Like

Megan Kamerick
"Middle Passage" sculpture by Dr. Ken Smith at the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana


Full interview with Kathy Powers

University Showcase, 2/19, 8a: On this episode we explore the concept or reparations with Kathy Powers, who has been studying transitional justice and reparations around the world for years. She’s an associate professor of political science at the University of New Mexico.

Credit Courtesy Kathy Powers
Courtesy Kathy Powers
Kathy Powers

  The concept of reparations is ancient, but it in the United State the issue has gained renewed urgency in the wake of last year's police killings of African Americans. Democratic presidential candidates debated the issue in 2020 and recently the House Judiciary Subcommittee held a hearing to discuss establishing a federal commission to explore reparations for the descendants of enslaved Americans.   


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Megan has been a journalist for 25 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus, Weekend Edition and the Global Music Show. She was then hired as Morning Edition host in 2015, then the All Things Considered host in 2018. Megan was hired as News Director in 2021.
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