Community / by Helena Swanson-Nystrom

We start our series with a conversation about how we define the boundaries of an American community—legally, politically, and practically—and how our perception of community may be shifting today. In this episode, we hear from Jin Park, a college student and DACA recipient, Jenny Beth Martin, a co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, Clint Smith, a writer and educator, and Marc Dunkelman, an author and research fellow.

For additional information on the issues we briefly examine, we recommend the following resources:

  • Mark Hulliung, The Social Contract in America: From the Revolution to the Present Age (Univ. Press of Kan. 2007).
  • Goodwin Liu, Education, Equality, and National Citizenship, 116 Yale L. J. 330 (2006). 
  • Jin Park, Illegal Alien, Harv. Crimson (Sept. 12,2016),
  • Mark Meckler & Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution (Henry Holt & Co. 2012).
  • Clint Smith, Counting Descent (Write Bloody Publ'g 2017).
  • Marc J. Dunkelman, The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community (W. W. Norton & Co. 2014).
  • Gordon S. Wood, The Radicalism of the American Revolution (Vintage 1993).

This episode was produced by Mareva Lindo.

Thanks to Doctor Turtle for the music:
"Lullaby for Democracy" (
"Go Tell It On the Molehill" (