Watch or listen to various talks and interviews with ERI staff about our work, research, and related current events. (listed below from newest to oldest)

June 6, 2024
Politics Done Right with Egberto Willies

Dr. Manuel Pastor, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, clarified that the economy is ours and that billionaires like Musk and individualism harm it.


June 6, 2024
Politics Done Right with Egberto Willies

Dr. Manuel Pastor dissects a sad reality. Some Latinos are migrating to Trump’s MAGA base because of deceptive messaging that touches on gender, crime, and more.

May 6, 2024

In this episode of The Coolest Show, Assistant Producer Destiny Hodges takes the reins, filling in for Rev Yearwood, and continues speaking to an inspiring lineup of guests to delve into the transformative world of urban greening. In this episode, Destiny leads Dr. Manuel Pastor, director of USC Equity Research Institute, and Sissy Trinh, Executive Director, Southeast Asian Community Alliance (SEACA-LA).

Our guests share their experiences in championing environmental justice and empowering Black and Brown communities to reclaim their land. They explore the urgent need for policies that prioritize the well-being of marginalized communities. Through dialogue, advocacy, and education, they’re spearheading the development of vibrant green spaces and fostering economic development and climate resilience to create thriving neighborhoods across Los Angeles. Tune in as we uncover the inspiring stories and strategies driving the urban greening movement!

January 23, 2024

In a world on fire – facing threats to multiracial democracy, tensions from rising economic inequality, and even the existential threat of climate change, can we build an alternative economics based on cooperation? In this lecture, Manuel Pastor, joined by T.O. Molefe, will discuss his book Solidarity Economics: why mutuality and movements matter. He will introduce the concept of solidarity economics, which is rooted in the idea that equity is key to prosperity and social movements are crucial to the reconfiguration of power in our politics and show how we can use solidarity economics to build a fairer economy that can generate prosperity and preserve the planet.


LatinXYZ Podcast: Latina Power! and how to cultivate it

September 12, 2022

When Latinas sit at the table, decisions are made with equity and justice in mind. But don’t take our word for it, special guests Helen Torres from HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality and Cynthia Moreno from USC Equity Research Institute) just published a report that proves it. So how can we get more of us at those tables? Maybe you’ll be surprised, maybe not, but there’s one key thing that harnesses Latina power. Find out with us.

The Reimagining the Latinx Experience in America Book Talk Series

January 26, 2022

Professors Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Manuel Pastor to discuss their book, South Central Dreams: Finding Home and Building Community in South L.A. (NYU Press, 2021). Aurea Montes-Rodriguez, Executive Vice President at Community Coalition, serves as commentator.

Egberto Willies Show

December 15, 2021

Donald Trump did better with Latinos than expected. USC Professor Dr. Manuel Pastor predicted that. Today he explains what happened and what Democrats must do if they are to keep the Latino electorate.

Re-Imagination Nation podcast with Maria Hinojosa: Episode 2, Heather McGhee, Manuel Pastor

October 26, 2021

In this episode, we learn about solidarity economics with members of SCoRE (Solidarity Council on Racial Equity). Author Heather McGhee talks with Maria about her cross-country journey challenging zero-sum game ideas that progress for some must come at the expense of others.

Then, sociology professor and ERI Director Manuel Pastor discusses models for a more inclusive economy designed so that we can all prosper together.

Is South L.A. Forging a New American Identity? at Zócalo Public Square

July 2021

South Los Angeles, one of the West Coast’s last great working-class places, has been a destination point for two great migrations: African Americans arriving from the South and East, and, more recently, Latin Americans immigrating to Southern California. While media have long dwelled on examples of interracial and interethnic conflict there, the everyday reality of South L.A.’s ever-changing neighborhoods has revolved around Black-Brown co-existence, cooperation, and innovative multiracial organizing. How have South Central’s diverse residents managed to find solidarity in unsettling and polarizing times? What new and shared place-based identities have emerged from the area’s mix of histories and cultures? And what can the rest of L.A., and the U.S., learn from South L.A.?

USC sociologists Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Manuel Pastor, co-authors of South Central Dreams: Finding Home and Building Community in South L.A., and Corey Matthews, chief operating officer of Community Coalition, visit Zócalo to explore the lessons of South L.A.’s struggles and successes. This Zócalo/Esperanza Community Housing event was streamed live from Mercado La Paloma on July 27, 2021 and was moderated by Los Angeles Times assistant managing editor for culture and talent Angel Jennings.

For a full report on the live discussion, check out the Takeaway:

Is South L.A. Forging a New American Identity? at Zócalo Public Square from Zócalo Public Square

ABC 7 News Los Angeles – State of immigrants in LA County: USC (ERI) report shows disparities in COVID pandemic’s impact

June 11, 2021

State of immigrants in LA County: USC (ERI) report shows disparities in COVID pandemic’s impact

Nomiki live  – Manuel Pastor + Rep. Rabb, Judd Legum

January 2021

ERI’s Professor Manuel Pastor talks about movement politics meeting electoral politics in Georgia, and the years of grassroots organizing efforts behind the wins on the Nomiki live show.

Video starts at 17:00 mark

Rising Up with Sonali interview with Dr. Manuel Pastor

The Pandemic is Devastating Latino Communities

August 2020

Racial disparities in Covid-19 infections and deaths are stark especially for black and brown communities. Now, even as the Republican Party seeks to downplay the pandemic or act as though it is in the past, disturbing statistics show that it continues to ravage communities of color. Today we’ll focus on Latinos in the US who, like Black Americans are disproportionately impacted. In the state of California, which has the largest Latino population in the nation, this demographic is particularly hard hit.

‘This is a national moment’: USC professor discusses impact of George Floyd protests on ABC 7 News

June 9, 2020

‘This is a national moment’: USC professor discusses impact of George Floyd protests

Will the Coronavirus Lead to a Recession? with Economist Manuel Pastor | The Skyy John Show

Skyy John Podcast, March 2020

Recorded just days before California went into lockdown, Skyy John interviewed Prof. Manuel Pastor about America’s economic conditions and the potential impacts of COVID-19 on our economy.


Al Jazeera English: Trump v California (Part 1) | People and Power

July 2020

“The state of California’s progressive stance on issues from climate change to immigration has long epitomized liberal opposition to President Donald Trump. He in turn portrays those values as a betrayal of the US heartland and his supporters in the Republican Party So what does this bitter ideological battle reveal about the choices facing Americans in the coming presidential election? Earlier this year, for a special two-part report, People & Power’s Bob Abeshouse went to find out.”

Why We Need Solidarity Economics

Institute for New Economic Thinking, April 2020

“Economists have gone to great lengths to write humans out of economics, pushing self-interest and generally providing two choices—faith in markets or the state. INET grantee and University of Southern California Sociologist Manuel Pastor argues that we need to change the conversation and put people first. His research shows that rebuilding the bonds between people universally leads to better outcomes for health, society, and the environment.”