Episode 6: The Color of Money – with author Mehrsa Baradaran

The Color of Money – with author Mehrsa Baradaran

Our Guest

Mehrsa Baradaran

Mehrsa Baradaran is a professor of law at UC Irvine Law School. She writes about banking law, financial inclusion, inequality, and the racial wealth gap. Her scholarship includes the books How The Other Half Banks and the award-winning The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap, both published by the Harvard University Press. Baradaran and her books have received significant national and international media coverage and have been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, American Banker, The Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times. On NPR’s Marketplace, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, and PBS’s NewsHour, and as part of TEDx at the University of Georgia. She has advised US senators and congressmen on policy, testified before the US Congress, and spoken at national and international forums like the US Treasury and the World Bank. 

The Discussion

The Color of Money by Mehrsa Baradaran
U.S. currency being printed at the Federal Reserve


A graph demonstrating the ongoing trend of discrimination against Black job applicants, revealing little change between 1990 – 2015. Per The National Academy of Sciences, circa 2017
The Eccles Building in Washington D.C., seat of the Federal Reserve System
the Freedman’s Savings Bank building
Richard Nixon and George Wallace, circa 1974
a historical map of Los Angeles depicting redlining practices
Jackie Robinson’s Freedom National Bank

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