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August 08, 2019 10:48 AM PDT

I chat with renowned philosopher Dr. Lewis Gordon on the understanding of black life in modernity and reflecting on the 400th anniversary of the first enslaved Africans reaching what would become the United States through a black existentialist frame. Themes of invisibility to racial inferiority complexes are abound in this much needed conversation.

June 05, 2019 10:35 AM PDT

I chat with genealogist Antoinette Harrell about her research on family histories of African-Americans (descendants of American chattel slavery) and the unique challenges that arise for this specific group when doing the legwork. We also discuss what the advent of DNA means in the quest for self-knowledge and the increasing need of families to record, question and to take interest in their lineage in a time where escapism through screens runs amok overshadowing the desire to take notice of their own stories from the past.

April 06, 2019 03:47 PM PDT

I chat with Brandeis sociology professor and author of The Hidden Cost of Being African American and Toxic Inequality: How America's Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, and Threatens Our Future, Dr. Thomas Shapiro. Shapiro delves into the myth of meritocracy in American life, the country's aversion to reparations to the descendants of American slaves (ADOS) and discuss economic trends further perpetuating the racial wealth gap.

March 02, 2019 04:39 PM PST

I chat with the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Award winner for Non-Fiction, Kiese Laymon about his memoir, Heavy. Laymon talks about his formative years in Mississippi and how it influenced his writing. We also go back and forth about our experiences as young black opinion page editors for our respective Southern liberal arts colleges' (Millsaps and Hendrix)student newspapers. Heavy is a memoir that not only tells the story of its author, but serves as a writ large example of America. The weight of lies, abuse and the struggle for ideals is a massive and cumbersome burden for not only one man, but also the nation.

January 20, 2019 02:38 PM PST

I chat with New York Times bestselling author, Ijeoma Oluo, about navigating life as a self-identified bi-racial black woman and how it has informed her writing on the topic of race. She also offers invaluable advice to writers of color, specifically, on branding themselves and not compromising their voices.

November 18, 2018 02:21 PM PST

I chat with secular activist, Alix Jules, about his work in the atheist community and delve into his interesting journey into becoming a non-believer.

Here's a link to the my Patheos piece mentioned in the broadcast:


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November 10, 2018 01:06 PM PST

I chat with the Tanya Faison, Founder of Black Lives Matter Sacramento about what it means to do grassroots work in an age of overwhelming state surveillance. We get into some generational differences in how today's youth resist state violence compared to their older and more critical Baby Boomer forerunners. As I expected, Sacramento's Stephon Clark's name was speckled throughout the program by the guest, as his death at the hands of law enforcement captured the attention of the nation earlier this year.

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September 16, 2018 12:51 PM PDT

I chat with Austin City council candidate, Lewis Conway, Jr. A contender for a seat representing Austin's District 1, Conway's run has captured the attention of the state as well as the country due to his status as a convicted felon. His candidacy could mark a change in societal attitudes toward felons, much less those seeking political office. Democratic socialism, Austin politics, second chances and the prison-industrial complex are all on the menu in this discussion.

Links: https://conwayforatx.com/

August 06, 2018 07:03 AM PDT

I chat with former U.S. Representative of the State of Georgia and 2008 Green Party Presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney, about the Russiagate scandal and turning a skeptical eye towards the intelligence agencies claiming that the Russian Federation was behind the hacking of DNC (Democratic National Committee) servers in the summer of 2016.
She also breaks down her concept of "Power Cells," a way of governing through direct democracy, as she finds democracy in its representative form to be a relegating force for the citizenry.
Lastly, we talk about the Democratic Party and the African-American vote. In a time where the party seems to be switching their focus toward other non-white groups, why are blacks folks so adamant on being loyal to the party?

June 27, 2018 06:39 PM PDT

I chat with animal rights activist, Woke Vegana, about her journey in decolonizing her mind from the matrix of white supremacy. Vegana was the target of many a racist last summer when she posted a video of her burning a U.S. flag on her Youtube channel, as she holds that it represents slavery and genocide. The relationship between Black Americans (descendants of American slaves) and the Latinx community, Trump supporters and lack of non-white visibility in animal rights activism provided plenty of fodder for conversation.

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