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I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin (Encore)
Feb21

I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin (Encore)

Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. Thank You’s and Credits: Master filmmaker Raoul Peck, Magnolia Pictures, and Amazon Studios. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Film Participants: James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Dick Cavett, Marlon Brando, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and many more Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: http://www.iamnotyournegrofilm.com/ http://www.magnoliapictures.com/ https://studios.amazon.com/ I Am Not Your Negro on YouTube James Baldwin: The Last Interview: and other Conversations (The Last Interview Series) Interview with James Baldwin on Sexuality – Richard Goldstein...

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The End of Policing, Alex Vitale
Feb14

The End of Policing, Alex Vitale

Alex Vitale is Professor of Sociology and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. Vitale’s book The End of Policing, is an accessible study of police history as an imperial tool for social control that continues to exacerbate class and racial tensions. Vitale also goes deep into the shortcomings of reform and in contrast, deepens the conversations around meaningful alternatives to ultimately ask the people to consider the end of policing. Special thanks to Producers: Della Duncan, Robert Raymond; Upstream podcast. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Alex Vitale, Professor of Sociology, coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College, and author of The End of Policing Credits: Host: R.J. Lozada Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Della Duncan, Robert Raymond Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Upstream Podcast Alex Vitale website...

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Ghosts of the Korean War: Stop THAAD (Encore)
Feb07

Ghosts of the Korean War: Stop THAAD (Encore)

On this encore addition of Making Contact, we head to Soseongri, a small village nestled in the mountains of Seongju County.  There, grandmas and grandpas in the 70s, 80s, and 90s have gone from quietly farming to organizing daily protests and blockades to stop THAAD.  THAAD is part of a missile defense system that gives the U.S. the ability to carry out a nuclear first strike. The region has historically been Korea’s conservative stronghold, but with the deployment of THAAD, people are re-evaluating the history they’ve been taught their entire lives. TRANSCRIPT BELOW Archival audio is from the U.S. National Archives, AP Archives, U.S. State Department, and U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. Special Thanks to Io Sunwoo, Juyeon Rhee, and Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans. Photo Credit: Stop THAAD Alliance Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Shin Dong Ok, Head of Soseongri Elders Group Soseongri Residents  Shi Uh Yeon, Gimcheon Resident Gimcheon Residents Grace Cho, Sociologist and Author of Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War Credits: Host: Marie Choi Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Voiceover for Shin Dong Ok – David Jang Jae Rhee Voiceovers for Sosongri Halmonis – Juyeon Rhee, J.T. Takagi Voiceover for Shi Uh Yeon – Juhyun Park Voiceover for Gimcheon Imo – Liz Suk Voiceover for Col. Turner Rogers – Claude Marks Music: + Rain – Jio Im and Judy Jun 나그네설움 Instrumental 그래도 – 오재환 고향의 봄 / 도라지 – Judy Jun July – Jio Im 다신 돌아갈 수 없을까요- 이형주 More Information: ZoomIn Korea’s Stop THAAD Coverage Science at MIT: From Cold War to Climate Crisis Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea MULTIMEDIA: Still Present Pasts Memory of Forgotten War BOOK: Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War by Grace Cho TRANSCRIPT Ghosts of the Korean War: Stop THAAD   MUSIC +Rain – Jio Im and Judy Jun HOST: Hey there, this is Marie Choi.  You’re listening to Making Contact. I went to Korea in May, expecting to find a story about the candlelight movement that ousted President Park Geun Hye, and the political shifts that are taking place on the peninsula.  Instead, I found a country grappling with its ghosts. In Part 1 of this series, we went to Gwangju, the city at the heart of Korea’s peoples’ movements. Today, we’re headed to Gyungsangbukdo, in the southeast. MUSIC 나그네설움 Instrumental HOST:  Politically, it’s like the deep South of Korea. It’s historically been the base of support for U.S.-backed military dictators. It’s where Park Chung Hee and Chun Doo Hwan grew up, and the...

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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi – Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Encore Edition)
Jan31

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi – Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Encore Edition)

Some Americans cling to the myth that we are living in a post-racial society. In fact, racist thought is alive and well in America – more sophisticated and insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues in Stamped from the Beginning, if we have any hope of grappling with this stark reality, we must first understand how racist ideas were developed, disseminated, and enshrined in American society. Kendi chronicles the story of anti-Black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. Stamped from the Beginning uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to offer a window into the contentious debates between assimilationists and segregationists and between racists and antiracists. From Puritan minister Cotton Mather to Thomas Jefferson, from fiery abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to brilliant scholar W.E.B. Du Bois to legendary anti-prison activist Angela Davis, Kendi shows how and why some of our leading proslavery and pro-civil rights thinkers have challenged or helped cement racist ideas in America. Special Thanks to KPFA Radio for use of the audio. Photo Credits:  Dr. Kendi‘s website – https://www.ibramxkendi.com/ Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi    Credits: Host: Anita Johnson Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Dr. Ibram  Stamped From The Beginning Book The Heartbeat of Racism is Denial, Op-ed in New York Times ...

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Breaking Protocol: Cryptocurrency and Capital Controls in Greece
Jan24

Breaking Protocol: Cryptocurrency and Capital Controls in Greece

Which came first– coin or the ledger? In either case, physical currency or a tally of debts and payments have been the two primary forms of money used throughout history. Today, physical cash is increasingly being replaced with cashless systems including cryptocurrencies. This week, we hear from blockchain researcher Jaya Klara Brekke on the political economy of blockchain and consensus protocols. And we go to Athens where contributors Niki Seth-Smith and Alyssa Moxley look at how some Greeks have been using cryptocurrencies since banking restrictions were imposed in 2015. Special thanks to this week’s contributors, Alyssa Moxley and Niki Seth-Smith. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Jaya Klara Brekke, Author and Researcher (specializing in the political economy of blockchain and consensus protocols) Matthew Slater, FairCoin Developer and Fair Coop Member Dionysus Zindros, Blockchain PhD Student, University of Athens Nikos, Owner of Taverna Aggelos (accepts BitCoin) Achilleas, Bee Keeper and Volunteer at Fair Spot Credits: Host: Monica Lopez Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Contributing Producers: Alyssa Moxley, Niki Seth-Smith Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: “Fater Lee”,  Black Ant “Click Clack”, David Szesztay “Subway” (Instrumental Version), David Szesztay More Information: FairCoin Pew Research Center 8 in 10 Greeks Not Happy With Government Distributing Chains Jaya Klara Brekke Greek Eco-Community Alyssa...

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Wealth Inequity and Universal Basic Income
Jan17

Wealth Inequity and Universal Basic Income

When Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United states, the wealth gap between rich and poor was already very wide. The top 10% of families — those who had at least $942,000 — held 76% of total wealth. The average amount of wealth in this group was $4 million. And the entire bottom half of the population had just 1% of the total wealth pie, this gap continues to rise and when the statistical scope accounts for race, the disparity worsens. Chuck Collins, Director of the Program On Inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies, traces the history of the wealth gap in his work. Is Universal Basic Income, or UBI, an answer to the wealth gap, and to poverty? Or is it the tech community’s neoliberal dream? For this answer we hear from the producers from Upstream. Special thanks to Upstream Podcast: Upstreampodcast.org. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Chuck Collins, Director of the Program On Inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies Julianna Bidadanure – Assistant Professor in Political Philosophy at Stanford University Doug Henwood – Economist, Journalist Credits: Host: R.J. Lozada Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Upstream Podcast Producers: Della Z Duncan, Robert R. Raymond Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Born on Third Base, by Chuck Collins Inequality.org United for a Fair Economy Upstream Podcast The Color of Money – Mehrsa Baradaran  Economic Policy Institute, The Racial Wealth...

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