The poet, essayist, and playwright Claudia Rankine says every conversation about race doesn’t need to be about racism. But she says all of us — and especially white people — need to find a way to talk about it, even when it gets uncomfortable. Claudia models how it’s possible to bring that reality into the open — not to fight, but to draw closer. And she shows how we can do this with everyone, from our intimate friends to strangers on airplanes.
Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen says, nobody ever talked about the most important historical event ever to happen there: in 1862, it was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hanged after a war with white settlers. John went back to Minnesota to figure out what really happened 150 years ago, and why Minnesotans didn’t talk about it much after.
Luna The Whale In 2004, a lost baby orca named Luna swam towards the west coast of Vancouver island and tried to befriend humans. But nobody knew how to respond to this wild once-in-a-lifetime encounter. Then the First Nations and the Department of Oceans and Fisheries got involved.
Former President Barack Obama — along with key advisers, mentors, and rivals — tells the story of his climb from Chicago to the national stage. The story of how Chicago shaped the country's first African-American president. Hosted by Jenn White and produced by Colin McNulty.
America Ferrera is a culture-shifting artist. John Paul Lederach is one of our greatest living architects of social transformation. From the inaugural On Being Gathering, a revelatory, joyous exploration of the ingredients of social courage — and how change really happens in generational time. (On Being)
In this episode of Sidedoor, we journey to Amy's studio to hear exactly how she captured the spirit of Michelle Obama in paint on canvas, and what she thinks of the reactions to her work.
Radiolab's Border Trilogy, Part 3: What Remains | Reported by Latif Nasser and Tracie Hunte and produced by Matt Kielty and Tracie Hunte.
This episode follows anthropologist Jason De León after he makes a grisly discovery in Arivaca, Arizona. In the middle of carrying out his pig experiments with his students, Jason finds the body of a 30-year-old female migrant. With the help of the medical examiner and some local humanitarian groups, Jason discovers her identity.
Radiolab's Border Trilogy Part 2: Hold the Line | Reported by Latif Nasser and Tracie Hunte, and produced by Matt Kielty, Bethel Habte and Latif Nasser.
Part 2 looks at Operation Blockade, a border patrol operation in El Paso and an anthropologists effort to figure out how many migrants die crossing the desert.
Radiolab's Border Trilogy Part 1: Hole in the Fence | Reported by Latif Nasser and Tracie Hunte and produced by Matt Kielty, Bethel Habte, Tracie Hunte and Latif Nasser.
Over three episodes, Radiolab investigates this policy, its surprising origins, and the people whose lives were changed forever because of it. Part 1: the unlikely story of how a handful of Mexican-American high schoolers in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country stood up to what is today the country’s largest federal law enforcement agency.
Some firefights and bomb blasts never make the news or the history books, but they’re still incidents that changed the lives of those involved. In each episode, host and former soldier Thom Tran talks to fellow veterans of our recent wars. (Battle Scars)
Co-discussants Anna Holmes, Baratunde Thurston, Raquel Cepeda and Tanner Colby host a lively multiracial, interracial conversation about the ways we can’t talk, don’t talk, would rather not talk, but intermittently, fitfully, embarrassingly do talk about culture, identity, politics, power, and privilege in our pre-post-yet-still-very-racial America.
In competitive debate future presidents, supreme court justices, and titans of industry pummel each other with logic and rhetoric. But a couple years ago Ryan Wash, a queer, Black, first-generation college student from Kansas City, Missouri joined the debate team at Emporia State University.When he started going up against fast-talking, well-funded, “name-brand” teams, it was clear he wasn’t in Kansas anymore. So Ryan became the vanguard of a movement that made everything about debate debatable. Whether he was able to change what counts as rigorous academic argument … well, that’s still up for debate. (Radiolab)
Ever find yourself in a conversation about race and identity where you just get...stuck? Code Switch can help. We're all journalists of color, and this isn't just the work we do. It's the lives we lead. Sometimes, we'll make you laugh. Other times, you'll get uncomfortable. But we'll always be unflinchingly honest and empathetic. From NPR.
Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham, two culture writers for The New York Times talk about TV, movies, art, music and the internet to find the things that move them — to tears, awe and anger. Still Processing is where they try to understand the pleasures and pathologies of America
Layli is a citizen of the U.S. and the Oglala Lakota Nation. Here she talks to Krista Tipped about 'Whereas" - her book of poetry that is a response to the congressional resolution of “Apology to Native Peoples,” which was tucked inside the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act.
Some of the most important people in LGBTQ history are alive today. We’re documenting their lives, while also highlighting the diversity in our community. LGBTQ people are often portrayed in the media as a monolith with a single set of experiences. With LGBTQ&A, we’re trying to get beyond transition and coming out stories, to get to know each person, their defining moments, their accomplishments, and how they got to where they are today.
Identity Politics is a podcast that features new stories and perspectives about race, gender and Muslim life in America. From pop culture to politics, each episode co-hosts Ikhlas Saleem and Makkah Ali invite guests to talk about issues impacting their lives as Muslims at the intersection of multiple identities.
Started during the 2017 Presidential Election, the podcast features comedians and longtime friends W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu as they navigate the dumpster fire that is the US political landscape.
A Peabody Award-winning public radio conversation and podcast, a Webby Award-winning website and online exploration, that looks into the questions what does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?
The podcast is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist. The team works in San Quentin’s media lab to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny and always honest, offering a nuanced view of people living within the American prison system.
Angela Rye covers politics through the lens of race and culture in this uplifting podcast that often features guests you might not get on other political shows. She is an American attorney and the Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in Washington, DC. She is a political commentator on CNN and an NPR political analyst.
An explosive moment at the Tin House Summer Workshop prompted us to consider what it means for an institution — from a writing workshop to a TV network to a social media platform — to really commit itself to inclusion, and whether inclusion is even enough.
Since 1990, world-renowned authors, scholars, poets, policy-makers, artists, and performers have gathered each November at Chicago's many cultural institutions to celebrate the power of ideas in human culture. And each year, tens of thousands of enthusiastic audience participants rediscover the rich and vital role the humanities play in their daily lives. This podcast aims to highlight some of the best programs from the 25 year festival archives. (iTunes. Podcast is also available on Stitcher.)
A show that examines benchmark Supreme Court cases with lasting impact on today’s headlines. For example, “Sex Appeal,” co-starring Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a young ACLU lawyer, details how the Supreme Court handles gender-inequality cases. As you listen to the second season, a pattern emerges from the other topics it covers: race, police brutality, gerrymandering, guns, unlimited campaign contributions, and more.