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Saturday, June 6, 2020


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Racial Inequality: Black Workers Face 'Devastating Job Loss' During The Pandemic, Study Says
'Black Americans are disproportionately hard hit by the current loss of jobs. We explore why and what can be done to reverse this trend. On Point's Coronavirus Hours is joined by Valerie Wilson , director of the Economic Policy Institute ’s program on race, ethnicity and the economy; Darrick Hamilton , executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State Un
Helga: A Conversation with Elizabeth Alexander
'Poet and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President, Elizabeth Alexander joins Helga to share her thoughts on what it means to live a life alongside words, how we maintain relationships with one another, and what the world looks like after loss.' -- WNYC Studios
Bassey Ikpi Didn’t Enter the World Broken
'Author Bassey Ikpi always struggled with a certain kind of heaviness and worry growing up. In 2004, she was able to put a name to those feelings when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She joins Rebecca Carroll to talk about the particular stigma black women face when it comes to mental health, how TikTok is actually a form of self-care, and what she’s doing to try to stay healthy in the m
Staging Black Protest: A Play List by Lisa B. Thompson
| @DrLisaBThompson | NewBlackMan (in Exile) Black people are experiencing great turmoil. Millions have taken to the streets for a week to protest in the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others murdered by state sanctioned violence. As a playwright and professor who specializes in African American theatre and cultural studies, I’ve been thinking about the ways I

JUN 04

Protests, Police Brutality, And A Pandemic
'Protests have taken place throughout North Carolina, and across the country, in response to the death of George Floyd . Floyd, who was born in North Carolina, was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis last week. In a video, Floyd can be heard saying “I can’t breathe” while the officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The ongoing protests are also fueled by histori
The Law Police Used To Discriminate Against Musicians Of Color
'Jazz musicians have always faced systems of discrimination in America. One insidious example was the cabaret card, a form of identification required for any musician to work in a New York nightclub from 1940 to 1967. The New York Police Department administered these licenses and revoked them for any minor infraction. As a result, some of the biggest names in the music at the time, like Billie Ho

JUN 03

Left of Black S10:E15—Richard Brent Turner on Black New Orleans
New Orleans persists as the premiere hub of Black Creole culture in the U.S., preserving a direct connection to traditions ranging from the first & second lines in jazz funerals to the ongoing practice and performance of Black Indian tribal customs. Richard Brent Turner , the author of Jazz Religion, the Second Line, and Black New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina (Indiana University Press, 2015) a
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum on Talking to Kids About the National Uprising
'Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum , the author of "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" and Other Conversations About Race , shares ideas on how to talk to your kids about racism, discrimination, and the events that have sparked the protests across the country.' -- All Of It
Why Police Unions Have So Much Power
'There are many reasons why achieving police reform is so challenging in the United States. One reason is the role of police unions. In some cases, these unions have pushed back against reforms meant to increase transparency. In other cases, they’ve established collective bargaining agreements that make it difficult to hold officers accountable and some have increased their power by forming polit
#BackChannel: Processing Protests And Police Violence On Top Of A Pandemic
'The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis is a flashpoint and sparked protests across the nation over the weekend. In many communities, police officers donned riot gear and used tear gas, rubber bullets and other means to subdue those demonstrating — and peaceful protests turned violent, leading to fires, broken windows and vandalism. On this edition of #BackChannel , WUNC host host Frank Stasi

JUN 02

How COVID-19 has Heightened Economic and Racial Inequality
'Sparked by the death of George Floyd , thousands of people marched in America's major cities to speak out against racism and police brutality. Racial inequality has plagued the American economy for centuries, and the coronavirus pandemic has only heightened the dangers of the existing racial wealth gap. Notably, African Americans are disproportionately dying from COVID-19. Black-owned businesses
What The George Floyd Protests Reveal About Policing In The U.S.
'Protests erupt against police brutality and use of force. In many cities, police are responding with even more force. We look at why it's happening and what it means about policing in America.' -- On Point's Coronavirus Hours Jeh Johnson , partner in the litigation department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Former secretary for the Department of Homeland Security. ( @PaulWeissLL
All The Songs We Sing: A Celebration Of North Carolina’s Black Writers
'Twenty-five years ago, renowned poet Lenard D. Moore invited a group of his peers into his basement for a session of writing critique. That monthly gathering evolved into the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective , which has supported over 60 writers across a variety of styles through their careers. The State of Things on WUNC host Anita Rao reflects on the CAAWC’s history with founder a

JUN 01

Understanding the Pain Fueling Nationwide Demonstrations
'Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities across the country, in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. While George Floyd’s killing is galvanizing the uprising, his death is only the latest in a series of events that make this such a painful moment for Black people in the United States. At the same time that people of color are disproportionately dyin
Who is "Karen" and Why Does She Keep Calling the Police on Black Men?
'A meme about a white woman who "wants to speak to the manager," "Karens" have been experiencing a resurgence in pandemic times : she's refusing to wear a mask. Refusing to socially distance. And, in this case, refusing to leash her dog and then calling in the power of the state on a fellow New Yorker. And "Karen" is not alone. Before her, we had BBQBecky, PermitPatty, Golfcart Gail: a slew of Wh

MAY 31

MusiQology Presents: A Spiritual Vibe, Vol. 1
"This project by Dr. Guthrie Ramsey, Jr. and MusiQology is dedicated to Rev. Dr. Leslie Callahan and Annabelle Callahan who have created a place to dream of a radical freedom that’s grounded in love at the St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Philadelphia." A Spiritual Vibe, Vol. 1 by Guthrie Ramsey
José James And Taali: Alone Together Duets
'Partners living in isolation are likely to discover a lot about each other. That’s true for José James and Taali (née Talia Billig ), vocalists and founders of Rainbow Blonde Records, who “found a love” together in this song they co-wrote.' -- Jazz Night in America
Elizabeth Alexander: Creative Process – Are You in a Period of ‘Woodshedding’?
'Creative types can feel an overwhelming sense of pressure to be prolific, especially in times like these when, in theory, free time is abundant. Creativity is a resource that takes different forms and, like other resources, it has its limits. According to Elizabeth Alexander , poet and president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, it's common for artists to have gaps in the chronology of their w

MAY 30

Extra Credit with Dr. Deondra Rose: How Public Policy Has Affected Higher Education
'A high percentage of students attending college in the US today are given some form of financial aid. But this wasn’t always an option. Deondra Rose of Duke University ’s Sanford School of Public policy discusses the history of higher education policy, and how lawmakers have used programs like the National Defense Education Act of 1958, the Higher Education Act of 1965, and Title IV of the 1972
Brother Ali: Building Bridges – Muslims in America
'In March 2019, the iconic Muslim-American rapper and activist Brother Ali visited Duke University for a weeklong residency and culminating performance at Motorco Music Hall on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Brother Ali’s residency is part of a joint initiative with the Duke Islamic Studies Center and Duke Middle East Studies Center entitled 'Building Bridges: Muslims in America.' Funded in part by the
The Ethics of Now: In Defense of Terrible Television with Adriane Lentz-Smith + Mark Anthony Neal
'Duke History Professor and host of The Ethics on Now Adriane Lentz-Smith is joined by James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African and African American Studies Mark Anthony Neal for the conversation “In Defense of 
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