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Friday, August 15 – Friday, August 22

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John Hope Bryant

Irvin Schorsch

Michael Waldman

Dionne Wright Poulton

Sister Simone Campbell

Anthony McGill

Christopher Farley

Bill Medley

On this week’s program, we’re rebroadcasting some of our favorite segments of 2014.

John Hope Bryant, chairman and CEO of the nonprofit organization Operation HOPE, discusses his book, “How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class”, which examines the need for greater financial literacy and offers plans for a brighter economic future for all.

Sister Simone Campbell drew national publicity in 2012 when she launched her controversial “Nuns on the Bus” tour to oppose Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan. She joins us to discuss her activism and her book, “A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change, and Community”.

In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About…”, Irvin Schorsch III, founder and president of Pennsylvania Capital Management, offers advice on negotiating.

Clarinetist Anthony McGill has been named the first African American principal performer in the 172-year history of the New York Philharmonic. He joins us to discuss his rise through the ranks of classical music.

Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law and author of “The Second Amendment: A Biography”, explores the history and metamorphosis of gun control in America.

Christopher Farley, a senior editor at “The Wall Street Journal” and the author of “Game World”, a fantasy adventure featuring an ethnically diverse cast of characters, explains why there are so few kids of color in children’s books.

Dionne Wright Poulton, a diversity education consultant, reminds us that all incidents related to race are not necessarily instances of racism. She joins us to discuss her book, “It’s Not Always Racist … But Sometimes It Is”.

Singer Bill Medley joins us to discuss his book, “The Time of My Life: A Righteous Brother’s Memoir”.