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Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Roundtable — Hour One

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Mississippi Freedom Summer – Hour 1

8/08/14

In the first hour of our special roundtable discussion commemorating the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer, civil rights activists Bob Moses, Charlie Cobb and Rita Bender reflect on their roles in the movement and where the nation stands on civil rights issues today.

Friday, August 8 – Friday, August 15

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Bob Moses

Rita Bender

Charlie Cobb

In the summer of 1964, nearly 1,000 college students from across the country traveled to Mississippi to help register Black citizens to vote. For 10 harrowing weeks over what came to be known as Mississippi Freedom Summer, these young people worked with organizers and local African American activists to challenge white supremacist rule. Along the way, they faced hostility, violence, arrest and even murder.

We’re marking the 50th anniversary of Mississippi Freedom Summer with a special roundtable discussion featuring three of its key players. Our panelists are Bob Moses, field director for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and director of SNCC’s Mississippi Project; Charlie Cobb, a field secretary for SNCC and a major architect of the Freedom School Program; and Rita Bender, a Freedom Summer organizer and a member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Bender is the widow of Mickey Schwerner, who was killed by white supremacists that summer along with fellow activists Andrew Goodman and James Chaney in Neshoba County, Mississippi.

Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Roundtable – Hour Two

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Mississippi Freedom Summer – Hour 2

8/08/14

In the second hour of our special roundtable discussion, Bob Moses, Charlie Cobb and Rita Bender discuss nonviolence as a political strategy and the role media coverage played in Mississippi Freedom Summer. They also remember the unsung heroes of the movement.

Joseph Siegle – U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

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Joseph Siegle

8/1/14

On August 4, President Obama will open the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the White House. The three-day event will focus on encouraging trade with and investment in African nations, along with new ways to engage African leaders. Joseph Siegle, director of research at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, joins us for a preview of the summit.

Tracie McMillan – “The New Face of Hunger”

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Tracie McMillan

8/1/14

The U.S. is the richest country in the world, yet one in six Americans reports running out of food at least once a year. When they do eat, they’re likely dining on processed foods that lead to obesity and a myriad of life-threatening conditions. Journalist Tracie McMillan joins us to discuss “The New Face of Hunger”, her article in the August issue of “National Geographic Magazine” examining growing food insecurity in America.

Friday, August 1 – Friday, August 8

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Joseph Siegle

Dr. Leana Wen

Dan Lesser

Ken Hughes

Gerald Albright

Tracie McMilliam

Dr. John

Peter Kunhardt

George Johnson

On August 4, President Obama will open the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the White House. The three-day event will focus on encouraging trade with and investment in African nations, along with new ways to engage African leaders. Joseph Siegle, director of research at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, joins us for a preview of the summit.

The U.S. is the richest country in the world, yet one in six Americans reports running out of food at least once a year. When they do eat, they’re likely dining on processed foods that lead to obesity and a myriad of life-threatening conditions. Journalist Tracie McMillan joins us to discuss “The New Face of Hunger”, her article in the August issue of “National Geographic Magazine” examining growing food insecurity in America.

In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About… ”, Dr. Leana Wen, attending physician and Director of Patient-Centered Care Research at George Washington University, shares her advice on how to prepare for visiting your doctor.

Singer, composer and pianist Dr. John is the embodiment of the distinctive New Orleans sound. He is known for his unique blend of funk, R&B, psychedelic rock, jazz and zydeco. He joins us to share his new project, “Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch”, a tribute to another New Orleans music legend—Louis Armstrong.

Dan Lesser, director of economic justice at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, joins us to discuss the center’s 2013 Congressional Poverty Scorecard, which breaks down the voting records of every U.S. Senator and Representative on poverty issues.

On Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon, irreparably tainted by the Watergate scandal, announced his resignation. He fought until his death 20 years later against the release of thousands of hours of secret White House tapes. The contents of those tapes are the subject of a new HBO documentary, “Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words”. Director Peter Kunhardt and Ken Hughes, a researcher at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center Presidential Recordings Program, join us.

Sports commentator George Johnson offers his take on the appointment of Michele Roberts as executive director of the NBA Players Association, the NFL’s two-game suspension of Ray Rice for assault, and the new eligibility rules for election into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

For four decades, Grammy-nominated saxophonist Gerald Albright has put his signature sound on hits from Patrice Rushen’s “Forget Me Nots” to Quincy Jones’ “Setembro”, and he has recorded 14 albums of his own. On his latest project, “Slam Dunk”, Albright shows he’s also skilled as a bass player and flautist. He joins us discuss the new album.

Dr. John – “Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch”

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Dr. John

8/1/14

Singer, composer and pianist Dr. John is the embodiment of the distinctive New Orleans sound. He is known for his unique blend of funk, R&B, psychedelic rock, jazz and zydeco. He joins us to share his new project, “Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch”, a tribute to another New Orleans music legend—Louis Armstrong.

Dr. Leana Wen – “Five Things You Should Know About… Preparing for Doctor’s Visits”

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Dr. Leana Wen

8/1/14

In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About… ”, Dr. Leana Wen, attending emergency physician at George Washington University and author of “When Doctors Don’t Listen: How To Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests“, shares her advice on how to prepare for visiting your doctor.

Dan Lesser – 2013 Congressional Poverty Scorecard

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Dan Lesser

8/1/14

Dan Lesser, director of economic justice at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, joins us to discuss the center’s 2013 Congressional Poverty Scorecard, which breaks down the voting records of every U.S. senator and representative on poverty issues.

Peter Kunhardt & Ken Hughes – “Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words”

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Peter Kunhardt

8/1/14

On Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon, irreparably tainted by the Watergate scandal, announced his resignation. He fought until his death 20 years later against the release of thousands of hours of secret White House tapes. The contents of those tapes are the subject of a new HBO documentary, “Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words”. The film’s director, Peter Kunhardt, and Ken Hughes, a researcher at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center Presidential Recordings Program, join us.