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Friday, August 28 – Friday, September 4

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Killer Mike

We’re devoting our entire program to a forthright and provocative conversation with Michael Render, the Atlanta rapper better known as Killer Mike. As one half of the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels (along with rapper El-P), Render has become one of hip-hop’s most creative voices, using his music as a tool of enlightenment and social change. In an extended, wide-ranging discussion, Killer Mike shares his outlook and the life experiences that have informed his music.

Killer Mike – Hip-Hop as a Tool of Empowerment

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Killer Mike

8/28/15

As one half of the hip-hop duo Run the Jewels, Atlanta rapper Michael Render –better known by his stage name, Killer Mike – has become one of hip-hop’s most creative voices, using his music  as a tool of enlightenment and social change. In an extended, wide-ranging conversation airing this week and next, Killer Mike shares his outlook and the life experiences that have informed his music.

Friday, August 21 – Friday, August 28

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Noam Chomsky

Robert Kenner

David Brooks

Noam Chomsky, one of our nation’s most renowned intellectuals, describes how seemingly harmless elements of our socialization — from language to the way we draw maps and more — promote one world view over another.

Columnist David Brooks of “The New York Times” discusses his bestselling book, “The Road to Character,” in which he writes that the lives best lived are informed not by fame and fortune, but by deeper values like kindness, bravery, honesty, and faithfulness.

Filmmaker Robert Kenner discusses his documentary “Merchants of Doubt,” which lifts the curtain on a secretive group of charismatic spin doctors who are paid to manipulate public opinion on issues ranging from tobacco use to climate change.

Noam Chomsky – Influences on World View

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Noam Chomsky

8/21/15

Noam Chomsky is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most critically engaged public intellectuals. The MIT professor of linguistics has long been an unapologetic critic of both American foreign policy and the ideological role of the mainstream media. He joins us to discuss the seemingly innocuous elements of our socialization — from language, to the way we draw maps — that promote one world view over another.

David Brooks – “The Road to Character”

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David Brooks

8/21/15

Columnist David Brooks of “The New York Times” discusses his bestselling book, “The Road to Character,” in which he writes that the lives best lived are informed not by fame and fortune, but by deeper values like kindness, bravery, honesty, and faithfulness. 

Robert Kenner – “Merchants of Doubt”

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Robert Kenner

8/21/15

Filmmaker Robert Kenner discusses his documentary “Merchants of Doubt,” which lifts the curtain on a secretive group of charismatic spin doctors who are paid to manipulate public opinion on issues ranging from tobacco use to climate change.

Panel Discussion – Institutional Racism in Law Enforcement

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Panel Discussion

7/3/15

In a special panel discussion, we examine the extent of institutional racism in law-enforcement agencies, and whether police culture perpetuates the problem. Our panelists are three retired Los Angeles Police Department officers: Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey, a 20-year LAPD veteran whose assignments included vice, narcotics, patrol, and the controversial gang unit known as CRASH, and the author of an autobiography,  “Black and Blue: The Creation of a Manifesto”; Officer Alex Salazar, a private investigator specializing in civil rights and police abuse cases who spent nine years with the LAPD, working in the notorious Rampart Division, which served as the basis for the film “Training Day”; and Capt. John Mutz, a 25-year LAPD veteran now working as an executive coach.

Friday, August 14 – Friday, August 21

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Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

The Civil War ended 150 years ago, but its legacy lingers in disputes over the meaning of the Confederate battle flag and the state of race relations in America. In a panel discussion, we’ll look back at the causes of the War Between the States and its lasting consequences. Our panelists are Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, associate professor of history and African diaspora studies, University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Eric Walther, professor of U.S. history, University of Houston; and Dr. Allyson Hobbs, assistant professor of American history, Stanford.

In a special panel discussion, three retired Los Angeles Police Department officers – Sgt. Cheryl DorseyOfficer Alex Salazar, and Capt. John Mutz – join us to talk about why institutional racism persists in the nation’s law-enforcement agencies and what can be done to curb the problem.


 

Panel Discussion – The Lasting Consequences of the Civil War

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Panel Discussion

4/10/15

Thursday, April 9 marked the 150th anniversary of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Union forces under Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. In a special panel discussion, we’ll look back at the causes of the Civil War and its lasting consequences. Our panelists are Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, associate professor of history and African diaspora studies, University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Eric Walther, professor of U.S. history, University of Houston; and Dr. Allyson Hobbs, assistant professor of American history, Stanford.

Friday, August 7 – Friday, August 14

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A Tribute to B. B. King

Legendary blues musician B.B. King died in May at the age of 89. This week, we pay tribute to the man widely heralded as the King of the Blues by devoting our entire program to an hour-long conversation with the singer and guitarist that was recorded and originally broadcast in September 2013.