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Ann Louise Bardach – Outlook for Afro-Cubans

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Ann Louise Bardach

4/24/15

The U.S. is moving to normalize relations with Cuba. President Obama broke the diplomatic barrier by meeting with Raul Castro in Panama earlier this month, and the White House is seeking to end Cuba’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism. But journalist Ann Louise Bardach, described by the Columbia Journalism Review as the “go-to journalist on all things Cuban and Miami,” says Afro-Cubans are unlikely to benefit much from normalized relations.

Catherine Murphy – The Cultural Overlap Between the U.S. and Cuba

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Catherine Murphy

4/24/15

Catherine Murphy, a filmmaker and adjunct professor at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs who has spent much of the last 10 years working in Latin America. She joins us to talk about the history of cultural overlap between the U.S. and  Cuba.

Jay Famiglietti – How California’s Drought Impacts the Nation

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Jay Famiglietti

4/24/15

Hydrologist Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor at the University of California at Irvine, joins us to discuss the severity of California’s drought and its potential effects on the rest of the nation.

Isaiah Washington – “Blackbird”

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Isaiah Washington

4/24/15

Actor Isaiah Washington, best known for his award-winning work on the ABC drama “Grey’s Anatomy” and the CW hit series “The 100,” is the producer and star of a new film, “Blackbird,” in which he portrays the father of a devout Christian teenager struggling with his true identity. Washington joins us to discuss how his performance was informed by his views on parenthood and Black identity.

Noam Chomsky – Influences on World View

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Noam Chomsky

4/17/15

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 our language, to the way we draw our maps — that promote one world view over another.

Randi Weingarten – Overhaul of No Child Left Behind

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Randi Weingarten

4/17/15

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten shares her views on the role education will play in the 2016 president race, and provides an update on efforts in Congress to overhaul No Child Left Behind, the current iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson 50 years ago this month.

Friday, April 17 – Friday, April 24

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Noam Chomsky

Robert Kenner

Randi Weingarten

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.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers shares her views on the role education will play in the 2016 president race and provides an update on efforts in Congress to overhaul the controversial No Child Left Behind Act.

Filmmaker Robert Kenner discusses his new 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.

Robert Kenner – “Merchants of Doubt”

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Robert Kenner

4/17/15

Filmmaker Robert Kenner discusses his new 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.

Friday, April 10 – Friday, April 17

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Erin Brockovich

Panel Discussion

Darnell Hunt

Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich is troubled by recently introduced Senate legislation that would allow manufacturers to sell chemical products before proving their safety. Brockovich joins us to discuss her views on the Toxic Substances Control Act.

Despite films and TV shows like “12 Years a Slave,” “Selma” and “Empire,” the 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report from UCLA shows that in most ways, the industry remains dominated by white men. Dr. Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, breaks down the findings.

Thursday, April 9 marked the 150th anniversary of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Union forces. In a 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.

Erin Brockovich – Toxic Substances Control Act

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Erin Brockovich

4/10/15

Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich is troubled by recently introduced Senate legislation that would allow manufacturers to sell chemical products before proving their safety. Brockovich joins us to discuss her views on the Toxic Substances Control Act.