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Friday, July 18 – Friday, July 25

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Sen. Cory Booker

Vicki Salemi

Freda Payne

Alma J. Powell

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Eric Liu

George Johnson

Nick Hanauer

Darrell Wallace, Jr.

The United States incarcerates 25 percent of the world’s prison population. Most of those 2.4 million inmates are serving time for low-level drug offenses or non-violent crimes. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is the co-sponsor, along with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY.), of legislation designed to ease burdens on offenders and taxpayers. It’s called the Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment, or REDEEM, Act, and Senator Booker joins us to discuss the details.

Eric Liu, a former speechwriter and domestic policy advisor in the Clinton White House, brings the dichotomy between Chinese culture and American acculturation into sharp focus in his new book, which carries the provocative title, “A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream”. He joins us to discuss the memoir and his take on Chinese-American identity.

In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About…”, Vicki Salemi, author of “Big Career in The Big City: Land a Job and Get a Life in New York”, offers tips on how to ace a job interview.

Our Sports Drill commentator George Johnson weighs in Sen. Cory Booker’s remarks on the exploitation of college athletes by the NCAA.

Freda Payne is best known for her 1970 smash hit, “Band of Gold”, but she’s a jazz singer at heart, dating back to her 1963 debut album, “After The Lights Go Down Low And Much More!!!”. Payne returns to her jazz and big band roots in her new album, “Come Back To Me Love.” She joins us to discuss her new project.

Unlike many of his super-wealthy peers, billionaire entrepreneur Nick Hanauer has no illusions about the dangers of growing income inequality. In the July/August issue of Politico Magazine, Hanauer warns, “The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats”. He joins us to discuss the essay.

While the nation’s high school graduation rate has reached its highest point ever at 80 percent, there are still nearly 800,000 young people who fail to graduate each year. These students are often labeled as unmotivated, lazy or even criminal. But a new report, “Don’t Call Them Dropouts”, paints a much more complex picture. Alma J. Powell, board chair of America’s Promise Alliance, which prepared the report, explains the findings.

Darrell Wallace Jr. is among the rarest of NASCAR drivers. Last fall, Wallace became the first African-American race car driver in 50 years to win a NASCAR race, and he has continued his race to the top of the NASCAR charts this season. He joins us to discuss his experiences on and off the track.

It should come as no surprise that a great talent like singer and guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd was inspired by the likes of B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Shepherd joins us to discuss his latest album, “Goin’ Home”, which pays homage to his muses and mentors and other blues greats.

Sen. Cory Booker – Criminal Justice Reform

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Sen. Cory Booker

7/18/14

While only 5 percent of the world’s population lives in the U.S., this country is home to 25 percent of the world’s prison population. Most of those 2.4 million people are serving time for low-level drug offenses or non-violent crimes, and millions more can’t find a decent job because of their criminal records. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is the co-sponsor, along with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY.), of legislation designed to ease burdens on offenders and taxpayers. It’s called the Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment, or REDEEM, Act, and Senator Booker joins us to discuss the details.

Eric Liu – Memoir, “A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream”

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Eric Liu

7/18/14

Eric Liu, a former speechwriter and domestic policy advisor in the Clinton White House, brings the dichotomy between Chinese culture and American acculturation into sharp focus in his new book, which carries the provocative title, “A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream”. He joins us to discuss the memoir and his take on Chinese-American identity.

Vicki Salemi – “Five Things You Should Know About… Job Interviews”

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Vicki Salemi

7/18/14

In this week’s installment of “Five Things You Should Know About…”, Vicki Salemi, author of “Big Career in The Big City: Land a Job and Get a Life in New York”, offers tips on how to ace a job interview.

Freda Payne – “Come Back To Me Love”

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Freda Payne

7/18/14

Freda Payne is best known for her 1970 smash hit, “Band of Gold”, but she’s a jazz singer at heart, dating back to her 1963 debut album, “After The Lights Go Down Low And Much More!!!”. Payne returns to her jazz and big band roots in her new album, “Come Back To Me Love.” She joins us to discuss her new project.

Nick Hanauer – “The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats”

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Nick Hanauer

7/18/14

Unlike many of his super-wealthy peers, billionaire entrepreneur Nick Hanauer has no illusions about the dangers of growing income inequality. In the July/August issue of Politico Magazine, Hanauer warns that no society has ever sustained extreme income inequality, and that America is no exception. He joins us to discuss his essay, “The Pitchforks Are Coming … For Us Plutocrats”.

Alma J. Powell – “Don’t Call Them Dropouts”

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Alma J. Powell

7/18/14

While the nation’s high school graduation rate has reached its highest point ever at 80 percent, there are still nearly 800,000 young people who fail to graduate from high school each year. These students are often labeled as unmotivated, lazy or even criminal. But a new report, “Don’t Call Them Dropouts”, paints a much more complex picture. Alma J. Powell, board chair of America’s Promise Alliance, which prepared the report, explains the findings.

Darrell Wallace, Jr. – African-American NASCAR Champion

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Darrell Wallace, Jr.

7/18/14

Darrell Wallace, Jr. is among the rarest of NASCAR drivers. Last fall, Wallace became the first African-American race car driver in 50 years to win a NASCAR race, and he has continued his race to the top of the NASCAR charts this season. He joins us to discuss his experiences on and off the track.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – “Goin’ Home”

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd

7/18/14

It should come as no surprise that a great talent like singer and guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd was inspired by great talents like B.B. King, Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Shepherd joins us to discuss his latest album, “Goin’ Home”, which pays homage to his muses and mentors and other blues greats.

George Johnson – Sports Drill

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George Johnson

7/18/14

Our Sports Drill commentator George Johnson weighs in Sen. Cory Booker’s remarks on the exploitation of college athletes by the NCAA.