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Impeachment Debrief: Republicans win acquittal, what’s next; Plus: The inequities of schools re-opening; and KPFA Fund Drive exclusive new audio of Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou

0:08 – Impeachment Watch: Trump acquitted a second time based on technical and political calculation by Republicans, what it means and what’s next?

Marjorie Cohn (@marjoriecohn) is a professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and former president of the National Lawyers Guild.

0:34 – Fund Drive Special: Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes was a poet, novelist, playwright, activist, and a columnist for the Chicago Defender during the rise of the civil rights movement. He was a luminary of the Harlem renaissance; someone who stood out for writing poetry for the people, rather than for . . . poets and scholars and critics. I’d read his work but not heard him perform it, at least, until I heard this recording. It’s amazing to hear him connect each poem to a point in his life story, and his life to his audience, and bring the whole hall to life. This is a recording made by KFPA, when Hughes spoke at UC Berkeley, on December 10, 1958. 

1:08 – The inequity of schools closures and reopening: the data

Harriet Blair Rowan (@HattieRowan) is a data reporter with the Bay Area News Group, she worked on an analysis that shows the California school districts serving the state’s richest families are all offering some in-person instruction — and the school districts serving the poorest, almost none.

1:20 – Socio-economic and political factors of re-opening

Kitty Kelly Epstein is host of KPFA’s “Education Today.” Her new book is: Changing Academia Forever:  Black Student Leaders Analyze the Movement They Lead co-authored with Bernard Stringer. 

1:34 Fund Drive Special: Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was a poet, playwright, and filmmaker, best-known for her memoir, “I know why the caged bird sings.” She was also an incredible performer. When the recording we’re about to play you was made, she’d just received a grammy award for the poem she read at the presidential inauguration of Bill Clinton. Her son, poet and writer Guy Johnson, told her he wanted to spend his 50th birthday reading poetry with her. So on September 8th, 1995, they took to the Calvin Simmons Theater in Oakland with poet Janice Mirikitani, at an event called “As The World Rises,” and KPFA recorded it. 

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