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East Oakland Rising and Jail House Lawyer

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We talk to filmmaker Cheo Tyehimba Taylor about his new film East Oakland Rising. This documentary highlights the stories of everyday people coming together to build relationships and trust, knowledge and understanding, and collective determination to fight environmental racism, unfair housing policies, and gentrification in East Oakland, CA, one of the last predominantly-African American communities … Continued


We speak with organizers Monifa Bandele and Kali Akuno about the history and purpose of Black August. Black August originated in the concentration camps (prisons) of California in 1979 and its’ roots come from that history of resistance by Black/New African/African brothers in those prisons. It’s original and unchanging purpose is to: Honor and commemorate the … Continued


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Summer Fund Drive Special Programming: Diggin’ in the Vault and Bayard Rustin

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We dig in the Hard Knock vault to undercover past conversations with historian Jelani Cobb and Steve Martinot.  Later we present a rare recording of civil rights leader Bayard Rustin speaking at a New York Community Church on September 25, 1963. Bayard Rustin discusses organizing after the march and nonviolent action.   Jelani Cobb is … Continued


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Summer Fund Drive Special Programming: The History of Black Women in The US

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We dig in the vault to uncover a conversation with Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross discussing their book, A Black Women’s History of the United States. Reaching from the year 1600 to the present day, A Black Women’s History of the United States – written by renowned authors and historians Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole … Continued


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Summer Fund Drive Special: Andrew Bacevich and Edwidge Danticat

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We present two in-depth conversations with noted thinkers Andrew Bacevich and Edwidge Danticat. Author and academic Andrew Bacevich presents a bold and urgent perspective on how American foreign policy must change in response to the shifting world order of the twenty-first century, from the New York Times’ bestselling author of The Limits of Power and … Continued


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Summer Fund Drive Special: David Talbot and New Yorker journalist Margaret Talbot

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New York Times bestselling author David Talbot and New Yorker journalist Margaret Talbot illuminate “America’s second revolutionary generation” in this gripping history of one of the most dynamic eras of the twentieth century— brought to life through seven radical episodes that offer urgent lessons for today. The political landscape of the 1960’s and ‘70’s was … Continued


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Summer Fund Drive Special: Covid-19 and The Delta Variant

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We spoke with Dr. Noha Aboelata about Covid-19 virus, the effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccines against the B.1.617.2 (Delta) Variant and the role of capitalism in a global pandemic. Noha Aboelata, MD, is founder and CEO both of Roots Community Health Center (Roots), a 501(c)3 community health center licensed by the state of California Department of … Continued