The three motivations Timothy had behind writing On Tyranny now. Why he is not an “American Exceptionalist” especially with regard to American authoritarianism. What the foresight into Trump’s chances in 2016 by many African-Americans signifies. How the internet mattered more than real life in 2016. The importance of “corporeal politics” and getting your body into the world to act. Why all art is political in our time and the important skill-sets of artists.
How she knew caribbean influences, especially in a song like ‘Tropicao,’ would be current. Where her interest in political activism came from, including her mother. How she organized the Millions March in 2014. Why society expects people to do good exclusively for free.
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Where the name and inspiration for @WeAreSoze, Michael's creative impact agency, came from. Michael’s earlier work in filmmaking. Working on Global Grind with Russell Simmons. Building co-ops and equity. Why Michael thinks we should re-imagine capitalism. The importance of expanding and sharing power. Michael’s work and observations on the movement to close Rikers.
New York based actor/comedian/writer Tiara Francis joins us in studio this week. Tiara’s journey in performance arts since childhood. Starting at Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell. “Being allowed to talk,” on the set of creative enterprises. Tiara’s time at Upright Citizen’s Brigade doing improv and comedy. Tiara’s work on deadass.tv. Tiara recommends musical artist “No Name” and Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods.”
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Why Ingrid is running for Mayor of Detroit. Why creatives should get involved in politics. Detroit's sprawl and history of massive inequality along racial and geographic lines. The primacy of poverty and inequality. The water shut off policies and legacy of attacks on lower income people by Detroit's emergency managers. Ingrid’s interest in political afrofuturism.
Go to Ingridlafleur.com and follow her at @ingridlafleur
Jason’s wide range of activities around music and culture. Launching the Clive Davis music program at NYU. What goes into determining a music program at a university. How to balance industry and economic concerns with artistry and creativity. The importance of consensus and pragmatism. The decimation of music’s middle class. The modern difficulty in getting people’s attention. Jason recommends Laura Mvula, his band “Company Freak,” and some more acts he’s enjoying currently.
Follow Jason on twitter: @jasonkingsays
Peter joins us to discuss his new book, "How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequality, and the Fight for the Neighborhood." How the popular media description of gentrification focuses too much on the individual. Gentrification as a symptom of inequality. How and why Manhattan was turned from a manufacturing hub to a real estate and office space center. The racist and anti-socialist development of suburbs in postwar America. Redlining. The 1970s as an intentional low point for cities. The subsequent takeover of cities by developers.
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Legend of the New York club scene Steve Lewis rejoins us in studio this week. On “finding himself” in a club. Why everyone should go to prison, and always expecting to go to prison, and what his 10 months in prison allowed him to catch up on. Teaching astronomy and birdwatching in prison. Opening “Plaid” 5 weeks after leaving prison. Why Steve thinks clubs needs to became more overtly sexual.
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Katie’s view on “culture coming from the margins.” Viewing herself as an artist and creative first as a “business artist.” How to get the “right” people in a room. Working in the music industry as iTunes was launched. Real relationships in a digital media relationship age.
Follow Katie on twitter @GoodPeoples
“Introducing Corporate to Cool: Katie Longmyer Connects Young Artists to Corporate Types,” NY Times
Jessie Daniels, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College-CUNY, joins us in studio this week.Jessie’s academic work on racism and David Duke and Stormfront. White Supremacists making the jump from old media to the internet. KellyAnne Conway and White Feminism in the age of Trump. White womanhood and the ability to “be fancy.” Emma Watson, Beyonce, and the interplay between identity positionality and privilege in discourse.
Jessie Daniels is an internationally recognized expert on the Internet manifestations of racism. She is the author of two books about race and various forms of media, White Lies (1997) and Cyber Racism (2009), as well as dozens of peer-reviewed articles in journals such as New Media & Society, Gender & Society, American Journal of Public Health, and Women’s Studies Quarterly.
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Phil and Michael react to the improbable way Moonlight took Best Picture and more. Back on the usual schedule next week.
University of Florida historian @DrIbram joins us this week to discuss his book, “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” Tracing the genesis and circulation of racist and anti-racist ideas through American history. How our popular understanding of “racist” is far too narrow. Racist ideas in people victimized by racism, and the racial assumptions people can adopt about groups they’re from, from culture. Respectability politics, assimilationism and “uplift-suasion,” all the way back to the 1790s Abolitionists. How we determine “ways to do culture” that aren’t racially exclusive. How any culture can make itself look superior by standardizing it’s attributes and grading others against the standards. The importance of being an anti-racist vs. “not racist.”
“Racial Progress Is Real. But So Is Racist Progress.” NY Times Magazine
Clover Hope (@Clovito) of Jezebel and Kevin O'Keeffe (@Kevinpokeeffe) of Mic
La La Land vs. Moonlight vs. Hidden Figures. Phil is tired of saving Matt Damon. Looking ahead to 2018 Oscars to see if #OscarsSoWhite concerns will persist, and Clover and Kevin give their Oscar picks.
Dr. Su'ad Abdul Khabeer, a scholar-artist-activist at Purdue University, joins us this week to discuss her book, “Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States.” The cultural blind spots around our conception of Muslims and hip-hop. What it means to be “raised in blackness” in America. The danger of depictions of Muslim “foreignness” and “brownness.” The rise of Islamophobia post-9/11 and it’s existence prior to 2001. The various ways African-Americans have embraced “orthodox” muslim practice in service of black liberation.
More from Dr. Khabeer at @DrSuad on twitter
A lesson on attention from Alan Watts. Howard Stern and the inability to fabricate authenticity. Personas in radio and the fine line between on-air personality and real life. The process of building communities and audiences. Bondfire Radio’s radio broadcast, as opposed to podcast, vibe. Radio as a collective listener experience, and the importance of communal listening in times of strife and grief. The importance of appreciating the journey.
TK in The AM (@TKinTheAM). Morning show hosted by @TastyKeish & @Conscious. Mon-Wed- Fri 10a-1130a EST on @bondfireradio.
Tim Stock joins us in studio this week to talk about ethnography and studying the language of social media to segment people by cultural interests. Using semiotics to understand hidden biases. Culture mapping and looking ahead for the reaction to current trends. How current language can signal future trends. How veering to far into a quantitative or qualitative mindset can lead to trouble. How to view and participate in language in a cognitively and socially sensitive way. www.timstock.net @TimStock
Denny’s recent push in the digital space. Denny’s irreverent tone on social media. Social media’s ability to focus on a certain audiences, and the freedom to “have fun” with millennial audiences. Maintaining a legacy brand while investing in the digital brand. How diners are innately unifying. The secondary use of restaurants as gathering spaces. @Luis_A_Martinez
New York nightclub legend Steve Lewis joins us in studio this week for an insider's perspective on the history of New York nightlife. Topics include: Using Humphrey Bogart’s Casa Blanca character as a behavior model while surveying the early club scene. The early pre-corporate danger of clubs when they were owned by wise guys. The evolution of the nightlife industry through the 80s and 90s. “Now People Go To School For This Shit.” The origin of our conception of “bottle service” and the ying and yang of it’s influence on club atmosphere. How 9/11, cell phones, and the flight of Yuppies to Brooklyn has changed the internal geography of the club. Pushing the envelope, risk-taking, and his 10 months in prison
Read Steve’s column, “Good Night, Mr Lewis” on BlackBook.
Joining us in studio this week is Carmen Bryant, Director, Employer Insights Americas at Indeed.com. Using data and research for storytelling. Indeed.com’s mission of finding people employment, and how current economic unease effects that mission. How the labor market effects the approach of a company like Indeed.com. Clashing with companies who have overly-specific “cultural” requirements. How data can inform on qualitative matters. The rise in “work from home” and nontraditional work arrangements. How the Gig Economy doesn’t work without social benefits.
Afdhel Aziz and Bobby Jones joined us in studio this week to talk about their book "Good is the New Cool," on how it's no longer enough for brands to appeal to millenials as "cool," and that "good" is the newvirtue. The media savviness of millennials as an obstacle to traditional brand appeals. On this finding your purpose. The idea of different purposes for different seasons of life.