ATR 15 – Feb 6, 2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 –

“Diversity-speak”–those phrases like “cultural competency” or “tolerance” that mean absolutely nothing and only serve to obscure conversations about race–is the subject of Carmen’s rant today.

Jen discusses a recent Washington Post article about black women and interracial relationships in the Mixed Media Watch news round-up.

Guest commentator Eric Hamako discusses the films Underworld (2-Disc Unrated Extended Cut) and Underworld 2. Many works of science fiction have subtexts and this particular series of films has a subtext that can be interpreted as having to do with issues of race and mixed race.

Jen interviews renowned science fiction writer Octavia Butler, author of Kindred (Black Women Writers Series) and Parable of the Sower. Her newest work is Fledgling : A Novel.

Here’s a look at Episode 16 of Addicted to Race:

1) Jen will rant about the ridiculous ways that we talk about race — not only is it constantly sensationalized, but its talked about as if we are still living in the 50s!
2) Mixed Media Watch news round-up.
3) We’ll interview Debra Dickerson, author of the controversial book The End of Blackness

Duration – 1:23:40
File Size – 38.4 MB
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14 thoughts on “ATR 15 – Feb 6, 2006 – Voicemail 206-203-3983 –”

  1. Hey Eric, nice thoughts – and to each their own.

    However, I have taken the opposite route, and consciously touted my “hybrid vigor” and perceived superiority over monoracial Asians in my long adventures throughout impoverished areas of China:

    You might say this is “wrong,” but are you to argue with my results?

  2. ATR is the discussion this country needs on race and ethnic relations. the joseph graves interview broke new ground and i’ve enjoyed many of the topics and interviews such as the one on white privilege by robert jensen. i have to also thank you for being the first ones to suggest it’s ok to be asian and american. i’ve been under the impression from elders and contemporaries that i have to choose to be either be chinese or american. keep going and don’t stop the great work, ladies!

  3. I’ll come back with more rational thoughts later but all I can say now is, OMFG, you talked to Octavia Butler!

    Love your show,

  4. I listened for first time to 2/6/06 show. Loved it. I, like you, am an Octavia Butler fan. Her works are just mind blowing and and I’m in the process of reading Fledgling. The whole show was outstanding. I gained some insight into the new book too. At first I was dissappointed with the vampire story as I continued to read it I was hooked. It was really great to hear the sound of her voice. I will be wishing her a speedy recovery from the heart problem she spoke of. As for addicted to race this may be first time listening but it won’t be the last time. PS Are you familiar with Loving -v- Virginia? Talk to me and google it if you want more information. Peace, Sarah

  5. !!! I’m reading parable of the sower right now for a class and ahh as you probably already know there are so many mixed/interracial elements in here!

  6. Just a quick note of thanks that you captured what I guess is Octavia Butler’s final interview before her untimely passing. It will be hard not to listen to it without that in mind but it is good that the evidence of her talent and passion is clear to anyone who will hear it. Thank you indeed, and may she rest in peace.

  7. Octavia Butler died suddenly, a few days ago. Your February 6 podcast may have been the last recorded interview with her.

    Her death is a huge loss. I’m very sad about it (as I’m sure are many others). It was nice to hear her one last time on your podcast. Thanks.

  8. It was so nice to hear your interview with Ms. Butler after hearing about her death. She was such a talented writer and will be missed.

  9. Maybe it’s just my computer, but the auto-play link played the episode in high-speed. It sounds like Alvin and the Chipmunks.

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