ATR 86 – James Watson’s racism – 10/23/2007 – Submit an Audio Comment: 917-720-6348

Carmen interviews Dr. Joseph L. Graves, author of the book The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America. They discuss the recent controversy over scientist James Watson’s comments about the intellectual inferiority of black people. Watson won a Nobel prize for being one of the people responsible for discovering the structure of DNA.

Dr. Joseph L. Graves is the Dean of University Studies and a professor of biology at North Caroline A&T State University. He is the author of the books The Emperor’s New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium, Rutgers University Press, 2001, 2005 and The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America, Dutton Press, 2004, 2005. Dr. Joseph Graves, Jr. received his Ph.D. in Environmental, Evolutionary and Systematic Biology from Wayne State University in 1988. In 1994, he was elected a Fellow of the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his pioneering work in establishing the genetic and physiological controls of aging. His research concerns the evolutionary genetics of postponed aging and biological concepts of race in humans, with over fifty papers and book chapters published, and appearances in six documentary films on these general topics. He has been a Principal Investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the Arizona Disease Research Commission.

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ATR 85 – National Geographic Magazine – 10/17/2007 – Submit an Audio Comment: 917-720-6348

Carmen interviews Catherine Lutz, author of the book Reading National Geographic. They discuss how the white man’s burden theme continues to fuel current media depictions of Africa, and National Geographic magazine has helped shaped our view of the continent.

This episode features the song “Think Big” by Hangar 18, courtesy of Spectre Entertainment.

Catherine Lutz is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Her work has focused on questions of power, knowledge and culture in the United States and the Pacific. She is the author or editor of a number of books, including Homefront: A Military City and the American Twentieth Century , Reading National Geographic; Unnatural Emotions: Everyday Sentiments on a Micronesian Atoll and their Challenge to Western Theory, The Bases of Empire: The Struggle against US Military Outposts, and Local Democracy under Siege: Activism, Public Interests, and Private Politics.

Receiving her PhD from Harvard University and her BA from Swarthmore College, Catherine Lutz is immediate past president of the American Ethnological Society, recipient of the Leeds Prize, the Victor Turner Prize, and the Stirling Award, and recipient of research grants from the National Science Foundation, NIMH, Compton Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities. She has conducted some of her research for activist organizations, including a domestic violence shelter, Cultural Survival, which fights for the rights of indigenous peoples, and the American Friends Service Committee.

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ATR 84 – Jena Six, Hip Hop, O’Reilly – 10/02/2007 – Submit an Audio Comment: 917-720-6348

Carmen and Baratunde discuss discuss the Jena Six case, the recent congressional hearings on hip hop, and Bill O’Reilly’s recent revelations that black people are indeed, normal human beings.

This episode features the song “Mask and the Assassin” from DJ Muggs formerly of Cypress Hill, courtesy of Spectre Entertainment.

Carmen is joined by Baratunde Thurston. Baratunde is a comedian, author and vigilante pundit. He’s been nominated for the Bill Hicks Award for Thought Provoking Comedy, and blogs in several places including the Huffington Post, Jack & Jill Politics and his own baratunde.com. He hates when white people touch his hair.

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Duration – 1:03:17
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